View Full Version : The Struggle in St. Louis: Assault on the Catholic Church by Opponents of Marriage

12-02-2009, 09:33 AM
Get ready.The faithful Catholics in St. Louis who made their way through the protestors to the Altar of the Lord may show us the future.

(Archbishop Robert Carlson) The faithful Catholics in St. Louis who made their way through the protesters to the Altar of the Lord show us the way forward. The leadership of this good Bishop is an inspiration. He is to be commended.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (Catholic Online) - On Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, the “Vital Voice newspaper”, which claims to “provide a diverse and independent voice for the St. Louis Community”, ran a story by Colin Murphy entitled “Hundreds Protest Outside of St. Louis' Cathedral Basilica.” The story was an example of fringe homosexual advocacy that has as its goal a Cultural Revolution. It began with these words:

“Grey skies framed the Neo-Byzantine dome of St. Louis' Cathedral Basilica on Nov. 29 as hundreds of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) and allied supporters protested the archdiocese's donation of $10,000 to the successful effort to reverse marriage equality in Maine. The protest, which took place on the public portion of sidewalk in front of the New Cathedral, was organized by St. Louis based GLBT rights organization, Show Me No Hate. A smaller contingent of protesters was on hand for morning mass and the organization plans to rally outside the iconic edifice each Sunday throughout Advent — the period of preparation and waiting for Christmas.”

What occurred on the first Sunday in Advent in front of that Church will continue throughout Advent and perhaps beyond. It may become a regular experience for those who want to go to Mass to have to walk around protest signs. It may also spread beyond St. Louis. However, the Church cannot and will not change the truth about marriage. Thus, the protestors have absolutely no chance of achieving what they would call “success”.

The article quoted Ed Reggi, the founder of a group called “Show me No Hate”, who said “No longer will we tolerate the religious funding of hate… The Archbishop showed no mercy for the poor, sick and homeless in St. Louis. The $10,000 Carlson wired to Maine could have helped the empty food pantries and local toy drives this Christmas season." Hmmm… "the money could have been given to the poor..." where have I heard that before? What the homosexual (or bi-sexual, or transgender…) cultural revolutionaries are really upset about is the perfectly legal and morally commendable contribution which Archbishop Carlson made to the defense of true marriage in Maine.


12-02-2009, 12:30 PM
Catholic leaders can contribute money to any effort that is morally acceptable to the Church. They aren't required to notify Catholics about their charitable contributions, let alone open the books for unbelievers.

Whether individual Catholics oppose the Church on this issue or not, they'd better defend it to the last breath because if these "protesters" succeed in suspending masses or closing churches, they will certainly use the same tactics over and over against the Church on issues individual Catholics do care about and support.

Imagine seeing your church closed and shuttered because strangers don't want you to put your kid in a religious school? Because strangers don't want you tithing or contributing to the Church? Because strangers want you to change the language and the substance of the Consecration to avoid being sexist or "barbaric"? Because strangers want to force you to engage sexually active clergy because it's more natural?

Think it can't happen? Think again. :mad:

12-02-2009, 12:42 PM
The protestors are off base. Tactics like protesting in front of a church don't really work, and end up annoying people who are neutral on your issue.

All those protests in front of abortion clinics haven't resulted in the end of legalized abortion. Protesting in front of churches is not going to end a ban on gay marriage.