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San Antonio Arch-Dioceses Boots Gay Catholic Mass → Apparently this hushed mass has been taking place for the past fifteen years or so. Here is the local San Antonio Express-News article on the matter: Archdiocese shelves local Mass for gays

The weekly Mass at St. Ann Catholic Church was the subject of periodic complaints to the archdiocese. But until last Sunday, the local hierarchy declined to shut it down. It had been conducted by a handful of local priests sympathetic to the gay and lesbian community. …

Gatherings included many same-sex couples with children at the Mass, which was viewed as a critical link to their Catholic identity.

“Our faith teaches us that the church is a community of people, not a building,” local Dignity President Fred Anthony Garza said. “So we will continue to meet in a more welcoming environment. There are many people who believe that the Catholic Church needs to do a better job of providing care for lesbian and gay people and our families.” …

Advocates for the Mass concede that alternative lifestyles conflict with Catholic teachings, but they argue this Mass was an act of compassion for a Catholic community wanting to worship free of prejudice.

“We need to provide good preaching and good teaching to this community,” said Father Eddie Bernal, one of several local priests to conduct the Mass. “I have met some of the most wonderful people in my life in Dignity. They’ve changed my life for the better. And I’ve learned so much.”

Another point of interest in the article is conservative complaint over the mass’s referral to God as “Mother.” How sad.

(Source : myholigay)

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