Last week, the St. Louis Archdiocese was quick to condemn the United States Supreme Court for favoring gay marriage, issuing a harshly worded statement that marriage must be between one man and one woman. Others in the city praised the decision allowing same-sex couples to access federal benefits — and noted that it would be an especially energetic PrideFest this year.
And one such group to come out this weekend and celebrate national progress in gay rights was a coalition of LGBT-friendly Catholic groups that aim to promote the exact opposite message of the Archdiocese.
“It needs to be spoken that there are many Catholics who see no conflict at all with following the Catholic faith and being open and affirming with the diversity of all of God’s creations,” Jennifer Reyes Lay, executive director of the Catholic Action Network for Social Justice, tells Daily RFT, adding, “We are stronger and richer because of that diversity.
The Catholic Action Network is one of a handful of groups that have come together to form Welcoming Catholic Communities, a pro-LGBT coalition that is pushing back against the Archdiocese’s exclusionary message and anti-marriage equality agenda. (The other groups are Sts. Clare & Francis Ecumenical Catholic Communion, St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church, Therese of Divine Peace Roman Catholic Church and Marybeth McBryan Roman Catholic Woman Priest).
- Marriage Equality Sparks Different Reactions from Religious Communities (stlouis.cbslocal.com)
- A Catholic Presence at Gay Pride (thewildreed.blogspot.com)
- St. Louis priest who wrote anonymously about being gay comes out (stltoday.com)