Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pray for Tolerance?

First a little T.S. Eliot:

"It is hard for those who have never known persecution,
And who have never known a Christian,
To believe these tales of Christian persecution.
It is hard for those who live near a Bank
To doubt the security of their money.
It is hard for those who live near a Police Station
To believe in the triumph of violence.
Do you think that Faith has conquered the World
And that lions no longer need keepers?"

I thought of this when a friend told me they had been at mass at St. Dominic's in San Francisco last Sunday and that one of the prayers of the faithful was something like "During this Gay Pride week let us pray for tolerance for Lesbian Gay Bisexual etc. etc...."

I rather think we'd better start praying for tolerance for the Church of God!

It also made me remember a young man who interviewed me about Fr. Malloy right after he had finished his term as Pastor at SS. Peter and Paul. The young man was doing a story about Father's forthright upholding of the Church's teaching on sexuality. One of the questions he asked was if we had ever run into any opposition from any "gay activist groups." When he asked that, I realized: there are no "gay activist groups" in San Francisco. The "gay activists" are now the entire power structure of the city.

Mayor Gavin Newsom, who celebrates same-sex "marriages";
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who voted 11-0 to condemn the Catholic Church as "hateful" for daring to state that adoptive children should be only placed with natural families;
The San Francisco Police Department, who last year had a recruiting booth at the insane Folsom Street Fair, where the worst kind of illegal sexual immorality takes place in public;
The San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and Department of the Environment who use tax dollars to fund the Folsom Street Fair, where ditto;
The San Francisco Chronicle, whose website has an entire department in the "Entertainment" section devoted to "Gay" events, and whose entire datebook section of last week was devoted "Gay Pride" week;

It's also:
A.T. & T.
Bank of America
Wells Fargo Bank
Kaiser Permenante
Bass Ale
Virgin America
the San Francisco Chronicle
Smirnoff Vodka

all of whom are sponsors of this week's "Gay Pride" parade.

Who knew being untolerated paid so well? Anyway, as Catholics, we're not called to tolerate, but to love. Which means you care about people and what they do and the good of their souls.

*For the origin of the "Gay Rome" tag, go here. It's at about 1:14 into this audio of a USF seminar, sponsored by the Lane Center, and held at (where else?) Most Holy Redeemer.

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney

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