One of those issues has flooded San Francisco this week, and indeed this entire month, and indeed this entire country. We call it “Gay Pride.” Many Catholics celebrate “Pride,” having forgotten perhaps that pride is one of the seven deadly sins. How many of my parishioners will attend the Gay Pride Parade this weekend, and bring their children, and what is my responsibility as their pastor to apply the light of the Gospel to this issue? Certainly no Catholic priest or bishop wants to speak about the "Pride Parade" this Sunday, but an excellent article appeared on Archbishop Cordileone’s Catholic San Francisco website: https://catholic-sf.org/news/should-catholics-attend-pride-events. One of our young adults tweeted this article and received a flurry of heated opinions. She inspired me to include the following in my own Sunday bulletin:
Should Catholics attend "Gay Pride" events? The "Pride" movement began in New York to protest discrimination against people identifying as gay and lesbian. The "Pride" movement, however, has become mostly a promotion of behaviors that are contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some Catholics attend "Pride" events to support people who perhaps are still discriminated against. But we can work for justice without compromising the laws of God. Catholics should not participate in events that oppose the natural law or Christ's Gospel. The Gay Pride March is especially confusing to children. For a balanced and clear article in our Catholic newspaper on whether Catholics should attend Gay Pride events, please read this article: https://catholic-sf.org/news/should-catholics-attend-pride-events.
Almost certainly some of my parishioners, and many non-parishioners, will express anger over this paragraph. Others will laud what they say is a prophetic witness. Regardless of praise or blame, however, a priest must provide specific and relevant Gospel truths for people’s daily lives. He must teach what the Church teaches, as is so splendidly done in the article I cited in Catholic San Francisco. One must ask why it took a young lay woman’s prophetic witness to motivate her priest to speak directly on a clear and present danger to his parishioners’ well-being. Thank you, dear laity, for your prophetic witness, and may you continue to inspire us priests and bishops to exercise our prophetic role.