Disgust at the Lack of Discernment at Gay Pride Masses on both sides.
I very often dissent with so much I read of on the internet. As usual I am disappointed in what has happened and the results which are often displayed in foolish writing in the comments that follow these indignant descriptions. None more so than the foolishness that occurred in Boston over the gay pride mass and others of the same ilk. It was mishandled by clergy in ignorance and public dismissal of the scandal these masses give to the “faithful laity”. Those who give scandal and add to it have quite a problem with Jesus as Judge when time comes around for His Decision at their first judgment. Is there an answer? Of course there is and those on both sides will be reasonable, when faced with this choice.
The Parish I grew up in had a Parish Priest who was both the Vicar General and a noted and respectable theologian. His Name was Canon Percival William Hayes. At the 11 o'clock High Mass every Sunday he would not give Holy Communion to anybody. One day I asked him why and he laughed and answered me. "Most of those have not come to me for confession for a very long time. Most of them were drinking and partying until the early hours of the morning and did other things that were not good". He and his curate heard at least 100 confessions every Saturday afternoon and evening. All of them have probably not fasted since midnight. They know and I know they are not in the State of Grace and should not receive Him. I cannot as their Parish Priest let them sin, so I receive for them all". His homilies covered the sins that were one might say an epidemic in the parish gleaned from the he confessions heard.
Now the gay pride mass could proceed under those circumstances but it should be proceeded by some kind of penitential service whereby those who go to Confession before hand receive the reserved Host right after confession. I had a priest friend who understood the temptations that beset me soon after I had confessed and agreed that I could at least receive as soon as I confessed. He was, as was Canon Hayes, another Irishman. So I repaired immediately after confession to the altar where he started the ritual from the Our Father to the reception of Holy Communion. The trouble was that we did this during the week and it became worrisome for me that others would turn up and decide they should receive too. As though they had every right to receive,. Which we do not by the way. The reception of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ is a gift which we receive for efforts to serve Him with perfection so condescendingly from God whom blesses our efforts to obey His Directive, “Be perfect as your Father in Heaven is Perfect”.
As I wrote earlier I am sure that reasonable people on both sides of the equation could accept this as a reasonable solution and only those worthy would receive.
Am I wrong, is this scandalous, then ask both your parish priest or your Bishop for an answer.
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