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Cardinal George Refuses Gay Activist Communion, Lesbian Cantor Brings Host to Him Anyway

With a major hat tip to Pewsitter I bring you this story.

So here's the deal. A homosexual activist named Joe Murray essentially stood in the front pew during Mass where Chicago's Archbishop Francis Cardinal George presided at the Archdiocesan's Gay and Lesbian Outreach’s (AGLO) 25th anniversary liturgy. While a number of gay activists protested outside Murray had his back turned to Cardinal George and was facing the people while wearing a rainbow sash. Real subtle, huh?

Murray had previously protested Cardinal George being invited to this Mass, saying “‘The only metaphor that comes to mind is that of inviting Hitler to a remembrance service for holocaust victims.” Yeah, subtlety is not his thing.

When Murray presented himself for Communion he was sent away by Cardinal George empty handed. That is, until Brenna Cronin, a reported lesbian cantor, went up twice and personally delivered the Eucharist to Murray. She was previously quoted in the Windy City Times saying of this mass:

“Brenna Cronin, choir member and cantor, is torn. ‘For me as a music minister, I will have to make a decision. My heart says that I want to be there that day and minister for my community,’ she said. ‘At the same time I want to stand on the sidewalk with Joe Murray and hold a candle to show my protest.’
Murray called Cronin his "priest" for delivering the Eucharist to him.



No word yet on any consequences of this act.

*subhead*Terrible.*subhead*

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33 comments:

ProudHillbilly said...

Um, how about removing Cronin as cantor?

East Horizon said...

So, the Cardinal has no problem celebrating a mass in honor of a group whose tagline for this event was "celebrating a quarter century of faith & pride", yet he denies one of them communion?

This whole story just seems a bit weird to me...

Aljoz said...
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Proteios1 said...

clearly the eucharist is about them not Jesus. the mass is merely a display, a show to them. they need to review what the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is and return when they believe,respect and are obedient. they seem to have Catholicism confused with lollapalooza or a poltical convention. i used to be sympathetic to homosexuals, but i admit they have alienated me. i would never show them such disrespect. or anyone, really. grow up people. not everything is about you.

Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

Prediction: there will be no consequences.

Aljoz said...
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Aljoz said...

The fact that "Cardinal George presided at the Archdiocesan's Gay and Lesbian Outreach’s (AGLO) 25th anniversary liturgy" kind of tells me that he's nothing like Hitler who would never have attended a Jewish prayer service during World War II.

Hitler sees Jews as less than human and then has them tortured and murdered.
Cardinal George sees homosexually oriented men and women as children of God, calls them to the same morality as any other Catholic, prays with them, and enters into Communion with them in the Mass.

I'm sorry... how do we equate the two?

If a heterosexually oriented man enters the Church with a "Wake up Church! Accept Contraception" sign on, he will also be denied Communion. Both men would be endorsing contraceptive sexuality, which is a public display of belief that is outside of Communion. Neither he nor Mr. Murray can receive Communion. No double standard here.

Cardinal George has nothing against homosexually oriented men and women. The issue is with an objective definition of marriage and sexual morality. For the secular mind, think of this: a vegetarian does not hate us meat-eaters. They do not have anything against us, but they believe that there is something wrong with us eating meat.

jpct said...

Why do we put up with this open dissent and disobedience? Go and sin no more. Oh, and toss the cantor over to the local episcopals!

jpct said...

Why do we put up with this open dissent and disobedience? Go and sin no more. Oh, and toss the cantor over to the local episcopals!

Maureen said...

Cantor needs to be disciplined.

Lynne said...

"If a heterosexually oriented man enters the Church with a "Wake up Church! Accept Contraception" sign on, he will also be denied Communion." Really?! Is Joe Biden denied communion? Is Nancy Pelosi denied communion?

1. There should not have been this type of Mass
2. The cantor should be fired.

David C said...

Proof positive again that no matter what concessions are made on their behalf it will NEVER be enough. I'm with Lynn. This never should have happened in the first place.

ANNE said...

" LETTER TO THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
ON THE PASTORAL CARE OF HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS " (on the Vatican web site).
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19861001_homosexual-persons_en.html

" 7. The Church, obedient to the Lord who founded her and gave to her the sacramental life, celebrates the divine plan of the loving and live-giving union of men and women in the sacrament of marriage. It is only in the marital relationship that the use of the sexual faculty can be morally good. A person engaging in homosexual behaviour therefore acts immorally. "

" 15. We encourage the Bishops, then, to provide pastoral care in full accord with the teaching of the Church for homosexual persons of their dioceses. No authentic pastoral programme will include organizations in which homosexual persons associate with each other without clearly stating that homosexual activity is immoral. A truly pastoral approach will appreciate the need for homosexual persons to avoid the near occasions of sin. "

" All support should be withdrawn from any organizations which seek to undermine the teaching of the Church, which are ambiguous about it, or which neglect it entirely. Such support, or even the semblance of such support, can be gravely misinterpreted. Special attention should be given to the practice of scheduling religious services and to the use of Church buildings by these groups, including the facilities of Catholic schools and colleges. To some, such permission to use Church property may seem only just and charitable; but in reality it is contradictory to the purpose for which these institutions were founded, it is misleading and often scandalous. "

ANNE said...

'Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition' -

CCC: " 2396 Among the sins gravely contrary to chastity are masturbation, fornication, pornography, and homosexual practices. "

CCC: " 2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered."
They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved. "

ANNE said...

Holy Scripture:

Gen 19:1-29; Rom 1:24- 27; 1 Cor 6:9-10;
1 Tim 1:10

ANNE said...

Code of Canon Law (can be found on the Vatican web site)

Canon 915: "Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty
and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to holy communion. "

Canon 1399: " In addition to the cases established here or in other laws, the external violation of a divine or canonical law can be punished by a just penalty only when the special gravity of the violation demands punishment and there is an urgent need to prevent or repair scandals. "

APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION SACRAE DISCIPLINAE LEGES (1983) which can be found on the Vatican web site includes:
" Finally, the canonical laws by their very nature must be observed. "

tuleesh said...

Her community? Good.Now leave the people of G-d alone!

Seriously, as if the Church was founded in the 1960's.
Silly, narcissistic, chick.

Pete said...

The Russians know how to handle these things. It is astounding that Catholic clergy has such a difficult time seeing what to do!

Magdalene said...

The sacrilege of the cantor who had no business stealing a Host to give to anyone must be dismissed.

Iowa Mike said...

Man...what a shame we even are discussing this. Why hasn't the cardinal spoken out and indicated what pastoral action he will take?

Nathan said...

Reason 1,365 for restricting the sanctuary to those in orders.

Iowa Mike said...

Nathan, music to my ears.....music.

astrugglingdad said...

I think the act of the cantor is a ground for excommunication!

Mal said...

The sacred Host strengthens our communion with Jesus and his teachings. If this communion with Jesus does not exist then the receiving of the sacred bread becomes a meaningless - and disrespectful - exercise. The woman who participated in this exercise is also guilty of deliberately disrespecting our Saviour.

Donna M said...

Having had their scandalous hour of unrepentant joy in disobedience and apparently "loving" every unblessed minute of it.
They may now look forward to spending an eternity in the "lake of fire" as Jesus promised!

and please, don't say "gay" was "worth" it!

Donna M said...

Unless of course, they amend their lives, make a good confession and don't cause anymore public scandal.

We can only hope.

Kitchener Waterloo Traditional Catholic said...

This incident could not have happened without the Communion-In-The-Hand Indult that was brought to the USA by then Chicago archbishop Bernardin. By law the indult can be removed when the threat of profanation. Can anyone honestly say the Blessed Sacrament was not profaned in this church?

http://www.ewtn.com/library/curia/cdwmemor.htm

Elizabeth said...

Cardinal George will undoubtedly do next to nothing about it, I fear. I love him, don't get me wrong. But his modus operandi is definitely of the "pastoral and kind" approach; not the firm and discipline approach. The Cantor should be removed from her "ministry" there, at the very least. We'll see if the Cardinal issues a letter to us Chicago Catholics, as he sometimes does, in the Chicago Archdiocese newspaper. I'll give him this ~ he's much more outspoken than he was when he was the President of the USCCB.

Mr. Paul said...

It's interesting to watch the video without the sound... you can read the arrogance in her body language loud and clear.

Av8er said...

Anne, you rock. This should be in leaflets handed out to those inside and outside that unnecessary celebration. Magdalene and Nathan, right on!

JMSTALK said...

I agree with Mr. Paul that you can read the pride in her body language, though I didn't need to turn down the sound to see it. But I think the message I see in her body language is that of a girl who is totally convinced that she is on the right side of a huge civil rights battle rather than simply of defiant arrogance. She BELIEVES she is on the side of good. In as much as I find her behavior abhorrent, I think we should keep in mind here that there is in play, an exceptionally brilliant campaign for the minds of the youth, and the opposition has effectively used language imagery to manipulate these young people for MOST of their lives. I don't think they even know better now. The Church has been caught off-guard and so is losing right now. But remember, this is heaven's battle (i.e Christ's) and He will win. Meanwhile, we need to step up and speak up with charity. Charity is rooted in an understanding that those in opposition to us also possess a fallen nature and are subject to manipulation and confusion of facts. Let us deal with them gently but firmly. The only thing that will bring them around to the truth is love. Criticism and condemnation rarely work.

JMSTALK said...

I watched the video with the sound down and what I noticed was the terrible sadness and suffering of Joe Murray. This is tragic because neither he or Brenna Cronin understands that this deep sadness is a fruit of his rebelliousness rather than of who he is. The fruit of obedience and submission to Christ is joy. Christ expresses His will for mankind through Scripture, Tradition, the Magisterium and thus through the Bishops teaching. Brenna clings to Joe Murray like the knight-in-shining-armour trying to save him from the very thing that will bring him joy and truly save him. How terribly tragic that she has been so poorly catechized as to not understand this. The saints -all of them - exuded great joy in the midst of the most horrendous suffering precisely because they submitted to Christ. This man needs to reign in his passions and get them under control by giving them over to Christ entirely. He needs to go to Confession and acknowledge his past humbly and with full intent not to offend again. Then you will see an entirely different man in front of you...one who is full of joy and happiness rather than this pitiful image of a man enslaved by his passions.

Rick said...

They do that to nobodies but when it comes to powerful pols like Cuomo, then Cardinal Dolan stands in plain view as the pro-abort mayor receives the Holy Communion right under his very nose. I also read about a nameless Latina who runs an abortion clinic; she's excommunicated just like that. But Pelosi, Reid, Biden & Sebellius - God forbid they be held in less than good Catholic standing. Swallowing the camel, sifting the gnat. Shameful. Disgraceful. Hypocritical. Sinful.

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