Tuesday, October 27, 2009
It's still the Rosary Month and so I think this post is still relevant . It's a disturbing report about some homosexual activist groups who are making an attempt to make the rosary more LGBT friendly. They call it the "Relational Rosary". Here's some backgrounder information about it:
According to the California Catholic Daily, McMullan and a Rev. Jim Mitulski taught a two-part class on “Praying the Queer Rosary” at an event for the New Spirit/MCC Church of Berkeley. The announcement for the class said it is “based on stories from the bible [sic] which depict Queer Families or Relationships.
Another event was hosted at Berkeley’s Newman Hall – Holy Spirit Parish, which announced a Rosary “in solidarity with LGBT Catholics” facilitated by McMullan and Mike Campos, another doctoral student at the Graduate Theological Union.
The "Relational Mysteries" are listed as:
Fidelity — Ruth's pledge to Naomi (Ruth 1:16-18)
Grief — The parting of David and Jonathan (I Sam 20:35-42)
Intercession — Esther intercedes for her people (Est 4:9-5:2)
Restoration — The raising of Lazarus (John 11:38-44)
Discipleship - The two encounter Christ on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35).
I have no issues about persons with SSA praying the rosary. In fact, we need to pray the rosary to fortify us in our struggle to live chaste lives. What I don't like about this whole thing is when certain people distort and twist something in order to suit their own agenda, in this case the rosary. We as Catholics should not condone this sacrilege. Being accepting and tolerant towards our radical LGBT brothers does not mean condoning and accepting their "twisted" sense of spirituality.
If you examine closely this "queer rosary", it's not a rosary at all. The true rosary is always Christocentric, i.e., Christ-centered and also Marian. Notice the absence of this crucial element in the so-called "relational mysteries".
One pro-gay blogger's comment goes something like this:
"Praying a queer rosary is a way of healing the divide that has existed between religion and LGBT people. It's a practice meant to foster love and acceptance, and a practice meant to honor peaceful representations of Mary. There should be nothing blasphemous about that."
Well, I don't agree with his views. Some things in this world simply don't mix well. I can sense his desire to reconcile his ideologies and find acceptance within the Church, but that is where the main conflict lies - the gay agenda is radically incompatible with Christ's teachings - and the only way for anyone in the gay community to come into full communion with the Church is to take up his/her cross of same-sex attraction and follow Him. There is simply no other way and we at Courage strive to live this commitment despite the hardships and persecutions.
At this point, let us remember to include our separated Catholic LGBT brothers and sisters in our rosary in order that they may come to know the truth and embrace it.