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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2


Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005



Saturday, May 07, 2005

Archdiocese's additional statement on RSM

Text of what is in the Cathedral of St. Paul's bulletin for this weekend: (emphasis my own)

Statement
Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis

Members of the Minnesota Rainbow Sash movement had notified us of their plans to attend the noon Mass on Pentecost Sunday at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and to receive Communion wearing their sashes, as they have for the past four years. This year, sash wearers also announced plans to take the same action at other Twin Cities parishes. Archbishop Flynn has informed the leader of Rainbow Sash Minnesota that they will no longer be permitted to receive the Eucharist wearing their sashes. Nor will Communion be given to any other group wearing similar items signifying protests against Church teaching.

In a letter to the head of the Rainbow Sash movement, the Archbishop stated that the sash is "more and more perceived as a protest against Church teaching," as indicated by statements made by the group in other dioceses. He also noted that the group refused a request by Father Talbot, at a recent Mass to remove their sashes. Because of this, and the fact that the Vatican has communicated that it considers the wearing of the Rainbow Sash during reception of Communion to be unacceptable, Archbishop Flynn made it very clear that "No one wearing the sash will be permitted to receive the Blessed Sacrament."

The Archbishop emphasized in his letter to the Rainbow Sash movement that "it is Catholic Church and Archdiocesan policy to be welcoming to all, including those with same sex orientations. At the same time, the Holy Eucharist may never be used as a form of protest. Let us all pray for unity and understanding within our Church," he concluded.

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