Homosexual parade rerouted to pass St. Patrick’s Basilica

Social activist and blogger (Catholic-legate.com) John Pacheco, who organized a 15,000-strong March for Marriage in 2005, urged men to gather in front of the basilica to pray the rosary with their backs turned to the parade. About 40-50 men and women arrived shortly before 1 p.m. and began to pray.

Pacheco said he decided to urge prayers to turn their backs because he was not sure whether there would be nudity in the parade. He also thought having backs turned would encourage those participating to pray rather than engage in any arguments or confrontations.

But Pacheco ended up in a confrontation with a member of St. Patrick’s Pastoral Council, who told him they were being provocative. Sheila Jones sought the assistance of the basilica’s pastor, Father Bosco Wong, who asked Pacheco to stop the sidewalk prayer. The priest invited them to come inside to pray.

Pacheco told the protestors to listen to their own consciences, but he was going to do as the priest wished and go inside. About 25 people followed him, while about 10-20 remained outdoors.

“I had no option,” said Pacheco in an interview. “If we went against the pastor, we lost. We would be a house divided.”

But Pacheco hopes the Archdiocese as a whole will address the rerouting of the Pride Parade. “As a Church community we have to address what Catholics are permitted to do, in light of the provocation in changing the route.”

(Source)

We desperately need leadership….but fear, confusion, and uncertainty reigns in the Church today.

21 thoughts on “Homosexual parade rerouted to pass St. Patrick’s Basilica

  1. This so-called Priest and his accomplices have already divided the house by caving in to child corruptors.He Chose a pagan Caesar(secular humanist government) over Lord Christ.If you follow a blind guide he will lead you into a ditch.Church in The New Testament was parties of persecuted Christians not edifices,until Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity about the year 307,before this Christians were raped,sodomized,persecuted in every way,and murdered,by government decree for their values.When a Church becomes The Edifice Of Democratic Secular Humanist Sodom it is no longer a Christian Church.Democratic Secular Humanist Sodom only allow edifices of worship that comply with Sodom’s values.

  2. As an outside observer I took great interest in the scene transpiring outside St. Pat’s last Sunday. And, what I saw was people who are uncomfortable with the LGBT community who for some reason don’t know them as regular everyday people- LGBT people are like you and me.

    So when it comes to evangelism I guess it depends on what your purpose is. Instead of welcoming and reaching out to the LGBT community I saw the demonization of gay people and the assumption that all gay people want to do is glorify their immorality, push for their rights and attack Christian values. But, If you point the cross at people and they respond negatively to you- you might want to consider that it is not because they’re being convicted by the cross but rather they are responding to your assumption that they need the cross shoved in their face and maybe it is an insult to them.

    If you line up with your backs turned to a group of people how does that help them know Jesus? You are creating a barrier in front of the church doors. That does not make sense. And, you are shutting out the possibility of engaging them in conversation so how can you make inroads with anyone behaving like that? I see this happen every year- Christian protesters holding up condemning signs, yelling over loud speakers at the people in the parade. No one wants to go near you when you do that. Yet, Jesus drew people to himself.

    Although, it is true there are political activists in the LGBT community it is also true there are political activist in the Christian community. Politicians seek adversarial positions and stand on their rights and want to justify their actions but what effect is politics having on evangelism? It does not help a broken and lost world. We live in the opportunity of grace, of open arms, of an invitation to the wedding feast. Jesus is knocking on everyone’s door. Therefore, we can welcome LGBT people and be hospitable to them.

    Let the Holy Spirit do it’s work of convicting each one’s heart not because of our great ability to correct them but because they feel loved as we reflect the goodness of Christ. Because- it is not the anger of God which draws us close to him- rather it is the goodness of God which leads us to repentance.

    • You are indoctrinating people Kathy as a so-called outside observer to believe that homosexual activists,lawyers and judges some we know, and have known since they were younger,did not work hard to get homosexially legalized.They know that what is legislated by elected officials is considered moral,and is normalized as an alternative legal behavior by adult school teachers,and special interest activists starting with Kindergarteners as a legalized so-called human rights. You also know Kathy that children are malleable and trusting,and their brains are like canvasses awaiting the brushstrokes of their environment.They absorb any image those paid to educate them place in front of them.It is my job ,my elected officials,and my friends to protect our children and from people wanting to recruit them into a morbid lifestyle,in or out of school.Our Lord said let the children come to Me,not get corrupted by unrepentant homsexuals into believing what they do is healthy.Homosexuals are less than 2% of the public who cannot naturally have children of their own,but have politically organized to have their behavior legalized ,so they can recruit schoolchildren as so-called human rights to increase their numbers.

      Christians you are more than 2% of the public.When Parliament and The Supreme Court Of Canada did not raise the age of sex consent in 2005,and The Supreme Court majority ruled consenting 14 year old’s as adults,you politically joined with concerned parents,and grandparents across Canada to force Parliament to Legislate raising the age of sex consent. Which they passed a Bill that did what you requested of them,because of the reasons you gave. You should do this again with this bad legislation too.

    • Here by the way is the manifesto I spoke of of the “poor” “misunderstood”
      non-angry, non-violent people who promote the gay life style, not those who admit they have a homosexual problem and admit they are truly heterosexual people, but no those who try to defend their perversion of God’s Natural order, and God’s History and who I may add are without doubt intent on bulldozing the Church and world with it. If one defend what they do as if they are just poor lost souls they are reprobate themselves and are blind to true evil and deception.
      omosexual Manifesto:First printed in The February 15,1987 issue of The Homosexual etc.,Newspaper,Gay Community News,by Michael Swift.

      THIS ESSAY is outre, madness, a tragic, cruel fantasy, an eruption of inner rage, on how the oppressed desperately dream of being the oppressor.

      ————————————————————————————————————————————————
      We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all-male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together. Your sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our image. They will come to crave and adore us.

      Women, you cry for freedom. You say you are no longer satisfied with men; they make you unhappy. We, connoisseurs of the masculine face, the masculine physique, shall take your men from you then. We will amuse them; we will instruct them; we will embrace them when they weep. Women, you say you wish to live with each other instead of with men. Then go and be with each other. We shall give your men pleasures they have never known because we are foremost men too and only man knows how to truly please another man; only one man can understand with depth and feeling the mind and body of another man.
      All laws banning homosexual activity will be revoked. Instead, legislation shall be passed which engenders love between men.

      All homosexuals must stand together as brothers; we must be united artistically, philosophically, socially, politically, and financially. We will triumph only when we present a common face to the vicious heterosexual enemy.

      If you dare to cry faggot, fairy, queer, at us, we will stab you in your cowardly hearts and defile your dead, puny bodies.

      We shall write poems of the love between men; we shall stage plays in which man openly caresses man; we shall make films about the love between heroic men which will replace the cheap, superficial, sentimental, insipid, juvenile, heterosexual infatuations presently dominating your cinema screens. We shall sculpt statues of beautiful young men, of bold athletes which will be placed in your parks, your squares, your plazas. The museums of the world will be filled only with paintings of graceful, naked lads.
      Our writers and artists will make love between men fashionable and de rigueur, and we will succeed because we are adept at setting styles. We will eliminate heterosexual liaisons through the devices of wit and ridicule, devices which we are skilled in employing.

      We will unmask the powerful homosexuals who masquerade as heterosexuals. You will be shocked and frightened when you find that your presidents and their sons, your industrialists, your senators, your mayors, your generals, your athletes, your film stars, your television personalities, your civic leaders, your priests are not the safe, familiar, bourgeois, heterosexual figures you assumed them to be. We are everywhere; we have infiltrated your ranks. Be careful when you speak of homosexuals because we are always among you; we may be sleeping in the same bed with you.

      There will be no compromises. We are not middle-class weaklings. Highly intelligent, we are the natural aristocrats of the human race, and steely-minded aristocrats never settle for less. Those who oppose us will be exiled.

      We shall raise vast, private armies, as Mishima did, to defeat you. We shall conquer the world because warriors inspired by and banded together by homosexual love and honor are as invincible as were the ancient Greek soldiers. The family unit — spawning ground of lies, betrayals, mediocrity, hypocrisy, and violence — will be abolished. The family unit, which only dampens imagination and curbs free will, must be eliminated. Perfect boys will be conceived and grown in the genetic laboratory. They will be bonded together in a communal setting, under the control and instruction of homosexual savants.

      All churches who condemn us will be closed. Our only gods are handsome young men. We adhere to a cult of beauty, moral and aesthetic. All that is ugly and vulgar and banal will be annihilated. Since we are alienated from middle-class heterosexual conventions, we are free to live our lives according to the dictates of the pure imagination. For us too much is not enough.
      The exquisite society to emerge will be governed by an elite comprised of gay poets. One of the major requirements for a position of power in the new society of homoeroticism will be indulgence in the Greek passion. Any man contaminated with heterosexual lust will be automatically barred from a position of influence. All males who insist on remaining stupidly heterosexual will be tried in homosexual courts of justice and will become invisible men.

      We shall rewrite history, history filled and debased with your heterosexual lies and distortions. We shall portray the homosexuality of the great leaders and thinkers who have shaped the world. We will demonstrate that homosexuality and intelligence and imagination are inextricably linked, and that homosexuality is a requirement for true nobility, true beauty in a man.

      We shall be victorious because we are fueled with the ferocious bitterness of the oppressed who have been forced to play seemingly bit parts in your dumb, heterosexual shows throughout the ages. We too are capable of firing guns and manning the barricades of the ultimate revolution.
      Tremble, hetero swine, when we appear before you without our masks!

  3. Interestingly I heard this same pastor chastise people and refer back to this day instead of giving a homily about what the readings and gospel stated that day or even to give homage to the Saint who I believe was St. Monica that day, No he used the time instead to try to berate and intimidate and make some true followers and other people feel wrong and small who pray and speak Truth into evil. It is very obvious and unfortunately expected and of course supported by the various groups at said Parish who have agendas that are often of ill will to what Jesus desires. That much is certain.This very priest who by the way quotes and seems to agree with Henri Dubac and Hanz Kung (please excuse any misspelling) and other modernistic and heretical theologians) scolded almost and insulted “reminiscent of Pope Francis Rosary bead counters for using the Rosary as a “weapon” Imagine!
    Guess he forgets or is completely ignorant of the fact that that is what not only
    St. Padre Pio calls The Holy Rosary but what the Rosary IS, but other REAL Saints.
    Anyhow, enough of this nonsense coming from people who are either deluded
    or very confused as to what is real obedience according to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to HIM Alone and Our Blessed Virgin and Mother Mary as to what they would have one do, (not the fake Church of Nice, that btw is not “nice” at all. To further say this would divide the Church is farcical I am sorry…Look around . No where does Jesus say support ANY Priest or Pastor or Pope, p who does not support HIS teaching regarding everything. Pray for them pray hard, pray the Holy Rosary for them but do not do what they do, and stop calling that “obedience” It is NOT. Not to Christ certainly, and when there is a choice between a mere man priest or not who is in error and Jesus The King we ALWAYS obey Jesus. Form your conscience properly.This very same pastor went on to infer that it would be a confrontation. Of course it is, in the fact we are praying against evil; Truth and Righteousness confront evil and the devil and his minions and followers we do not dialogue with the devil as this pastor said of course we should be doing. In other words do not show yourselves , you so called warriors of the Lord. WHERE oh where are the REAL men of Jesus Christ who follow Him and not man. They do so, because they want to fit in or fake belong and be so called “accepted”to a
    group of people who for the most part are enemies of Christ and care more about their own agenda and selves and little cliques then they do about Truth. and Jesus and His One and Holy Catholic Church.
    One does not dialogue with the Devil, He confronts Him with the Rosary , The Whole Truth and He looks Him right in the eye never bowing down to cowardice and remaining silent or hiding himself to protect himself in the face of evil. and when evil marches down in front of one of God’s Homes, building is where Jesus resides in the Holy Tabernacle. It is Jesus Christs’ Home FIRST an d foremost not any pastor or priest’s.

    • Some of the things you are saying here Frances are not supported by scripture. God talked to Satan about Job and Jesus had a conversation with him in the desert. The temple is first and foremost our bodies and our soul not a physical building and Jesus never used a rosary and why should he or anyone need the rosary to speak with others. My understanding is the rosary , ‘ is used to help keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them.” I don’t see the application in this situation. Jesus taught us how to pray through the Lord’s prayer. But he also said when you pray pray in private. Otherwise Jesus pretty much put himself out there for others to spend time with sinners and people he was discipling . If you want scripture to back that up I can provide it 🙂

  4. I am glad to add a different view to this. I invite Christians to think critically about this and to be open to LGBT people in thier neighbourhood, workplace and families. God is calling them as well.

    To be fair many of the people who have fought for gay rights and protection of gay people both in relationships and gay youth do so out of concern for their well being.

    As well keep in mind indoctrination happens through propaganda. Whereas Jesus has called us friends which is a relationship not a political movement.

    • Lord Jesus calls us to repent of perversions,not kick Him out of democratic Government,Law and Education,and then legalize evil perversions as so-called “neutral”State Sanctioned Secular Humanist rights.Kathy you are not neutral which is your right in a democracy.When the majority buy into the neutral Secular Humanist lie, as they have since only the early 1960’s,then evil is legalized,and society indoctrinated into the new State Sanctioned Religion-Worldview of so-called “neutral” Secular Humanism,using adult school teachers and homosexual and other special interest group activists.Before your religion became State Sanctioned in the early 1960’s school teachers led Western Civilizations schoolchildren in The Lord’s Prayer,sex education was dating,courtship and waiting for sex in faithful marriage to one of the opposite sex,and The Ten Commandments were on Government,School and Courthouse Walls and in the the majorities hearts and minds.The New State Sanctioned Religion-Worldview of so-called “neutral” Secular Humanism changed this.
      We did politically organize concerned parents,grandparents and citizens to politically hold their elected representatives accountable to reverse rotten 2005 legislation;which Parliament did listening to reason.

      • I am not hyper-political yet I can see that some good has come out of political movements. Those movements on a broad scale were full of different kinds of people with different beliefs, intents and purposes. Yet they sought to help and protect minority groups and those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable. It is not perfect, obviously but it is not totally evil as you would claim. We still live within the complexities of our world and showing grace is the best way to navigate it, as it brings the peace and love of Christ to others.

        As well, I don’t think calling people names or making accusations about them is beneficial to any discussion nor does it mirror the love of Christ who cares about the well being of others. As it says in John 3:16 God’s posture and demeanour towards a broken world is no longer one of condemnation but one of demonstrating his love for us.

        Yes, I agree repentance is the first step. And repentance is a time of turning to Christ and learning form him. Maybe your expereince is different form mine. But the awareness of my sin and the need for God’s mercy grew within me over time through having a relationship with Christ. Should we argue about how people repent or be trying to figure people out? Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:5 , ” therefore judge nothing before it’s time.”

        As we keep our focus on Jesus our humility deepens and our love for all people increases.

        But we cannot even begin that journey if we are at first rejected and our faith is denied or ridiculed. Therefore, we should be careful not to put ourselves in a position in which we prevent or discourage another person from seeking or finding Jesus.

        • It is just ok for some people to accept bad worldviews that corrupt our children in schools,as so called “neutral” Secular Humanist Human rights.Then allow people to flaunt their bad behavior in parades,with indoctrinated from kindergarten seculars who now take their children to show them this legalized alternative behavior.Saint Stephen was killed for telling the people the truth about their evil ways,while the leaders of the people applauded his stoning to death.Canada and Western Civilization became Christian in Government,Law and Education for good reason,but Secular Humanists worked hard to outlaw Christianity in Government,Law ,and Education to have so-called “neutral” Secular Humanism become the new State Sanctioned Worldview-Religion,and convert people back to Pagan Values by Secular Humanist decree.These people are evil and are corrupting our society starting with Kindergarteners.Christians and concerned citizens should politically unite to hold their elected officials accountable for passing corrupt legislation,so this evil does not continue.

          • Read the account of Stephen again. He was stoned by the Jewish leaders, who could not repent of their own error and misrepresentationof the truth.

            Yes we all have a propensity for evil. We are all sinners.

        • I did not get back to respond till early Tuesday morning when I awake to pray, however Kathy I see you have much to say.I would like to add that if you read my whole post without your own subjective bias regarding you hand picked “Scriptural “references,( how Protestant) as you put it, you would nothing you said had anything remotely to do with what I was saying, nor was it Catholic. I should not even have to repeat this to you, as I was referring to the original POST Kathy get it? and a certain priest using a later Mass Homily to vent on about what he was corralled into doing according to some opinions by some woman on the council, who as usual ,especially these days with the feminist agenda gaining more and more influence in “Modernistic” Prostestinized” Catholic Parishes, they are want to do in efforts to move along their own ill-willed agendas. Not saying that was the case here but women on councils and some men , have their own agendas and it more often than not is NOT for the Good of Jesus Church. I have to laugh though at your silly comment about the temple Here we go again, as if I am not aware of the body being the temple as well, but any Catholic would know what I was referring to except a Protestantized one. Please Do not preach to me about scripture, you know nothing about me or my knowledge of Holy Catholic Scripture, especially since it does not even relate to what I was speaking about, but I forgive you for you sound like a one of the typical immature Church of Nice people I was referring to who deep down really only wants to talk a lot about”fake love and Mercy” via Pope Francis version. Obviously you know nothing about the Holy Rosary or Padre Pio or what the Rosary is , and how Our Blessed Virgin Mother and Queen, who Our Lord Jesus appointed I might add to defeat the enemy with said Rosary. As far as praying so called silently at all times and not at ground zero because you pretend that that is not being “nice” and rather “confrontational you are incorrect and obviously do little praying, outside of abortion mills nor confront evil from these “poor” lost souls, who by the way referring to another deluded response inferred people were “scolding” them for Heavens for such little things as committing sodomy, and encouraging others that it is not only fine but that it should become the aceccepted norm and even be and “equally” “accepted” form of “marriage”STOP this satanic crap! What do you think pedophiles do to babies and children and then later to thers and so on and so on with even the homosexual mafia infiltrated into the Churches schools, Parliament and legislature. Do some history research. and stop talking about God in flowery language. It is disgusting, insulting and proud on your part to condescend to Jesus as if he is some feminized wimpy smiley face while this is happening , as well as if all is rosy and we just have to “all get along” tell me are you in the freemasonry 12 steps where they promote designer “spirituality” and Christianity light” where hey! all versions of god are fine and we just need to “tolerate” and Not “judge” and so on, while the fornication is common and the lsgbt whatever mafia is oh so strong but ey they all just “luv” one another hug, hug hug and they all accept don’t you know. When you commit sin you are not just “like” anyone who has been Baptized you are out of God’s grace and you need to be told you will go to Hell if you do not repent. The first Corporal work of Mercy is to admonish the sinner. Go listen to a real Priest and former exorcist who also happens to know the Catholic Faith. Father Clement Machado. You have no idea how deeply entrenched this whole movement is, what they are demanding and by your talk appear to have fallen for, as usual, the usual clap trap threat they are a “poor” misunderstood group who just need to ” feel” accepted. You are a poor patsy , for them or maybe are adjoined with them. Who knows? One thing is for sure they have an agenda, and I wil not let them or some other group with ill will and who are enemies of Christ and what He says destroy His Church or world by being “fake nice” to be liked (pride) or thought well of (pride,again} instead of speaking of what sorrows Him and Our Lady is that clear? S save you wrongfully personal comments for elsewhere.And while you are at go educate yourself on what their agenda is clearly written out in their own personal manifesto.Read their manifesto they published years ago in one of their own magazines and then face the hard reality that they are part of a huger movement to bring down the Catholic Church and usher in Communism. Do no pretend to know Scripture , and if you do insist on doing so better read quote what Jesus said about sodomy, lukewarmness, those who remain silent in the face of evil , and call darkness light, and light darkness.
          Finally, I am responding to you simply because you broke the rules because you obviously just love to post numerous responses to anybody instead of just comment on the post. You did not even get one thing I wrote about and the other things you were incorrect about. I was also referring to real obedience compared to fake obedience, but those words are wasted on modernists for the most part who love to act as if they follow true teachings of Christ based on HIS Traditions and Doctrines that do not change. While you are at it “Kathy” and I really prefer you keep the personal out of this by calling me by name since I have never introduced myself to you personally… since I was not talking to you in the first place but commenting about the initial post, try reading the lives of some real Saints who followed Jesus in true obedience like Joan of Arc. I notice you seem to feel compelled to answer to even Citizen who knows what he speaks of for the most part not like many , and he speaks with clarity and boldness.
          Note : Another very good rationale for excusing yourself and others for not being present in the public square where the darkness is thick by your so called praying behind closed doors etc. God hates sin and says those who follow Him will hate what He hates and He is not all flowery about it either.You meet it head on with His Truth spoken clearly, loudly and consistently and one who is obedient to what He desires becaszue He desores what His Mother and Our Mother and Queen desire that we pray the Rosary which is the entire Gospel into the faces of those who are evil (in darkness) .You do not “dialogue” and feel sorry and play kissy-kissy with those who are out of God’s grace if they, just want to play the so called word game and are intent to continue to hate what God hates and are out to rebel against Him by promoting in arrogance and sheer pride their intent on pushing perversion in its worst way and engaging in sodomite and hateful relationships that call down the Wrath of God. You speak clear unadulterated Truth ,His Righteousness NOT self-righteousness. Just Jesus’ Truth and you trust Jesus Word along with praying the Rosary because it is Catholic not your own egotistical so called fake “new” evangelizing. People are saved by us praying as was said in times of old, and receiving the Sacraments in a state of Grace daily , hopefully and/ or as often as possible, being truly obedient NOT contracepting for example being pure in body mind and spirit and dressing in a modest way, (btw not to do so is a mortal sin, read the booklet on Holy Confession, they distribute at St. Patrick’s) I guess a lot of so called “nice” people do not care if they receive Jesus Body, Blood, and True Presence in His Most Holy Eucharist Sacrilegiously and witnessing it for all to see, all examples of ,(we are expected to give a Good prepared Confession, which means one is expected to educate oneself on what offends God and what is a mortal sin according to Jesus and the ten Commandments and which is what one who loves Jesus and Our Blessed Lady, would hopefully desire to do so, and NOT try to soften evils that greatly offend ALMIGHTY GOD, but instead always continue speaking God’s Plain Bold,Truth and trusting that that IS enough. If not , one is full of conceit and pride and have the gall to assume that it is the person who is the reason they may convert. Only God converts by His Grace and When He chooses to. We are just called to pray the Rosary (which I repeat is the Gospel inits entirety anbd more…read the History of it and the grace associated with the Holy Rosary and what Our Lday has said regarding Fatima.Where is the trust In God alone and doing what He said, and says,and through His Mother as He has desired because He says through the Intercession of Mary, and mostly since He Is the Same ,Yesterday, Today ,and Forever. He said to go out to the world and”proclaim”: the Good News. Read what proclaim means, and He also said we are to shout it from the rooftops etc. and be zealous and bold and clear. As a matter of fact Jesus and Our Lady are sorrowing because so called Catholics are nowhere to be seen, while His Church is being trampled under afoot. Tell me do you also receive Jesus in your hands and wear shorts to Mass as well ? Sorry to get personal but there are consequences when boundaries are crossed. A blog is not a forum for you to comment on another’s comment get it? You are to comment on the post . In fact it is against the rules in most serious blogs. Better yet, as one woman who was all dressed up “appearing” to be so “nice” told me when after complimenting me for giving testimony about the truth of abortion to which I added Thank you but unfortunately I did not add that I should have spoken more about contraception to which she relied not so nicely this time almost aghast.”Well.!..I see nothing wrong with contraception to which I told her, boldly and seriously because it IS serious business this playing god, and thinking it is nothing and then flattering others hoping they will be “nice” back. I am not “nice” about what will kill the life of grace in the soul, nor is Jesus, it is a mortal sin, I told her it is in the Catechism and that that she should read her Catechism, to which she walked away. You see some people just do not like Truth so they comment all day with vague niceties. It is precisely why The Church and the world are dying. Sodomy is a mortal sin.
          I care less for your opinion and again it is incorrect to what I was speaking of,
          and I refuse to let the Catholic Church be trampled on by those who are enemies of it, especially those inside it. I do not try to be “liked” by people who care little for Jesus and His Whole Truth and Teachings regarding Doctrines that are not to be changed and I do not pretend to be “good of fake nice” which is pride and appear ,so people will think “well” of me, I do what Jesus and Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph and all the Saints and Angels want me to do. Again you know nothing about me, so spare me your personal condescending comments and stick to the post.

          • Thank you ! I wanted to respond to ‘Kathy’ especially her erroneous, belittling of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Mother of God, Queen of Heaven, Queen of the Church and Co-Redemptrix, our heavenly mother -the Virgin Mary has an intercessory role as a mediator in the salvific redemption by her Son Jesus Christ) but you summed it up beautifully. God Bless !

  5. This is a complicated issue. I was thinking to use the powerful sacramentals we have such as salt and water and 4 medals in a square in front of the church on the street so when the parade passes that area- no demons- watch what happens- a moment of lucidity. And praying the Rosary inside while… And maybe a sign up like ‘when you figure out your on a dead end, Jesus awaits!’ There is a time and place for everything. This would work and God willing that sign would come up in the mind of the individual on one of his/her inevitable dark days(we all have them).

    The scary thing this reminds me of: “…I saw two roads. One was broad, covered with sand and flowers, full of joy, music and all sorts of pleasures. People walked along it, dancing and enjoying themselves. They reached the end without realizing it. And at the end of the road there was a horrible precipice; that is, the abyss of hell. The souls fell blindly into it; as they walked, so they fell. And their number was so great that it was impossible to count them. And I saw the other road, or rather, a path, for it was narrow and strewn with thorns and rocks; and the people who walked along it had tears in their eyes, and all kinds of suffering befell them. Some fell down upon the rocks, but stood up immediately and went on. At the end of the road there was a magnificent garden filled with all sorts of happiness and all these souls entered there. At the very first instant they forgot all their sufferings” (Diary 153).

  6. I would imagine that most people who identify as GLBT know what the Catholic Church’s moral stand is on same-sex behavior, thus I do not think it is necessarily helpful to remind people of this in a way that does not at the same time reveal to them the healing love of Jesus Christ, in such a powerful way that they want Jesus and allow Him to convert them. What does scolding people, as if they could pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, do to help them encounter a Love that is so much higher and better than their present rejection of Him? The prayer, including the Rosary, was best done inside, because the weapons of our warfare are not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities in high places.

    I liked the way the Baptists were doing things that day, calmly and smilingly handing out Gospel tracts. I am trying to imagine what kind of response I would like to see next year if the parade goes by St. Patrick’s again. What if there were shining, loving Christian witnesses—some in habits and collars—ready and willing to witness to people who are looking for love in all the wrong places and to reveal to them the love of Jesus Christ? I know when I was broken and lost and myself looking for love in all the wrong places, scolding me only pushed me away. If people are going to be led to shed their very identities in order to stop behaving in certain ways, isn’t it better to reveal to them the supernatural love of God, who at the same time gives them the power to resist sin? If that kind of witnessing takes place perhaps in order for it to be effective, hundreds of people would need to be praying inside the basilica to support those who provided an opportunity for an encounter with the Lord through a glance, a touch, a smile, a hug or a prayer.

    • I liked the way the Baptists were doing things that day, calmly and smilingly handing out Gospel tracts. I am trying to imagine what kind of response I would like to see next year if the parade goes by St. Patrick’s again. What if there were shining, loving Christian witnesses—some in habits and collars—ready and willing to witness to people who are looking for love in all the wrong places and to reveal to them the love of Jesus Christ?

      There’s lots of great things we can do…even much better than what the Baptists were doing. But the chances of it being approved by either the Basilica or the Archdiocese are nil and next to nil. We are missing two ingredients: courage and trust. We can get the boots on the ground. That is not the issue.

      • There’s plenty of time to develop a strategy that if done respectfully could get buy-in from the bishops. I wonder whether it might help to invite the Companions of the Cross, the Servants of the Cross, CCO, NET Ministries, The Queenship of Mary, Mission of the Redeemer Ministries and others to brainstorm on this. Assuming in advance a lack of courage and trust pretty well dooms any efforts to get buy-in to failure.

    • Canada was a Christian country of sorts in Government,Law and Education along with the rest of Western Civilization until the early 1960’s because our people prayed,and then held their elected representatives accountable for passing righteous legislation in our democracies. A counterfeit spirit converted the majority of so-called Christians into believing that the worldview- religion of so-called neutral secularism was better in government,law and education in our democracies than Christianity,and that only prayer without holding elected representatives accountable for passing bad legislation,which corrupts our children in schools is alright.

    • I like your ideas Deborah. I think holding out a hand of greeting and smiling or waving at those in the parade would do a lot of good in the name of your church. It would demonstrate unconditional love and openness. You don’t need permission form anyone to do that as a Christian. Engaging people in a friendly way is always welcomed.

      • Engaging people in a civil way is normal behavior,but allowing secular humanists to convert youth into accepting unhealthy behavior as normal in or our of schools is wrong.

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