Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mardi Gras Mass ... Archdiocesan Website

It is sad to say that the Newtown gay Mass is once again being advertised on the Sydney Archdiocesan website. 

The gay Mass was advertised on the Archdiocesan website about 4 years ago but was removed after complaints.

Please pray for an end to this Mass, the conversion of all involved and the spreading of the Courage Apostolate for the Sacramental and pastoral needs of people suffering from same sex attraction.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Kristina Keneally launches Acceptance 40th celebrations

Kristina Keneally, the previous premier of New South Wales, launched the 'Acceptance turns 40' exhibition on Friday night, June 7th. The exhibition is being held at the Surry Hills Library (4th-29th June 2012).

Here is a link to the text of her speech:

Who knows where KK got her understanding of Ecclesiology from but one thing is for certain, it is not the same understanding of the Church as we have been handed down through tradition from Christ and the Apostles.

For a quick look at KK's misguided understanding of what the Church is just read her concluding paragraph:

'And when they ask: why not convert, I say why? Why give up the sacraments, liturgy, ritual and faith that the Church gives to me? If Kung is right, indeed, if Vatican II is right, then we are all the church. The history of Acceptance, and Robinson's statement, makes clear that the church does change, the attitudes, teachings and understanding can change, the Holy Spirit moves within the church by stirring the hearts of believers'.

'You cannot please both God and the world at the same time.
They are utterly opposed to each other in their thoughts, their desires, and their actions'.
(St. John Vianney)

'Acceptance turns 40' exhibition...

Here is the front door sign at the Surry Hills Library
advertising the 'Acceptance turns 40' exhibition.
2008 Sydney Mardi Gras Parade, a mock
pope on the Acceptance float.
'renaming World Youth Day as World Gay Day'...

Protestors: 'A group associated with a Maronite parish in Sydney'.

'Acceptance has had a float in the Mardi Gras for over 25 years'

City of Sydney endorses Acceptance
saying: 'Acceptance is a fascinating
part of the City of Sydney's gay
history and the exhibition is a
highlight of Pride Week 2012' 

'Gay God's Gift'

'Sadly, some people cannot accept that
being gay and Catholic is possible'.

Two dissident groups in union with each other.

'then homosexuality must also be a gift from God'

A recent blog post put up on the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians (Pray for us sinners!) on Father Peter Maher's (Parish Priest of Newtown) blog shows us clearly what Acceptance Sydney stands for. Father Maher has hosted the Acceptance Mass at his parish for roughly the last six years since 2006. Here is the text of his post, have a read and see how blatantly against Church teaching it is:

After last Sunday’s homily there has been some interest in the thoughts I expressed. Far from judging and vilifying lesbians and gays, as we heard from Michael Voris in his video about the Newtown parish Friday night Mass, I suggested that hearing the stories of lesbian and gay Catholics and how that had influenced my reading in order to better pastorally care for all Catholics might offer a new way of seeing lesbian and gay Catholics as gift rather than“the other” for whom we might feel sorry.

What I learned from hearing these stories was that lesbian and gay Catholics are like all people trying to live their faith – they are searching for meaning and joy and authenticity in and through the Catholic community and the spiritual wisdom of the bible and church tradition. Catholics expect to find guidance and encouragement, as well as challenge, but lesbian and gay Catholics find all too often that they are asked to deny their sexuality or, at best, to be invisible.
Fr Peter Maher, Parish Priest,Newtown
Theologians and spiritual writers are beginning to write from the perspective of the world in which we live and the life stories of lesbian and gay Catholics. If sexuality is a gift from God and if psychology and science are correct in finding that homosexuality is God-given, that is not chosen, then homosexuality must also be a gift from God. What might this gift be? Those doing theology with the insight of the stories of lesbian and gay Catholics and modern science suggest such areas as intimacy, friendship, faithful love and personal growth might be a gift to the church and indeed the world.

Where traditional sexual ethics has dominated church teaching about
heterosexual relationships and marriage; homosexuals have had to find the meaning for themselves of their God-given attraction and have made some astoundingly good gospel-based spiritual discoveries. While heterosexual relationships are struggling in the current climate of distrust of church teaching; homosexual relationships, lived according to gospel principles of love, seem to be finding a beautiful expression.

But what of the scripture passages that seem so damning of homosexuality? Through scripture scholarship which emphasizes the meaning of the text in context, it seems that all the texts referring to homosexuality, and there are not many –indeed, none in the gospel, all refer to abusive sexual relationships. In times when people did not identify as gay, as they do today, it is reasonable to infer that the texts referring to homosexuality refer to people being used and abused. Scriptural texts do encourage intimate and caring relationships and these can often be found among lesbian and gay couples.

I don’t pretend we have found a path forward yet but there are many within the church exploring these ideas. What we try to do here at St Joseph’s Newtown is to support, and walk with, lesbian and gay Catholics as they try to faithfully live their faith authentically.
Including the outsider is a common theme here at Newtown parish and so it is not so surprising that we might explore such a ministry. Let’s hope the likes of Michael Voris, and his Opus Dei money, don’t destroy this emerging gift for the church.
Peter Maher, Parish priest, Newtown

There are too many points in the above text to go through them all but to point out a couple that are undeniably wrong and erroneous:

1. 'If sexuality is a gift from God and if psychology and science are correct in finding that homosexuality is God-given, that is not chosen, then homosexuality must also be a gift from God.'

'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. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2357).

2. 'Through scripture scholarship which emphasizes the meaning of the text in context, it seems that all the texts referring to homosexuality, and there are not many –indeed, none in the gospel, all refer to abusive sexual relationships.'

Some Biblical references to the sin of sodomy:

- Leviticus 18:22 
- Leviticus 18:29
- Leviticus 20:13 
- Romans 1:24-27 
- 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
- 1 Timothy 1:8-11
- Genesis 19:1-29 (The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah)

For a clear Biblical reference to sodomy, and exactly what is meant by it, look no futher than Leviticus 18:22 'You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination'.

This means that a man who has physical/sexual relations with another man commits an abomination. The Scriptures are inspired by God and show us the truth. We are told in the book of Genesis that a man and a woman come together and become one flesh. It is in this one flesh that the fruit of their love is made a reality in their offspring. God has told us to 'Go forth and multiply' (Genesis 1:28). A homosexual relationship cannot participate in pro-creation.

"Right is right, even if no one is right. Wrong is wrong, even if everyone is wrong."
Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Monday, January 16, 2012

Rodney Pople 'art' Reparation Vigil

On Saturday the 18th of September 2010 over 150 faithful Catholic's came to pray, offer penance and make Reparation to Almighty God for the Sacrilegious 'art' exhibition held at Australian Galleries.

The exhibition, “Bellini 21c”, by artist Rodney Pople features 20 works that mesh Renaissance religious paintings with unusual and sometimes pornographic images. Eight works are of a sexual nature and one includes an image of a porn star engaged in a sexual act superimposed on an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pople said he was not attacking the Christian Faith but “looking at the cracks within the Catholic Church. All I’m saying is that if you look at the layers, or strip back the curtain from the altarpiece, you’ll see a lot of hypocrisy,” Pople said. “That can stand for other elements of our social structure, not necessarily the Church.”

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mass before Mardi Gras

This years 'Mass before Madri Gras' was a little different to other years. While the Mass was taking place within the Church there were 50 Catholic's praying quietly across the road. When Fr. Peter Maher had finished Mass he thought it a good thing to come and tell all the people praying in Reparation they were 'intimidating' his parishioners. He then threatened to ring the police if we didn't move. As you can imagine the police were down at the Church pretty quickly when they were told a Church 'service' had been disrupted by people harrasing them. A long story in short the police ended up being on our side and the night of prayer went, otherwise, well. 15 decades of the Holy Rosary were prayed in reparation for the sins against the Blessed Sacrament and also to ask God for mercy upon all who attend these Masses. Please also join in praying for the Priests and the persons who attend this Mass.

"By His bruises we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5) Let us pray in this Lenten season for healing of all through the Passion of Our Lord Jesus.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

'Trivia Night and Dinner Dance', in a Catholic Crypt

This Saturday night, the 12th of Feb, will see St Joseph's Newtown hold its annual 'Gay dinner dance' in the Crypt of the Church.

From the Acceptance website itself we see that the proceeds of this 'Trivia night and Dinner Dance' will go towards 'Acceptance's Mardi Gras efforts', which includes the Acceptance float. Lets hope they dont have a mock Pope on their float this year!

It might be a good thing to here point out that the Crypt of the Church is a Consecrated place, is part of the 'Domus Dei', the House of God. To be holding a Trivia night and a Dinner Dance in such a place is a profane act, to use something sacred in a way it is not to be used.

Please pray for God's forgiveness and mercy upon these poor souls who see this as an appropriate place to hold such a disgraceful event.

Take a look at the following link for more:

'Terribilis est locus iste'