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Catholic lay group protests the gay witch hunt

“The integrity of Catholics who are homosexuals is being questioned while the bishops have yet to question themselves.”
— Dorothy Kennedy, chair of the Boston area Voice of the Faithful council

Voice of the Faithful is a lay group of Catholics that has pressed for reform in the church when the pedophile priest scandal broke. Members held demonstrations across the country yesterday to protest the ongoing inaction by the church and Prada Papa Ratzi, and the scapegoating of law-abiding, committed gay priests.

In a statement to the media the group said, “We repeat and reaffirm our support for priests of integrity – without regard to their sexuality. We urge all Catholics to dismiss sexuality litmus tests for service in our Church. And we strongly encourage prompt and adequate funding for the overdue Causes and Context Study – our Church cannot heal without it.”

“We are told in Acts of the Apostles that the early Christian community was recognized when observers would say of them, ‘See how they love one another,'” said Ray Joyce, Executive Director of VOTF. “What better time to live that message?”

The group, which has branches around the world, held demonstrations Sunday at cathedrals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Fall River, Massachusetts.

You’ll recall the Vatican’s ludicrous recent document restricting gays from entering the priesthood (or teaching in seminaries) based on a three-year “no gay sex” — or even homo-positive thoughts — rule.

Papa Ratzi by Mike Tidmus.

“If instead it is a case of homosexual tendencies that are merely the expression of a transitory problem, for example as in the case of an unfinished adolescence, they must however have been clearly overcome for at least three years before ordination as a deacon.”

* Vatican goes after ordained gay priests in letter

* MA: Gay affirming priest replaced by Vatican stooge

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