From a reader:
I am a convert to the Faith. I wonder/am ticked off that Boston and Chicago each have a parish which has regular Masses for Homosexual so they do not feel so disenfranchized. I am sorry they are disoedient, but a Mass for them seems terribly out of plalce.
To me this is like having a Mass for adulturers or thieves. Aside praying for all involved, is someone in charge investigating these activities/trying to stop them?
I am also troubled by this.
First, we all know about and no doubt approve of Masses celebrated for particular groups. There is a Red Mass, Blue Mass, White Mass. I can see Masses for, say, Knights of Columbus, welders, convents of religious sisters. While this can create a work load for priests in this time when there are not nearly enough priests, the people in these groups are bound together because they have something in common. However, what they have in common is normal and good. They need pastoral care.
There are not Masses for active thieves, professional thieves, robbers, burglars, muggers or pickpockets. I can imagine, however, a Mass for reformed thieves, people who were thieves and are no longer. The could meet at the Church of St. Dismas on the evening of the first Saturday of the month, discreetly, and then steal away into the night, holier and more resolved than ever not to sin and hurt themselves and neighbors. They need pastoral care.
I can see Masses for homosexuals in the same way. If people are trying to resist their inclinations and live a holy life, if they have stopped what they were doing, then perhaps they could have some support for each other as a group and offer their sufferings and petitions to the Father in union with Christ’s perfect offering for sins on Calvary, which is what Mass renews. They need pastoral care.
I cannot see a group of thieves getting together to have Mass so that they can affirm their old lifestyle and perhaps even reputations as thieves. No… let’s make it drug addicts, alcoholics, or gamblers. They may have strong inclinations they still fight. They wouldn’t be there to celebrate their imbalanced appetites or addictions. They would be looking for the strength to stop for good. They need pastoral care.
Everyone has something to struggle with. Some inclinations are bad because of circumstances. Some are bad in themselves. Either way, if the inclination leads to sin, then it must be resisted with might and main and the help of grace that comes from the sacraments and from acceptance of the truth of Catholic teaching.
In any event, I have a hard time understanding these Masses and these parishes. I do not say they cannot be, but I think they should have the closest oversight by bishops and perhaps even the Holy See.