On September 17th Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, wrote an explanation of his decision to serve as Grand Marshall of next year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Although persons with same-sex attraction had never been excluded from marching in the parade, parade organizers nevertheless took the unprecedented step of allowing a group to march in the parade carrying a banner reading “Gay people of Irish ancestry.” Not one mention was made by Cardinal Dolan in his explanation as to whether these individuals are in agreement with Church teaching on the immorality of homosexual acts or whether they are attempting to live chaste lives. Regardless, the Cardinal defended his decision as follows:
To the point: the committee’s decision allows a group to publicize its identity, not promote actions contrary to the values of the Church that are such an essential part of Irish culture. I have been assured that the new group marching is not promoting an agenda contrary to Church teaching, but simply identifying themselves as “Gay people of Irish ancestry.”
Editor's Note: Our friend, Father Z, has some interesting things to say about the impending demotion of Raymond Cardinal Burke to, as Sandro Magister puts it, "not… the prestigious see of Chicago, but rather... to the pompous – but ecclesiastically very modest – title of ‘cardinal patron’ of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta". If this happens, and as of this writing it remains unconfirmed but likely, it just may constitute the most insulting demotion of a high-ranking churchmen in history. Though Father Z seems mostly concerned about an overreaction to this news on the part of Traditionalists (Lord knows the Neo-Catholics never understimate the significance of these things), even he is struggling to find a way to sugarcoat this startling development. We’re grateful to our new columnist, Maegaera Erinyes, for providing a bit more insight into what is really going on with the Francis Revolution in Rome. MJM
What Fr. Z fails to mention is that it's not just Cardinal Burke. It has appeared for some time that the Vatican's canon law department has been the chosen dumping ground for the revolutionaries to send former Ratzingerians and their Trad-leaning ilk. To go to see Card. Burke at the Signatura, you don't go to the Vatican, you get on a bus across town to the Cancelleria, a beautiful old 15th century palazzo near the tourist meccas of the Campo di Fiori and Piazza Navona. On (what North Americans would call) the third floor, the Piano Nobile, you turn left at the top of the stairs and go knock on the big wooden door at the end of the hall.