August 31st 2003 Our Action at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne
CHALLENGING VATICAN OPPRESSION
public action of witness and protest sponsored by
the Rainbow Sash Movement and
he Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.
gay Catholics and students, parents and family confronted the Catholic
Church and Archbishop Denis Hart over the recent Vatican document that
denounced gay unions as "evil" and condemned legislation to recognise them.
The symbolic action took place outside St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne,
after 11 am Mass on Sunday August 31.
The protest will involved a symbolic return of the Vatican document marked
"REJECTED", and a call for the Church to follow Jesus teaching and offer gay
"Bread, Not Stones".
Matthew 7: Jesus words:
9 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread,
will give him a stone?
"We have been given a
Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli's
given on the day!
THE VATICAN releases:
CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING PROPOSALS
TO GIVE LEGAL RECOGNITION
BETWEEN HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS
(FULL TEXT and COMMUNITY RESPONSES)
document calls on all Catholics, and especially Catholic politicians, to oppose
any and all attempts to give any form of legal recognition to gay unions or
marriages, and will condemn adoption by gay couples as an act of "violence"
against a child. The document says that if any politician votes to support legal
recognition for gay unions, he (sic) commits a "gravely immoral" act.
Catholics around the world are appalled at this Vatican action and are preparing
- RAINBOW SASH MOVEMENT MEDIA REPRESENTATIVE
RAINBOW SASH PRESS RELEASE
9pm, July 31, 2003, for immediate release:
(A FABULOUS RESPONSE by
OF THE VATICAN ANNOUNCEMENT
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