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Scholar: Gays in St. Patrick's Parade Sign of Catholic Weakness

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 08:02 PM

The inclusion of gays in New York's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade could lead to the diluting of Catholic values, says religious scholar Robert Royal.

"I personally have to say I don't think this is going to help the Catholic Church, Cardinal Dolen, and the Archdiocese of New York," Royal said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"This is an expression of the kind of weakness we see not only in the Catholic Church, but in all traditional religions — Protestant, Jewish even Muslim — vis-a-vis the post-modern culture we live in."

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For years, the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organization has been rebuffed in its effort to march in the Saint Patrick's Day Parade under its own banner.

But last week, the parade committee said the gays can march, noting its "change of tone" was intended as a "gesture of goodwill" to the gay community and an effort to keep the parade "above politics."

The decision came after a group of gay NBC Universal employees petitioned to march under its own banner in the 2015 parade.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York who has been appointed to serve as the parade's grand marshal in 2015, said the Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee "continues to have my confidence and support."

Cardinal Dolan also said that the parade committee, and not the archdiocese, decides who marches in the parade. However, the late Cardinal John O'Connor, in 1993, made clear his opposition to gays marching under their own banner.

"The Catholic Church is a target … There's going to be other mischief that flows out of this and it's going to weaken the church even further within the United States," predicted Royal, editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing and president of the Faith & Reason Institute.

"The archdiocese finds itself in a very uncomfortable situation … Because of obvious social pressures, changes in country, [Dolan has] judged it wise … but that is perhaps something many people would debate.

"It's no secret that gay pressure groups, courts, some of our politicians would like to push back the church on a variety of issues, not only homosexuality, but abortion, contraception…. I don't think that giving in on any one of these issues that the church gains any friends. It just kind of wets people's appetites to push back further."

One Catholic leader who is upset by the parade committee's decision is Bill Donohue, president of the New York City-based Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

"If it gets to the point where the Catholic element is completely diluted, then I will no longer march in the parade," Donohue told Aleteia.

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