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Mass for gays and lesbians in the church of St. Cecilia in Boston
(Blogmensgo, July 20th, 2011) Father John Unni, pastor of St. Cecilia Catholic Church of Boston, celebrated July 10, 2011 a mass for gays and lesbians, which was attended by 700 faithful. This is the second time in two months for the priest to hold a service specifically for or in favor of homosexuals, and therefore defying the instructions of the local Catholic hierarchy.
As shown in the above report, the Office rainbow ministry, there were "more people than [Mass] Easter." Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (Wikipedia article), was also present, clearly gay-friendly by conviction than by political obligation.
The homily of the Father Unni was the official theme "You are all welcome" and understood "even and especially if you are gay or lesbian." According to the priest, a servant of God, it is contrary to his mission, it’s even a denial of his faith if he refuses the Eucharist to a segment of the population. This is particularly what he had already hammered, June 12, 2011, Pentecost Sunday, during a homily prohibited by the Archdiocese of Boston, as evidenced by this video from the Boston Globe (note format incompatible with some browsers, requires excessive reverberation to listen).
The Office of June 12 was supposed to be in the Gay Pride Month. The Archdiocese of Boston cancelled without and reason, the father Unni was against the advice of his superiors, still firm in his actions. The mass of July 10th was also being celebrated without the approval of the archdiocese, but an official representative of Cardinal Sean O'Malley, archbishop of Boston, did in fact participate in the celebration. The archbishop had mentioned the previous day that John Unni enjoyed his full support. It seems that the cardinal had agreed to the celebration of Mass in such a condition that the priest read a statement by the ecclesiastical authorities, that the father would not have stooped to Unni.