Once again it is June. Once again, the U.S. embassies to Italy and the Holy See are flying Gay Pride flags on their facades in this month dedicated to the LGBT movement.
You may have even seen this article in the National Catholic Register: US Embassy to Vatican Again Flies Pride Flag as Biden Administration Endorses ‘LGBTQIA+’ Advocacy| National Catholic Register (ncregister.com)
I did some research last year after seeing the embassy flags on my way to Sunday Mass at the nearby St. Patrick’s Church for Catholic Americans and other English-speaking Catholics, and I was stunned to learn those flags were also flown at our embassies in Muslim majority countries!
Feelings in Islamic cultures about homosexuality generally range from contempt to homosexual acts being forbidden in traditional Islamic jurisprudence. Agree or disagree with that cultural expression, this was seen by many as not only undiplomatic but as insensitive to the local culture.
There are 11 other months in a year. Why does the U.S. celebrate only one group? Why not fly flags to honor families, veterans, human rights, the right to life, religious freedom, just to mention a few possibilities?
POPE JOHN PAUL ON GAY PRIDE EVENT IN ROME: THE CHURCH CANNOT BE SILENT ABOUT THE TRUTH
Sunday, July 9, 2000, Pope John Paul celebrated the Jubilee for Prisoners at “Regina Caeli” Prison in Rome during the Great Jubilee Year 2000. At the Angelus, he said, “It was a touching moment of prayer and humanity. Looking into their eyes, I tried to glimpse the sufferings, anxieties and hopes of each one. I knew that in them I was meeting Christ, who identified with them in the Gospel to the point of saying: ‘I was in prison and you came to me’.”
He then said, “I feel obliged, now, to mention the well-known demonstrations held in Rome in the past few days.”
Rome had just hosted its first ever Gay Pride event that was attended by tens of thousands of activists.
“In the name of the Church of Rome,” said the Holy Father, “I can only express my deep sadness at the affront to the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 and the offence to the Christian values of a city that is so dear to the hearts of Catholics throughout the world. The Church cannot be silent about the truth, because she would fail in her fidelity to God the Creator and would not help to distinguish good from evil.
“In this regard, I wish merely to read what is said in the Catechism of the Catholic Church which, after noting that homosexual acts are contrary to the natural law, then states: ‘The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided’.
“These persons are called to fulfil God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition” (CCC, n. 2358). May the heavenly Mother assist us with her protection.”