Threatened by Archbishop, Catholic marchers carry blank banner in gay pride parade

Over the weekend, Pope Benedict was having a meltdown because Belgian police raided church offices in connection with an investigation into the child rape scandal.

In New York, Archbishop Dolan was having a meltdown because one of the city’s parishes, St. Francis Xavier, wanted to march in the gay pride parade. Dolan issued an edict that the church’s parishioners couldn’t march in the parade with a banner naming the parish. So, via Andy Towle, we learned they didn’t. They marched with a blank banner.
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Benedict and Dolan’s actions over the weekend speak volumes about the state of the Catholic Church’s leadership today. The church has a horrible history of protecting and enabling the child rapists in its midst. But, the church’s leaders would rather focus on hating the gays. Sick bunch.


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