THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
A CONTROVERSIAL MASS

Catholic service supporting gays and lesbians was joyful

The Rev. John Unni gave a sermon at a Mass Sunday welcoming gays and lesbians, which had been postponed amid criticism. The Rev. John Unni gave a sermon at a Mass Sunday welcoming gays and lesbians, which had been postponed amid criticism. (Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)
July 14, 2011

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SUNDAY’S RESCHEDULED Mass at St. Cecilia’s Church in support of gay and lesbian Catholics was one of the most moving and joyful experiences of our lives (“Gays, lesbians draw comfort, support from Catholic Mass,’’ Metro, July 11). We want to thank Rev. John J. Unni and the entire community of St. Cecilia’s for allowing us to join with them in this celebration.

We also want to thank the conservative Catholics and bloggers who forced the cancellation and rescheduling of the June 19 Mass. Without them we would never have known about St. Cecelia’s, and would have missed this remarkable celebration.

James Thomas
Michaela Thomas

North Billerica

Church teachings still condemn gays ST. CECILIA’S Parish can celebrate Mass for the gay and lesbian community all it wants to, but how do they get around the fact that Rome says homosexual persons have an “intrinsic disorder’’ and sexual activity is an “objective evil’’ (“Gays, lesbians draw comfort, support from Catholic Mass,’’ Metro, July 11)? What kind of mental gymnastics does one have to go through to reconcile being gay and Roman Catholic? Talk about buying into one’s own oppression!

Edward Franks
Boston

On Sundays, leave sexuality at home THERE’S A whole lot of us Globe readers who are getting a little tired of the barrage of articles concerning gay and lesbian church-goers (“Gays, lesbians draw comfort, support from Catholic Mass,’’ Metro, July 11). I’m a Catholic and I go to Mass every Sunday; as a matter of fact, I’m a lay minister of the Holy Eucharist.

We come to Mass to be in God’s holy house. Why in the world does it matter to anyone what someone else’s sexual orientation is? Don’t tell me, because I don’t want to know. I’ll never discuss it, and quite frankly, it’s each individual’s private business.

I think the population would be appalled if anyone decided to sponsor a “heterosexual’’ Mass and advertised it. How ludicrous! Just go to Mass, be with God, say your prayers, and keep your sexual orientation to yourself. No one really cares!

James Caggiano
Saugus