Sunday, June 04, 2006

Lavender Mafia Disappears With A Poof

No, the blog titled "The Lavender Mafia" has pulled the plug. What were you thinking of?

Brother Angelo Mary started the blog about a month ago, then had to bail, leaving it to some others. The content was fair, and didn't resort to unnecessary invective, but stuck to the facts. The recent disappearance leaves one to believe that either the Lavender Mafia is an urban legend, or that Brother Angelo Mary is now laid to rest next to Jimmy Hoffa. Does anyone know?

Pentecost Sunday in my church was without Rainbow Sash drama. But, St. Therese's a small parish in Lincoln, Nebraska. So, while defiance would get some press, there seems an expectation that Rainbow Sashers would get excommunicated faster than you can say 'Judy Garland'.

The alternate reading in the missal was an apt message to those folks caught up in the Rainbow Sash Movement:

Galatians 5:16-25

Brothers and sisters, live by the Spirit
and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh.
For the flesh has desires against the Spirit,
and the Spirit against the flesh;
these are opposed to each other,
so that you may not do what you want.
But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious:
immorality, impurity, lust, idolatry,
sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy,
outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness,
dissensions, factions, occasions of envy,
drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.
I warn you, as I warned you before,
that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Against such there is no law.
Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh
with its passions and desires.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.

The RSM can obfuscate the nature of their dilemma all they want, but scripture and tradition make the truth painfully clear. The defiant defense of immoral sexuality, in any form, is a work of the flesh, nothing more.


Dymphna said...

When I read his blog I figured that somebody would make him pull the plug on it.

St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse said...

especially as a religious, he may have been asked, as an obedience, to abandon the project. His director could either be favorable or fearful of the Lavender Mafia. The term itself seems wildly conspiritorial, but given the behaviour of various prelates over the last 30 years, it seems warranted at times.

Charles of New Haven said...

That would be my guess, too. As a religious of almost ten years now, I can tell you cannot cross the "gay subculture" lightly.