Sydney-based gay Catholic group Acceptance has continued to soar in the wake of its World Youth Day snub, leading one of the largest church services to ever be seen at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Newtown.
More than 180 people from the local parish, PFLAG, pilgrims and queer Catholics congregated at St Joseph’s to celebrate World Youth Day and provide a living example of Pope Benedict XVI’s dictum that outsiders be welcomed into the Church.
In a speech last week the Pope called for all of those who felt sidelined or alienated by the Church to step forward as no one need remain on the outside, for from the day of the Pentacost the Church has been one and universal.
This was in stark contrast to the reception that Acceptance had been given by WYD officials who not only denied the religious group a space on the official WYD calendar of events, but went on a concerted effort to have the group’s forum on gay youth and Catholicism excluded from any church grounds.
The event went ahead regardless on July 16 at the University of Technology and was a great success with more than 100 people coming together to hear gay youths, a GLBT-friendly priest and representatives from PFLAG and Twenty10 speak of their experiences.
info: Acceptance is a gay Catholic Group which worships at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Newtown every Friday night. For more info head to www.gaycatholic.com.au