The historic South Boston Saint Patrick's Day Parade will go on as planned once again this year, but without a blessing from Saint Patrick, himself. After more than 20 years, IHM School's iconic float bearing the majestic Saint and a bevy of irish children and angels (IHM students) will not be seen waving and smiling on West Broadway this year due to the controversial presence of a gay activist group which will be marching.
So says the website introduction to yesterday’s press release from the Immaculate Heart of Mary School, based in Still River, MA.
The release, which includes several quotes from the school’s principle Br. Thomas Dalton, states in part that the IHM School decided to pull out of the parade after “learning that a homosexual advocacy group will be allowed to march in this year’s parade.” (Editor’s note: as of the posting of this column no LGBT groups have been allowed to march in this year’s parade. A second application submitted by MassEquality has been rejected by parade organizers)
“We must stand firm with the Church which states in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Pope John Paul II, that ‘homosexual acts are acts of grave depravity’ and ‘are intrinsically disordered…Under no circumstances can they be approved.’(#2357)” said Br. Dalton in the release.
Newly elected Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has tried, so far unsuccessfully, to negotiate a solution which would allow LGBT groups to march in the parade. A recent attempt failed when the parade organizers stipulated that MassEquality could march, but could not wear and clothing or hold any signs that had the word “gay” or mentioned sexual orientation.
According to reports, negotiations are ongoing.
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