Mary Murphy: Diocese erred in prohibiting Gay Men’s Chorus from performing

Published: 1/14/2020 2:13:13 PM

As Catholics, we deplore the decision of Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski to prohibit the Gay Men’s Chorus from participating in Lessons and Carols last month at St. Theresa’s parish in South Hadley.

The bishop disinvited the chorus after the singers had been rehearsing for weeks at the church. Unless we’re missing some important piece of the story, this action was cruel and unfair. Chorus members said that the Diocese of Springfield “received complaints,” prompting the bishop’s action.

What should have been an opportunity for church leaders to educate the complainers became instead an excuse for injustice. No person or institution claiming to be Christian may reject a group of people simply because of who they are.

We regret that a few people, acting out of ignorance and bias, had such influence on the bishop. He should have followed the example of Jesus, who accepted and welcomed everyone (and was often criticized for his behavior).

The Diocese of Springfield has not responded, thus far, to requests for comment, perhaps because there simply is no good response. We offer a heartfelt apology to the men of the chorus for the shoddy manner in which they were treated.

Mary Murphy

Northampton

This letter was also signed by Theresa Carter, Tony Giardina, Margaret Jordan, Joan Gruszkowski, John Yount, Maureen Carney and AnnaMaria Piccininno.



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