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“God’s Tricksters” at New York Pride.

St Francis Xavier church in New York ranks alongside the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer in San Francisco as one of the world’s best known parishes with an explicitly welcoming and inclusive ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics. New York’s annual Pride Parade is the oldest and best known. It is entirely appropriate that for the past dozen years, parishioners from St Francis  have joined the parade, with a banner proudly proclaiming the name of the church. This year, they marched as before – but the banner was blank.

This year, as for the past 12 years or more, parishioners from St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church have marched under their church banner in New York’s colorful Gay Pride parade.

But this year, there was a difference.

Their banner was blank, missing the name of the church. Read the rest of this entry »