Somehow I ended up on the mailing list for Catholics for Equality (which is about as Catholic in its approach to Church doctrine as is Jack Chick, but far less entertaining), and today received an e-mail titled, "Celebrate Pentacost [sic] with Catholics for Equality". It begins:
This Sunday we celebrate the feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. The Acts of the Apostles is an amazing account of how the early Christians viewed themselves as a hugely diverse community uniting people from every nation and tongue. In our modern parlance this is a wide diverse community with every identity, orientation, nationality, culture. God speaking to each person's heart and mind. Each person empowered to speak in one's tongue of the mighty acts of God in one's life!
Catholics for Equality was founded in September of 2010. Our mission is to "empower pro-equality Catholics to put our faith into ethical and effective political action on behalf of the LGBT community and their families." We are a political organization that addresses the challenges facing the American Catholic community as we see our bishops becoming increasingly political and using financial resources in their fight to limit or eliminate basic freedoms and rights for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered members of the community.
Every poll of the past few years shows American Catholics are the most supportive Christian denomination of LGBT rights. We believe that this support must be politically mobilized to realize the freedom to marry and form families, the end of workplace, housing, and credit discrimination, the end of bullying and violence, and the ability to flourish in society so that each person can speak of the mighty acts of God in one's life!
In other words, Catholics for Equality is a group of people using the name "Catholic" to actively promote dissent against Church leadership, reject clear Church regarding sexual morality, and thus imply that Catholics who do adhere to the Church's teaching on faith and morals are oppressive, bigoted, and even hateful. Such folks were aptly described in 2 Peter as "those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority" (2 Pet. 2:10).
Speaking of the Acts of the Apostles, it is instructive to read the story of Anani'as and Sapphi'ra, who were both struck dead by God because they lied to Peter and the apostles about a matter of finances (Acts 5:1-11). If God is displeased by lying about money, will he be pleased by those who distort the truth about the Church's teachings and the work of the successors of the apostles? And will he look kindly upon a delibrated and distorted misreading of the Feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, which was founded some 1,980 years or so before Catholics for Equality was established?