Is it a "real" Mass?

In his Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, dated 1 October 1986, then Jesof Cardinal Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, declared homosexual persons to be intrinsically disordered, that is have a major mental disorder from birth. He declared that no discriminatation should be carried out against homosexual persons, and in the mext lines of his letter, declared that no services, meetings, or other assemblies of persons who advocate for anything other than the absolute sinfulness of homosexual activities may ever be held on the premises of any Roman Catholic Church. Although that letter was simply guidance at the point it was written by the then Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. Because of his very close association with Pope John Paul II and his later elevation to Pontificate, Ratzinger's letter has long been accepted as having Pontifical authority, although there is no firm basis for such.

At the time of its issuance, many Dignity chapters celebrated the Catholic Mass in accordance with the Roman Misal at various parish churches and other consecrated chapels, presided over by Roman Catholic Priests. Somewhat later, Daniel Cardinal diNardo began the practice of threatening priests in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston with the loss of their jobs (as diocesan priests), the loss of their health benefits and pensions — even after their retirement and having paid into the their health benefits and retirement funds.

As a result, Dignity/Houston has been forced to search for alternatives for Catholic worship that provides for members of our LGBTQ+ community. (Of course, we provide services for members of all faith, but our worship service is distinctly Catholic.) We believe we helping to lay the groundwork for a Rainbow Liturgy when the time comes for the Roman Catholic Church to wake up to the fact that we are a wholesome, holy community of believers in Jesus and very real members of the Roman Catholic Church.

For more information on the wealth of resources available to Catholics and others in search of the fullness of the LGBTQ+ faith movement, please take the time to take a look at JesusInLove.