Here are my reasons for objecting to the appointment of Peter Rapanaro as Leader of Song at Our Lady of Lourdes parish.
“ 1) Proudly displayed on his web site is the fact that he directed the recent Off- Broadway production entitled: My Big Gay Italian Wedding. The description of it from his own web site is below: “ ‘ Planning a wedding can be hell. And planning to ruin a wedding can be a hell of a lot of fun — especially when one of the grooms is your ex- lover!
“ ‘Anthony Pinnunziato and Andrew Polinski are getting married. Anthony insists on a big, traditional Italian wedding — but there are a few problems. Anthony’s family won’t give their blessing unless he can fulfill two requirements: The ceremony is to be performed ] by a priest, and Andrew’s estranged mother in Florida must give her blessing too."
The families are presented as deranded, confused Catholics while the actively homosexual men who want to get 'married' are the heroes. This mocks our Church's most sacred teaching on marriage. Anyone who is involved with such a production, needs the sacrament of confession, not a position of honor in a Catholic Church. Perhaps if Peter Rapanaro did repent of supporting these works publicly, his participation would cause less scandal.
The Wanderer continues,
“ 2) Mr. Rapanaro has also been involved in the production of Rainbow PHi, a gay musical.
This was performed on Fire Island, famous for it's gay resorts.
“ 3) Boldly displayed on his homepage are several pictures of himself with Frank Marino, the drag queen and female impersonator, and two openly gay fashion designers, Carson Kressley and Robert Verdi.
“ Now, Mr. Rapanaro may have a splendid voice and be a wonderful entertainer, and he’s probably a really nice guy, too, and hopefully he will continue his wonderfully successful career on stage and elsewhere.
“ The problem here is not with him personally, but rather with the principle involved, so here’s a question: “ Is it right for the Diocese of Rockville Centre and Msgr. Lisante to have a person who openly and actively promotes a way of life, namely, the sexually permissive ‘ gay’ lifestyle and gay marriage, in a regular place of prominence on the diocesan television channel and now singing in our church?"
Well said, I hope that the faithful raise their voices as one and stop this travesty!
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