Pride month has once again come and gone. As in previous years, entire sections of major cities were given over to parades and festivals celebrating the rainbow of sexual preferences, complete with corporate backing and municipal blessing.
Any quick survey of images from the Pride parades will show, among the leather daddies and drag queens, a number of revelers wearing miters, wielding rosaries, and cloaking their cause in satirical imagery of the Church. Indeed, it is the Church that is now the last, albeit sometimes unwilling, institutional holdout against the tide of the LGBT political agenda.
On Monday, the New York Times published an opinion piece titled "How to Defy the Catholic Church," in which Margaret Renkl explained to believers their "spiritual obligation" to oppose the bishops on LGBT issues. Renkl recounts a childhood memory in which a priest solemnly taught her "to honor the moral wisdom of my own conscience over the teaching of my church" and oppose it when necessary.