We put an end to a depiction of our Lord's cross that was profane."
A Roman Catholic priest burned a rainbow flag with his flock as an act of protest against the LGBT community.
Rev. Paul Kalchik, Resurrection Parish in Chicago, took the flag that once held a conspicuous position in the church and against orders from Cardinal Blase Cupich, burned it. He prepared the parish of his intentions beforehand in a bulletin.
“On Saturday, September 29, the Feast of Saint Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, we will burn, in front of the church, the rainbow flag that was unfortunately hanging in our sanctuary during the ceremonial first Mass as Resurrection parish,” Kalchik wrote in the bulletin, adding, that the "US Church homosexual scandal is a sequel to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.”
Once the Archdiocese of Chicago was made aware of Rev. Kalchik's plans they told him not to go through with it and issued a statement to The Windy City Times.
"We can confirm that the pastor has agreed not to move forward with these activities,” Anne Maselli, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Chicago said.
Despite that statement Kalchik burned it anyway.
Said Kalchick to NBC News: “We did so in a private way, a quiet way, so as not to bring the ire of the gay community down upon this parish. It’s our full right to destroy it, and we did so privately because the archdiocese was breathing on our back. So in a quiet way we took matters into our own hands and said a prayer of exorcism over this thing. It was cut into seven pieces, so it was burned over stages in the same fire pit that we used for the Easter vigil mass.”
Kalchick believes LGBT people soil the tenets of the Catholic church and took issue with the stylized pride flag which has a cross down its side. "We put an end to a depiction of our Lord's cross that was profane,” he said, adding that it was "sacrilege."
The flag burning was, in essence, supporting his interpretation of scripture, most notably Leviticus 20:13 which he takes literally, "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: They shall surely be put to death.”
In contrast to that belief, last year in San Diego, St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Hillcrest held a special service for LGBT parents and their children with Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego conducting mass before a crowd of about 300.
Bishop Dolan said at the time, “This parish falls within the Hillcrest district and there are a number of people in our community here who want to participate in the life of the church, and we want to make sure they have a welcome home in some fashion here within the church.”