There yesterday, gone today.
A photo of the woman shown above, along with another sister of St. Joseph, was removed from the About Us page of CPCSM's website - sometime between yesterday afternoon and this morning. The women's photos had been posted on the site identifying them as board members for the Catholic Pastoral Committe on Sexual Minorities.
Today I was informed that these women religious are not on the board, although a 2008 PDF of the organization's newsletter lists them as such. The executive coordinator explained in a comment to yesterday's post; "[as] executive coordinator of CPCSM, let me say for the record that there are no members of the CSJ community (or any religious community within the archdiocese) currently serving on the board of CPCSM, the editorial team of the Progressive Catholic Voice, or the board of the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform." Funny stuff at CPCSM? Obviously "currently" is key.
(FYI: As of this morning, the editorial team of Progressive Catholic Voice listed Theresa O'Brien, CSJ as a member. Oh, and the original CPCSM page I saw can be found in Google cache here: http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:YIQUYnKWNmQJ:www.cpcsm.org/about.htm+http://www.cpcsm.org/about.htm&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a)
The photo shown above was copied from this site, http://www.zoominfo.com/Search/PersonDetail.aspx?PersonID=24584730 with the following identification:
Board Member, Hospitality Coordinator
Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities
The following, from Rainbow Spirit, the newsletter of CPCSM dated Spring 2008:
Founded in 1980, the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual
Minorities (CPCSM), is a non-profit (501(c)(3)), grassroots, and
independent coalition. CPCSM is dedicated to promoting
ministry to, with, and on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender (LGBT) persons and their families and friends –
primarily those of a Catholic background.
An integral part of CPCSM’s work is the belief that members of
sexual minorities, by virtue of their struggle to maintain a sense
of personal integrity and authenticity, have unique gifts to offer
the Church and society. We function with the understanding that
one’s sexuality can and must be affirmed as a gift and as an
essential element to be integrated holistically into one’s faith life.
Through justice-making and educational initiatives, CPCSM
seeks to awaken the hearts and attitudes of the public regarding
not only the prejudice, discrimination, and violence faced by
LGBT persons, but also the gifts these same people bring to both
the Catholic community and society.
Michael Lee Anderson, FSC
Community Shares Minnesota Liaison
Michael J. Bayly
Rainbow Spirit Editor
David J. McCaffrey
Web Site Coordinator
Brigid McDonald, CSJ
Mary Lynn Murphy
Theresa O’Brien, CSJ
Obviously the roster has been conveniently updated - overnight.
That said, good for the CSJ's for no longer supporting CPCSM and remaining faithful to the Roman Catholic hierarchy, obediently living in conformity to Roman Catholic doctrine. God bless them.