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My Sisters and Brothers,
Christmas is the season that demonstrates God is present in us and in the world - working for our healing and growth, our direction and our comfort, our reconciliation, and our redemption. This is the fundamental Christmas message to those who came before us and especially to us in this time of unrest.
New life is breathed into our hearts at Christmas, infusing faith and genuine hope and love so we may start afresh. We are once again called to believe in God who first believed in us; enough to send God’s son Jesus to be born as one of us, showing us how to be centered in God and that we too can be perfect just like Jesus. What a gift to humanity. It is this gift that began the well-known and much advertised tradition of gift giving. Also, the message of Christmas is one of love, peace, and goodwill to all.
It is no secret that we face many threats and challenges daily, enough to cause the best and most resilient to question God’s presence. The Christmas message frees us from all those anxieties and fears, transforming them into optimistic and hope-filled expressions of a better tomorrow. Let us summon our resolve to be confident in the power of God to change the world through Jesus born in that Bethlehem stable.
In the comforting words of the angels to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid; for see I am bringing you good news of great joy for all peoples to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord….”  Jesus is the light of the world every day of the year. As our gift of love, let us be the extension of that light and love to all those we encounter.
A very blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with love and peace to our CACINA family and to the whole world.
Your Servant in Christ,
+Michael Theogene
Presiding Bishop CACINA   
Bishop Tony Green and Mother Grace Wilgefortis Ferris joined with 80 other Independent Catholic Clergy and Lay in a prophetic witness letter titled: Inclusive Catholics Speak Against Anti-LGBTQIA+ Hate Speech and Violence
      As lay and ordained leaders of the inclusive Catholic movement, we grieve the victims of the heinous mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs on November 19, 2022, on the night before we prepared to observe Transgender Day of Remembrance. As we mark the one-month anniversary of that horrific shooting, we remain outraged by acts of violence in sanctuaries of safety and celebration, and our prayers continue to accompany everyone impacted by that tragic night.

      As people of faith, we are profoundly concerned about the intersection of twin epidemics: violence and anti-LGBTQIA+ hate speech. We call upon religious leaders of all faiths to open their eyes to the consequences of their words and actions on our LGBTQIA+ siblings. All who vilify members of the LGBTQIA+ community—through their proposal of anti-LGBTQIA+ policies and guidelines, their spewing of hatred through various media, and in their preaching and teaching—bear responsibility for fueling the escalating violence against the LGBTQIA+ community.

      As faithful sharers in the Catholic tradition, we are particularly outraged by the hateful rhetoric of some leaders in the Roman Catholic Church. As the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet state: “Language, beliefs and practices that condemn, reject, target or blame LGBTQ+ people must be explicitly rejected, particularly by religious leaders and churches. … All people deserve a life free from violence, persecution, discrimination, and hateful rhetoric that targets an individual or group because of their sexuality, race, gender identity, ethnicity, and/or religion.”

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