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Evening Among Friends Hosts Gay Icon.


By Efrain Cortes

"Having forbidden all unlawful marriage, and all unseemly practice, and the union of women with women and men with men, He [God] adds: 'Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for in all these things the nations were defiled...'
(Eusebius of Caesarea, Proof of the Gospel 4:10. 319 A.D.).

The act of homosexuality is a grave depravity fellow Catholics. It is a pestilence, which according to sacred scripture, called down the wrath of Almighty God upon Sodom, Gomorrah and their wicked inhabitants.

From the first book of the Old Testament to the earliest books of the New (Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, Jude). From the writings of those who immediately followed the apostles of Christ to the Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church today, there is one consistent, unchangeable truth that has remained firm throughout Catholic historicity:

Homosexual acts are intrinsically evil.

Well-meaning Catholics who would take issue with this particular statement (we know you're out there), might do well to closely examine the instruction put forth in paragraph 2357 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Concerning the morality of the matter, paragraph 2357 states:

"Basing itself on sacred scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life...under no circumstances can they be approved."

Observe fellow Catholics, while paragraph 2357 does not make specific use of the term intrinsically evil, it does, however, make use of the definition of the term.

For what is an intrinsically evil act fellow Catholics but an act so heinous that it cannot, under any circumstance, be approved.

Interestingly, paragraph 2357 of the Catechism likens homosexual acts to a form of artificial contraception in that "they close the sexual act to the gift of life."

Thus, the act of homosexuality, as a form of contraception, is in fact intrinsically evil as defined by paragraph 2370 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which explicitly condemns all forms of contraception as such.

Yet, in a society infested with the very depravity which plagued those impious cities of old (Sodom and Gomorrah), one need not gaze very far in order to encounter those who dare defy the infallible precepts of Almighty God and audaciously risk fire and brimstone from heaven on-high.

In fact, on October 25 2008, Lexington Catholics will need look no further than Fr. James Sichko's scandalous fundraiser, Evening Among Friends.

For the scandalous fundraiser that has previously awarded Catholic platforms to pagans, alleged sexual abusers, pro-death campaign financiers, advocates of contraception and teen-fornication will, on that day, host none other than longtime gay rights supporter, Dolly Parton.

Beloved by a new breed of Sodom and Gomorrahites for her unabashed support of the homosexual lifestyle, Parton, according to, GayCityUSA Daily, was hailed as the number two "greatest gay icon of all time" in a 2007 poll conducted by

Bested only by "pop princess" Kylie Minogue for the reprehensible title, the poll showed Dolly Parton easily outshined veritable shoe-ins such as: Judy Garland, Elton John, Wham, Liza minelli, Bette Midler, Cher, and Madonna.

True to the shameful moniker, just two years prior, Dolly Parton, along with 29 other like-minded recording artists, took part in the making of the CD, Love Rocks, according to the Baptist Press.

A rare event in the world of music, the 2005 project brought forth industry giants such as, Mandy Moore, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Melissa Etheridge, Carole King, and Catholic platform guest, Dolly Parton for a specific collaborative purpose:

To advance the homosexual agenda.

The project was to arrive at its most deviant objective, according to, by turning over "One hundred percent of the album's net proceeds toward the Human Rights Campaign's push for equality."

Now just what is the Human Rights Campaign and what exactly does its push for “equality” entail?

Inquiring Catholic minds have a right to know precisely what Sichko’s newest pick for Catholic-platform guest supports and with whom she chooses to associate.

Given local Catholic media's deplorable preference for engaging in factoid rather than substantive fact, concerning the scandalous fundraiser, AGAINST ALL HERESIES is, therefore, obliged to include what local Catholic media has flagrantly chosen to exclude from the Parton repertoire.

We'll come back to Lexington Catholic media momentarily fellow Catholics. For now, prepare to be substantively “factified.”

According to the Baptist Press, HRC is "A homosexual activist organization that has figured prominently in the push to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide..."

The group also "works to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights."

In fact, Focus on the Family's, Melissa Fryrear, described the lewd organization, with whom Parton has proudly associated, as "...the most aggressive pro-gay lobby today..." and appropriately cited Parton’s collaborative musical effort as:

"...Another example of celebrities using their platforms to promote the liberal ideological agenda that equates homosexuality with heterosexuality."

Remarkably, Fryrear’s characterization of the project did not go unsubstantiated by members of the radical activist group itself.

For according to, Gregory Lewis, a Human Rights Campaign associate-director, in charge of managing the project, openly stated:

"The artists who joined together to create 'Love Rocks' understand, like millions of Americans, that commitment should be treated with dignity, respect and equality."

In a press release, moreover, the radical organization explicitly stated the aim behind the unprecedented musical event:

"The artists came together to celebrate love and commitment regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."

Catholic-platform guest, Dolly Parton, apparently concurred with the radical group. For according to, DEMOCRATICUNDERGROUND.COM, Parton made the following statement as to her project corroboration:

"I contributed to this CD comes in all colors. We are rainbows and should all shine with our own true colors..."

These flowery sentiments regarding the intrinsically evil lifestyle are quite similar to those the gay icon once expressed in the homosexual magazine, Next. Concerning the perverse practice the country diva stated:

"I think it's great when people accept themselves for exactly who they are...I think that's the key to happiness...It doesn't matter who you are...We're all God's children. He loves us all the same."

Yet as loyal Catholics, we know, we understand that when it comes to committed love it absolutely matters who you are.

For out of the love partaken by committed members of opposite “gender identities” (male and female - preferably in the marital state), and only by way of that love, is new life brought forth through the hands of the triune God.

Committed love, in other words Mrs. Parton, has a purpose far beyond that of entitlement and self gratification. And fulfillment of that purpose is simply unattainable by members of the same “gender identity.”

Therefore, the act of homosexuality is indeed a grave depravity and abominable sacrilege in that it is a direct attack upon God himself.

For through the act of homosexuality the impotent creature insolently binds the hands of the omnipotent creator. Thus, rendering him incapable of doing what is in His divine nature to do:

Bring forth new life.

As loyal Catholics, we also know and fully understand that, according to Genesis 18:12, God specifically spared those Sodom and Gomorrahites who rejected the homosexual practice (Lot and his family - save his wife who looked back).

Yet He laid to utter waste and devastation those who compliantly embraced the incorrigible act.

Sacred scripture tells us this came to pass, one should remind the gay icon, in spite of the fact that God presumably “loved” Sodom and Gomorrahites "all the same."

Nevertheless, In a 2003 interview on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Catholic-platform guest, Dolly Parton, in the spirit of the compliant Gomorrahites, took it an obstinate step further when she brazenly quipped:

"She [Melissa Etheridge] asked me, do you support gay marriage? And I said, hell yeah I support gay marriage. Gay people have the right to be miserable too."

Yet Dolly Parton, an artist at apparent odds with our morality, our principles, and our integrity as Catholics has been unreservedly awarded a Catholic platform by the pastor of a church whose “mission,” according to the diocesan newspaper, Cross Roads, is to:

"Foster gospel Values."

Now the word "foster," especially under the given circumstances, is an interesting choice of words fellow Catholics.

The 21st Century Synonym and Antonym finder offers a bona fide slew of words as synonyms for the word "foster." Among them we find the following:

"Advance, promote, [and] nurture."

Yet in what manner, has Fr. James Sichko carried out St. Mark's mission of "advancing" gospel values in awarding a Catholic platform to an artist (Dolly Parton) who, according to, appeared in the 1997 cover of the gay magazine, OUT?

In what manner, has Fr. James Sichko "promoted" gospel values in awarding a Catholic platform to an artist (Dolly Parton) who, according to, has allowed a "gay day" at her theme park, Dollywood, for six consecutive years?

In fact, the ungodly 2008 event presented its "1st annual wedding bells" feature. This newly added event-feature made the setting available for "any [gay] couple wishing to get hitched while at Dollywood..."

In what manner, has Fr. James Sichko "nurtured" gospel values by awarding a Catholic platform to an artist (Dolly Parton) whose actions, in truth, oppose gospel values in more ways than one?

For not only does the radical songstress support the intrinsically evil lifestyle of homosexuality, she also supports the intrinsic evils of contraception and fornication.

According to the Associated Press, Catholic-platform guest, Dolly Parton, was "among 35 performers [in 1993] who appeared in print, radio, and television ads" promoting "safe sex" as a way of protecting against the AIDS virus.

According to the AP:

"The broadcast ads [were] slick, using MTV-style fast edits as star after star read lines such as: 'sex without condoms puts you at risk for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS,' [and] 'Use a latex condom every time you have sex."

In other words, like former Catholic-platform guest, Bill Cosby, Parton apparently sees nothing wrong with pre-marital fornication as long as such fornication is of the “protected” sort.

Given these substantive facts, it would appear Fr. James Sichko’s Evening Among Friends has given the phrase, "foster[ing] gospel values," a strange, new meaning.

The prognosis?

In the case of the scandalous fundraiser, St. Mark’s “mission” of “foster[ing] gospel values” has proven to be a miserable failure!

Now, we would be remiss if we failed to mention local Catholic media’s collusion in the matter. For it is a most unfortunate reality that the diocesan newspaper, Cross Roads, and local Catholic radio have done Lexington Catholics a great disservice in the detestable affair.

For in its unwillingness to deliver substantive fact to its listeners and its readership, Lexington Catholic media has essentially lured trusting Catholics into utter disobedience to Christ Jesus.

How has Catholic media done this?

They have done this by depriving Lexington Catholics of information that would in turn enable them to make a just judgment, as commanded by Christ in sacred scripture.

Yes fellow Catholics, contrary to popular belief, Jesus commands the Christian to cast judgment.

Well-meaning Catholics who would take issue with this particular statement (we know you're out there), might be surprised to find the distinct instruction Christ put forth in John 7:24.

Therein, Jesus declared:

"Stop judging by appearances, but judge justly."

Yet in the case of Evening Among Friends, as AGAINST ALL HERESIES has repeatedly illustrated over the past three years, Lexington Catholic media has consistently, and by design in certain instances, omitted certain substantive facts, thereby, seducing Catholic readers and listeners into a manner of judgment prohibited by Christ.

For by presenting Lexington Catholics with intentional half truths, in the matter of the scandalous fundraiser, Catholics by the hundreds have been coerced into judging by mere appearances.

Let us explore for instance, the failure of Catholic media to disclose Mr. Philbin’s political contributions record, his advancement of the homosexual agenda, and his 36-year involvement with astrology, a pagan practice the Catholic-platform guest freely advocated at the fundraiser's disreputable inauguration.

Instead, Lexington Catholics opened the pages of the August 7 2005 issue of the Cross Roads, only to discover what a huge “financial success” the scandalous fundraiser's first installment had been, when Joe Lerza (current WMJR News Director) gleefully reported:

"Father James Sichko...announced July 6 that St. Mark made a net profit of just over $100, their first annual Evening Among Friends."

Thus, Lexington Catholics were left to make judgment based solely on the event's well-intentioned purpose of raising finances for the retirement of incurred debt, and not on the substantive fact that the principles and integrity of our faith were duly compromised in order to raise said finances.

In other words, by withholding certain crucial information, Lexington Catholics were stripped of the ability to cast a just judgment, as instructed by Christ, and were instead cajoled into judging by mere appearances.

Interestingly, though admittedly "appalled" at Mr. Philbin's direct advocacy of the pagan practice, WMJR Station Manager, Leo Brown, has gone on to promote every succeeding event since the Regis spectacle.

Such promotion has included the covering up of Bill Cosby's extensive contribution record to pro-abortion politicians. As well as Cosby's civil court battle for alleged sexual assault, which just so happened to coincide with the comedian's 2006 appearance at St. Mark Church.

Shameful acts of omission such as these fellow Catholics, have proven to be Catholic media's despicable mainstay in its treatment of the scandalous fundraiser.

Yet Lexington Catholic media knows, and fully understands that a fundraiser wherein its invited guests consist of those whose actions publicly oppose our fundamental moral principles as Catholics, such a fundraiser, must be shunned and exposed rather than advanced and promoted.

For when Archbishop Raymond Burke (formerly of the St. Louis Archdiocese) publicly denounced a fundraiser wherein invited guest (Sheryl Crow) openly supported abortion and embryonic stem cell research, Lexington Catholic Media was the first to express unwavering support for the courageous Archbishop.

WMJR News Director, Joe Lerza, for example, stated the following:

"[Archbishop Burke] is very dedicated to the Magesterium and to our faith and is a true Catholic man..."

Lerza continued:

"This man has courage and as Catholics we are lucky to have...leaders in our church like that...This is a positive thing that a Catholic man is standing up...he'll get support from people."

Cross Roads Editor, Tom Shaughnessy, offered the following lamentation regarding the St. Louis situation:

"...What I think is unfortunate in this situation, is that a leader taking a moral stand is now viewed as controversial. And that's very unfortunate."

Clearly then fellow Catholics, taking a stand against an event such as the up and coming Parton fiasco is considered to be a "positive" act of "courage" from which Catholics are the "lucky" beneficiaries, according to Mr. Lerza.

While being viewed as "controversial," according to the Editor of the Cross Roads, is to be considered a lamentable result for those who take a "moral stand" against scandalous fundraisers such as, Evening Among Friends.

Yet for taking just such a moral stand, this author has been scorned and dismissed as a “fringe wacko,” as a purveyor of “calumnies,” as “disobedient,” and as “judgmental” by members of that same corrupt media institution.

Meanwhile, Tom Shaughnessy’s diocesan paper, Cross Roads, disingenuously touted Evening Among Friends, a fundraiser in the same vein as the one denounced by the heroic Archbishop, as "...An exceptional series of fundraising events..."

In its August 3 2008 issue, the diocesan paper praised Catholic-platform guest, Dolly Parton, as a "Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, composer, author, actress and philanthropist."

The substantive fact that Parton's "philanthropy" includes her activism for the homosexual lifestyle, contraception, and fornication, however, remained inconceivably unmentioned.

In fact, the Cross Roads' body of research into the gay icon's extensive public background was regrettably limited to the fact that she "remains the most successful female country artist in history, having 25 number-one singles (a record for a female country artist) and 41 top-10 country albums."

The prognosis?

In the case of the scandalous fundraiser, Lexington Catholic media cares not one iota about the dissemination of substantive fact!

God bless fellow Catholics.

Please pray for Mrs. Dolly Parton, Fr. James Sichko, and those involved in Lexington Catholic media.

"We're thrilled to have Dolly Parton for this encore performance."
(Fr. James Sichko, the Cross Roads. August 3 2008).

"I really wanted someone who was going to believe in the mission of our Roman Catholic Church - not only in our diocese but at St. Mark [church]. That was an important factor."
(Fr James Sichko, Body of Christ, WMJR 1380. April 2005, promoting the Regis event).

"Not only did [Archbishop Burke] not support this fundraiser, he resigned from the board of directors...He's given up his board seat...So it took guts to do that."
(Joe Lerza, Catholic Roundtable, WMJR 1380. April 12 2007 commenting on the St. Louis archdiocese situation).

"I had the privilege last year of attending the first Evening Among Friends, and I'm hoping to come again [this] weekend [for the Cosby event]."
(Joe Lerza, WMJR 1380 News Director, Diocese Live. April 29 2006).

"...It's entertainment."
(Leo Brown, Station Manager, WMJR 1380, Diocese live. April 11 2006, promoting the Cosby event).

"Anyone who uses the power at his disposal in such a way that it leads others to do wrong becomes guilty of scandal and responsible for the evil he has directly or indirectly encouraged."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2326).