After a famous church in Vienna, Austria hung a gay-rainbow flag from its bell tower -- apparently in defiance of the church's teaching against homosexuality and "gay marriage " -- a group of faithful Catholics hung a banner below the flag that reads, "God Cannot Bless Sin."
Beneath those words, the banner further reads, "Roma Locuta, Causa Finita," which is in Latin and translates as "Rome has spoken, the case is closed."
In the video, it states, "In protest to Rome's clarification on the question of homosexual unions, some churches in Vienna put up rainbow-flags, one of them St. Ruprechts', the oldest church in the city, which is run by Jesuits.
"A group of young, Viennese Catholics answered with a clear message which echoes the voice of the Congregation of Faith: God cannot bless Sin, Roma locuta -- causa finita."
The video then shows the Catholics making the banner with cloth and spray paint, and then using a very tall ladder to hang the banner on the outside of St. Ruprechts, a few feet below and to the left of the gay-rainbow flag.
The video concludes with the text, "This is how they corrected the unacceptable sacrilegious message on St. Ruprechts tower to remind the faithful: Love the sinner, but hate the sin."
As reported in March, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a statement explaining why Catholic priests cannot bless homosexual unions.
The March 15 document, which Pope Francis approved, says God "does not and cannot bless sin," and "[T]he Church does not have, and cannot have, the power to bless unions of persons of the same sex...."
Despite that document, "campaigners in Austria and Germany have announced that they will hold a day for blessings for same-sex partners on May 10 in defiance of the Vatican’s statement, which was issued with the approval of Pope Francis," reported the Catholic News Agency.
Members of Christus Vincit told CNA Deutsch that they viewed the gay-rainbow flag as a "provocation."
“On the one hand, we wanted to show that such a provocation is not simply tolerated in Vienna and, on the other hand, we hope that this might trigger a rethink among certain officials,” said one member of Christus Vincit.
“We also think that such an action can give other Catholics courage and hope," said the member. "We actually hope that no further actions will be necessary, but should there be another one, it would arise from the same intention, namely to defend the Catholic faith.”