The endgame of the battle between the Catholic Church, as personified by the Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, and the champions of “gay rights” who now comprise the entire media, political, and economic power structure of the city of San Francisco, and much of the Western World, when thought through, resolves itself into one single issue: will sodomy to be celebrated in Catholic schools and churches or not? A number of San Francisco parishes have embraced what Pope Francis has called the “ideological colonization that tries to destroy the family” and have answered the question with a “Yes!”
San Francisco’s Most Holy Redeemer, the “80-90% gay” institution that, according to Jesuit Father Donal Godfrey, “calls the rest of the institution to conversion” has led the way. Their ongoing actions are known internationally and need not be repeated here. A recent example is the August 24, 2014 Most Holy Redeemer parish bulletin, where then-associate pastor Father Matthew Link C.pp.S., wrote “Next Sunday our little brother, (name redacted) will make his First Holy Communion. In this wonderfully good moment for all of us, we gather around the table with (name redacted) and his Dads, Kevin and Brian…” In 2015 Link was named Most Holy Redeemer’s new pastor.
While Most Holy Redeemer has led the way, the city’s Jesuit parishes have never been far behind. The June 14 parish bulletin of St. Ignatius Church, the parish church of the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco, contained the following entry for its “Summer Film Series”: “August 15 Love is Strange – Starring John Lithgow as Ben and Alfred Molina as George. A married couple, together for many years, can no longer afford to stay in their Manhattan apartment after George, a respected teacher, loses his job at a Catholic school….”
Wikipedia describes the movie: “Ben and George, a same-sex couple from Manhattan, get married after 39 years together. George is a Catholic school music teacher, and when word of the marriage reaches the archdiocese, he is fired. Without his salary, the couple can no longer afford their New York apartment and are forced to ask their friends and family for shelter, resulting in their separation. Ben stays in Brooklyn with his nephew Elliot, Elliot’s novelist wife Kate, and their teenage son Joey, while George bunks with their (now former) neighbors, a younger same-sex couple of two party-loving cops, Roberto and Ted.”
Love is Strange is directed by Ira Sachs. Mr. Sachs’ other works include Keep the Lights On, which is also about two homosexual men (who meet on a phone ‘sex’ chat line), and The Delta about an 18 year old male who enters the homosexual life style and, according to Wikipedia, commits sodomy “with ‘men he didn’t know’.” In an August, 2014 America Magazine review of Love is Strange, John Anderson wrote “Sachs’ target is most pointedly the Catholic Church.” In an August 2014 interview on the Hammer and Thump film blog Sachs was open about the propagandistic purpose of Love is Strange: “Yes, to me the film is about education. We all are teaching somebody something. What do we impart as institutions, as educators, as parents, as lovers, as part of a family? That collective education is partly what the film is about.”
Readers will note that the St. Ignatius parish bulletin had described the two men without qualification as “a married couple.” This is a rejection of the teaching of the Catholic Church that a marriage can only between one man and one woman.
San Francisco’s other Jesuit parish, St. Agnes, is less than a mile away from St. Ignatius. The opening slideshow on the St. Agnes webpage immediately attempts to mainstream sodomy: “Saint Agnes Parish Draws Women and Men, Young and Old, Gay and Straight.” The statement not only attempts to equate sodomy with real, fruitful sex, it elevates varieties of sexual desire to the plane of being male or female, young or old. It’s an ongoing tactic in the LGBT agenda: to equate the method one uses in having an orgasm to the level of a life-defining event. The statement also privileges sodomy as a sin: no other sinners, judging from the statement, are drawn to St. Agnes, or are worthy of mention.
On June 17, 2015 Rorate Coeli published excerpts from a 2008 interview in the magazine Voce di Padre Pio with Cardinal Carlo Caffara, Archbishop of Bologna, Italy. The Cardinal quoted excerpts from a letter he had received from Sister Lucia dos Santos, the Fatima visionary. His Eminence said “At the start of this work entrusted to me by the Servant of God John Paul II, I wrote to Sister Lucia of Fatima through her Bishop as I couldn’t do so directly. Unexplainably however, since I didn’t expect an answer, seeing that I had only asked for prayers, I received a very long letter with her signature – now in the Institute’s archives. In it we find written: the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, she added, because anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.”