The August 9, 16, and 23 parish bulletins of San Francisco’s notorious Most Holy Redeemer Church promoted an event in the parish’s ongoing “Adult Education” series. The bulletin entry read “August 29th – Adult Education Speaker 10am to 12 noon in Ellard Hall. Topic is “’How to Be an Instrument of Peace in an Age of Strife.’ Speaker is Ms. Peggy Green, Author and Trainer.” As is the case with most speakers at Most Holy Redeemer, the background and biography of the speaker is more informative than the putative topic being presented.
Ms. Green describes herself as, among other things, a ‘Lavender Life Coach.’ She has written a number of columns under that byline at the prosuzy.com website. Prosuzy describes itself as “for lesbians on the GO and in the KNOW.” Green has also been a contributing columnist for “Watermark Online: Your LGBT News Daily.” An October 3, 2013 Watermark column was a review of the movie Two: The Story of Roman and Nyro, to be shown on October 10, 2013 at the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The movie is about two homosexual men who engage a “surrogate mother” to give birth to twin boys. Green writes “I’m thinking of two gay guys who went off in search of something greater than themselves – and met a woman. But not just any woman. Not just any fun, fully-alive, big-hearted, beautiful woman. I’m thinking of Angela. I’m thinking of the woman whose belly became a home.
‘I’m just the incubator!’ she says.
I’m thinking of the belly of a woman who carried twin sons into this world, and passed them on to the two pairs of male hands who would carry them home.” While Ms. Green may be thinking that, it is probable that most people are thinking about two little boys being deliberately placed in a household without a mother.
Green also describes herself as “an End of Life Coach serving the LGBT community.” The vagueness of that description should have set off alarm bells at One Peter Yorke Way, but Green’s appearance at an ostensible Catholic Church is rendered even more disturbing by her September 5, 2013 appearance as featured speaker at a ‘Compassion and Choices’ event at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Clearwater, Florida. From the event description: “Peggy Green received a Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion. She is a former palliative care chaplain turned end-of-life coach…” But ‘Compassion and Choices” is none other than the renamed Hemlock Society. From the organization’s Wikipedia page: “Compassion & Choices is a nonprofit organization in the United States working to improve patient rights and choice at the end of life, including access to aid in dying. It was formerly known as the Hemlock Society. Its primary function is advocating for and ensuring access to end-of-life options, including assisted suicide.”
Inviting anti-Catholic speakers under cover of a seemingly harmless topic—even Advent and Lenten vespers– is an habitual tactic at Most Holy Redeemer, well-documented in the pages of CalCatholic. Earlier this year, as reported by CalCatholic on January 28, 2015, they conned the Archdiocese of San Francisco into allowing Rick Zbur, Executive Director of Equality California, to host a town hall meeting at the parish. The ostensible purpose of the meeting, and the understanding under which the Archdiocese allowed it to be held, was ‘the new EQCA Agenda to help LGBTQ immigrants and their health care issues.’ Yet a tape of the meeting shows that only 3 minutes of the hour-long meeting were devoted to that topic. The other 57 minutes were devoted to Equality California’s legislative agenda.
Similarly, on July 18, 2015, the Church hosted a talk on the important subject of Human Trafficking. But one of the speakers was Brother Daryl Charron C. PP. S. On July 5, 2015 Brother Charron responded to the Supreme Court’s decision imposing same-sex ‘marriage’ on the United States thusly: “It really is about love winning over hate and division.” Were the pastor and parochial vicar at Most Holy Redeemer unaware of this statement? Hardly. Both belong to the same province and religious order as Charron, the Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, and his statement was published on the Provincial website. None of this is accidental or will change without external action. The parishioners and staff at Most Holy Redeemer view themselves as right and the Catholic Church as wrong. Jesuit Father Donal Godfrey approvingly described their attitude in Gays and Gray, his history of Most Holy Redeemer: “A parish such as Most Holy Redeemer calls the rest of the institution to conversion.”
To encourage the responsible parties at the Archdiocese of San Francisco to exert more oversight over the parish that thinks its mission is to convert the rest of the Catholic Church, contact:
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
Archdiocese of San Francisco
One Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco CA 94109