Syphillis Diller the Judge

On Saturday, April 14, San Francisco’s infamous Most Holy Redeemer Church hosted the Third Annual Miss Castro Country Club Pageant. The pageant is a drag show. The Castro Country Club describes itself as a “clean & sober gathering place for all people and a home for the queer recovery community.”

The pageant was advertised in a number of homosexualist media outlets. The event MC was a transvestite who uses the name “Laybelline,” and one of the judges, another transvestite, uses the name “Syphillis Diller.” The competitors used similar names. At least one video of one of the performers is already up on YouTube. 

Most Holy Redeemer has frequently made national news for their scandalous hosting of pro-homosexual events. Drag shows are nothing new: in 2011 the parish hosted the Switch Hitters Ball, and in 2007, the parish hosted the Desperate Divas drag contest, just one week before the unfortunate visit of Archbishop George Niederauer, when he gave communion to two members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

More recently, the parish extended an invitation to renegade Episcopal Bishop Otis Charles to speak at one of their 2011 Advent Vespers services. On November 22, 2011, CalCatholic reported on the planned event. We reported that in 2004 Charles left his wife of 42 years, and “married” another man—an action that caused the Episcopal Church to sever ties with him. We followed up with a report on two other scheduled Most Holy Redeemer Advent Vespers speakers: the Revs. Jane Spahr and Roland Stringfellow. Both are openly homosexual supporters of same-sex “marriage.”

Following CalCatholic’s exposure of the events, Archbishop Niederauer forced the parish to withdraw the invitations. Whether or not CalCatholic’s stories played a part, it is a fact that Father Steve Meriwether, the pastor of Most Holy Redeemer, has not celebrated a single Sunday mass at the parish in 2012, according to parish bulletins. All 2012 Sunday Masses have been celebrated by visiting priests, frequently by Monsignor James Tarantino, the Vicar for Administration for the dioceses, who has a solid reputation.

Whether this represents a sanction against Meriwether, who was reappointed to a second six-year term at the parish in 2010, or whether he is just taking time off is an open question.

On Palm Sunday and the Palm Sunday vigil all the masses at the parish were celebrated by the well-known homosexual activist Jesuit, Father Donal Godfrey. Godfrey has also been the celebrant at a number of other Sunday and vigil Masses at the church in 2012.

On All Saints Day 2011, Godfrey was invited to celebrate Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral for the students of Sacred Heart High School.

Another 2012 guest celebrant at Most Holy Redeemer has been Father Joe Klecha. Father Klecha has celebrated liturgies for DignitySF at the Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. The Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church serves as DignitySF’s “parish” because the archdiocese of San Francisco does not allow DignitySF to meet on Catholic property.



Posted Thursday, April 19, 2012 4:30 AM By CJ
And so the laity just goes along with this? They further add to the scandal by their silent approval in attending? There are other places to go to attend Mass. Even if you can only drive there once a month. It is better to stay at home, listen to a Catholic sermon online while joining your spirit with a Catholic priest as he offers the Sacrifice for propitiation of your sins in Timbuktu than being an accomplice to such sacrileges. Holy reading, rosary and spiritual attendance from home when you can’t fulfill your Sunday obligation without committing sin is what Catholic priests will advise. Don’t take my word for it. Find one and ask him yourself. Just make sure he is truly Catholic and not a member of the Conciliarist Glee Club.

Posted Thursday, April 19, 2012 4:51 AM By Juergensen
Souls burn while the emperor fiddles.

Posted Thursday, April 19, 2012 5:10 AM By JMJ
Doesn’t this ‘catholic’ church have normal pew-warmers and if so, why do they donate to this ‘church’ or parish? +JMJ+

Posted Thursday, April 19, 2012 5:55 AM By Ted
How does the pastor get away with things like this, unless with the approval of the archbishop ? That begs the question, why has the Vatican allowed such things ? Those two questions beg a third, why should the laity take anything they say seriously? They mock what they teach us to believe. Disgraceful.

Posted Thursday, April 19, 2012 6:25 AM By Sawyer
Disordered in more ways than one. That’s the problem with sin; it leads to more corruption.

Posted Thursday, April 19, 2012 6:51 AM By peter
Let’s see who reaches the soap box first . . . ready, set, go!

Posted Thursday, April 19, 2012 7:05 AM By Life Lady
Thank you for keeping us informed. There are a lot of people who need prayer in SF and I hope the Vatican is keeping an eye open so that they can clean house very soon. This place certainly need it.

Posted Thursday, April 19, 2012 7:13 AM By Abeca Christian
and the scandals keep on coming in….! I’m ashamed that these Catholics have made other things their god!

Posted Thursday, April 19, 2012 8:17 AM By Amy
Will all of the illicit activities at Most Holy Redemeer be part of the report that the ArchBishop of S.F. and the other S.F. Bishops bring to the Holy Father during their required visit this week. Surely the Bishops will have a lot of explaining to do. I doubt very much that this type of worship is going on or allowed at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

Posted Thursday, April 19, 2012 8:37 AM By Catherine
peter, Here is the soap box response that you have been so patiently waiting for. The following quote is from Bishop Sheen. “Those who hate Truth and fear Goodness are not far from the Kingdom of God. They are fighting against it, and yet they know theirs is a losing battle. The more violently men hate truth, the more they think about it; the more they fear goodness that demands perfection, the more they know it is what they really seek.”