On June 2, Catholic San Francisco, the newspaper of the archdiocese of San Francisco announced the clergy changes that will take effect in the coming year. The changes included the news that Father Brian Costello will be leaving the city’s notorious Most Holy Redeemer parish. Father Costello will be replaced by Father Jack McClure C.PP.S, who will serve as pastor, and Father Matthew Link C.PP.S, who will serve as parochial vicar. C.PP.S. is the acronym for Missionaries of the Precious Blood.
On June 6, the National Catholic Reporter ran an article titled “San Francisco’s largest gay parish to get new pastors.” From the article:
“(Father) McClure said when Link learned in January that Most Holy Redeemer would be looking for a pastor, he approached McClure and suggested they apply as a team. Eventually, the men met with Auxiliary Bishop William Justice, who heads pastoral ministry for the archdiocese….the Precious Blood Fathers have had an outreach to the LGBT community since 2007. They say the ministry was developed to foster dialogue, reconciliation and justice with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.”
By 2002, the New York Times was reporting “…about 80 to 90 percent of the members are gay.”
Father Brian Costello, the outgoing pastor, truly had the spiritual welfare of his parishioners at heart. Some parishioners did not see it that way. The NCR reported that Father Costello had requested a transfer last August, and quoted him:
“It just didn’t work out. I did the best I could. My best was just not good enough for a lot of people here,” he said. “There are real challenges here, and the truth is I just didn’t have the gifts to meet those challenges.”
One example of the tension between Father Costello and “a lot of people here” occurred early in his tenure. On April 19, 2012 CalCatholic reported that in the previous week transvestites had MC’d/judged a Castro Country Club fundraiser at the parish. The MC went by the name “Laybelline” and the judge “Syphilis Diller.” In October of 2012 the same group wanted to come back, but the archdiocese and Father Costello nixed the event. The homosexual oriented Bay Area Reporter covered the story, and quoted Father Costello ““I am the new pastor…There is a new archbishop. The archdiocese told me straight out, ‘No drag queens.’… “I am big on compromising.” Father Costello said “[Castro Country Club] would not work with me. It was all or nothing. And they got nothing.”
The archdiocese eventually made the ban more generally applicable, thus appeasing homosexualist activists. Following the ban, Costello had received push-back from parishioners, which MHR’s business manager, Michael Poma, described as “education.” Poma was quoted in Bondings, the blog of New Ways Ministry: “‘Father Brian wasn’t educated about the importance of drag queens in the gay community…We are part of the community here and to think that we’re banning drag queens is obnoxious and ridiculous.”
Another example was related by Father Costello himself in the March 3, 2013 MHR bulletin:
“Two weeks ago, after Pope Benedict XVI had announced to the world that he would be resigning the office of Peter as of February 28th, I put the Pope’s picture, that usually hangs in the rectory, in the church. A handful of people told me that they would rather it not be there. They explained that the feeling was while he was Pope, as well as his time as a Cardinal, Pope Benedict had made hurtful and hateful statements regarding the LGBT Community and thus, his picture should not be placed on the altar of MHR. I was also warned, many parishioners would walk out of Sunday Mass if the picture was not removed. I spoke with a close priest friend of mine, and even though both of us were saddened by this, the wisest course, I felt, was to remove the Pope’s picture…..”
New Ways Ministry: “‘Father Brian wasn’t educated about the importance of drag queens in the gay community…We are part of the community here and to think that we’re banning drag queens is obnoxious and ridiculous.”
What is obnoxious and ridiculous is the pandering to the Twysted Systers of ‘indulgence’ – who engage in a grotesquely hateful mockery of Catholic Nuns, and yet seem to have such power in MHR and elsewhere…
Like the ‘In-Human-Rights’ commission in Frisco – led by Sparky the Drag Queen (T. Sparks – former Porn Shop operator who after surgical mutilation / hormone abuse was awarded the CA “Womyn of the Year’ award by Zelda Kuehl & the CA Demicrat Legislature) – and is on record as “Supporting Larry Brinkin 100%”
SEE San Francisco’s Gay Icon Larry Brinkin Guilty of Felony Child Porn Possession: https://cnsnews.com/node/757449
This is all part of the Pogrom of Misandry – Hatred of Men & Boys, Masculinity & Normal Heterosexuality that fuels the Gaystapo and its attacks on the Church:
“City hit by suit from ex-HRC staffer
A straight former employee at the San Francisco Human Rights Commission has filed a reverse sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit against the city…
Documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California indicate that during the period Willis worked at the HRC, much of the agency was ripe with dysfunction, including allegations of timecard fraud and long waits for constituents.
Through the complaint, Willis, an African American man, alleges that he faced discrimination based on sexual orientation and race, retaliation, defamation, and intentional interference with his contract.
HRC Executive Director Theresa Sparks and San Francisco Human Resources Director Micki Callahan are named individually as defendants in Willis’s suit against the city.
Former HRC staffer Larry Brinkin, who was arrested last month on child pornography charges, is mentioned briefly in the suit….
When Willis complained to Sparks about “rampant timecard fraud” at the agency, she agreed to investigate, but “consistent with her long-standing bias against heterosexual males, and African American heterosexual males in particular,”…
The filing points to an April 2010 Bay Area Reporter article published before Willis’s hiring where Sparks said she’d like to see “an LGBT person head up that whole division,” referring to the position then held by Willis, as “direct evidence of [her] sexual-orientation discriminatory and retaliatory motive.”
– The complaint also says that on several occasions Sparks instructed Willis “to engage in preferential treatment” of LGBTs for employment at the agency, despite Willis’s protestations…
Oh Michael .. Why don’t you help Fathers McClure and Link out by writing them about how overwelmingly important Larry Brinkin is in the lives of all San Franciscans!
Finally – some worthy advice from one of the Saccharin saboteurs trashing this board. I do believe I will write to the New Priests about the importance of the lessons to be learned from the Larry Brinkin scam AND his still active Racist Pederast Toddler-Rape Posse…
– Not just in the ‘City of Saint Francis’ (aka Sodom by the Sea now) – but the nation and world as a whole.
After all – given that state senator Mark “Kiddie Porn King” Leno has become de-facto leader of this posse (at least until Larry finishes his 6 months in Jail) and probably its Public Face (along with Sparky the Drag Queen – who still holds sway at the alleged HRC) – until the “Kiddie Porn King” takes over CHINO Nancy Pelosi’s congressional seat…
These New Priests should be aware of the type forces at work – Infiltrating not just the ‘system’ but the Church Itself; if only to help them prevent repetition of the nightmare of Homosex Abuse that has bankrupted so many Diocese and harmed not just the reputation of the Church Worldwide (Brinkin’s Posse has many ‘Friends of Dorothy’ around the globe)…
But Harmed the Young in a manner thoroughly inexcusable, despite claims that Our ‘watchdogs’ were looking elsewhere, or asleep or couldn’t have believed such ‘happy’ people were doing such things.
Well, a decent guy tried to make it a Catholic parish. With Fr. Costello gone, time to bring out the popcorn and wait for the fire and brimstone to come down from the sky on top of this travesty of a parish.
Fr. Michael… Shouldn’t you give Fr. McClure and Fr. Link a chance before you declare their new ministry a failure?
Abraham prayed for the community of Sodom to be spared a violent fate like the raining down of fire and brimstone. When Sts. James and John asked if they should command fire to come down and consume a village for their refusal to receive Jesus, Jesus himself rebukes them.
And here you are suggesting we ENJOY the destruction of our sisters and brothers? Perhaps you have missed some elemental concepts of the Catholic Church, like hope and charity?
There is also wrath and justice…..perhaps you missed those
This is a church? It looks more like a small auditorium for a town hall meeting. No wonder the rector and some of the parishioners have such little regard for the teaching of the Catholic Church. This is not a sacred space.
Michael …I think you’re wrong. MHR is .. I believe .. a consecrated church. If you don’t like the architecture, there are lots of older churches you can go to.
“[T]he Precious Blood Fathers have had an outreach to the LGBT community since 2007. They say the ministry was developed to foster dialogue, reconciliation and justice with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.” Does that mean “return of the drag queens”?
The Precious Blood Fathers should be promoting COURAGE – endorsed by the Pontifical Council for the Family for those afflicted with SSA. Anything else is hogwash.
This is not a Church…it’s a homosexual haven where the people want to sodomize and then get blessed by Padre.
Time to shut it DOWN!!!!!!!!!
You know, this past Sunday, Pentecost, Most Holy Redeemer prayed for one of its own parishioners in critical condition, a straight woman who attended for years with her husband. Midway through the Mass, word got passed to the celebrant that she had actually just passed right about the time the mass was beginning. Your disrespect to her and her parish, by your post and most of the comments here, defiles our faith.
Thank you, YFC, for reminding us that MHR is a community filled with real and faithful people. So often this parish is used as a punching bag by polemicists on this site. People love to generalize about the community, knowing little about it.
I have attended mass at MHR more times then I can count, and it was my home parish for a number of years. It is a prayerful, faithful Catholic community.
Tough assignment for any pastor. The parishioner’s deeper needs at MHR are not drastically different from other parishes, even if their lifestyle is atypical.. They want to feel included, needed, loved, and to participate. The annual reading of the names of parishioners who died of AIDS was an event the Archdiocesan leader almost always attended.
I don’t envy the incoming pastor. Very difficult assignment to make God’s message and love relevant to a congregation whose lifestyle the Vatican does not recognize or support. We must pray for this parish.
Anonymous – you left out that they need to repent of their sins, and do their best not to commit them again.
Those who are living a sodomy lifestyle – are living in MORTAL SIN. This is evil.
When any good Pastor is surrounded by mortal sin (filth) all the time, Satan takes his toll.
GOD does not support MORTAL SIN. GOD does not support SODOMY.
God loves everyone. God hates sin.
Gen 19:1-19; Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:9-10; 1 Tim 1:10.
We must NEVER Tolerate MORTAL SIN.
Letter to Bishops on the PASTORAL CARE of Homosexual Persons – paragraph 15.
“… provide pastoral care in full accord with the teaching of the Church for homosexual persons of their dioceses.
No authentic pastoral programme will include organizations in which homosexual persons associate with each other without clearly stating that homosexual activity is immoral.
A truly pastoral approach will appreciate the need for homosexual persons to avoid the near occasions of sin.”
” We would heartily encourage programmes where these dangers are avoided. But we wish to make it clear that departure from the Church’s teaching, or silence about it, in an effort to provide pastoral care is neither caring nor pastoral. Only what is true can ultimately be pastoral. The neglect of the Church’s position prevents homosexual men and women from receiving the care they need and deserve.” – Cardinal Ratzinger – Pope Benedict.
What parish has a community of believers who do not need to repent for their sins?
None. Zero Nunca. Zed. We ALL need repentance, and that is what we, our holy Catholic Church offers.
‘Nunca’ means ‘never.’ I guess that’s what he means: ‘ never repent’..
Who the heck do you think you are to say someone is in mortal sin? Have you never heard the Catholic Church teaching on conscience? These people need to be loved, not condemned. God is the one who will judge us on the last day. I attended MHR today. Its mostly devout elderly people. Remember God will judge you all too.
Archbishop Cordileone should look carefully at the “volunteer” preists, Frs. Link and McClure. Among other things, programs that cater to the “LGBT community” are often religious “fronts” to provide Church de facto approval of the unapproval: homosexual sex and relationships. Apparently, Fr. Costello tried to introduce some level of Catholicity to the MHR and was rebuffed. (His story about the picture of Benedict XVI is pathetic — who cares whatever a parishoner says about honoring the Pope.) It is likely that Abp. Cordileone will simply “walk away” from MHR and let it sink into a true Sodomite paradise (this time with some Holy Water sprinkled in). But, who in the Vatican cares, or in the US of A? Why not bring in Bishop Athanasius Schneider to be the Pastor at MHR for one-year? What a complete joke and scandal to the Catholic Church.
The problem with the Catholic Church is well illustrated in your comment suggesting the church should ignore the concerns of parishioners. The church will surely fail if it treats it’s parishioners with contempt. If the church is unwilling to listen or perceive the concerns of it’s community, it serves no one.
Now the church need to follow every request or alter for every concern, but it should engage in a dialogue.
And just what are those concerns?
Sodomy? Sodomy marriage? Little concern for the STD’s they get and pass on to others? Forcing others to accept their sodomy lifestyle?
There are good people who have same sex attraction. But they do not act on their temptations.
Dear Ted B:
Just as there are good people who choose not to act on their temptations, there are many good people, all around us, every day, who choose a path that you might find “tempting”. The differences among us often lies in how we answer our conscience.
To think they’re thinking about shutting down Fr Rutler’s beautiful churches in NYC and are keeping this whited sepulcher of dead souls open in S.F. shows the state the Church is in today. What these painted corpses need is someone to care enough about their souls and shut down this heathen temple of sacrilege and tell them to find a mosque that will better serve their desires if they refuse to repent. As it is, what is being taught is people can be living depraved and evil lives and still take The Lord ‘s body,blood, soul and divinity every Sunday without batting a jaundiced eye. This is outrageous and unacceptable.
We have too many sinners in our parish, so let’s shut it down? Really?
Yes, really. There are unrepentant sinners who obstinately oppose and mock the faith and use and abuse a parish to push their illegitimate agenda. On the other hand, there are struggling repentant sinners who love the faith and pray every day for the grace necessary to overcome their sinfulness. If a parish is being dominated, directed and controlled according to the illegitimate agenda of the former, at a certain point, yes it should be closed down. If anyone causes one of these little ones to sin, it would be better for them if a millstone were tied about their neck and they were cast into the sea.
Shut down that and those which attempt to make a heathen temple out of a Catholic Church – yes, Bob One. Would you advocate for a hospital that welcomed in patients intent on maintaining their assorted illnesses and celebrating them instead of attempting to treat them? That’s no help to anyone.
With all those sinners Bob One, I guess the pastor is failing in trying to make them saints, I guess he is more worried about “social justice”
“Dana” you are absolutely correct regarding NYC. Cardinal Dolan is viciouslyl anti-Traditional; just look at his violent overreacting to a biting sermon by Fr. Wylie regarding the shoddy treatment being given to Traditionalists in NYC. This red-wearing bully — who did everything but sit on Preaident Obama’s lap at the infamous Al Smith Dinner — should be removed from clerical leadership. You are also correct regarding the charity that is needed on behalf of the “painted corpses.” Where, oh where, is the Pope in all of this?
St Christopher its time for traditionalist uprising…I can also tell you that 2 pastors in parishes that offer the TLM have been moved by the Cardinal as well.
Dana – My Parents were Married in Most Holy Redeemer, and it was Not a “heathen temple of sacrilege” – but a neighborhood Parish little different from the many others of that age, except for a stronger Irish Immigrant presence than some.
That Anti-Catholic forces can physically take over Churches is nothing new – English Warlord Oliver Cromwell used them to stable horses in Ireland during his pogroms, which led to an era of Anti-Catholic Persecution not unlike the current Abomination, only without the hi-tech assist.
I strongly suggest that you read about the Pogroms in Ireland from that era, including destruction of the Education system such as led to the ‘Hedge Schools” (teachers & students literally hiding amongst the hedges as their only classroom) and being ‘Put to the Test’ – for adherence to the Faith.
We are being Tested Again – but Abandoning Churches to the Gaystapo is fundamentally different from recognizing their physical takeover by radicals, whose grotesque mockery of the Catholic Faith is no different than Cromwell’s horse stables – and full of the same by-product as his horses.
One position means we have given up our own Churches – the Better One is to Show Christian Resolve to Restore the Good and Cleanse from them the types of Filth the Twysted Systerhood indulges in.
Hooray for the new team, who seem to have actually read the Catechism on the subject – the much neglected bit that says that “homosexuals” should be treated with respect, dignity and compassion. They also appear to have paid attention to the words of Pope Francis, that the Church should be “a field hospital for the wounded”.
What too many pastors fail to understand when dealing with gay, lesbian or trans people (and that includes drag queens, who in MHR parish do an extraordinary amount of hard work, fundraising for worthy charitable causes), is that the Church simply cannot be a field hospital for the wounded, while continuing to inflict the wounds.
Many (but apparently not enough) Pastors understand that Gay means Happy, and not those who choose to act out the harmful pathological aberration of homo-anal coprophle behaviors – even if pretending such is ‘Love’.
That Lesbians are residents of the Greek Island of Lesbos, and Not the types of Misandrist who stage the annual tax subsidized Anti-Male Hate Riot / “Dyke March” (scheduled for 6/28 – although heavily Censored by the media) – starting from the steps of Mission Dolores Church and gridlocking the city without applying for a permit or paying any costs – And Bans Males from the Public Streets.
That All Procreation is Heterosexual because there are Only Two Fixed & immutable Genetically Inherited Genders (birth defects notwithstanding) – Male (XY) and Female (XX)…
And that Drag Queens like the Twysted Systers are Anti-Catholic Hatemongers who indulge in spreading lies almost as much as STDs, regardless of how campy a disguise they drape over the facts.
As Regards the “Field Hospital for the Wounded” – despite attempts to twyst the Pope’s words to encourage Pandering to Evil, it is Not the Church that is wounding these tragically messed up people by speaking the Truth…
– Rather that Pandering to the Gaystapo Agenda is as counter-productive to healing the wounds leading to such Aberrant Behaviors (like Homosex Abuse in Childhood Leading to Reenacting the Behaviors in ‘adulthood’) – As serving Booze at an Alcoholic Recovery Program.
The Church is not inflicting wounds, its your ilks and their love of the”self” that is doing the wounding.
Did they forget to quote:
CCC: ” 2396 Among the sins gravely contrary to chastity are masturbation, fornication, pornography, and homosexual practices.”
CCC: ” 2357 Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex.
It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. 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. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity.
Under no circumstances can they be approved. “
Paula, actually, not only did they not forget to quote those passages, they have several copies in the parish library. And by the way, did you forget to quote all the OTHER passages in the Catechism, or did you just pick and choose the passages you thought would stick it to certain members of the Body of Christ?
It Ain’t Just Sodom by the Sea (formerly the City of Saint Francis) that panders to this intrinsic Evil:
Obscene anti-Catholic group being honored at Boston “Gay Pride” this week by prominent politicians, major corporations.
A notorious homosexual anti-Catholic group has been named “Grand Marshall” of this year’s Gay Pride Week in Boston, which started last Friday, June 6, and features ten days of homosexual-themed events throughout the city, capped by the Gay Pride Parade and Festival this Saturday.
The anti-Catholic “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence marched in last year’s Boston Gay Pride Parade but were not honored… is made up of transvestite homosexual men who grotesquely dress up as Catholic nuns.
They describe themselves as “a leading-edge order of queer nuns” and mock the Church and its teachings in particularly profane ways, often with disgusting homosexual imagery.
My take from an e-gay man:
EWTN Carried the USCCB conference live, although I couldn’t find an archive of the broadcast as of yet – and missed what was apparently a Powerful Presentation on behalf of Marriage by Arch-Bishop Cordeleone.
The Sodom by the Sea Gaystapo are already denouncing the Arch-Bishop and the Church as viciously as the lamesteam media can deliver the message, including ‘interviews’ outside MHR with CHINO Activists opposed to the Teachings of the Church.
The mayor of Frisco (Formerly the City of Saint Francis) is reportedly writing a letter to Arch-Bishop Cordileone demanding he renounce the Defense of Marriage, Denounce the Washington DC “March for Marriage” on 6/19, and Pander to the Demands of said Gaystapo – or face the ‘tolerant’ consequences.
“Defending marriage tops agenda on first day of US Bishops spring meeting
Found It – Here is the Video Archive Link to the USCCB Spring General Assembly, which directly reflects upon the above article. It is a very good source for All the Faithful to Understand the Church in America and the World at this time.
Particularly relevant is the presentation on Marriage by Arch-Bishop Cordileone starting at 1 hr 36 min, wherein he quoted the Pope from Evangelii Gaudium, and went on to say that as Missionary Disciples We are called to recognize:
“Mothers & Fathers are Different, and a Children Thrive when both are involved in their lives” &
“Our Culture has been wounded by the erosion of an Authentic vision of love, sexuality & marriage over several decades.”
He also reminded us that the March for Marriage is set for Washington DC on June 19, and that he will be there and speak – and asks Any and All for Support & Prayers for the event.
An insightful and anticipatory update on the Catechism by Arch-Bishop Blair is at the 1hr 11min point.
I watched everything broadcast on EWTN.
It is a real eye opener.
One of the 3 agenda items was their voting guide “Faithful Citizenship”.
One of the Bishops in the audience from CA did not want to include those things which are INTRINSICALLY EVIL. (He must have been a Democrat.)
If the USCCB does not adhere 100% to the CCC in their new ‘Faithful Citizenship’ document, they are ignorable again.
We shall see.
This is a “Catholic” parish?” It does not even look physically, nor sound like one! Its people have not been taught the Catholic Faith and Morals, and helped to lead a good, Christ-like life! If only the Catholic Church would GET SERIOUS about religion and morality again, we would not have this problem! And the “LGBT” people would not be left to just die of AIDS and similar diseases! How about having a big “Courage” group here, to help these people?? How many, many souls are lost, all because the Church does not care. to strongly and caringly teach and preach her Faith and Morals, and successfully guide her people, in the Catholic, or even Christian, way of life??
Would any parish have been referred to as ‘gay’ before Vatican II? I don’t think so. But when you do away with anathemas, it becomes the ‘anything goes’ mess the Church is mired in today. The TLM is reviled, orthodoxy disdained, and holiness mocked. Instead we have a Mass that has been shaped by modernists and is completely at the hands of the progressive leaning liturgists. Heterodoxy and heretical teaching is celebrated as is deviancy. But Our Lord asked if He would find faith on earth when He returned. Do we take that seriously? We had better. Domine, miserere nobis. +JMJ+
I am another Michael McDermott [Manchester UK] the church is ridiculous and the cost of making it so?
All Priests MUST teach according to CCC: #2357, 2358, 2359 and 2396 regarding homosexuality.
They MUST also include:
” No authentic pastoral programme will include organizations in which homosexual persons associate with each other without clearly stating that homosexual activity is immoral.
A truly pastoral approach will appreciate the need for homosexual persons to avoid the near occasions of sin.”
Let us remember that the “National Catholic REPORTER” was condemned by Bishop Helmsing in 1968.
This was reiterated by their current Bishop in the 2013.
The REPORTER falsely pretends to be Catholic, and refuses to change their name. Thus they are fraudulent.
All the happy people were suddenly missing from making comments on Cal Catholic for several days after the June 1st hack attack. I wonder why. And now they are back. Almost like cats know when there’s going to be an earthquake.
God bless Fr. Brian Costello for attempting to get the truth across to some of these people.. As Blessed (or Saint) Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “We are called to be faithful not successful.” It seems that the good father has decided to “shake off his sandals” from this parish, and may the Good Lord go with him, guide him and strengthen him wherever he goes.
The Vatican Website says the following:
“Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders
Homosexuality and the Ordained Ministry
… various Documents of the Magisterium, and especially the Catechism of the Catholic Church, have confirmed the teaching of the Church on homosexuality.
The Catechism distinguishes between homosexual acts and homosexual tendencies.
Regarding acts, it teaches that Sacred Scripture presents them as grave sins.
The Tradition has constantly considered them as intrinsically immoral and contrary to the natural law.
Consequently, under no circumstance can they be approved.
Deep-seated homosexual tendencies, which are found in a number of men and women, are also objectively disordered…
– necessary to state clearly that the Church,… cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called “gay culture”.
Thank you Michael McDermott for simply quoting relevant texts. Very good of you.
Why attack these Precious Blood Priests who are stepping into the battle zone that is the Castro District?
If Nuns or Brothers or some Religious Order decides to minister in a dangerous place, or care for leprosy or plague victims, or take over a parish the Diocese no longer wants, people always praise them for taking on such a task.