The June 8 and 15 bulletins of San Francisco’s St. Agnes parish included the following announcement: “Show Your Catholic Pride Sunday, June 29! Make plans now to join Bay Area LGBT Catholics as we march in the 2014 Pride Parade! Our motorized cable car departs Most Holy Redeemer Church, 100 Diamond Street in the Castro at 9:30 AM sharp on Sunday, June 29. Ride your cable car to the staging area, then step off amid the cheers along Market Street. It’s not only great fun, it’s an important outreach to everyone—that St. Agnes and other Bay Area parishes are welcoming places! Contact (name redacted) at MHR for more details.”
While Most Holy Redeemer’s parish bulletin did not include an announcement about participating in the city’s annual celebration of sodomy, it did include the following on June 15: “Pick up your Pride T Shirts! People who ordered PRIDE T-Shirts can pick them up during the coffee hour after the 10:00 am Mass today (June 15). There are a limited number of shirts available for sale if you did not order earlier.”
The T-shirt announcement coincides with the departure of Most Holy Redeemer’s pastor, Brian Costello, who, the week before the ‘pride T-shirts’ announcement appeared, published what must surely be the shortest pastor’s goodbye in history:
“Dear Friends, As of July 1st, I will be heading up north to Novato to become the new pastor of Our Lady of Loretto Church. I am very, very happy! Have a great Pentecost Sunday! Fr. Brian”
Father Costello’s pastorate at Most Holy Redeember was notable for his concern for the spiritual well-being of his flock, one indicator being the lack of Gay Pride Parade announcements in the parish bulletin during his tenure.
Both Most Holy Redeemer and St. Agnes have a long history of homosexualist advocacy in defiance of Church teaching. The two parishes partnered in hosting the Queer Perspectives colloquia in 2006. On February 12, 2006 Most Holy Redeemer hosted USF’s Professor Vincent Pizzuto in the discussion “Queer Perspectives: Is it Ethical to be Catholic?” Since the openly homosexual Pizzuto has left the Catholic Church and been ordained as a priest in the Celtic Christian Church, one can conclude he answers that question with a resounding “no.” Despite his repudiation of the Catholic faith, the Reverend Pizzuto is now the chair of the department of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco.
Queer Perspectives was followed on March 26, 2006 by a similar event at St. Agnes called Alienated Catholics: Establishing the Groundwork for Dialog. Professor Pizzuto spoke at that event too, and was joined by an openly lesbian professor from another Jesuit institution, Santa Clara Univeristy’s Professor Catherine Murphy. St. Agnes’ then-pastor, Father Cameron Ayers, SJ spoke as well. In 2005 Father Ayers had led a group of St. Agnes parishioners to the Gay Pride parade. Like the Reverend Pizzuto, Father Ayers has since left the Catholic Church, and now serves as assisting priest at San Francisco’s Holy Innocents Episcopal Church.
Most Holy Redeemer’s participation in the parade was a constant from the mid 1990s until 2008, when ongoing efforts from concerned Catholics finally caused the archdiocese to request the parish no longer march in the parade. Since then it has been an on-again-off-again thing. By 2011 Most Holy Redeemer was back. According to a blurb in the April 2011 issue of Communion, the monthly newsletter of “Catholics (sic) for Equality,” parish members would march “not under the banner of MHR, but as private Catholic citizens. We have reached out to other Catholic parishes, and have received enthusiastic responses.” But, as CalCatholic reported at the time, although parishioners might not be marching under the MHR banner “the parish is allowing organizers to meet on archdiocesan property, coordinate parishioners’ attendance at the event, and inviting members of other parishes to join them – with the apparent blessings of (then-pastor) Fr. Meriwether.” Most Holy Redeemer’s group was joined by members of St. Agnes Church and St. John of God Church.
It’s not just in San Francisco. St. Monica’s in Santa Monica had an “After Pride” gathering after the notorious West Hollywood Gay Pride event. Too bad they didn’t line up at the confessional after such a sinful occasion. Souls are in jeopardy and the pastoral leadership is shockingly indifferent!
What is your definition of indifferent? We certainly did not find them indifferent when we picketed them because that was Arnold’s and his now divorcee wife, a Kennedy’s parish. We even saw other notorious liberals such as Chris Mathews coming out of their. So I repeat, what is your definition of indifferent?
May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika and His Church!
Viva Cristo Rey!
Yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
So the beat goes on in SF and LA (DC and NYC, too) and the archbishops do nothing, as usual.
When will this all stop or is it interfering with their pet projects?
This is the “filth in the Church” described by Pope Benedict XVI, and the “smoke of Satan” described by Pope Paul VI.
Pope Francis should excommunicate those who celebrate sodomy (including the Lavender Mafia) as he recently did the Mafia who are “adorers of evil.”
As apostates and heretics, those who celebrate abortion and sodomy incur automatic (latae sententiae) excommunication (CIC 1364:1).
Has anyone sent a link of this article to Abp Cordileone?
Or are people just going to sit back and complain to each other which accomplishes nothing?
The Diocese Bishop is responsible to teach, correct, and when necessary discipline within his own Diocese.
We can not expect any Bishop to be mind-readers.
” LETTER TO THE BISHOPS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
ON THE PASTORAL CARE OF HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS”
” 15. We encourage the Bishops, then, to 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.”
PETE…..we have sent emails and letters to our Archbishop…..He is well aware of everything going on in his Diocese. Remember that each “Pastor” sits within his parish as total authority. The Archbishop “suggests and implores” the clergy, but does not dictate. He can “move/shift/remove” clergy……Let’s see what he does.
SandraD, The AB will do nothing and his past history backs this statement up.
Maybe so…..but many do write and call on wayward Bishops to DO SOMETHING. That was my only point……that all Bishops ARE aware of what’s going on in their parishes…..some choose to do nothing…..thereby promoting the scandals. Writing to Pope Francis might get us further.
Indeed many write to the wayward Bishops and pray to the Lord.
But most of the Bishops do not act as Christ, who did not fear to make people “angry” in fighting scandal. He just preached the truth and let the chips fall.
Today Bishops worry about PR, donations, and people “getting mad” at them or (God forbid) suing them. I’m sure if Jesus had people threatening to sue him he would shut up and make nice – NOT!!!
Again I state a maxim: ‘When the fish stinks, it is because of the head!’ The deadly silence of the Catholic hierarchy is TOTALLY responsible for this mess within the Catholic Church. When She stopped preaching Christ crucified, and overly emphasized the Resurrection, then the entire focus of the Church began to morph into what we have today. The Redemption is now the Paschal Mystery, and since everyone is saved, why condemn anyone who acts immorally. With no absolutes,and the ”I’m ok,; you’re ok” attitude, is it a wonder that there is no longer any guidance from our shepherds? As others have pointed out: the bishops are mainly interested in illegal immigrants, and social welfare programs, as well as the freedom to practice whatever one wants to without consequences. This is NOT the same Catholic Church that Christ founded. This new church was formed, like Frankenstein, from man after Vatican II.
Pilar, how many letters or emails have you written to the appropriate Bishops, US Papal Nuncio, or Vatican about wrong doing that you are personally aware of within the Church?
If you know of serious wrong doings and do not report them to the Diocese Bishop (or the Civil Authorities as appropriate), you are guilty of aiding and abetting. In fact then you will share in and be held accountable for those sins as well.
CCC: ” 1868 Sin is a personal act. Moreover, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them:
– by participating directly and voluntarily in them;
– by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them;
– by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so;
– by protecting evil-doers. ”
We all must contact our Diocese Bishops or we aid and abet wrong doers.
How many of them have you written to complain about the destruction of the Church?
May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika and His Church!
Viva Cristo Rey!
Yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
Archbishop Cordileone: Excellency, please direct that no Catholic Church publication contain any reference to “Pride Day” in any form. And forbid the use of any Church facilities, funds, or resources to advertise, participate in, or celebrate “Pride Day”. Finally, publicly address Catholic concerns with homosexual sexual behavior, offering counseling and additional time for confessions, to all homosexuals that feel that their sexual behavior violates Church teachings and commandments and may well get them successful admittance to Hades. Failure to do something like this, Excellency, will be understood by all Catholics as your complicity in the continued “tilt” toward acceptance of the “homosexual sexual lifestyle,” so increasingly evident since Pope Francis ascended to the Throne of St. Peter’s. Respectfully, Excellency, do not confuse, and let others confuse, charity and Christian Love, with tolerance of evil. You are called on to exercise extreme courage, and now is the time to face the wolves head-in, and alone.
Huh? ““homosexual sexual lifestyle”? No such thing. How can the Bishop be complicit in the acceptance of something that doesn’t exist?
So peter, you don’t believe that those who have sex with people of the same sex – does not indicate a lifestyle?
Do you know what the word “lifestyle” means?
” LIFESTYLE – A way of life or style of living that reflects the attitudes and values of a person or group”.
Never Tolerate MORTAL SIn.
Sodomy, Fornication, Adultery, are all mortal sins.
St Christopher, send your letter to the Archbishop. We can not expect him to read all Catholic blog sites every day. You are not excused from contacting his office directly.
Code of Canon Law: Under RIGHTS and OBLIGATIONS of ALL the Christian Faithful –
” Can 212 §3. According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess,
they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church
and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful,
without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals,
with reverence toward their pastors,
and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons. “
Megan, send a letter to the AB!!!. See Will’s reply to SandraD. above. I think a lot of us better start being serious about these ‘Leaders’ we have in the Church as they seem to be more like the politicians in DC & Sacramento and do what the want and the heck with us.
Writing to the Archbishop will NOT make a difference.
Do you think he is not already aware of what has been going on for years and decades?
Do not be fooled. These things happen in the Archdiocese because they are allowed to happen.
The Church is not a democracy, and the Archbishop is not “uninformed.” If he wanted to say something he could.
So this is what they want played back on Judgement Day? They participated in a gay pride parade. How many of those people have marched for life, participated in the fortnight for freedom or Eucharistic Adoration. It is not easy to display such public endorsement. I hope this momentary jubilation is worth it when Judgement Day comes.
“The Rainbow Belongs to God:”
By Johny Noer, a Danish pastor living in the Negev Desert of Israel, and performed by the very talented singer/composer Signe Walso.
“Gay Pride Week” in Boston reveals what the media doesn’t tell you about the homosexual movement.
Also: MassResistance protest at Gay Pride Parade draws anger & vitriol
Most people only see the filtered version of “gayness” that the mainstream media presents, which portrays it as wholesome, joyous, and even healthy. But the public spectacle of a “Gay Pride Week” (June 6-14) in a major city like Boston reveals a great deal about the pathologies, addictions, perversions, and general dysfunction surrounding homosexual behavior that is generally kept hidden.
Make no mistake: “Gay Pride” is vastly different than the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, or the Puerto Rican Parade — or anything else you’ll see in the public streets. It’s not really about “fun” or even politics. It’s more like a display of pathological issues.
It was not full of public sex acts like the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco or some events in New York. But the “collateral damage” of LGBT behavior was very much in view.
For example, if you spent much time at the major “Pride Week” events you also saw examples of and references to:
Pink Brick Yard Blues
Gosh – When Senator Diane Feinstein got her “Pink Brick” thrown at her by the Gaystapo – she certainly got the message: Pander or Perish = the ‘gospel’ of the Gaystapo:
2014 Pink Brick Awarded – the Triumph of ‘Scarecrow Logic’
Scott Lively is a Protestant fundamentalist who went to Uganda to promote the infamous “Kill the gays” legislation. A I guess if one can’t find Catholic sources to support their extreamist anti gay views they turn to the holy rollers. See my comment about the fallen away Catholic turned Calvinist who authored the “If Your Child Told You I’m Gay ….” article.
C/H , what would you say to a child of yours who converted to an Evangelical conservative Baptist church who told you she hates your life style and thinks homosexuality is a sin and doesn’t want you to see your grandchildren because she doesn’t want you to influence them?
The same thing is happening in Seattle, WA and other places…
Megan, I have written to the Apostolic Delegate, I have written to Rome, I have driven over 175 miles each way to the Chancery Office, after I realized it is all a waste of time. I firmly believe that many priests and bishops do NOT believe in God. If a thousand faithful Catholics praised a certain priest because he was holy, and only ONE liberal Catholic condemned the same priest, which group would influence the bishop? The opposite is also true. If a thousand faithful Catholics were complaining about an abuse, and only ONE liberal stood up for the evil, you KNOW where the bishop would lend his support..
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I have never before seen such a hateful display by so-called “Christians” as what is written in this forum.
Again, a deliberate misuse of the word hate, the favorite catchword now of the homosexualist agenda, apparently. They keep harping away with the same arguments. Pavlov’s bell rings and they begin salivating…Homosexuality is a grave sin. Ding a ling! “Hate, hate, hate!” they cry. Don’t you fear hell? Ring! “Homophobe, homophobe homophobe!” I can’t speak for anyone else, but I wish those who defend homosexuality would spend some time in understanding what debate is, how to use logic in a discussion, how to back up a supposition with examples rather than falling back on hackneyed cliches and sound-bites. “People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.” G.K.Chesterton.
And what then is your position on the hateful display of Catholic parishes advocating gay *pride* in their bulletins? Using false advertisement to fill up the pews and coffers is no charity.
“Chris J”: Why do you say “hateful”? Catholics are obligated to act in charity toward each other, including homosexual sexualists. Telling someone that they must remain chaste to be saved is not “hateful”. If any priest or bishops tells you that “being gay (meaning sexual expression of that attraction)” is fine, run to another church; such statements are diabolical. All the “Gay Pride” stuff is a masquerade for giving out a message of damnation, not salvation. Having priests take part in these events (and using parish resources to adverstise same, etc.) is never justified; in fact, such priests should be disciplined, or dismissed as creating scandal. This is not hateful, this is accurate and loving speech, for which homosexuals should be pleased and humbled, not angry. No one can glory in sinfulness, but redemption is available to all. This is why Christ said that he died “for many;” others, hearing his Word and Commandments, turned away.
As Catholics we are to LOVE and RESPECT all people….NOT CONDON!!!
These happenings in ‘Catholic’ parishes is WAY OUT OF LINE……This needs to be stopped in a pastoral and charitable way.
And PRAY for the Archbishop, he has a HUGE SHIP TO TURN AROUND!!!!
“Elizabeth,” your comments are charitable to the Archbishop. He seems to want to do some good and right things, but simply appears unwilling to confront the homofascists lobby, who will attack him soundly and personally. Of course, Abp. Cordileone, even if he does the right thing, will find little solace in today’s Catholic Church, where homosexual sexual expression is increasingly seen as “normal” and even “a blessing.” This kind of nuttiness is commonplace among our bishops, too, just look at the silence in the face of the homosexual insistence that all — all — take part in, and respect, the “Gay Pride” celebrations that are everywhere. Cowards, craven for public acceptance and adulation, our bishops are pretty much a sorry, feminized lot, led by truly awful leaders like Cardinals Dolan, Wuerl, and others that do all they can to terrorize Tradition, and refuse to apply sanctions such as Canon 915 to pro-abortion voting politicians. Much better, like Bishop Soto, to give them public adulation and awards, or have public dinners with them, like Cardinal Yuck-it-up Dolan with our abortion-in-chief President Obama at the Al Smith Dinner. Where is the moral outrage? The public teachings of what Christ teaches?
Well said St. Christopher. A decade ago when the churchmen failed to address the homosexual sexual expression among the clergy they paid tens of millions of dollars. Tomorrow, because they refuse to address it today, probably they will go bankrupt.
Today is the annual Tax Subsidized Anti-Male Hate Riot – San Francisco Dyke March, which takes over Dolores park around 4pm or so – and then begins taking over the public streets – gridlocking much of the city around 6pm.
While Mission Dolores Church Steps is where many start from, it is best to remember that these Hate Driven Misandrists are often hyped up on booze & drugs & Hate – before they stage the march…
– And frequently act out their Hatreds (Particularly Against Men) in the Gridlocked Streets as well as On the Church Steps – so no one is really ‘safe’ (even on Church Grounds) when the Dykes are on a Rampage.
The following statement is from their website – regarding the Ban on Male Citizens from said Public Streets …
And who knows – perhaps from the Church Steps too; provided they get “Fat, Feminist & Feisty” enough to enforce their rabid frothing hind foot thumping Misandry on Church Property too:
“We continue to hold the Dyke March as dyke-only space.
We invite our male allies to enjoy our Dolores Park rally with us, and to please support us from the sidelines during our march to Castro.”
SF Dyke March Website