(Warning: the following may contain explicit material.)

On July 15, 2017, Most Holy Redeemer (MHR) Catholic Parish, located in the Castro District of San Francisco, will host a “writers salon” in the Church hall. Described as a “celebration of the written word;” according to an advertisement on the Parish’s website for the event: “Come and hear your MHR parishioners and friends share their work with you!” One of the authors included is “sex surrogate” and erotic fiction author Linda Poelzl.

In an article for “Women’s Health,” the author described some of Poelzl’s services:

Poelzl works in tandem with licensed therapists, who help determine if and how she’ll be touching a client. At her San Francisco office, she does sometimes give hand jobs to or have intercourse with male clients, but with women, she shows them how to touch themselves or experiment with sex toys.

Poelzl once wrote:

“Once we’re through the initial three to five sessions, it becomes more like seeing a lover. The final sessions become more sexual. Here is where the lover begins to emerge, and we can allow emotions and passions to flow freely. For me, it is especially satisfying to see a shy, uptight virgin transform into a lustful, passionate lover. My explanation may sound clinical, but surrogate work can be very hot.”

Poelzl is also the author of erotic fiction; a number of her stories are included in various complications of pornographic literature; they include: “Confessional Blue” from “Guilty Pleasures: True Tales of Erotic Indulgence;” “Lezzies” from “Tough Girls: Down and Dirty Dyke Erotica;” and “Saturday Night in a Very Small Room” from “Best Bisexual Erotica 2.”

In 2013, Poelzl joined Jesuit priest Donal Godfrey in a discussion about the film “The Sessions;” the movie was based on the true story of a relationship between a disabled man and a sex surrogate. According to a description of Poelzl for the event:

“A deeply-spiritual person, Linda found her way back to the Catholic Church in 2007 and she is an active and enthusiastic member of Most Holy Redeemer Parish in the Castro. She sees no problem integrating her spiritual beliefs and practices with her professional work as a surrogate partner.”

Most Holy Redeemer has a long history of radical dissent and the Parish is currently administered by the gay-affirmative Missionaries of the Precious Blood which have, at best, a problematic record with regards to their statements on homosexuality.

Full story at Joseph Sciambra’s blog.


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