In early February the San Francisco Unified School District floated a plan to provide condoms to students as young as 12. The condoms could be provided without parental consent. The story was picked up by media outlets including all local TV stations, the San Francisco Chronicle, LifeSite News, and California Catholic Daily.
On February 7, 2016, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders had an interview (‘SF Middle Schools’ Condom Curriculum”) with the San Francisco Unified School District’s ‘Director of Safety and Wellness,’ Kevin Gogin, who is serving as the district’s point man on the issue.
Saunders began her column: “The San Francisco Unified School District’s board is poised to expand its Condom Availability Program for high school students into middle schools. The school district no longer offers Algebra I as an eighth-grade course — Algebra I has been folded into a two-year, eighth-grade and ninth-grade class that is supposed to be more comprehensive. But the board is ready to bring higher level learning to middle school by handing out condoms to sixth-graders. What could possibly go wrong?”
Saunders also noted a logical disconnect in the District’s rationale: “Problem: If 95 percent of middle-schoolers are not having sexual intercourse, why would adults want to establish a social norm of middle-schoolers having sex? (A handout from the district asserts ‘only 5.2 percent” of middle-schoolers have had sexual intercourse.’)”
What none of the news outlets covering the issue reported, but which should be of interest to Catholic readers, is that Gogin is an ex-Jesuit priest, who, in 2008 ‘married’ a man named Dan McPherson. Both Gogin and McPherson are, or were, parishioners at San Francisco’s homosexual activist parish, Most Holy Redeemer. McPherson is currently listed as the Director of Graduate Student Services at the homosexual activist (Jesuit) University of San Francisco. Before serving as Director of Graduate Student Services, McPherson was the university’s Associate Dean of the School of Education. And according to USF’s website, McPherson, an open homosexual, “coordinated the School of Education’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy program.”
The University of San Francisco/Most Holy Redeemer axis goes way back, and the Archdiocese of San Francisco is guilty for allowing it to exist. In addition to Gogin and McPherson, it includes Father Donal Godfrey, SJ, one-time Executive Director of Campus Ministry at USF. Godfrey still serves as a Campus Minister at USF, albeit no longer as Executive Director. Indeed, as Godfrey reported in his history of MHR, Gays and Grays: The Story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church: “The baptism of children being raised by gay couples took place publicly at the 10AM Sunday liturgy…One gay couple, Dan McPherson and Kevin Gogin, active Most Holy Redeemer parishioners while (Father Tony) McGuire was pastor, did adopt a daughter, Sarah, in 1998, but she was quietly baptized outside the parish at St. Ignatius Church. . . .Rob Lane & Don Propstra’s adopted son was baptized at a regular liturgy in the parish on October 21, 1990 . . . “Kevin and Dan [Gogin and McPherson] were the godparents.”
The Most Holy Redeemer/USF axis includes the Reverend Vincent Pizzuto, associate professor of theology and director of the Catholic Studies program at USF, who, as CalCatholic reported last month (‘Schismatic priest who performs gay weddings to speak at San Francisco Catholic church’) spoke at Most Holy Redeemer on February 13. Pizzuto’s affiliation with the church goes back to at least 2006, when he spoke at Most Holy Redeemer’s ‘Queer Perspectives” seminar.
This spotlights the alliance of homosexual activists between USF and Most Holy Redeemer. Each institution operates as a separate front in the homosexual activist attempt to influence Church teaching on sexuality and the family—and, as Kevin Gogin’s position with the SF Unified School District shows, society outside the Church as well. The University of San Francisco serves as the intellectual home of the activists. In addition to Pizzuto, the University has a long history of hosting homosexual activists/supporters including Jesuit Father James Keenan, ex-Jesuit James Nickoloff, Episcopal Bishop William Swing, politicians Nancy Pelosi and Gavin Newsom, and many others.
Most Holy Redeemer serves as the activists’ spiritual home. It provides an ever-ready forum within the church where the activists are free to propagandize for their true religion: the celebration of homosexuality. Over the years the church has hosted numerous speakers from different religious denominations, yet all shared the one overriding imperative necessary to speak there: the celebration of homosexuality. If one uses the sociological definition of religion as any person’s absolutely largest system of values, the fact that the speakers are not Catholic is rightly seen as insignificant, because the actual religion at Most Holy Redeemer is not Catholicism but the celebration of homosexuality.
On February 24, the San Francisco Unified School District unanimously approved the condom distribution program. The same day the SF Examiner reported: “In addition to supplying condoms at middle schools, the board also voted to update the language of the district’s condom distribution policy to clarify that parents cannot opt their kids out of the condom distribution program.”