CCI blasts S.F. Archbishop for accommodation of homosexual behavior
10/18/2007 7:00:00 PM
By Mary Anne Hackett
EDITOR'S NOTE: On Sunday, October 7th, two homosexual men made a mockery of the Catholic faith and the Sacrament of Holy Communion in a San Francisco Catholic church. RFFM.org went to Mary Anne Hackett, the President of Catholic Citizens of Illinois for a response to what many are calling "The Outrage in San Francisco." Hackett lays much of the blame for the recent attacks on Christianity and Catholicism in particular in San Francisco at the feet of San Francisco's Archbishop George Niederaurer.
"The Outrage in San Francisco"
Guest Commentary by Mary Anne Hackett, President, Catholic Citizens of Illinois *
Headlines and pictures all over the internet cried out "San Francisco Archbishop gives Communion to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence." The "Sisters," as described by Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth [www.americansfortruth.org], are a group of men who dress up in outlandish outfits and white facial makeup mocking Catholic nuns and adopting blasphemous, sexualized names. Their motto is "Go and sin some more."
The recent Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco has been criticized by Catholic groups, including the Catholic League for Religious & Civil Rights which has been promoting a boycott of Miller Brewing Company for its sponsorship of the Fair, which featured public nudity and sexual acts in the streets. The poster announcing the Fair was a mockery of the last supper of Jesus with homosexual men in leather replacing the apostles and Jesus in the picture.
Although Archbishop George Niederaurer did belatedly condemn the blasphemous picture, there has been no condemnation of the Folsom Street Fair or the regular participation by Holy Redeemer Church in the gay pride parades. Holy Redeemer Parish has a history of catering to the homosexual community, apparently overlooking the fact that their lifestyle is in direct contradiction to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
However, one week after the Fair, the ultimate blasphemy that has outraged Catholics around the country, is that Archbishop Niederaurer gave Holy Communion to two of the "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence," in full costume, at Mass at Holy Redeemer Church. His statement that he didn't notice any mocking behavior tells you how far gone the parish is. He described them as "two strangely-dressed persons." I can assure you that "two strangely-dressed persons" presenting themselves for Communion would be considered unacceptable in most parishes in the country and it would be hard to believe that it would not be recognized as a mockery of the Eucharist.
Catholics believe that Holy Communion is the Body and Blood of our Savior, Jesus Christ. If you are aware of the outrage among Christians around the country, you can imagine the horror and shame among Catholics to see their most Holy Sacrament mocked and repudiated in this blasphemous reception by homosexual activists with the full participation of the Archbishop of San Francisco.
Archbishop Niederaurer has apologized to the Catholic people. Is the apology the result of having been caught on videotape in this offensive act? Has he come to the realization that it is time to reform Holy Redeemer Church and perform the duties he was sent to perform -- the sanctification of his flock and the saving of souls? He needs to apologize to Jesus Christ and make reparation for the blasphemy that occurred. It is also my hope that Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, will intervene and take action to assure the Catholic people of San Francisco and other parts of the country that such outrage will not occur again.
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