Monday, October 15, 2007

They're Not Sorry....Part II

...because they don't think they've done anything wrong. That's why Most Holy Redeemer in San Francisco was willing to give space in their October 14 bulletin to a "Sister of Perpetual Indulgence" thanking the parish for the lovely welcome back on October 7, despite the nationwide scandal caused by Archbishop Niederauer giving Communion to two members of the SPI. As we argued back on August 27, 2007, in the post "MHR and How it Got That way" , where we reviewed of Fr. Donal Godfrey's history of Most Holy Redeemer:

"Relentlessly and beyond doubt, (Fr. Godfrey's book "Gays and Grays") shows that the authentic community-forming experience at Most Holy Redeemer Parish in San Francisco is not Catholicism, but homosexuality. Existentially, Most Holy Redeemer is not a Catholic parish. It is not a Christian parish. It is a gay parish."


"...such events (i.e., the Archbishop giving Communion to the SPI) will not be experienced by the parishioners as blasphemous, because they validate the community-forming experience."

and, we argued:

"The fault lies squarely with the Archdiocese of San Francisco, which, as detailed in Fr. Godfrey’s book, allowed a Catholic parish to turn into an heretical spiritual institution."

It's important to note that Fr. Godfrey's book views the corruption of MHR with a mostly approving eye. He is, of course, the same priest, who celebrated the "gay service" at MHR earlier this year. It is equally important to note that, with full knowledge of Fr. Godfrey's background, on August 1, 2007 he was appointed the Executive Director of Campus Ministry at the University of San Francisco. has more on the USF/MHR connection.

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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