Life in SF, or what our friends over at USF refer to as "the Gay Rome."*
A little while back we blogged about Fr. James Keenan, the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco's Summer 2008 "Scholar in Residence." We noted his testimony, on Catholic grounds, against a defense of marriage proposal in Massachusetts.
Today in the Denver Catholic Register, George Weigel explores this and other troubling issues facing the new Father General of the Jesuits:
"What will Father Nicolas do about Jesuits who are manifestly not obedient to the Pope or to the teaching authority of the Church? Take, for example, the case of Father James Keenan, S.J., of Boston College. Several years ago, Father Keenan testified before the Massachusetts Legislature, arguing that the principles of Catholic social doctrine did not merely tolerate “gay marriage,” they demanded it. That position is manifestly not “in communion” with the teaching of popes past and present on the nature of marriage; now what? "
You can read about Fr. Keenan at USF here. You'll find his entry right below the section about USF's March 10 "Human Rights Film Festival." One of the feautured films:
"FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO (USA, 2007, dir. Daniel Karslake)98 minutes, DVD, English. Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate? Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, Dan Karslake's provocative, entertaining documentary brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture, and in the process reveals that Church-sanctioned anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a significant (and often malicious) misinterpretation of the Bible."
*For the origin of "the gay Rome" tag, listen to this q & a from the USF "Queer Perspectives" seminar, held at, where else, Most Holy Redeemer.