Back on December 4, we posted and linked to a "Wedding Announcements" article from the Bay Area Reporter reporting that a man named Philip Carrizosa had "married" another man. The article also mentioned that Mr. Carrizosa served as an acolyte and lector at Most Holy Redeemer Church.
Today, the December 19 issue of the "Catholic San Francisco" newspaper (PDF: 4.72MB; page 20) published across this letter to the editor. It opened with:
"Salt in Wounds
Archbishop Niederauer’s recent “open letter” did nothing but rub salt in the wounds for at least two members of his flock. My husband and I do not think we are alone."
and was signed:
Michael Vargas is a Lector at Most Holy Redeemer. And in the September 9, 2007 church bulletin, "Marty" Bednarek is listed as serving in the music ministry at MHR. This now brings to seven (by our count) the number of people serving in liturgical ministries at MHR who have "married" persons of the same sex.
We repeat what we said in our post of December 4:
"It will be good here to remind ourselves of Church rules.
From 'Redemptionis Sacramentum' #46 'The lay Christian faithful called to give assistance at liturgical celebrations should be well instructed and must be those whose Christian life, morals and fidelity to the Church’s Magisterium recommend them.'"
Why in the world would "Catholic San Francisco" give a platform to persons expressing blatant contempt for the teaching of the Church? Since we are reminding people of Church rules we will remind the editors of Catholic San Francisco of this sentence from the USCCB's statement "Catholics in Political Life" :
"The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions."
All emphases are added.
Not only does our Archdiocese tolerate openly same-sex "married" lectors, eucharistic ministers, and acolytes serving at the Holy Mass, they are now allowing them to publish their contempt for Church teaching in the Archdiocesan newspaper. Vargas and Bednarek come right out and say it in Catholic San Francisco: We're Catholics, we're gay, we're "married," get used to it.
I cannot understand why our Archbishop is willing to take the heat for defending natural marriage yet at the same time allows Most Holy Redeemer to have people serve at Mass, who, in the most public possible way, disobey the Church on this foundational issue. MHR is directly under his authority.
Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney