Thursday, March 12, 2009

SF Chronicle Picks Up "Be Still and Know" Story

From today's SF Chronicle:

"Church chat: San Francisco Roman Catholic Archbishop George Niederauer has stepped into another gay controversy - this time, blocking students from Sacred Heart Preparatory School in Atherton from putting on a 'gay-friendly' play at a church in the Castro.

The Atherton actors had been invited to Most Holy Redeemer Church this past Sunday to perform "Be Still and Know," which, according to the parish bulletin, 'explores the subject of homosexuality within a Christian adolescent context.'

The play had been adapted by Sacred Heart drama director John Loschmann from the novel 'The God Box' by Alex Sanchez.

Most Holy Redeemer, however, canceled the performance on orders from on high, according to Sacred Heart spokeswoman Dawna Houston. No reason was given.

Apparently unbeknownst to the archbishop, however, Sacred Heart went ahead with the play anyway, at the Jesuit-run University of San Francisco's Presentation Theater.


The archdiocese did not return our call Tuesday seeking comment."

It's was quite a week's work for the responsible faculty down at Sacred Heart of Atherton.

In about 7 days they have managed to:

• associate their school with probably the most notorious homosexual activist parish in the United States;

• provoke their Archbishop into cancelling a performance of their play at that same parish;

• and, if the Chronicle is correct, follow that by publicly defying and circumventing their Archbishop through having the play performed at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco. In the subculture of homosexual activism within the Archdiocese of San Francisco, USF serves as the movement's theological and intellectual front, just as Most Holy Redeemer is its spiritual front.

As I said in my last post on this subject, if I were a parent at Sacred Heart of Atherton, I'd be asking some questions about who they are getting hooked up with, and why.

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You wrote, "if the Chronicle is correct, follow that by publicly defying and circumventing their Archbishop through having the play performed at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco."

But the Chronicle doesn't actually say anyone defied the Archbishop's request. For all that has been reported, there is yet no report that the Archbishop forbid its performance at USF. He may not have known it was going to be performed at USF, but that is not the same as performing it in defiance unless they were told not to perform it as USF. It was cancelled at MHR apparently upon request of the Archbishop, and it was performed "anyway" at USF, but that doesn't mean it was in defiance.

Anonymous said...

"He may not have known it was going to be performed at USF, but that is not the same as performing it in defiance unless they were told not to perform it as USF."

Spoken just like a true Jesuit, a person who spins the truth so fine he can't see it. That's what my USF 'Jesuit' education taught me. I'd say 'a man' if I didn't think it would offend the good 'persyns' of that august institution. As usual, this argument deals in the Pharisetical letter of the law and not-so-neatly circumvents the spirit. Well, you have us there. USF has a long history of bucking the system and operating as a so-called Jesuit institution first, Catholic second (if it isn't inconvenient or if it doesn't clash with the lavender curtains).

Mr. Cooney, a lot of us are in debt to you and Father Malloy, and it would be an honor and privilege to have you and he to dinner. On behalf of all the Catholics of San Francisco and environs, my hat's off to you and yours, and you remain in our prayers.

John Norton said...

My name is John Norton and I am a parent at Sacred Heart in Atherton. Gibbons J. Cooney, who are you? Are you a parent? Are you an educator? Are you an official in the Catholic Church? Are you anti-intellectual? Are you homophobic? Has something frightened you? Gibbons J. Cooney, who are you?

Anonymous said...

Gibbons,

It is ashamed that the Sacred Hart High School (SHS) administrators (Principle and director of Drama?) have chosen our kids to help do battle with the evil and sinful demons that haunt their lives. This is not what we signed up for when we were looking for a good school for our child. Based on historic practices SHS was a safe haven for our kids. Today we see adults (that have great influence) convincing our kids that the Bible and our faith are something we can pick and choose from. When scripture readings don’t agree with our life style then we can just reject it, rather than change our sinful actions. We can even brainwash the fragile youth to help us feel better with our actions. Soon we see our kids rejecting their faith whenever they want and when ever it suits them because this is what they are being taught. The reckless behavior by the SHS has caused us untold problems with the one thing we could always turn to and that was our sacred teachings. Once evil begins its work in this manner, you are much better off in a public school system where religious teaching must be separated from the state.

Keep up the good work here as few parents have the religious convictions to stand up for what is right. Rather than hurt their chances for their child to get into a good school, they remain silent and do not speak to the administrators about this travesty.