Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Most Holy Redeemer Pastoral Council Member Gets "Pink Brick" for Archbishop Niederauer

Well, we told you so. It seems like just yesterday (actually it was Monday) that we wrote:

"...the activists--in conjunction with likeminded persons both inside and outside the Church--will try to intimidate the Church from without and undermine it from within."

Today's Bay Area Reporter has an article about this year's "Pink Brick" awards. For those of you living in more sane places, the "Pink Brick" is an "award" bestowed annually by San Francisco's LGBT Pride Celebration Committee--they are the folks who put on the disgraceful Gay Pride parade. They give it to people they don't like. I'd say receiving one is something to be proud of.

This year the committee decided to award the thing to Carrie Prejean, whose conviction that marriage is between one man and one woman they found objectionable. But they also decided to give another one, to our Archbishop George Niederauer, for his defense of natural marriage and the family. From the article:

"The membership and board of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee voted at their June meeting to award a second Pink Brick, this time to Catholic San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer.

The so-called runner-up Pink Brick was apparently decided on following the committee's first selection last month of now-dethroned Miss California USA Carrie Prejean.

Pride board President Mikayla Connell said that the committee received 'thoughtful feedback' from community members following the decision that pointed to Niederauer's actions in support of Proposition 8 last year...."

It's no surprise that His Excellency's work in defense of natural marriage and the family would earn the wrath of the homosexual activists. It's more newsworthy that the homosexual activist leading the charge should be a member of a Catholic church's pastoral council. More from the article:

"In a May 28 Guest Opinion column for the Bay Area Reporter, Matt Dorsey, a gay man who's on the parish council of San Francisco's Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, argued that the Pink Brick should have gone to Niederauer, rather than Prejean.

In his column, Dorsey wrote that the San Francisco Archdiocese had produced and distributed campaign fliers to local parishes and schools, acknowledged as having been "Paid for by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco," misleading people that supporting Prop 8 would secure parental rights to teach children about marriage.

Dorsey also noted that Niederauer had voiced opposition to same-sex marriage in a video that appeared on the Web site Dorsey told the B.A.R. this week that he was grateful for the decision to award the Pink Brick to Niederauer 'and for being open to community feedback.'"

Mr. Dorsey is an employee of the City of San Francisco--the communications director for San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. His bio on the Most Holy Redeemer Pastoral Council page can be found here. His May 28 guest column in the Bay Area Reporter can be found here.

Here we have a member of the Most Holy Redeemer Pastoral Council publicly attacking the Archbishop for his adherence to Church teaching and the natural law. Is Mr. Dorsey's action unusual for the MHR Pastoral Council? Not at all. He is representative of the council. Five current and past members of MHR's Pastoral Council donated to the "No on Proposition 8" campaign--at the exact time when all the Catholic Bishops in California asked Catholics to vote for, volunteer for, and contribute financially to its passing.

But that pales in comparison to the infiltration of the Liturgical Ministries at Most Holy Redeemer. By our count there are at least seven persons serving in liturgical functions (lectors, acolytes, eucharistic ministers) at MHR who have "married" persons of the same sex. These are the people serving at Mass. Documentation can be found here, here, here, and here.

As we wrote on December 29, 2008:

"How (and why) can our Archdiocese continue to remain passive with MHR? This is no longer about gay people who are sinners like the rest of us. As I've argued before, this is about the establishment of a new religion, a religion using the
trappings of Catholicism but that is actually something else."

Posted by Gibbons J. Cooney

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