Friday, March 7, 2014

Oakland Diocese catches up with "A Shepherd's Voice"--Priests bounced from "Queer Rosary" parish

Today's California Catholic Daily re-posted an article from the East Bay Express ('Gay Priest Ousted by Conservative Bishop') reporting that Oakland's Bishop Michael Barber, left, is removing two priest (one an open homosexual) from their positions at Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish in Berkeley. The article included the sentence "And yet more troubling was the fact that according to the pastor, Barber had made it clear that the removal of these two priests supported his broader goal 'to see a major redirection of ministry at Newman.'”

We blew the whistle on these guys long ago, we know a major redirection at Newman has been necessary for a long while, and we don't find the Bishop's actions troubling in the least.. On September 29, 2009 we had a post entitled "Shadow Churches: UPDATE "Queering the Rosary." The post also appeared as an article in California Catholic Daily.

Part of the article dealt with what homosexual activist call the "relational mysteries" or the "queer rosary" which is an attempt to co-opt Catholic devotion in furteherance of the homosexualist agenda. From our article:

"A crystal-clear description of purpose of the 'Relational Mysteries' was given in the online calendar of the New Spirit/MCC Church in Berkeley. The entry was for an event held on Sunday, May 31, 2009, and reads: “GTU doctoral student Eugene McMullan and Reverend Jim Mitulski will lead a two part class on 'Praying the Queer Rosary,' based on stories from the bible which depict Queer Families or Relationships. The class will include a brief history of the rosary, introduction to Catholic devotions, sharing of stories, and praying together.”

The MCC is an overtly homosexual activist church; that was its founding purpose, so it is not surprising to see such an event held there. Unfortunately, the homosexual activists have managed to introduce the 'relational mysteries' into at least one Catholic parish as well. The September 13 web bulletin of Berkeley’s Newman Hall - Holy Spirit Parish announces: 'Praying the Rosary in solidarity with LGBT Catholics. Join us Sept. 17, 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the lounge as we explore the Relational Mysteries: Fidelity—Ruth's pledge to Naomi (Ruth 1:16-18); Grief—The parting of David and Jonathan (I Sam 20:35-42); Intercession—Esther intercedes for her people (Est 4:9-5:2); Restoration—the raising of Lazarus (John 11:38-44); and Discipleship—the two encounter Christ on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). The group will be co-facilitated by Mike Campos and Eugene McMullan, Ph.D. students at the Graduate Theological Union.'”

It's very heartening to see that the Oakland Diocese is catching up with A Shepherd's Voice, even if it did take four-and-a-half years.

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