Gay Activists, Bishops, Communion

Is San Francisco Archbishop an “elderly man taken by surprise” in Communion incident…

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imageFox News’ Bill O’Reilly may have been taken for a ride by San Francisco’s gay community.
  San Francisco watchers have been abuzz since Sunday, Oct. 7 when Archbishop George Niederuer gave Communion to two members of the so-called “Sisters of Public Indulgence”, homosexuals dressed in drag as Catholic nuns.



  The “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence”, claims as its motto, “go and sin some more” and is self-described as a “leading edge order of queer nuns”.

They have long been a drag (pardon the pun) on the Catholic community in the foggy city. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were set to hold bingo games at Most Holy Redeemer parish until Catholic activists reported their plans to the media.

  “A local homosexual newspaper, the San Francisco Bay Times, reported that the events at the parish included sexually explicit activities.” (http://www.LifeSite.net).

  While cash is the prize at most bingo games, prizes for San Francisco’s Sister Act in perpetual motion, was to include porn DVDs and “sex toys”, the paper said.

  Anthony Gonzales, president of St. Joseph’s Men’s Society, a group that has taken action to curb outrageous anti-Catholic activities within local Catholic churches, had this to say about the Oct. 7 incident at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church: “To hand over our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to known practicing and promoting sodomites in the middle of a gay-friendly Mass is beyond the pale.

  Archbishop Niederauer, who at first insisted he didn’t know a duck even though it quacked at him, has since apologized, saying he’s sorry he gave communion to people committing sacrilege.

  The story of the “Sisters” mocking Communion at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church has been picked up by major media, including Bill O’Reilly at Fox News.

  “...But it really is not the archbishop’s fault—he is an elderly man who was taken by surprise,” O’Reilly says in today’s Talking Points.  “The fault here lies with the leadership of San Francisco.  Mayor Newsom has consistently avoided criticizing behavior that is harmful.  He hides under his desk and attacks messengers like me.”

  “Incredibly, the San Francisco media has blacked out the story, refused to report it; with the exception of KNEW Radio.”

  Though he didn’t mention his name, O’Reilly must have meant Michael Savage, as Savage Nation had the story first, posting it from its source, the often enterprising, Toronto-based http://www.LifeSite.net.

  LifeSite.com was writing about George Hugh Niederauer back in 2005 when he was waiting to be installed as the new Archbishop, as successor to Archbishop William Levada, formerly of the now-bankrupt Portland diocese.  Levada’s appointment by Pope Benedict XVI as head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith—making Levada among the three most powerful prelates in the Church—came as a shock to many Catholics aware of problems stemming from Los Angeles.

  It was on December 22, 2005 when Niederauer soon to be installed as the new Archbishop of San Francisco, told a local news outlet that he is opposed to the Vatican’s prohibition of homosexuals in seminaries.

  “Some who are seriously mistaken have named sexual orientation as the cause of the recent scandal regarding the sexual abuse of minors by priests,” Niederauer said in an interview with the Intermountain Catholic News.

  “From 1992 to 1994, Niederauer resided in West Hollywood’s St. Victor’s parish which is identified in the homosexual press as “sizably gay”.  “Gay men never felt ill at ease dealing with him,” said Monsignor George Parnassus, a St. Victor pastor emeritus.  Parnassus added, “We would be invited to their homes in West Hollywood.”

  “Niederauer, ordained to the priesthood in 1962, is a prominent member of what some Catholic writers have dubbed the “Camarillo Mafia”, a group of liberal and dissident prelates who graduated from and/or taught at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California, and who were ordained in Los Angeles in the 1950s and `60s.

  “The LA Times wrote that the “trail of abuse” in the Los Angeles Archdiocese and its surrounding area dioceses “leads inevitably” to St. John’s.  According to the Times, 10% of St. John’s ordinands for Los Angeles from 1950 to ‘65 have been accused of molesting minors.  In two classes, 1966 and 1972, a third of the graduates were later accused of molestation,
  “Niederauer is a long-time political activist in the “gay” cause.  In 1986, Niederauer wrote a letter to an Orange County Judge asking that a priest convicted of 26 counts of felony child sexual abuse be spared prison time.  He wrote that the boys involved might have mistaken “horseplay” for molestation, Niederauer later admitted that the letter had been a “mistake”.

  “In 1996, as bishop of Salt Lake City, he helped form a coalition of religious leaders opposing the ban on high-school “gay-straight alliances” proposed by the Utah legislature.

  In 2002, Niederauer told the National Catholic Register, “What I don’t want is some kind of link between being homosexual and being a molester of minors.”

  In 2004, he joined other clergy leaders in publicly opposing a Utah ballot initiative that constitutionally banned same-sex marriage.  Niederauer said he was troubled that the amendment banned any union beside marriage, a position in direct opposition to Catholic teaching.

  Sam Sinnett, national president of Dignity USA, the dissident homosexual activist organization that opposes Church doctrine on chastity and marriage, said, “He is seemingly coming from a position of clearer knowledge of human sexuality than we’re hearing from the Vatican.”

  Is 71-year-old Archbishop Niederauer, as described by Bill O’Reilly “an elderly man who was taken by surprise” when he gave communion to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence?

  Or is he a longtime gay activist dressed in a bishop’s mitre?


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