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Most Holy Redeemer Parish Staff: Matt Dorsey

 

The atmosphere at MHR can corrupt good priests and laypeople. We are all sinners. We have no desire to attack any person, clerical or lay, for the sake of attacking, but if we are to show the harm caused by the embracing of homosexuality at MHR, we must tell the truth.

Matt Dorsey is a member of the Most Holy Redeemer Pastoral Council. From his biography on the MHR Pastoral Council page:

"Matt Dorsey is the elected Pastoral Council representative of the Community Life Committee. Matt previously chaired the Outreach Commission, which worked to coordinate communications and expand community awareness for many of the parish's most vibrant ministries. An active parishioner since 2004, he has been among the organizers of MHR's contingent in past years' LGBT Pride Parades, and annually helps to coordinate the parish's presence at the Castro Street Fair. He was among the participants in the LGBT-positive prayer service broadcast by the BBC earlier this year, and takes part as often as he can in social and educational activities sponsored by the Young Adults Group.

Matt lives in San Francisco's Duboce Triangle neighborhood, and works at City Hall as communications director for San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera."

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The word "Catholic" or "Christian" does not appear once in Mr. Dorsey's biography. However, there are three references to "LGBT" events, plus a mention of the MHR Young Adult Group, which is quite different than most Catholic Young Adult Groups.

What does it mean to be a member of the MHR Pastoral Council? Here is a quotation from the Bay Area Reporter ("Serving the gay lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Communities since 1971") following the unfortunate incident where Archbishop Niederauer gave communion to the Sisters of Perpetual Indugence on October 7, 2007:

"Matt Dorsey, an openly gay member of the church's parish council, dismissed the criticisms against the Sisters receiving the Eucharist as having little to do with Catholicism.

"This organization is a hard right fundamentalist group that does not represent mainstream Catholics, and frankly, does not espouse any teaching of Jesus Christ I am aware of," said Dorsey. "The same people object to Communion being given to Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry,and Rudy Giuliani. The truth is this isn't about religion; it is about the culture war and their efforts to drag the archbishop into it."

As for the archbishop's apology, Dorsey called it narrowly tailored.

"He apologized for not knowing what was going on," he said. "The Sisters are irreverent but also share a mission of social justice with the church. They do a lot of important work for our community."

Having been in attendance at the 10 a.m. Mass two Sundays ago, Dorsey said many parishioners came in casual attire because of the Castro Street Fair that day.

"The parishioners were very welcoming of them. They worshiped with us in a manner that was respectful and devout. I will give the Sisters credit for taking a lot longer to get ready for church than I did," said Dorsey, who came dressed in a T-shirt and jeans."


Please also note that Dorsey is the Press Secretary for San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Hererra.

Mr. Dorsey criticized Archbishop George Niederauer's stand on Proposition 8 in the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle. He also donated $100 to the campaign opposing Proposition 8.

On May 28, 2009, Mr. Dorsey wrote a guest column for the "Bay Area Reporter" (motto: "Serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities since 1971") called "Niederauer Deserves Pink Brick." Dorsey argued that the San Francisco Pride Committee should bestow the 2009 "Pink Brick" on San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer for his "remorseless" support of Proposition 8 and natural marriage.

On June 18, 2009, the Pride Committee took Dorsey's advice, and bestowed the 2009 "Pink Brick" on San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer

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