Activism in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Most Holy Redeemer Staff
Most Holy Redeemer Parish Staff: Donal Godfrey, SJ
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
Although Father Donal
Godfrey was, until early September 2010, the Executive
Director of University Ministry at the (Jesuit) University
of San Francisco and not officially a member of the
Most Holy Redeemer staff, he is a fixture in the parish.
Again we ask you to
remember our thesis, which was reinforced by a reading of
Fr. Godfrey's book "Gays and Grays: The Story of the Gay
Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church":
"Most Holy Redeemer is not a Catholic church with gay members. It is a gay spiritual institution that is willing to use Catholicism, including the sacraments, just as far as they can be made "inclusive" of the formative experience of the parish, which is homosexuality, and no farther."
Fr. Godfrey may be the
most prominent homosexual activist Catholic priest in the
world today. His book "Gays and Grays: the Story of the
Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church" is
the best possible support for our thesis that Most Holy
Redeemer is no longer a Catholic Church, but a gay spiritual
(Rev. Jim) Mitsulki (of Metropolitan Community Church) has very fond memories of Fr. Tony (McGuire) Mitsulki speaks of a certain revolving-door factor operating between their respective congregations. Some attended services at both churches . . . Sometimes parishioners from Most Holy Redeemer went to MCC for same-sex weddings they could not hold at MHR. p54.
So both parishioners and
priests are prepared to abandon Church teachings when that
teaching conflicts with gay spirituality. And what's Father
Godfrey's attitude? A sample:
"Is it less appropriate for gays to imagine Jesus as gay than for African Christians to picture him as black, Asian Christians as Asian?" "Gays and Grays", p 134.
Here's Fr. Godfrey ministering to his flock:
at the 2003 "Gay Pride Parade". Images 32, 33, & 34.
at the 2007 Castro Street Fair. Images 5, 6, & 7.
Father Godfrey's field of
action is not limited to Most Holy Redeemer. After his book
was published, he was appointed
Executive Director of University Ministry at the University
of San Francisco.
This gave Fr. Godfrey an even larger opportunity to proselytize for his "new approach and a new vision in this area of ministry":
15, 2007: speaks
at Boston College. His topic is his book Gays and
Grays. The address is sponsored by the Theology
Department, The Jesuit Institute, St. Ignatius Parish, and
the Lesbian Gay Faculty Staff Administrators
Association at Boston College.
29, 2007: adresses
the weekly Lavender Lunch at the Pacific School
of Religion in Berkeley, California. The event is sponsored
by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and
Ministry. From the event listing Fr. Donal will
present case studies of Most Holy Redeemer parish in The
Castro and the University of San Francisco. These two very
differing institutions are Catholic examples of best
practice with regard to the LGBTQ community.
speaks at the University on his book Gays and
Grays: The Story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer
Catholic Parish. The talk is sponsored by the Lane
Center for catholic Studies and Social Thought (whoalso
sponsored the "Queer Perspectives: Is it Ethical to be
Catholic" seminar at MHR).
3, 2008: Writes
opinion piece "Toward a Church Apology for Gay
Prejudice" in the Australian publication
Quote: "Indeed churches have often been profoundly unloving toward the GLBT community. Many Catholics andother Christians long for their churches to be places of welcome for all people and commit themselves topursuing this goal...Pastoral practices are changing in some places. Nonetheless parishes like Most Holy Redeemer remain the exception."
Celebrates Mass and gives the homily at Most Holy Redeemer
Church. The homily is entitled "The Call to Come Out." Fr.
Godfrey draws a parallel between Jesus raising Lazarus from
the dead and homosexual persons coming "out" about their
homosexuality. The homily begins:
"Joshua Gamson, Professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco, writes in his book, The Fabulous Sylvester, that by 1975 San Francisco was to gay men and lesbians what Israel was to Jews, only with fewer wars and more parties. San Francisco was where you went to come out and be gay...
visits World Youth Day in Australia.
Godfrey is attending an "Acceptance" forum.
--"gay, lesbian, bisexual, & transgender
Catholics"--is a sort of Australian version of
out the photos--its
the same old LGBT story. The Acceptance folks were not
allowed to attend the official World Youth Day events.
"The organisers of the forum had tried to have the event included in the event's Youth Festival but were told it did not fit within church policies."
Godfrey was also interviewed
on the air.
October 18, 2008: is quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, questioning the motive of His Excellency George Niederauer for supporting Proposition 8:
"You can hardly blame them for their caution, said (Fr. Donal) Godfrey, who is the executive director of university ministry at the University of San Francisco. "The bishops must feel pressure to go along," he said. 'There aren't that many going around campaigning for (Prop. 8). I think they signed off on (the e-mail) and hoped it ends soon.'"
December 13, 2008: In an article in Catholic San Francisco, Fr. Godfrey had this comment:
"Jesuit Father Donal Godfrey, executive director of University Ministry at the University of San Francisco, said that while he 'personally opposed Prop 8 which is a matter of conscience,' he "did not feel that this was the right occasion for a speech such as this."
Emphasis added. In case anyone has forgotten, here is the text of Proposition 8:
"Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
Fr. Godfrey gives a workshop at the DignityUSA Convention in
For a more complete chronology, go here.
September 3, 2010, an article in the California
revealed that Fr. Godfrey's long-time friend and associate,
Mr. Patrick Mulcahey, was teaching workshops on the
slave/master lifestyle at the "Master Slave Conference
2010." It was subsequently shown that Mr. Mulcahey had been
leading workshops at such events for a number of years. See
for just two examples.
Let's revisit another quotation from "Gays and Grays":
"I believe in other
words, that the gospel must always be inculturated into
every culture, and this must include gay culture." "Gays and
It all sounds so harmless.
But to see what 25 years of "welcome" and "inculturation"
have meant at Most Holy Redeemer, visit