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We restate our contention: the Archdiocese of San Francisco has been infiltrated by homosexual activists. The corruption has proceeded on three fronts, mainly through three institutions: Catholic Charities CYO; The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco, and Most Holy Redeemer Church. On the issue of the sinfulness of homosexuality these three institutions constitute a "fifth column" within the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

On May 13, 2008 the California Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that same-sex "marriage" is now legal in California. The California Catholic Bishops immediately condemned the ruling. So did our local bishops: Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco, and Bishop Allen Vigneron of Oakland. What is the attitude of the three institutions we have been discussing? There is conclusive evidence that the "fifth column" in the Archdiocese is not on the side of the Church, but opposed to her.

Most Holy Redeemer Church and same-sex "marriage."

Most Holy Redeemer, its pastor, and prominent members of the parish have publicly opposed Church teaching on this issue for years and continue to publicly do so today:

On November 8, 1999 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors offers Resolution #992060, commending Pastor Fr. Zachary Shore and Most Holy Redeemer for their opposition to Proposition 22, which would make sure California only recognizes as marriage the union of one man and one woman.

• On January 13, 2002, San Francisco Supervisor Mark Leno visits Most Holy Redeemer parish on its centennial. Supervisor Leno commends Pastor Zachary Shore for taking principled stand (opposed) on the "Knight Initiative" which defined marriage as between a man and a woman in the state of California. Leno is warmly received. See "Gays and Grays: The Story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish" by Donal Godfrey, SJ, 2007; page 1.

"Sometimes parishioners from Most Holy Redeemer went to MCC (Metropolitan Community Church) for same-sex weddings they could not hold at MHR." -"Gays and Grays: The Story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish" by Donal Godfrey, SJ, 2007; page 54.

• At least two prominent MHR parishioners (Nanette Lee Miller, an acolyte and Member of the MHR Litugy Planning Group, and a woman who serves as a Eucharistic Minister at MHR) were "married" during the period of time that San Francisco was issuing same-sex marriage licenses in 2004.

• According to a San Francisco Chronicle article of October 18, 2008. Catherine Cunningham, secretary of the MHR Pastoral Council, is "married" to another MHR parishioner, Roz Gallo. Gallo is a past President of the MHR Parish Council. Both women also serve as lectors at MHR

• The same San Francisco Chronicle article quoted Pastoral Council member Matt Dorsey:

"So it was a shock to get an e-mail flyer from the office of San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer urging a yes vote on Prop. 8 because public schools would have to promote gay marriage.

'It is really out of right field,' said Matt Dorsey, a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish Council. 'I would expect this from Karl Rove, but not from the spiritual leader of (several hundred thousand) Catholics.'"

The October 31 issue of Catholic San Francisco printed this letter to the editor from the Coordinator of the MHR Planning Group, David Differding:

"I’ve been silent too long about the bishops’ stance on Prop 8. Their stance is mean and misguided. The bishops of California have decided that their mission in life is to protect marriage by denying civil rights to persons who choose to enter into acivil marriage.

No one has a gun to the heads of the bishops requiring them to witness and sanctify these unions in the Church, yet they are spending thousands of dollars to pass Prop 8.

The hierarchy is so out of touch with the realities of today’s society. They seem to forget about the “separation of church and state.” Marriage is a civil contract. If we want it sanctified by the Church, we get married in a church with a priest/deacon officiating.

What about those who don’t want the blessing of the Church? Are they to be denied the civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution? I think not. Vote for the civil rights of all Californians and do not allow Prop 8 to pass.

David Differding
San Francisco"

More can be learned about Mr. Differding by going here.

The December 4 issue of the Bay Area Reporter, reports that Most Holy Redeemer lector and acolyte Philip Carrizosa "married" another man on November 1, 2008.

• The December 19 issue (PDF, page 20) of Catholic San Francisco publishes a letter to the editor. It opened with:

"Salt in Wounds

Archbishop Niederauer’s recent “open letter” did nothing but rub salt in the wounds for at least two members of his flock. My husband and I do not think we are alone."

Emphasis added. The letter was signed:

"Michael Vargas
Martin Bednarek
San Francisco"

According to MHR's "Lectors" page, Mr. Vargas is a lector at the Church. According to the September 9, 2007 church bulletin, Mr. Bednarek was serving at that time in the music ministry.

Donations given by past and presnt MHR pastoral council members in opposition to Proposition 8:

• On October 6, 2008, MHR Pastoral Council member Joe Cooper donated $1000 to "No on 8 - Equality California."

• On October 18, 2008, MHR Pastoral Council member Matt Dorsey donated $100 to "Californians Against Discrimination - No on 8"

• On October 17, 2008, MHR Pastoral Council member Steve Rosera donated $200 to "No on 8 - Equality California."

• From June 5 to September 24, 2008 Rosalyn Gallo, past MHR Parish Council President, donated $350 to two "No on 8" campaign funds.

• On September 10, 2008, Patrick Mulcahey, past MHR Parish Council Vice-President, donated $150 to "No on 8 - Equality California."


Catholic Charities CYO and same-sex "marriage."

On March 20, 2006 Brian Cahill, Executive Director of Catholic Charities donated $100 to "Equality for All."

In 2007 "Equality California" Board Member Donna Sachet was the featured entertainer at CCCYO's "Red House" fundraiser.

The current treasurer of Catholic Charities CYO is an openly lesbian lady named Nanette Lee Miller, who "married" another woman in 2004.
 

• On June 3, 2008, hosted its annual "Red House" Fundraiser. Honorary Committee Members of the event (and their reactions to the Supreme Court ruling) include:

Mayor Gavin Newsom: "What a day in San Francisco! What a day for equality! Who among us was prepared for this extraordinary moment and extraordinary time," said Newsom, who cut short a trip to Washington, D.C. to return home Wednesday night to await the court's ruling. "I can't tell you how proud I am to be a San Franciscan." "It's an affirmation of the gay and lesbian community and an extraordinary day for all of us as Americans," Newsom told the Bay Area Reporter in a Thursday phone call.

"By the way, as California goes, so goes the rest of the nation." Amid thunderous applause Newsom added, "This is the future and it is now." -Bay Area Reporter; May 15, 2008

Supervisor Bevan Dufty: "I think it is a win for justice and a win for California and a win for the future." -Bay Area Reporter; May 15, 2008

Rebecca Rolfe, Executive Director, San Francisco LGBT Center: "This is the best day of my professional life." -San Francisco Bay Times; May 22, 2008.

Donna Sachet, Board Member of the Equality California Institute.

• On August 5, 2008, Brian Cahill, Executive Director of Catholic Charites donated $500 to "No on 8, Equality for All."


 The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco and same-sex "marriage."

Being Jesuits, USF is a little more subtle. But the position of USF on same-sex "marriage" can be easily inferred from their past activities. Two examples:

2008: USF's Summer scholar-in-residence is Fr. James Keenan, SJ. On April 28, 2003 Keenan, speaking before the Massachusetts legislature "as a Catholic moral theologian," opposed Massachusetts Bill H. 3190, which would define marriage as between one man and one woman. Go here for PDF files of his testimony as well as the ensuing controversy.

In the same San Francisco Chronicle article cited above Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, Executive Director attemepted to undercut the California Bishops:

"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."

But after the election, the Jesuits of USF were a little more open:

• In a December 13, 2008 article in Catholic San Francisco, Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, Executive Director of University Ministry at USF, 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.

Twenty-two USF faculty donated a total of $2,050 to "No on 8 - Equality California."

On November 7, 2008, three days after the election, the USF Law School actually honored those who directly and actively sought the destruction of marriage. This story is from the website of USF"s Law School:

"USF Fundraising Event Honors Work of LGBT Rights Advocates"

Nov. 14, 2008 -- On Nov. 7, the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) Fifth Annual Gala Auction and Award Ceremony raised money for students to intern in the public sector, while honoring the work of Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Therese Stewart, San Francisco's chief deputy city attorney. Minter and Stewart successfully argued before the California Supreme Court this year that same-sex couples have the right to marry.

Note the date of the event: November 7, three days after the election. The preparations must have been going on for at least a couple of months--at the very time our Bishops had asked Catholics to volunteer for, contribute financially to, and vote for Proposition 8.

The story continues:

"The evening's highlight was the award ceremony for Minter and Stewart, who Dean Jeffrey Brand and PILF Co-Chairs Jeff Kaloustian 3L and Freeman exalted as people that make a difference."

 

Photos of the event can be found here.


Other Archdiocesan Institutions and same-sex "marriage."

St. Agnes Church and same-sex "marriage."

On June 23, 2008, Fr. Cameron Ayers, SJ, pastor of St. Agnes Church in San Francisco, donated $100 to the "No on Proposition 8" campaign.

Sacred Heart High School of Atherton and Same Sex "marriage."

On October 6, 2008, Mr. James Everitt, Principal of Sacred Heart of Atherton, donated $200 to "No on 8--Equality for All." A Mr. James Everitt is also listed on the Most Holy Redeemer "Lectors" webpage. We believe it to be the same man.

On October 19, 2008, Mr. John Loschmann, drama teacher at Sacred Heart of Atheton, donated $100 to "No on 8--Equality for All." Mr. Loschmann is also a signatory to the “Represent Me” list on the Equality California website--a list of people who want Proposition 8 overturned. It was Mr. Loschmann who adapted the book "The God Box" by homosexual activist Alex Sanchez into the play "Be Still and Know" which caused a firestorm when it was learned that it was to be performed at Most Holy Redeemer.