Activism in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Most Holy Redeemer Staff
Most Holy Redeemer Parish Staff: Fr. Steve Meriwether, Pastor
Fr. Meriwether blessing his parishioners as
they leave for the 2007 "Gay Pride Parade.
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
Fr. Steve Meriwether
has been pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Church since 2004.
Depite the long list of
events below, all of which occured during his pastorate, it
is important to state that the situation at MHR did not
begin with Fr. Meriwether. Remember our thesis:
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."
But under Fr. Meriwether
the situation certainly did not improve. In his six years as
pastor, Most Holy Redeemer has (partial
Published June 12, 2005 parish bulletin containing this page.
Published June 19, 2005 parish bulletin containing this page.
At this point concerned Catholics met with Archbishop Levada and express their dismay that a Catholic Church would be marching in the "Gay Pride Parade", and their fear of the scandal that would follow.
Participated in the June 26, 2005 "Gay Pride Parade." Video.
Hosted the February 12, 2006 University of San Francisco's
"Queer Perspectives: is it Ethical to be Catholic?"
seminar. For audio & trascripts, go
Hosted June 3, 2006 "Swich-Hitters Ball"
Participated in the June 25, 2006 "Gay Pride Parade." Video.
At this point concerned Catholics met with Archbishop Niederauer and expressed their dismay that a Catholic Church had marched in the past two "Gay Pride Parades", and showed him video of the events. Most Holy Redeemer marched again in the 2007 parade.
Allowed the Most Holy Redeemer Young Adult Group to
the January 27, 2007 San Francisco Transgender Cotillion.
Hosted the "Gay Service" celebrated by Fr. Donal Godfery,
SJ, and broadcast worldwide on BBC Radio.
April 27, 2007.
At this point MHR's plan to participate in the 2007 "Gay Pride" parade recieves wide online publicity. Senior hierarchy and lay staff of the Archdiocese of San Francisco are informed. MHR participates as scheduled.
Participated in the June 24, 2007 "Gay Pride Parade." Video.
Allowed costumed members of the Sisters of Perpetual
Indulgence to embarass Archbishop George Niederaur during
his October 7, 2007 Mass. Video
generates international attention.
Hosted guest speaker Dr. Ora Prochovnick, President of
on December 4 Advent Vespers Service. From their web
entry: "Established in 1977, Congregation Sha'ar Zahav is
San Francisco's vibrant community of gay and lesbian
Before the next event, concerned Catholics sent a package of information to Archbishop Niederauer documenting the nature of the "Inter-Club Fund" and its member groups. The event went on as scheduled.
On July 16, 2010, the Archdiocese of San Francisco appointed Fr. Meriwether to a second six-year term.
In July of
2012, after a a long absence, Fr. Meriwether was transferred
to San Francisco's Star of the Sea parish. He was replaced
at MHR by Fr. Brian Costello, who came from Star of the