Homosexual Activism in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Part III: Most Holy Reedemer

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"The institutional Church is blind, 'just doesn't get it,' in the same way Jesus was initially blind and didn't get it with the Canaanite woman. A parish such as MHR calls the rest of the institution to conversion…"

Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ
"Gays and Grays, the Story of the Gay Community
at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church",
p130.

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Because of the irresponsible inaction on the part of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, MHR has been allowed to become a separate seat of teaching, apart from the Magisterium of the Church. Even if the hierarchy is unwilling to face it, this is the de facto situation. The most blatant example is of the evangelizing for the parish in Fr. Donal Godfrey's book, a calling for the rest of us "to be converted" but that is just one example.

Others:

In the summer of 2009, a student at Notre Dame University received a grant from the university's Institute for the Study of Liberal Arts for the project "A Comparison of the Theologies and the Philosophies of the Metropolitan Community Church at the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church."

At first glance this seems like a strange comparison. The Metropolitan Community Church has 250 congregations in 23 countries. MHR is a single parish. Individual Catholic parishes do not have "theologies." They share the Theology of the Universal Church. That the author considers MHR to have its own theology shows he considers it to be something other than the Catholic Church. This young man has a better grasp of the reality of the situation than those in responsible positions in the Archdiocese.

On April 30, 2010, this young man, Craig A. Ford, Jr., led a roundtable discussion at Notre Dame's DeBartolo hall: "By Their Fruits You Will Know Them: The Problem of Gentile Faith for the Early Church; the Problem of Same-Sex Relationships for the Contemporary Church."– Craig A. Ford, Jr.

We look forward to reading Mr. Ford's work, when published.


On November 18, 2009 "Metro Active San Jose" published an article called "Gay Catholics Come Out" by Ms. Jessica Fromm. The subhead was "Secretly, San Jose is the most gay-friendly diocese in the nation. And now, one parish wants the world to know." In the article, Ms. Fromm relates what Fr. Pedigo, the pastor of St. Julie Billiart parish did when he realized that many same-sex attracted Catholics were attending his parish:

"Pedigo said that as he started to notice the growing LGBT Catholic community that was coming to St. Julie's, he decided to consult the established gay Catholic community at the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in San Francisco's Castro District."

Instead of seeking advice from his bishop, the only proper teaching authority in his diocese, Fr. Pedigo chose to consult MHR.


In September 2010, a group called "Catholics for Equality" was formed. These are Catholics who are oppose to the Church's support for natural marriage. One of the co-founders of the group is a man named Eugene McMullan. Mr. McMullan is also the inventor of the "Relational Mysteries" of the rosary--also known as "queering the rosary."

On September 29, 2009, the California Catholic Daily reported:

"Many Catholics, even devout ones, may be excused for never having heard of the 'Relational Mysteries.' That's because they exist nowhere except on the agenda of homosexual activists. According to the June 2009 issue of 'Impact', the international newsletter of the Metropolitan Community Church, under the heading 'Queering the Rosary,' the 'relational mysteries' were devised by Mr. McMullan.

A crystal-clear description of purpose of the 'Relational Mysteries' was given in the online calendar of the New Spirit/MCC Church in Berkeley. The entry was for an event held on Sunday, May 31, 2009, and reads: 'GTU doctoral student Eugene McMullan and Reverend Jim Mitulski will lead a two part class on 'Praying the Queer Rosary,' based on stories from the bible which depict Queer Families or Relationships. The class will include a brief history of the rosary, introduction to Catholic devotions, sharing of stories, and praying together.'"

In a comment on the "Queering the Church" website (a representative article on the site is "Water into Wine: Jesus's Gay Wedding at Cana"), dated September 12, 2010, Mr. McMullan tells where he got the idea:

"I began to develop the Relational Mysteries a few years ago when, as a practicing Roman Catholic layperson, I would pray with the rosary group on Sunday mornings at Most Holy Redeemer parish in San Francisco."

That's what being taught at Most Holy Redeemer.


And of course whenever dissenters such as Bishop Kevin Dowling, Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese, or Bishop Thomas Gumbleton are in San Francisco, they make a beeline for Most Holy Redeemer. Not to mention ministers of any other religion, as long as they share the one true faith: the celebration of homosexuality

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