Homosexual Activism in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
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Most Holy Redeemer Parish Staff: Michael Vargas and Martin (Marty) Bednarek

 

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.

The December 19 issue (PDF, page 20)of Catholic San Francisco publishes the following letter to the editor:

"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.

We support his constitutional right to speak out on a political issue. We agree with his duty to teach his flock. We strongly disagree with the premise that Prop 8 was not meant to attack or deprive any group of its civil rights.

If the members of the coalition the Archbishop helped form had reputations as sanctuaries for individuals who have endured grade school games of “smear the queer” and communities whose members have worn pink triangles and been bashed like Matthew Shepard, we might be wrong. If these same churches had spent millions of dollars in the past to protect our jobs, homes and hospital visits, or had publicly supported domestic partnerships, we might be wrong.

We agree that name-calling must stop now. Voicing our disappointment and hurt does not prevent our focusing attention on the reality that the hungry need food, the homeless need shelter and the unemployed need jobs. We strongly disagree that as domestic partners we can expect the same rights and treatment when we visit married family members out of state as they can when they come to California. We strongly believe the 14 words of Prop 8 do nothing to safeguard even one straight couple’s marriage.

It feels that for now, the Church in San Francisco is more comfortable imitating the Prodigal Son’s brother than in being his father.

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.

By our count this makes seven persons serving in liturgical ministries at MHR who have "married" persons of the same sex.

It will be good here to remind ourselves of Church rules.

From "Redemptionis Sacramentum" #46

"The lay Christian faithful called to give assistance at liturgical celebrations should be well instructed and must be those whose Christian life, morals and fidelity to the Church’s Magisterium recommend them."

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