The BBC is broadcasting a so called "gay mass" from (what a surprise) San Francisco’s Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
However, Father Donal Godfrey, the U.S. Jesuit priest celebrating the Mass, said he was delighted the BBC was "exploring how gay people fit into the perspective of the Christian narrative".
"Being gay is not special," he said. "It’s simply another gift from God who created us as rainbow people."
Adultery isn’t bad it is just another gift for the rainbow people. Rainbow people sounds like a really bad PBS cartoon from the seventies, something that Marlo Thomas would have narrated.
Fr. Meriwether the pastor of the Church was previously put on leave after many complaints to the Archdiocese for this parish allowing the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence holding bingo games with sex toy prizes in the parish hall. When the hub bub quitted down he returned and of course it is now business as usual.
Please pray for Archbishop George Niederauer that he will put a stop to this scandal there permanently and not just when there is public attention.
Please also send charitable emails to Archbishop George Niederauer protesting this travesty.
One positive thing about the article is that they actualy got something right about Chruch teaching.
The Roman Catholic Church holds that sex belongs in the context of heterosexual marriage and that gay sex is "objectively disordered".
However, it also teaches that homosexual orientation is not in itself sinful and that gays and lesbians must be treated with respect and be free from unjust discrimination.
Update: From LifeSite
SAN FRANCISCO, April 27, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Archdiocese of San Francisco is refuting the Evening Standard’s claim that a service to be broadcast worldwide this Sunday by the BBC from a San Francisco parish is a "gay Mass".
With the headline, "BBC to broadcast gay mass from San Francisco" the Evening Standard reported today that the event, recorded last October 22, was presided over by Jesuit Fr. Donal Godfrey with preaching from one of Britain’s leading homosexual theologians, James Allison. The Standard reported that the "Mass" will feature prayers and readings tailored for the gay community.
Maurice Healy, Communications Director for the Archdiocese, however, was adamant that what will be broadcast is neither a Mass nor endorsed by the Archdiocese. Healy told LifeSiteNews.com, "The event was not, repeat not a ‘gay mass’ it was a prayer service organized by Jesuit father Donal Godfrey."
Healy said, "I’m told that he organized it. It was not an archdiocesan function and the archdiocese was not aware of the BBC broadcast."
So will the event be stopped and prevented from being televised? No answer there.
When asked about the participation of the parish in the Gay Pride parade, Healy responded, "Their participation could be seen as a way of outreaching. They don’t have the archdiocese’ approval but Catholics are independent minded people."
When asked directly if Holy Redeemer is the gay parish in San Francisco, Healy said, "These are complex issues." He continued, "We don’t make differentiations between gay parishes and other parishes. We don’t take a census about ethnicity, or homosexual orientation."
The Diocesan Bishop has specific authority in regulating televised Masses and I would certainly guess the same would be true for televised prayer services. It should be pretty easy for a Bishop to figure out that any prayer service the BBC is willing to televise is certainly one that shouldn’t be televised or probably held in the first place.