Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, in the heart of San Francisco’s gay Castro community, was vandalized over the weekend by opponents of Proposition 8, the California resolution passed by voters in November that rejected gay marriage. Swastikas were painted on the church and the names Ratzinger (referring to Pope Benedict XVI) and Niederauer (the San Francisco Archbishop) were scrawled besides the Nazi symbol.
So you pander to homosexuals and become the most gay-friendly Catholic church in San Francisco and have at least five “married” men on staff and what do you get – vandalized. Bishop Niederauer gave Communion to men in drag and members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and wrote a rather weak letter to the homosexual community almost apologizing for Prop 8 and he gets labeled a Nazi. You just can’t win when it comes to homosexual activists.
Catholic League president Bill Donohue is asking Catholics nationwide to respond to this incident:
“In the wake of Proposition 8, innocent persons have been assaulted, churches have been vandalized, a white substance resembling anthrax was sent to the Knights of Columbus and to Mormon temples, supporters of traditional marriage have been branded Nazis, African Americans have been called the ‘N-word,’ houses and cars have been trashed, etc. Unfortunately, most of those in the gay community have been silent about these acts.
“Part of the blame for the latest attack goes to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Both Newsom and the Board have shown nothing but contempt for the First Amendment rights of Catholics. When crucifixes are sold as sex toys and Catholic sensibilities are assaulted by naked men in the street at the annual Folsom Street Fair, they say nothing. When gay men dressed as nuns show up at Mass-at the same church-they say nothing. But the Board was quite vocal about condemning the Catholic Church in 2006, something which led to a lawsuit triggered by the Catholic League and the Thomas More Law Center.
“For those who love to write about ‘root causes,’ let them ponder the guilt of these public officials. Moreover, leaders in the gay community show no leadership when it comes to denouncing incivility committed in the name of gay rights. This has got to end.”
Contact Mayor Gavin Newsom and ask him to finally condemn gay assaults on Catholics and other people of faith:
There has been a lot of violence associated with the “gay agenda” recently in the media. I can’t understand why the government seems so insistent on promoting it as a good when it is obvious to many of us that homosexual acts are disordered.
I often write about this topic on my own blog.
How very sad. They claim they that what they want is respect, which shouldn’t be defined as agreement with their agenda. They need to give respect in order to get it.
Gavin Newsom is one of America’s most anti-Catholic bigots. Writing to him is useless.
On the local CBS radio station, after the vandalism incident, two men were interviewed, a parishioner and the pastor of Most Holy Redeemer. The parishioner, who discovered the hate graffiti as he arrived early to start the coffee makers in the hall, expressed a reaction that most Catholics could relate to. He said he was saddened and angered by the vandalism. Then came the pastor’s turn. Obviously, this wasn’t done by our neighbors, said the priest. Everyone around here knows we are a progressive parish. The unspoken text couldn’t have been clearer: We didn’t support Proposition 8! And then he actually said that this vandalism must have been intended for a more conservative congregation.
His words left me near nausea.
Obviously this parish needs to be exorcized, but since I doubt they believe in that, after cleaning up the grafitti the invisible taint on the place (which the vandalism only revealed) will remain.
How in the world do these people expect to be treated with respect (which they are which is the ironic part) when they themselves do acts such as these?
The reaction of the Pastor of the parish while understandable is down right despicable in my humble opinion. Acts of violence are to be condemned, and not even implicitly to be placed somewhere else as I took out of his comments.