10/5/2008 Fresno, CA, USA (KFSN) — Father Geoffrey Farrow of the Saint Paul Newman Center in northeast Fresno shocked parishioners Sunday morning when he came out against Proposition 8, an initiative that would eliminate the right for same sex couples to marry in California.
After 23 years as an ordained Catholic Priest, Father Geoffrey Farrow has likely given his final mass. Sunday morning he invited us to hear his message, a message that shocked many parishioners.
11 o’clock mass began as usual Sunday. Father Geoff led parishioners through prayer and communion.
The homily taught of acceptance, love and rejection. But it was his closing remarks that left some parishioners stunned. “What most Catholics hear about being gay or lesbian at their parish is silence,”
Fr. Geoff says after numerous inquiries from parishioners asking for direction on Proposition 8, if passed would ban gay marriage, the Father said he must go against the Bishops recommendation and instead go with what he feels is right.
“In directing the faithful to vote yes on proposition 8, the California Bishops are not only entering the political arena, they are ignoring the advances and insights of neurology, psychology and the very statements by the church itself that homosexual is innate,” says Fr. Geoff.
Well I guess he has a thorough understanding of Church teaching as he has on what she has said about homosexuality. That is a lousy understanding. The Church has made no statements about homosexuality being innate. This is a scientific question and one the Church will never weigh in on. The consistent teaching of the Church is that homosexual acts are intrinsically evil.
We sat down with Father Geoff before mass, and he answered the question many are probably wondering… Is he gay? “It’s a secondary issue. But yes, I am. And when I was a boy I asked God please make me normal and the prayer never got answered and I realized why. Because God would’ve made somebody else he wouldn’t have made me.”
What a surprise that once again a priest who stands up at Mass and talks about homosexuality being acceptable themselves have same-sex attraction. Funny how we never hear an alcoholic priest give a homily about how alcoholism is okay. But this is what happens when society calls a sin acceptable and it makes it harder for those suffering to acknowledge the truth.
Sunday mass ended with about half the congregation giving a standing ovation. Outside parishioners had mixed reaction about the priest’s remarks.
Bishop John Steinbock has not yet talked to Father Geoff, but surely that will come soon.
Hat Tip Fr. James Martin S.J.