San Francisco Catholics and gay pride

San Francisco Catholics and gay pride

Of course, the Boston archdiocese isn’t the only US diocese where a parish is an enthusiastic supporter of the gay pride events taking place in the beginning of June. The San Francisco archdiocese, whose Archbishop William Levada was just made prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is a hotbed of such activity as you might suspect. Here are just two items of interest.

First, we’ve mentioned this before, but the chancellor of the archdiocese is Fr. Stephen Meriwether. He is also pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Parish. The parish bulletin for June 12 (PDF) included a full page advertisement for San Francisco Pride 2005 on Sunday, June 26. In addition to staffing a parish booth for the event, they were also selling “Pride Packs” that included a Gay Pride 2005 t-shirt, a rainbow flag and a papal flag. Now, if the Church’s teaching is that homosexual activity is immoral and that the homosexual condition is a disorder, how can pride in such be reconciled with it? What if a parish decided to send a a contingent to the Adultery Pride Parade? What would be the difference.

To be clear, this is no family friendly gathering of sober and chaste people who happen to suffer with same-sex attraction. Like every other public celebration of homosexuality it’s all about the sex. The parade starts off with Dykes on Bikes, likely to include the infamous anti-Catholic “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” as in past years, various sex tutorials, as well as a panoply of various floats depicting all kinds of kinks and perversions. The full gamut can be found on the official SF Pride web site.