According to the San Francisco Chronicle:
Most Holy Redeemer Church, a Catholic parish in the middle of the Castro, is in trouble again with church leaders over how best to minister to its heavily gay and lesbian congregation.
In the latest incident, Archbishop George Niederauer had the church’s pastor, the Rev. Steve Meriwether, rescind invitations to a trio of gay-friendly clergy scheduled to speak at a series of pre-Christmas evening services.
“The archbishop felt the speakers were inappropriate for the season of Advent, which should be a time to reflect on the coming of Christ,” said George Wesolek, a spokesman for the archdiocese.
There was no comment from the parish, where a church secretary said Meriwether was out on medical leave.
The action disappointed, but did not surprise the Rev. Roland Stringfellow, a minister for the gay-oriented Metropolitan Community Church, who had been scheduled to speak Wednesday.
“It’s ironic and hypocritical that the Catholic Church has a ‘Come home’ ad campaign going on right now,” he said. “Clearly, not everyone is welcome within the Catholic Church.”
The program’s first intended speaker, retired Episcopal Bishop Otis Charles, echoed those concerns.
The decision to bar him and the others from speaking is another indication that the Catholic Church hierarchy’s position is that “those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual are less than OK.”
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Really? Seriously? I think the quote at the end is a little over the top:
“those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual are less than OK.”
Maybe a better, more accurate quote would have been
“those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual are less than OK to be a spokesman and speaker at our church which does not condone their lifestyle.”
Yeah… that sounds a little better.
I’m telling you… the homosexual issue is THE issue for the Christian church to contend and deal with in the next decade.
How will YOUR church respond? Especially when you’re confronted with lambasting comments like these?