Morality

Most Holy Redeember (MHR) Parish in San Francisco

Until 1982, Most Holy Redeemer was a reasonably normal Catholic Parish in San Francisco . But, as Fr. Donald Godfrey, SJ writes in his book Gays and Grays: The Story of the Inclusion of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish: "Under Father Anthony McGuire--Fr. Tony--the parish was reborn…. Anthony McGuire became the ninth pastor of Most Holy Redeemer parish in 1982." (p27.) According to Fr. Godfrey's book, Fr. McGuire was specifically sent by the Archdiocese to Most Holy Redeemer to minister to the gay community.

That was 25 years ago. And after 25 years of "ministry" to the gay community in the Castro, what do we have? Transvestite bingo (sponsored by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence), participation in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade, gay religious services broadcast worldwide, Drag Queen beauty pageants, Young Adult Group outings to the "San Francisco Transgender Cotillion." The "culture" of the Castro has not been evangelized--instead, Most Holy Redeemer has been turned from a Catholic Parish to a gay parish.

Most Holy Redeemer and the Golden Gate Guards/Inter-Club Fund

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Go here for a list of media coverage of the October 7th Mass at Holy Redeemer Church

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October 14, 1007: Most Holy Redeemer publishes a thank you note on the front page of their bulletin from Delta Goodhand, one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who attended the October 7th Mass and recieved Communion from Archbishop Niederauer.

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Archbishop Niederauer apologizes - Click here to read full statement

October 7, 2007: His Excellency George Niederauer, Archbishop of San Francisco, celebrates Mass at Most Holy Redeemer. See video here of two Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence receiving Holy Communion from the Archbishop during Mass.


To view video in Windows Media Player, go here.

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September 30, 2007: Fr. Donal Godfrey has a signing at MHR of his book Gays and Grays: The Story of the Inclusion of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish.

Quote: "The Catholic Church is not a credible moral voice within the gay community." p153.

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September 29, 2007: Most Holy Redeemer parish hosts "SF Desperate Divas 2008 Drag Grand Calendar Pageant" in Ellard Hall. "Twelve of the Bay Area's Most Delicious Drag Divas will compete for the Crown and Title of Miss Desperate Dive 2008." Event is published in the "Gay Event Listing" section of "SF Station" webpage, and other "alternative" media:

View video of event here. The pageant was hosted by drag queen named "Heklina" - see Heklina in action here.
Bay Area Reporter
- 'Desperate Divas' pageant Sat. - Sept. 27, 2007
SFBG Arts & Culture blog - Divas get desperate ... for love
SF Station - SF Desperate Divas 2008 Drag Calendar Grand Pageant - Sept. 29, 2007

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August 28, 2007: Lexington Books publishes Gays and Grays: The Story of the Inclusion of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Parish by Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ.

Quote: "The Gay and Lesbian outreach Committee-so unique, so bracing, so critically what the parish needed when it needed it-eventually withered away, a victim of its own success, when the entire parish had taken on the work it was formed to begin." Page 34 (emphasis added).

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June 24, 2007: Most Holy Redeemer makes its annual appearance as a parish at the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. Go here for video.

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April 29, 2007: Most Holy Redeemer celebrates "Gay Service" broadcast worldwide on "BBC Radio4." The celebrant is Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ. (Now the Executive Direcor of Campus Ministry at the University of San Francisco.) For an audio or transcript of the event, go here.

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February 17, 2007: The "Inter-Club Fund's "31st Annual Motorcycle Awards are held in Ellard Hall of Most Holy Redeemer Parish. Event is listed in the "Adventures in Leather" section of the Bay Area Reporter newspaper:

For an informative brochure about the "Inter Club Fund", go here.

In 2002 the Inter-Club Fund gave it's "Best in Town Leather Event" award to Folsom Street Fair. http://www.4icf.org/Awards/Winners02.html

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January 27, 2007: Most Holy Redeemer Young Adult Group attends the "TGSF" (Transgender San Francisco) "2007 Cotillion" at the Regency Center Grand Ballroom in San Francisco. The Cotillion Producer is "Lisa Rae Dummer", who serves as a Eucharistic Minister at Most Holy Redeemer Parish. MHR's Young Adult Group are presented as "debutantes." Go here for the MHR YAG page - http://www.mhr.org/yag.events.html

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November 18, 2006: "Golden Gate Guards",a "leather" motorcycle group, holds their 20th Anniversary in Ellard Hall of Most Holy Redeemer Parish. Event is listed in the "Leather and Kink" section of the Bay Area Reporter, a homosexualist newspaper (Scroll down to "November 18" for listing).

Gate Guards most recent event, go here http://www.ggguards.com/new_site/annual_run.htm.

On the "About" page on the "Golden Gate Guards" website, they say "We host a number of events throughout the year" one of which is "Beverage Partner with Folsom Street Events." Folsom Street Events is the organization that produces the nightmarish Folsom Street Fair.

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October/November 2006: The "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence" host series of blasphemous events in Ellard Hall of Most Holy Redeemer Parish.

Sisters’ Revival Bingo is Back! - San Francisco Bay Times, September 14, 2006

Notice about Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence loosing their lease on MHR parish hall

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August 8, 2006: Sydney Gay & Lesbian Chorus at Most Holy Redeemer.

Article in San Francisco Bay Times here

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June 25, 2006: Most Holy Redeemer participates as a parish in the 2006 Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco. See video here.

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June 3, 2006: Gay Softball League hold their "Switch Hitters Ball" in Ellard Hall of Most Holy Redeemer Parish.

The SF Bay Times reported: "After several cocktails for courage, Sister Dana sang an appropriate Madonna number, “Like a Prayer.” Well, what else should a nun do in the basement of a Catholic Church?" "The final contestant was Kitty Kill. She had big blonde hair and wore kneepads so as to fall down on her knees a lot . . . She stripped off her top and skirt to reveal a black sequined bra and matching panties. She pulled out her falsies and tossed them to the judges." Read full story here

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February 12, 2006: MHR hosts seminar "Is it Ethical to be Catholic" sponsored by The (Jesuit) University of San Francisco's LBGTQ Caucus sponsor anti-Catholic seminar "Is it Ethical to be Catholic?". For background and transcripts: http://www.usfca.edu/lanecenter/events/conversation.html

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September 27, 2005: Article published about Most Holy Redeemer in the San Francisco Chronicle. Read article here.

Key paragraph: "Most Holy Redeemer's priests baptize children of same-sex couples, and a large contingent of parishioners marches every year in San Francisco's gay pride parade. This year, they waved gay pride and Vatican flags together."

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June, 2005: Most Holy Redeemer participates as a parish in the 2005 Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco. See video here.

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October 19, 2002: Mr. & Miss Gay San Francisco Pageant, held at Most Holy Redeemer's Ellard Hall.

Notice in San Francisco Bay Guardian here