Thursday, February 04, 2016

Will there be a showdown in San Francisco?

Most Holy Redeemer Church in the Castro: Entertaining angels?

Joseph Sciambra did a story about Holy Redeemer - San Francisco's equivalent to St. Joan of Arc in Minneapolis - in the sense of its being a parish home for dissenting Catholics.  Holy Redeemer isn't just a gay friendly parish, it's pretty gay.  Like many dissenting Catholic communities, Holy Redeemer scheduled a controversial speaker - As Joe identifies him, he's an anti-Catholic schismatic priest who performs gay weddings, and he's scheduled to speak. The venue is all wrong.

Queer Spirituality
Mount of Transfiguration, 
Edward Knippers

Embodying Christ: Scripture and the Contemplative Life?  

Really?   That's the topic - sounds innocent enough, right?  There are so many variations on gay spirituality today and so much of it is so new age, pagan.  I've heard it since the early 1970's and now it is embedded in contemporary, progressive, Catholic spirituality.  One recognizes this immediately in this statement from Pizzuto: "the entrenched patriarchalism found within much of our biblical literature must be recognized here, and contextualized historically-critically."

That said, Joseph calls attention to the problems associated with this particular speaker, Vincent Pizzuto.  By now the Archbishop should know about it - and hopefully the situation will be addressed.

An introduction to Sciambra's article.

On February 13, 2016, the Rev. Vincent Pizzuto, Associate Professor of New Testament Studies at the University of San Fracisco, Episcopal priest, and founder and vicar of New Skellig Christian Community, will speak at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in the Castro District of San Francisco. Pizzuto, who is openly “gay,” was raised a Roman Catholic, but left the Church over his disagreement with Magisterial teachings on homosexuality; Pizzuto is honest about his current aims: he recently described efforts to change the Church’s teachings as a “battle very much under way” and said that “the Bible, as we understand it really does not address current issues…what we need to change is not so much the scriptures, which of course we cannot change, but the interpretation that has been given to them.” Over the years, Pizzuto has presided at same-sex weddings, and his published works —including “God Has Made it Plain to Them: An Indictment of Rome’s Hermeneutic of Homophobia,” in the Winter 2008 edition of Biblical Theology Bulletin—is explicitly critical of Catholic teachings. In a discussion, “Is it Ethical to be Catholic? – Queer Perspectives,” given at Most Holy Redeemer Church in San Francisco in 2006, Pizzuto said that ethical questions have “driven faithful Catholics beyond the confines of the Roman church where they might more faithfully live out their catholic faith elsewhere. And I count myself among them.” He continued: “On this at least (homosexuality) the teaching authority of the Church is given no credence by so many gay men and lesbians because it does not demonstrate its own credibility. To the contrary, its teachings on homosexuality are so disengaged from reality as to render them utterly ridiculous.” - Finish reading here.

As of this writing, I think Joseph Sciambra is one of the most honest, courageous, and authentic voices online writing on topics related to homosexuality and Catholic teaching.  He cuts through all the gay-pastoral-rhetoric which tends to intimidate or silence Catholics determined to defend the truth about the homosexual condition.  


  1. This story has been out there for days, yet there seems to be no word that Archbishop Cordileone has canceled this scandal.

    A moment like this came for Cardinal Sean O'Malley. He had years to brace himself before Ted Kennedy died, and when the time came, O'Malley presided over a scandalous, lavish, televised funeral. Result: Every day, every hour, every minute that O'Malley has been Archbishop of Boston has been a big, fat, waste of time. His one most important teaching moment came and went.

    1. Hopefully the Archbishop will act. This new age junk has been around so long and has contaminated Catholic spirituality to such a degree I wonder if those responsible for doctrine no longer recognize how dangerous and evil it is?

  2. @Fr. VF, do you know for a fact that Ted Kennedy didn't repent at his deathbed? The Lord works in mysterious ways.

    Terry, the trick is to avoid the new age junk.


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