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Posted on 08/30/2003 7:36:40 AM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
A Matter of Common Sense
Gay Pride Parade Features Catholic Parish/Priest
By Phil Sevilla
For the past 33 years, "gay" pride parades have distinguished San Francisco as the epicenter of the homosexual movement in America. On June 29, I was present to videotape and document with a small group of Catholic and pro-family journalists the parade and events at the Civic Center rotunda. I witnessed frontal nudity, lewd conduct, simulated acts of sodomy, and even profane slogans and caricatures mocking the pope and bishops. I filmed at least one Catholic priest, Father Edward Phelan, and members of his parish in the parade, advertising their affiliation with Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church (San Francisco.) A 15-year-old student at Mercy Catholic High School in Burlingame, Marina Gatto, daughter of a lesbian couple, trumpeted her pride in participating in the parade as a grand marshal.
The sisters of perpetual indulgence drove by on a float with the sign, " Weapons of Ass Destruction," with characters dressed as the pope and a cardinal. The character dressed up as the pope was enclosed in a cage. Beside them was a missile named "Cheney" (for Vice-President Cheney) made up as a phallic symbol with a character with a Bush mask riding the missile. One transvestite paraded a sign that said, "Sodomize me. It's legal." Another sign read, "I had sodomy for lunch!" It was curious to see representatives of the Church marching between leather-bound, bare-bottomed advocates of sodomy, sex toy shops (good vibes.com), and black-winged, bare-chested devils in leathers, dancing on a float decorated with hell fire.
I contacted the archdiocese of San Francisco to inquire about the participation of a Catholic parish and pastor in his clerics in a gay pride parade. Although no one returned my call, I corresponded by e-mail with the director of communications, Maurice Healy to ask if the Catholic Church in San Francisco was giving, at least, tacit approval to the San Francisco Gay pride parade by allowing Father Phelan to participate in it.
Mr. Healy responded on July 2 saying the archbishop was out of town but that my message would be forwarded to him when he returned. In part he wrote: "As a matter of common sense, I think it would be wrong for you to assume that all marchers agree with or approve of the raunchy examples you cite." In response, I wrote that the spectacle in San Francisco was not only raunchy but pornographic and the parade conveyed a serious, political message with hundreds of identical signs proclaiming, "Support AB205 Domestic Partner Rights" (a reference to the "gay" marriage bill winding its way through Sacramento) and "We All Deserve Freedom to Marry." These signs were placed all along the parade route.
I asked Healy, "can there be any justification for a Catholic priest and his parish to participate in a blatantly pornographic public display? Would German Catholic bishops and priests have marched with the National Socialists and saluted Hitler in 1939, or Lot and his family cavort with the perverted and decadent people of Sodom?" I received no response.
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There's just so much wrong with that event!
Let me say up front that I'm a big on freedom type. Things done between two consenting adults are really none of my business. Want to be gay? Want to engage in sodomy? Fine. It's up to you - and you'll be seeing the Chief Justice of the Divine Court in the next life.
My acceptance of two consenting adults engaging in homosexual sex hinges on them doing it in private, though. That said, my acceptance of two heterosexual adults engaging in sex hinges on them doing it in private, too.
I love my wife and our love includes privatetimes behind a locked door in our bedroom. You will not see us -- and I'd be intolerant of seeing others -- parading around downtown San Antonio yelling "I REALLY LOVE HAVING SEX WITH MY WIFE/HUSBAND."
That kind of behavior is just wrong. People who do that are doing nothing more than making a fool of themselves.
On another note, most groups and organizations have rules.
I work in the pharma industry. We require that people wear hairnets, gloves - you know, the whole getup to keep our pharma products clean and pure. We would not tolerate a person who claimed that it was his or her right, need or biological mandate to run around shirtless on a pharma packaging line.
Compliance with those rules is a condition of employment.
Some people don't like the rules -- but the rules are the rules and you've no choice but to follow them if your career is in the pharma industry.
The same standard applies to priests - be they Catholic or Anglican.
The Bible has stated that homosexual contact is Against The Rules. A priest who is (a)gay or (b) supportive of the gay lifestyle is breaking The Rules and violating a condition of his employement.
Liberal Lurkers: It is possible to support a person without supporting his or her activities -- ask any parent of two-year-olds.
This is so sick as to be hillarious!! Father Phelan? Might as well change his name to Fr. Phallic!
Holy perversion - America's Next Big Trend.
It's the in thing to do. The pope doesn't mind as long as it isn't that girl who tore his picture up on stage.
This comment really can't be allowed to stand unchallenged.
In the first place, committing a sin is no way to clean up the Church. In the second place, it's politically stupid to even raise such an idea, let alone do it. It would completely discredit the cause you advocate. In the third place, God will not be mocked. Committing a sin with the prior intention of confessing it later is a very serious abuse of God's grace and mercy. The Bible never defines the "sin against the Holy Spirit," which is unforgiveable, but this kind of thing certainly verges on such an act.
Yes, if you genuinely repent, any sin can be forgiven. But who can say that you will be able to genuinely repent such a premeditated sin?
Finally, such lies are hardly needful. The priest in question has been caught participating in the middle of a disgusting performance. The bishop needs to be pressed hard to discipline him.