Update: Two corrections. The British newspaper got it wrong; it’s not a Mass, but a “prayer service” taped last October. I also got Alison’s background wrong. He’s no longer a Dominican, but is an “itinerant preacher.” He left the Dominicans in 1995.
Recall Fr. Stephen Meriwether, pastor of Most Holy Redeemer parish in San Francisco and chancellor of the same archdiocese. We most recently heard about him after he was suspended from his duties in a public relations stunt for having openly promoted a disgusting homosexual activist group at his parish, only to return a short time later. And it wasn’t the first time we’d heard his name in connection with promoting the homosexual lifestyle in contrast to Church teaching.
Now, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is
planning to broadcast a “gay Mass” from the same parish this weekend.
The 50-minute Mass at the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in the predominantly gay Castro district of the city will feature prayers and readings tailored for the gay community.
The parish is described as “an inspiration” worldwide for what is essentially the flouting of the Church’s teachings on homosexuality, even while the depths of the sexual deviancy celebrated at the parish is acknowledged: “But it has also infuriated many Catholics in the U.S. who have complained about such activities as transvestite bingo nights during which sex toys and pornographic DVDs were handed out as prizes.”
Critics of the BBC broadcast anticipate similar fury in the UK after the showing.
“Religious broadcasting, apart from Songs of Praise, tends to focus on the out-of-the-ordinary and having this particular service I think will cause offence to people who feel that such practices are wrong and are taught as such in holy scripture,” Mr Beyer said.
“The BBC really ought to be focusing on mainstream services which are more in keeping with the public service requirement that it has.”
Incidentally, Meriwether will not be the celebrant. A Father Donal Godfrey, SJ, will be the celebrant and the homilist will be Fr. James Alison, OP, described in the article as “a homosexual British Catholic theologian.”
The question is what Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco will do to stop this travesty and to prevent a future reoccurence.