A reader writes that the Archdiocese of San Francisco has responded to her complaint about the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” being given permission to use a church hall belonging to Most Holy Redeemer parish, whose pastor is the archdiocesan chancellor, Fr. Stephen Meriwether.
Statement by the Archdiocese of San Francisco
Permission to use Ellard Hall should not have been given to the group. The Archdiocese of San Francisco has directed the parish to end the arrangement immediately. For years the group has directed contempt and ridicule at Catholic faith and practices. The particular targets of the group’s derision are women in religious communities, for whom Catholics, and many
non-Catholics, have a special reverence and respect.
No mention of the other parish activities, including “Bare Chest Bingo”.
I’m curious: Since the Archdiocesan order to end the arrangement would presumably come from the chancellor and it would be sent to the pastor, did Meriwether mail himself a letter? Most likely this is a case of damage control and that if it hadn’t been made public nothing would have happened. Meanwhile, it will be business as usual at Most Holy Redeemer.