Catholic Men’s Group Calls on Archbishop Niederauer to Replace San Francisco Priest, Steve Meriwether
Steve Meriwether of San Francisco’s pro-homosexual “Most Holy Redeemer” church.
This open letter below (emphasis added) was delivered to San Francisco Archbishop Niederauer on October 29.
(If you’re not familiar with this event, please take a few minutes to check these links: http://americansfortruth.com/news/more-san-francisco-nuttiness-catholic-archbishop-gives-communion-to-sisters-of-perpetual-indulgence.html (Americans For Truth was the first to report that Archbishop Niederauer gave Communion to members of the blasphemous, drag-queen-“nuns” group, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; he later apologized);
Please call the archbishop’s office (don’t talk to a voicemail – make your request to a human). Fax and email them asking the archbishop to excommunicate these groups and their members and to replace Fr. Steve Meriwether as pastor:
St. Joseph’s Men Society
15732 Los Gatos Blvd. #303, Los Gatos, California 95032
October 29, 2007
Most Reverend George H. Niederauer
During your first visit to Most Holy Redeemer parish on Sunday October 7th, 2007, you gave Our Lord in Holy Communion to members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI) a homosexual activist group widely known for its attacks upon and mockery of the Catholic Faith. Your subsequent October 11th apology notes that you did not recognize these “strangely dressed persons” as members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and that these individuals should not have received Holy Communion, nor should the minister of the Church administer the Sacrament to them.
First: For the sake of their souls and the souls of those Catholics worldwide who have been scandalized, your office requires you to state this formally, according to the teachings of the Church.
You must immediately and publicly state that, per canon 915:
These sanctions should be implemented now so that those under this discipline will have the opportunity to repent publicly by the First Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2007.
Second: In 1986, the Magisterium issued the instruction, the Letter to Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons (document attached). The then Cardinal Ratzinger wrote, “All support should be withdrawn from any organizations which seek to undermine the teaching of the Church, which are ambiguous about it, or which neglect it entirely. Such support, or even the semblance of such support, can be gravely misinterpreted. Special attention should be given to the practice of scheduling religious services and to the use of Church buildings by these groups, including the facilities of Catholic schools and colleges. To some, such permission to use Church property may seem only just and charitable; but in reality it is contradictory to the purpose for which these institutions were founded, it is misleading and often scandalous.”
Fr. Stephen Meriwether, as pastor of Most Holy Redeemer parish, has continually allowed groups that “seek to undermine the teaching of the Church…or neglect it entirely,” to use its facilities. Golden Gate Guards, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and the Desperate Divas Grand Drag Pageant are just a few of the groups who have rented the parish hall for their blatantly sinful displays.
Because of the public scandal this has generated, you must:
Third: It is essential that you publicly urge those ensnared in the homosexual lifestyle to seek repentance and healing through the Sacrament of Penance. Your canonical responsibility for the salvation of souls is not optional, and is a greater imperative than a misguided “tolerance” which fails to admonish the sinner.
Finally: Considering the outrageous events that have been documented by photo or video within the walls of Most Holy Redeemer parish, and especially for the probability of sacrileges that have NOT been documented, we suggest a thorough blessing of the entire building and re-consecration of Most Holy Redeemer Church.
If you are unwilling or unable to take these necessary steps, then in humility you have the responsibility to offer your resignation to Pope Benedict XVI.
We are praying that you will take the appropriate steps and do your duty as a successor of the apostles to repair the damage done by this scandal.
Sincerely in Christ,
Anthony Gonzales, President
The Discipline Regarding the Denial of Holy Communion to Those Obstinately Persevering in Manifest Grave Sin: http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/holycom/denial.htm
Letter to Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19861001_homosexual-persons_en.html
This article was posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 at 11:05 am and is filed under A - What does the Bible say about homosexuality?, Catholic, D - GLBTQ Pressure Within Churches, E - Praying for the Lost, News, San Francisco, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, The Bible, Churches, & Homosexuality. You can follow any updates to this article through the RSS 2.0 feed.
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