Saturday, October 13, 2007

Tempest, Teapot, Cleanup

The furor this week was all about the Archbishop of San Francisco and a group of homosexual activists. Let's see if I can boil it down a bit:

If your 'Sunday Best' is drag, you might be in San Francisco

"Psst, I wonder if he'll notice we're in drag.."

And so, the drag queens did receive the Eucharist from the hands of Archbishop Niederauer. Video captured at the event shows a slightly befuddled prelate.

The catholic corner of the blogosphere was in full lather over the offensive display, and many, including myself, dropped a note to the Vatican urging an explanation. And lo and behold, a couple days later, an apology from Archbishop Niederauer:

At Communion time, toward the end of the line, two strangely dressed persons came to receive Communion. As I recall one of them wore a large flowered hat or garland. I did not recognize either of them as wearing mock religious garb...

Although I had often seen photographs of members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, I had never encountered them in person until October 7th. I did not recognize who these people were when they approached me.

After the event, I realized that they were members of this particular organization and that giving them Holy Communion had been a mistake.

I apologize to the Catholics of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and to Catholics at large for doing so.

Good enough for me.

Still, I would hope that the Archbishop will become more aware of the spiritual challenges of his archdiocese. After all, everyone knows that San Francisco is the Gay Mecca, with the Castro district being the core.


Dad29 said...

The good Bishop should once again read Bp. Burke's treatise on the Canonical underpinnings for simply refusing Communion to these folks.

He sorta wants to have it both ways--getting the attaboys for his apology, but blaming the "sisters" for approaching--and the old "I didn't see anything, really..." line.

Uh huh.

Cradle Catholic said...

I saw this on Fox News and it brought tears to my eyes! Servant of God Pope John Paul II pray for us!

The Unseen One said...

Those peoples' actions are on their souls. It was their choice.

1 Corinthians 11:27 comes to mind.