As readers of this blog know, Bill O'Reilly didn't tell his audience everything he knew about Archbishop George Niederauer and Most Holy Redeemer Parish when he covered the San Francisco Sacrilege. See: Bill O'Reilly Didn't Do His Homework When Reporting On The San Francisco Sacrilege
It's refreshing to see that Canada Free Press gotten it right on both Bill O'Reilly & Archbishop Niederauer: Is San Francisco Archbishop an “elderly man taken by surprise” in Communion incident…
Here's a quote:
The story of the “Sisters” mocking Communion at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church has been picked up by major media, including Bill O’Reilly at Fox News.
“...But it really is not the archbishop’s fault--he is an elderly man who was taken by surprise,” O’Reilly says in today’s Talking Points. “The fault here lies with the leadership of San Francisco. Mayor Newsom has consistently avoided criticizing behavior that is harmful. He hides under his desk and attacks messengers like me.”
“Incredibly, the San Francisco media has blacked out the story, refused to report it; with the exception of KNEW Radio.”
Though he didn’t mention his name, O’Reilly must have meant Michael Savage, as Savage Nation had the story first, posting it from its source, the often enterprising, Toronto-based http://www.LifeSite.net.
LifeSite.com was writing about George Hugh Niederauer back in 2005 when he was waiting to be installed as the new Archbishop, as successor to Archbishop William Levada, formerly of the now-bankrupt Portland diocese. Levada’s appointment by Pope Benedict XVI as head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith--making Levada among the three most powerful prelates in the Church--came as a shock to many Catholics aware of problems stemming from Los Angeles.
It was on December 22, 2005 when Niederauer soon to be installed as the new Archbishop of San Francisco, told a local news outlet that he is opposed to the Vatican’s prohibition of homosexuals in seminaries.
“Some who are seriously mistaken have named sexual orientation as the cause of the recent scandal regarding the sexual abuse of minors by priests,” Niederauer said in an interview with the Intermountain Catholic News.
“From 1992 to 1994, Niederauer resided in West Hollywood’s St. Victor’s parish which is identified in the homosexual press as “sizably gay”. “Gay men never felt ill at ease dealing with him,” said Monsignor George Parnassus, a St. Victor pastor emeritus. Parnassus added, “We would be invited to their homes in West Hollywood.”
“Niederauer, ordained to the priesthood in 1962, is a prominent member of what some Catholic writers have dubbed the “Camarillo Mafia”, a group of liberal and dissident prelates who graduated from and/or taught at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California, and who were ordained in Los Angeles in the 1950s and `60s.
“The LA Times wrote that the “trail of abuse” in the Los Angeles Archdiocese and its surrounding area dioceses “leads inevitably” to St. John’s. According to the Times, 10% of St. John’s ordinands for Los Angeles from 1950 to ‘65 have been accused of molesting minors. In two classes, 1966 and 1972, a third of the graduates were later accused of molestation,
“Niederauer is a long-time political activist in the “gay” cause. In 1986, Niederauer wrote a letter to an Orange County Judge asking that a priest convicted of 26 counts of felony child sexual abuse be spared prison time. He wrote that the boys involved might have mistaken “horseplay” for molestation, Niederauer later admitted that the letter had been a “mistake”.
“In 1996, as bishop of Salt Lake City, he helped form a coalition of religious leaders opposing the ban on high-school “gay-straight alliances” proposed by the Utah legislature.
In 2002, Niederauer told the National Catholic Register, “What I don’t want is some kind of link between being homosexual and being a molester of minors.”
In 2004, he joined other clergy leaders in publicly opposing a Utah ballot initiative that constitutionally banned same-sex marriage. Niederauer said he was troubled that the amendment banned any union beside marriage, a position in direct opposition to Catholic teaching.
Sam Sinnett, national president of Dignity USA, the dissident homosexual activist organization that opposes Church doctrine on chastity and marriage, said, “He is seemingly coming from a position of clearer knowledge of human sexuality than we’re hearing from the Vatican.”
Is 71-year-old Archbishop Niederauer, as described by Bill O’Reilly “an elderly man who was taken by surprise” when he gave communion to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence?
Or is he a longtime gay activist dressed in a bishop’s mitre?
The pastor of "gay-friendly" Most Holy Redeemer Parish has responded to the controversy: Pastor: Reaction to archbishop giving Communion to 'nuns' overblown
Meanwhile, Archbishop Niederauer is still in damage control mode:
My perspective is that Archbishop Niederauer has a permissive attitude about homosexuality.
I'm not the only one to think so. The article in the Canada Free Press demonstrates that. LifeSite News has been covering the issue for some time now.
The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, expressed concern about Archbishop George Niederauer's homosexual advocacy back in 2005: Noted priest concerned over archbishop's pro-gay stance
Archbishop Niederauer has been enabled in his homosexual advocacy by apathy on the part of most Catholics. Despite multiple reports of his statements on issues associated with homosexuality which were, at best, of dubious orthodoxy (including support for the homosexual advocacy film, Brokeback Mountain), most people did nothing about it. Now, since the San Francisco Sacrilege, and all the negative attention it has received, people have noticed, and there is less of the apathy Archbishop Niederauer has counted on to further his advocacy. So Archbishop Niederauer is scrambling to look like a Catholic bishop for the cameras.
The official statement from the "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence" that prompted Archbishop Niederauer's phone call is after the jump...
The official statement from the "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence":
Here is the official statement of the organization released Wednesday
On Sunday the 7th of October, the morning of the Castro Street Fair, two members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® attended Mass at Most Holy Redeemer Church.
Most Holy Redeemer is located in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco and "prides itself in being an inclusive Catholic community."
The service was an opportunity to welcome the new Archbishop of San Francisco, Most Rev. George Niederauer.
While at Mass the Sisters joined other parishioners in respectful and sincere worship and received Communion from the Archbishop. After the services, they stayed to socialize with the congregation before moving on to attend the Castro Street Fair.
Sadly, while the Sisters participated in the celebration, others not there to worship secretly filmed and photographed the Mass hoping to spark a controversy and cast the parishioners of Most Holy Redeemer and the Archbishop in a negative light.
These professional muckrakers then gave the photos to an anti-gay Fundamentalist Catholic Website which in turn sent them to right-wing media outlets who willfully distorted the facts for political gain.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are appalled that some media outlets have unwittingly spread these distortions while others have intentionally taken advantage to fuel a mean-spirited and divisive political agenda.
These forces have been critical of Most Holy Redeemer for their welcoming approach to the diverse community they serve and have frequently seen fit to attack the parishioners as part of a larger campaign against "San Francisco values."
Our hearts go out to the parishioners of Most Holy Redeemer and to the Archbishop who have been unfairly stigmatized by these disingenuous campaigns for doing nothing more than following the welcoming teachings of Christ and administering Communion in keeping with the teachings of the Second Vatican Council.
We would like to take this opportunity to state again that, contrary to the spin of right-wing fanatics, that the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence do not "mock nuns" but live "as nuns," taking vows that affirm the traditional compassionate and justice-seeking ministries of religious women, extending their reach beyond the convent walls to those most in need.
We are open and supportive of all forms of spirituality that teach respect for human life, diversity, freedom and community, including those of the Catholic Church. In fact, we have given several thousand dollars in grants to several religious-based organizations, including Most Holy Redeemer.
It is no secret that our vows sometimes call us to challenge the dogmas and hypocrisies of the Catholic hierarchy, in the same way they call us to confront politicians and even leaders within the queer community whenever they use their power and influence to promote fear, shame, division, and self-hatred.
It is a bittersweet irony that these same forces of fear and shame now use the media to twist a moment of genuine communion into another justification for policies that harm people of faith and members of the LGBTQ community.
In keeping with our vows to expiate stigmatic guilt and promulgate universal joy, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence call on all people of good faith to oppose those who would desecrate the sanctity of a church and defile a moment of true communion for cheap political gain.
In a world wracked by violence and fear, we have no time for such lies and will continue to serve our community by boldly proclaiming that joy is more powerful than shame.
We extend our sincerest gratitude and affection to the parishioners of Most Holy Redeemer and hope that their new Archbishop continues to walk with them in service to the gospel of joy and justice.
It is disturbing that Most Holy Redeemer Parish continued to support this sort of nonsense until Archbishop Niederauer told them to stop (because of all the negative attention). The priests in that "gay-friendly" parish should be removed and the parish should either be closed or handed over to solidly orthodox priests who will actually minister to the homosexual men and women in the Castro by speaking the truth to them, in love, about Catholic teaching on sexual morality.