hat tip to California Catholic Daily
Renegade Catholic Advises
Priests on How to
Fight the Church
Knight of Columbus Targeted
Published: July 1, 2009, California Catholic Daily
"Suspended Fresno priest turned gay activist Father Geoffrey Farrow has called for Catholic priests to retaliate against the Knights of Columbus for their support of Proposition 8.
Farrow was removed as pastor from the St. Paul Newman Center at Cal State Fresno in October 2008 for his outspoken defiance of church teaching over Proposition 8 and the issue of homosexuality.
In a post on his personal blog dated June 4, 2009 “Boycott the Knights of Columbus,” Farrow wrote:
“Many priests have E-mailed me and expressed their rage and anger over the hypocrisy of the Catholic hierarchy in supporting anti-marriage equality legislation…One of the organizations, which the bishops have effectively employed to do their dirty work, has been the Knights of Columbus.”
Farrow then asked “So, what can priests do to fight the anti-gay agenda of the bishops and the K of C?” His first suggestion:
“Borrow the full amount against your Knights of Columbus life insurance policy immediately. Take the check and invest the funds with an LGBT friendly fund. Do not pay back the loan.”
Father Farrow recommends that faithful parishioners be denied the proper use of parish facilities. He reminded pastors that they control the content of the weekly parish bulletin. He urged: “Do not let the K of C publish or announce.“ He encouraged pastors not to allow Knights of Columbus events to be held on church property--even if that would mean “creating” a “program” to occupy available time slots at parish facilities:
“Pastors may grant or withhold permission for organizations to use church facilities for their meetings. Most parishes have very tight facility scheduling. Create a program and tell the K of C they need to meet elsewhere.”
After Farrow was removed from his parish and suspended without pay, he complained that he was not being supported by his bishop. This prompted the “Catechism on Call” blog to write:
“Why would anyone who is faithful to the Gospel and Jesus Christ, actively support a priest who publicly promotes the homosexual lifestyle, which the Catechism of the Catholic Church calls ‘intrinsically disordered?’”
Father Farrow is the scheduled homilist for the “Eucharistic Celebration” at the 2009 Dignity USA Convention which will be held July 2-5 in San Francisco. Other attendees are keynote speaker Richard Rodriguez, a parishioner of Most Holy Redeemer Church in San Francisco, and Fr. Donal Godfrey, SJ, the executive director of campus ministry at the University of San Francisco, who will be conducting an unspecified “workshop.”
As a resident of Fresno and a member of the KnIghts of Columbus I am waiting to see Bishop Steinbock's response to this.
If you want to read Farrow's babblings they can be found at: