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The following is the full text of the apology of Archbishop George Niederauer for giving Communion on October 7 to two homosexual men dressed as nuns - members of the “Sisters of Indulgence” - at Most Holy Redeemer Parish. This apology, which was posted online October 12, will be published October 19 in the Catholic San Francisco.
We reproduce the apology, followed by comments of our friend Gary Morella,
who had the courtesy to send them to us.
Statement released Oct. 11 by Archdiocese of San Francisco regarding archbishop giving communion to two "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence"
Below is Archbishop George H. Niederauer's column for the Oct. 19 issue of Catholic San Francisco, the archdiocesan newspaper that is mailed to 85,000 households. This statement was provided to California Catholic Daily by Maurice E. Healy, director of archdiocesan communications.
A recent event that greatly concerns me needs some additional explanation - and with it an apology.
On Sunday, October 7, 2007, I celebrated Mass at Most Holy Redeemer Parish here in San Francisco, during my first visit there. The congregation was devout and the liturgy was celebrated with reverence. I noticed no demonstration, no protest, no disruption
of the Eucharist.
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.
Afterward it was made clear to me that these two people were members of the organization "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence," who have long made a practice of mocking the Catholic Church in general and religious women in particular. My predecessors, Cardinal William Levada and Archbishop John Quinn, have both denounced this group's abuse of sacred things many times in the past. Only last year, I instructed the Administrator of Most Holy Redeemer Parish to cancel the group's use of the hall on the parish grounds, once I became aware of it.
Niederauer gives communion to men dressed as a "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence." For more, click here
In the year and a half since I arrived in San Francisco, there have been several instances of offensive attacks on Catholic faith and devotional life. Only two weeks ago Catholic San Francisco carried my remarks condemning the derisive use of the image of the Last Supper on a poster printed by another local group.
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.
The manner of dress and public comportment of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is deeply offensive to women religious and to the witness of holiness and Christian service that women religious have offered to the Church and to the world for centuries. The citizens of San Francisco have ample reason to be grateful to women religious for their unfailing support of those most in need, and to be deeply offended when that service is belittled so outrageously and offensively.
Someone who dresses in a mock religious habit to attend Mass does so to make a point. If people dress in a manner clearly intended to mock what we hold sacred, they place themselves in an objective situation in which it is not appropriate for them to receive Holy Communion, much less for a minister of the Church to give the Sacrament to them. Therefore I conclude that the presence of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at the Mass on October 7th was intended as a provocative gesture. In that moment I failed to recognize it as such, and for that, as I have said, I must apologize.
Does the Archbishop of San Francisco believe that we Catholics were all born yesterday in regard to his incredible statement of apology, which is laughable?
The REAL apology that is owed by Niederauer is for not being a good shepherd to his flock by saying nothing to them whatsoever in regard to the abomination that is Most Holy Redeemer Church's blatant public promotion of sodomitic lifestyles.
The Archbishop claims not to have noticed any mock religious garb...
The REAL apology that is owed by Niederauer is for seeing nothing wrong with sodomite adoption!
The REAL apology that is owed by Niederaruer is for not publicly condemning, in the strongest terms possible, the filth of the sodomitic Folsom and Castro street fairs, and the promotion of sodomitic lifestyles at the state, county, and city levels, to particularly include San Francisco, with an attitude of "To heck with the children” in his Archdiocese, in complete disregard of Matthew 18:6 [But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea].
You may think that you are fooling people, Archbishop Niederauer, with your worthless apology. If you do, you are delusional. Long suffering Catholics have caught on to your act and those of your ilk in California. You have done nothing to rein in Catholic frauds, in particular your Mayor, who is absolutely giddy at the prospect of putting as many of his constituents as possible on the fast track to Hell with him by advocating oxymoronic sodomite marriage!
The REAL apology that is owed by the Archbishop of San Francisco is for NOT BEING A CATHOLIC!
And finally, the ultimate REAL apology is owed by Rome to Catholics worldwide in giving us wolves in sheep’s clothing masquerading as Bishops who could not care less about the eternity of the souls entrusted to them!
Posted October 16, 2007
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