The controversy over a Mexican “gay Catholic ministry” called the San Elredo Comunidad, or the Lesbian and Gay Community of San Elredo, illustrates how well these politically-based and politically motivated Trojan horses serve the homosexual cause, as opposed to serving God, the Catholic Church, and the individuals caught up in the vice of sexual perversions who need to be extricated from the public mentality.
The San Elredo Community, an official organ of the Diocese of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, headed by Dominican Bishop José Raúl Vera López, O.P., is an “inclusive” ministry which caters to male homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals, transgenders, transvestites, leather and bondage devotees, sadomasochists, and a sundry of other “sexual orientations.” It was founded in 2002 by former New York publicist, Robert F. Coogan, who was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Saltillo by Bishop Vera López.
Background on Bishop Vera López
Somewhere between his birth on June 21, 1945 in the city of Acámbaro in the south eastern corner of the Mexican state of Guanajuato and his ordination to the priesthood in Rome by Pope Paul VI and his being awarded a series of bishoprics from 1987 to 1999 by Pope John Paul II, Bishop Vera López must have found the clerical goose that laid the golden egg. His ascent up the hierarchical career ladder appears to have been rapid and seamless.
Three years after his installation in Saltillo, the Dominican political activist bishop formally took up the cause of “Gay Liberation.” His growing reputation as a pro-homosexual apologist earned him a speaker’s spot at the 15th Anniversary National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries (renamed the Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry) held in Long Beach, California in 2008, and an invitation by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to appear on a panel titled “Gay and Lesbian Catholics: Church Teaching and Pastoral Approaches” at one of Cardinal Roger Mahony’s notorious Religious Education gigs in March 2010. (1)
Bishop Lopez uses a gay banner in Masses for the San Elredo Community
Bishop Vera López has been an open promoter of “civil unions” legislation and extended legal benefits for homosexuals in the State of Coahuila, but has “drawn the line” at homosexual “marriages.” He is a vehement opponent of “homophobia,” which he states needs to be erased from peoples’ hearts. He believes that “gays” are victims of discrimination and societal marginalization.
The Dominican Prelate backs the pro-homosexual functions and projects of the San Elredo Comunidad including its participation in “Gay Pride” celebrations, and has welcomed to his diocese homosexual activists like British ex-Dominican James Alison.
According to Alison, who makes his regular rounds to Catholic “gay parishes” in the U.S. including Most Holy Redeemer in the Castro District of San Francisco, “Church authority has become aware that the advent of ‘matters gay’ in recent years may not primarily center on sexual ethics at all. Rather, it concerns an emerging anthropological truth about a regular, normal and non-pathological variant within the human condition.” (2)
Fr. Coogan founds Mexican “gay ministry”
San Elredo’s founder and main man, Fr. Robert Coogan, is a native of Long Island, N.Y. and is one of 14 children. His brother, Fr. Thomas Coogan is pastor of St. Patrick Church in Bay Shore in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Not without a touch of irony, when Fr. Tom received news of his new appointment to St. Patrick’s from his Ordinary, Bishop William Murphy, he told the press that large family living was a “a way to learn tolerance and appreciation of diversity…” (3)
In the meantime, elder brother Robert is busy teaching tolerance and acceptance of sodomy and other forms of same-sex perversions and proselytizing Mexican Catholics in the Saltillo Diocese on the virtues of “diversity” and what a “blessing” homosexuals are for the world. “The world could not exist without homosexuals,” he says. (4) Coogan believes that God makes homosexuals, and therefore, they cannot be held responsible for their inordinate and sinful attractions and acts.
Founder Fr. Robert Coogan and diocesan coordinator Ruiz Malacra, openly homosexual
Coogan, who is one of three “spirit guides” assigned by Bishop Vera López to the group, is assisted in his “ministry” by Marco Antonio Mata, who intends to register himself and his partner under Coahuila’s new civil unions law, and Special Events Coordinator, Fernando Hernández, who supports the view that homosexuals are just following their nature so there is no harm in acting out. (5)
Noé Ruiz Malacara, who coordinates the group’s events with the Saltillo Diocese, is a self-outed homosexual and an unemployed elementary school teacher. He admits there is opposition from many traditional Mexicans, but adds that the population is gradually being softened up to accept sexual perversions as normal behavior. Sodomy is no problem, says Ruiz, as long as the couple is truly in love. He affirms that the group’s “spirit guides” encourage “safe sex” and “stable” homosexual relations over promiscuous one-night affairs.” (6)
Activities of the San Elredo Community
The San Elredo Community is (mis)named after the great 12th Cistercian monk and abbot Aelred de Rievaulx who, along with St. Sebastian and St. John the Evangelist, vie for honors as the patron “saints” of the Homosexual Collective. (7)
While Coogan says the purpose of his “ministry” is to foster a deep love of God in the hearts of men and women given over to a wide-variety of sexual perversions, in truth, the San Elredo Community, aided and abetted by Bishop Vera López, simply confirms these poor souls in their sin.
The 40 or so members of the San Elredo Community, mostly males in their late teens and early twenties, promote and participate in all things “gay” including “Gay Pride” events. In March 25-27, 2011, the diocesan-sponsored group held a “sexual, family and religious diversity forum” designed to promote homosexual acts and homosexual relationships in a more positive light. The Bishop was present to say a Mass for the gathering. (8)
San Elredo sponsors a youth session on International Day against Homophobia on May 17
On Good Friday, for the last four years the San Elredo Community has held a “homosexual” Way of the Cross where homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals, transgenders, transvestites, leather and bondage tribes, sadomasochists and almost certainly pedofiles - clerical and lay - reinterpret the Scriptural Via Crucis to reflect a psychic masochistic litany of “injustices,” which includes the suffering, rejection, and discrimination caused by “homophobia.” (9)
Bishop Vera López uses “gayspeak”
One can learn a great deal about the pro-homosexual biases of Bishop Vera López and that of the leadership of the San Elredo Community by their language. They all speak “gayspeak.” In any war, words are weapons, and the Bishop and his accomplices are using “gayspeak” to make war on the Catholic faithful in State of Coahuila and beyond.
For example, the Bishop’s use of the word “gay” as opposed to the word “homosexual” or “sodomite” is a validation and advancement of the “Gay International.”(10) Bishop Vera López publicly employs the gayspeak rhetoric of “homophobia,” a term linked to the homosexuals efforts to pass themselves off as a “sexually repressed minority” in need of reclaiming its civil and religious “rights.”
Gayspeak is a defensive mechanism which insulates the homosexual in his fantasy world and reinforces his perversion. (11) It is a language that should be anathema to any Catholic prelate with a true interest in the spiritual welfare of all his flock including those unfortunate enough to be caught up in the damnable vice of sodomy and pederasty.
“Gay Ministries” are Trojan Horses in the Church
The very fact that so-called “gay ministries” exist today in the Catholic Church in almost every major diocese in the world is a testimony to the ability of heretofore sexual outlaws to successfully organize, politicize and legitimatize sexually deviant behavior even within traditional enemy camps.
Religion is the supreme arbitrator and validator of human behavior. The secular State declares what acts are legal, but only the Church can declare which acts are moral and which are sinful. Hence, the homosexual goal of infiltrating, colonizing, and subverting the Church using the same strategies that have proven effective in the penetration of secular institutions.
The Group promotes activism & advocates gays acting out their passions publicly
Clearly, under the leadership of Bishop Vera López, the Diocese of Saltillo in Coahuila has become the beachhead, the first secured field for the political advancement of the “Gay Liberation Front” in Mexico.
Strategies in the Saltillo Diocese
The organizational and political strategies followed by the San Elredo Comunidad in the Diocese of Saltillo are constructed on a refinement of Hegelian and Marxist-Leninist theories and practices. Every action is first and foremost viewed through a political prism, not a religious one. Thus far, the group appears to have successfully concealed its ultimate goals from the general public. It has also managed to control the language of public discourse. It has secured financial, personnel and material aid from both from the Diocese of Saltillo and other public sources. And it has secured control of the mass media, including the liberal Catholic press both in Coahuila and the United States.
Bishop Vera López, by his words and his deeds has already “sanctified” - or at least appeared to sanctify (which is just as useful) - same-sex behavior and practices. Under his leadership, the group has been free to proselytize new homosexual recruits from the Catholic churches and community of Saltillo, as well as cull the Diocese’s Catholic population for non-homosexual fellow travelers and enlist volunteers to serve its interests.
Still hope for Mexico
While the homosexual cause has made significant gains in the political sphere in Mexico, especially in the State of Coahuila and in Mexico City, they have not had everything their own way. Many Mexican Prelates do not share Bishop Vera López’s enthusiasm for the “Gay Liberation Front,” although few if any have had the courage to oppose him publicly. There are also numerous grassroots pro-life and parental rights groups who have publicly opposed the homosexuals’ advances in civil society and in the Church, but with little success, since their strategy is generally a defensive one.
The Mexican people - hierarchy, religious and lay men together – need to think outside the box that the homosexuals have forced them into. They need a united and strong offensive strategy based on a firm supernatural foundation, a clear understanding of the goals and operations of the homosexual revolution, locally, nationally and internationally, and an offensive that gives this revolution no quarter.
The “Rights of the Behind Movement,” (a paraphrasing of the views of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in opposition to homosexuality and pederasty) represents a sick and diseased portion of the social body and needs to be driven back underground or eradicated entirely. (12) A Christianized and civilized society has no other choice.
Editor's Note: In September, 2011, Bishop Vera Lopez was called to the Vatican to answer questions about his views on homosexuality and abortion following revelations of his support for a homosexual organization that celebrates the “gay” lifestyle, as well as his leadership of two organizations that have advocated the legalization of abortion.
He met with various Vatican officials, including Cardinal Marc Ouelette, Prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, and William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. According to news releases, the outcome of the inquiry was a request that he clarify his posture regarding the Catholic rejection of homosexual marriage.
Lopez: No admonition for his homosexual ministries
However, in remarks made following his visit to Rome, the Bishop denied that he had been “admonished” by Church authorities, and characterized the meeting as a “dialog.” The Bishop plans to continue his pro-homosexual ministry, although the San Elgredo Community will be “restructured” to no longer be under the Diocese. (LifeSite News, September 13, 2011)
1. See http://rafto.no/publish_files/RaftoPrizeLaureate2010CVEnglish.pdf.
2. See http://www.jamesalison.co.uk/eng/texts.html.
4. See http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/catholic-groups-urge-mexican-bishop-to-end-homosexual-ministry/.
5. See http://catholicexchange.com/2008/07/14/113150/.
6. See excellent article by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman at http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive/ldn/2008/jul/08070909.
7. See Randy Engel, The Rite of Sodomy, 2006, NEP, Export, Penna., pp.494 – 496. Book available at www.newengelpublishing.com.
8. See http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/catholic-groups-urge-mexican-bishop-to-end-homosexual-ministry/.
9. See http://mexfiles.net/2007/04/05/many-mexicos-many-christs/.
10. In The Politics of Homosexualiy, Toby Marotta explains the origins of each of the words found in the slogan “Gay Liberation Front”: Simply by settling on a name, the radicals who met at Alternate U acknowledged that any persisting collectivity had to have an identity. Gay Liberation Front - each word in that name was selected with organizational as well as political considerations in mind. Unlike homosexual, the clinical term bestowed by heterosexuals and homophiles, the euphemism coined by cautious political forerunners, gay, which homosexuals called each other, was thought to be the word that would most appeal to homosexuals who were thirsting to be known as they knew themselves. Hence also liberation, intended to suggest freedom from constraint. Front implied a militant vanguard or coalition; it suggested that the GLF was the crest of a swelling wave destined to force people to recognize and respect the openly gay population (Engel, The Rite of Sodomy, p. 478).
11. Ibid., p. 477- 479.
12. Ibid., p. 280-281, n. 505.
Posted September 21, 2011
Randy Engel is director of US Coalition for Life and author of
The Rite of Sodomy – Homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church.
Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call US CL: 724-327-7379
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