Catholic World News News Feature
Mock Nuns Hold Easter Party Despite Protests April 05, 1999
SAN FRANCISCO (CWNews.com) - A controversial pro-homosexual group, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, held a street party as planned on Easter Sunday, despite objections by the Catholic Church that the group's actions are an offense and blasphemy.
The Archdiocese of San Francisco had filed an objection with the city's Board of Supervisors after the board granted a permit to the group to hold a street party in the Castro District. The group of 30 mock nuns said they merely wanted to celebrate their 20th anniversary. "The message of Easter is one of resurrection," Tom Ammiano, president of the Board of Supervisors, told the crowd at the party. "I think that it's time in San Francisco that we resurrect that spirit of coexistence that has existed for the past 20 years."
"City government has gone out of its way to associate itself with this ridicule and blasphemy," Archbishop William Levada wrote Friday in Catholic San Francisco, a church newspaper. Some officials, including Mayor Willie Brown, then tried to rescind the permit, without success.