just what San Francisco needs

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 13, 2006

The San Francisco Chronicle offers a podcast interview of the city's Archbishop-elect George Niederauer. The questions are asked by "Wyatt Buchanan, who covers gay and lesbian news for The Chronicle."

Right there is your first clue. The paper's natural choice to interview the incoming leader of the Catholic Church is the journalist who covers gay and lesbian affairs.

If you're expecting a confrontation, don't hold your breath.

Among other things, the archbishop-elect sings the familiar refrain that we must not blame the sex-abuse scandal on homosexuality, "because when we're talking about pedophilia, we're talking about a sickness, an illness, an aberration..."

According to the US bishops' statistics, two-thirds of the victims of priestly abuse were adolescent boys. Those incidents can't accurately be classified as pedophilia.

Still, we'll concede that pedophilia is a sickness, an aberration.

Whereas homosexuality...

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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Feb. 18, 2006 5:54 PM ET USA

    Watching "The World Over" on EWTN last night, Raymond reported on the Installation of the new Archbishop of S.F. He reported the archbp. as saying that the document on homosexuals in the priesthood would not mean any changes of policy in his seminary (or words to that effect) and when asked about his opinion of the film "Breakback Mountain," the archbp's reply was "Powerful!" He took the time to see this film? Can anyone tell me why the pope selected this man? A friend of Archbp. Leveda?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 17, 2006 8:06 AM ET USA

    Perhaps the huge number of people praying for this archbishop will help him see the light. Living in San Francisco is enough to turn many erstwhile liberals into raving orthodox conservatives as they see the consequences walking the streets and in draconian policies implemented in the schools and in city government of the gay culture. It's not a pretty sight and the depravity cries out for redemption. The new archbishop seems to have good will--maybe with prayer that will mean Christian witness

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Feb. 14, 2006 10:11 PM ET USA

    The only kind of bishop San Francisco needs is one who will forthrightly confront the gay culture there (40 miles north of here) with Catholic truth about sexuality. If Niederauer does that, he'll be a hero, and a saint. If he doesn't, he'll be... well, neither of those. He's 70 this year; at least if he's another disappointment, SF will have to suffer only another 5 years before it gets its next chance for the kind of Catholic leadership it needs.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 13, 2006 4:10 PM ET USA

    Another mediocre prelate offers his opinion tiptoeing through the tulips. I think of Jesus and all of the learned pharisees and scribes whom He could have selected as His disciples. But he chose, for His own reasons, twelve rough tough men, eleven of whom would become the outstanding core of the Church of Martyrs. Perhaps more of our bishops need the rough and worn hands of fishermen and not those prepared by manicurists.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 13, 2006 4:04 PM ET USA

    Yesterday, Catholic homosexual activists in SF presented a well-publicized forum entitled "Is it Ethical to be Catholic? Queer Perspectives" -- http://artsci.usfca.edu/servlet/EventItemeventID=652. Sponsored by Jesuit-run USF, it was held at "the" gay parish in SF, of which the Archdiocesan Chancellor is Pastor. Probably too "late" for the lame-duck Apostolic Administrator to stop it, and too "soon" for Archbishop-elect Niederauer to intervene since he will be installed... Wednesday.

  • Posted by: parochus - Feb. 13, 2006 1:51 PM ET USA

    Those with an attraction toward young men would seem to be the ones most likely to abuse young men, but obviously the good Abp knows better ...

  • Posted by: - Feb. 13, 2006 1:11 PM ET USA

    I expect a statement on latex allergies from the SF office any day now.

  • Posted by: Eleazar - Feb. 13, 2006 12:28 PM ET USA

    Leo, there is no snap judgement here...Bp. Niederauer's "gay-friendly" reputation is well established.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 13, 2006 10:47 AM ET USA

    It is too soon to make snap judgments about the Archbishop. I, for one, am willing to give him a chance to prove himself to be a defender of the Faith, and not a patsy for the homosexual lobby.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 13, 2006 10:40 AM ET USA

    I do hate to quibble..... but I thought the statistic was 79% of the victims were adolescent boys. But your point remains. I think the homosexual activists within the Cathlic Church in the USA get the message of his appointment loud and clear. Nothing to worry about guys - carry on. Status quo - don't pay any attention to those posturing documents and speeches - those are just to mollify the foolish old fashioned types. Something stinks here.