the archbishop responds

By Diogenes (articles ) | Oct 11, 2007

LifeSite is in receipt of a statement from San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer explaining his having given communion to a pair of drag queens belonging to an anti-Catholic agit-prop group calling itself the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence:

At Most Holy Redeemer Church Oct. 7, I noticed no protest, no demonstration, no disruption of the Sunday Eucharist. The congregation was devout and the liturgy was celebrated with reverence. Toward the end of the Communion line two strangely dressed persons came to receive Communion. I did not see any mock religious garb. As I recall, one of them wore a large flowered hat or garland."

The congregation was devout.

I did not see any mock religious garb.

We all understand the situation better now, Archbishop. Thank you for your candor.

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  • Posted by: - Oct. 16, 2007 4:17 PM ET USA

    How does the archbishop explain the picture which shows him raising his right hand to bless the first gay protester who failed to place his hands to receive Communion and then take a Host to administer the sacrament?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2007 11:43 PM ET USA

    I'm sure Abp. Niederauer is telling the truth. He saw the same men (?) everybody else did. He just didn't see anything unusual about them.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 13, 2007 1:34 PM ET USA

    Mike: your Protestant brother needs help if he is bashing YOU over someone else's behavior. Defend your faith? If your faith is: "I believe in the Holy Catholic Church," and if the Church is Jesus Christ (Catechism 795), then you can refer your Protestant brother to Jesus for the best defense. Jesus knows whom he chooses and why. Meanwhile, I for one am getter clearer and clearer on the difference, in theory and practice, between the Catholic Church and Catholic churchmen, good or bad.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 12, 2007 11:38 AM ET USA

    Canon 401-2. May we pray that they Holy Father invoke this Canon upon Abp. Niederauer for the good of the abp. & for the good of the Church & people of God in San Francisco. And, let's pray for Cdl. Levada, that he might not wield his influence to keep his classmate in San Francisco. Rather, may he listen to the Holy Spirit & wield his influence to stop the severe damage being done to Jesus Christ's Church in his former diocese, & stop the "politics" & counsel his friend to retire, AMDG.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 12, 2007 11:20 AM ET USA

    I recently had a conversation with a Protestant brother. He bashes me over things like this! How can I defend my Faith with this type of thing going on at the level of archbishop? Scandal is the operative word. N hurts the Church in so many, many ways by his acts of "blindness."

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2007 10:36 PM ET USA

    Sometimes we just need to ask an either-or question when people do and say things that are totally morally incomprehensible--are you corrupt or are you incompetent? In either case, how can we trust you to lead any group of people?

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2007 10:03 PM ET USA

    There is a picture on the web at that shows the Bishop after this particular Mass watching one of the celebrants kissing a man on the lips. Sorry, this is definitely a duck.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2007 9:44 PM ET USA

    Not on the "inside" I cannot know the process for selecting bishops, but I know that there are over 260 dioceses in the US alone. The pope cannot "know" each candidate suggested. I imagine the process is similar to jobs where several candidates are recommended by a "selection committee". Perhaps a few interviews, but the top candidate(s) are then recommended to the person in charge of hiring/appointing. Don't blame the Pope for all of it. Pray for those making a nomination and the pope!!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2007 7:16 PM ET USA

    In Thomas Aquinas' commentary on the Book of John, he talks about people who meet Jesus who can't recognize him as the Messiah because their blindness is caused by their own sinfulness. Sin darkens the soul and obscures the light that is the Truth. Perhaps the Archbishop has said more than he really intended to.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2007 1:30 PM ET USA

    Talk about see no evil!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2007 12:23 PM ET USA

    This just doesn't happen out of charity unless his Excellency now has Alzheimer's or is retarded. It happens quite deliberately and then brings out a bit of a shufflling dance as an excuse. Archbishop Niederauer is an utter fraud! We cannot, however, blame the Holy father for the bad appointments that he has made. The Church is enormous, it's extremely complex, and it's filled with just as many dissemblers as it is saintly prospects for a mitre.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2007 12:20 PM ET USA

    Saint Ambrose shut the doors of Milan Cathedral in the face of the Emperor Theodosius and his Empress on Easter Sunday and refused them Communion because of an atrocity committed by imperial troops on a city. Until he repented, No Communion. "Autres temps...autres moeurs..."

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2007 11:56 AM ET USA

    He thought they were street mimes. Yeah, that's the ticket!

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2007 10:45 AM ET USA

    As Sgt. Schultz used to say on Hogans Heroes; "I see nothing; nothing at all". It's either selective amnesia or blindness to a deliberate mockery of the Eucharist by the 2 "NUNS".

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2007 9:57 AM ET USA

    Translation: I CHOSE TO BE BLIND. Blind to the fact the parish as a whole is working against God's plan for human sexuality, blind to the fact these two men are transvestites, blind to the fact these two men are known the world over (in virtue of the internet) as professional blasphemers.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2007 9:50 AM ET USA

    How a Prince of the Church can tell an out-and-out lie like that, and with a straight face, is beyond me. Some of the Holy Fathers appointments have been suspect, to say the least: Niedrauer, Levada, Wuerl. One wonders how truly dedicated he is to weeding out the marginal prelates and giving us good, solid, Catholic bishops.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2007 8:43 AM ET USA

    Perhaps the Archbishop was suffering from a retinal detachment at the time.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2007 8:25 AM ET USA

    Not that I'm letting N off the hook on this one because he knew his audience, but a dinner restaurant crowd is better dressed than the congregants of a large Sunday Mass in an average urban or suburban parish.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2007 8:23 AM ET USA

    The statement is belied by the fact that in the video, available on several blogs, that the archbishop is clearly seen conversing with the two weirdos. To my mind, he's either losing his mental faculties or being less than honest. And when the latter comes so reflexively, it makes you wonder. Also recall, this same prelate says he didn't know that Catholic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is pro-abortion.

  • Posted by: - Oct. 11, 2007 6:44 AM ET USA

    How sad, how very sad. Surely there must be some "competency" test for bishops; fail it and you are subject to reassignment.