Fallout in San Francisco

More reaction in San Francisco to Archbishop Niederauer’s communion of two “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence”–this time from the supporters of homosexuality. After negative reaction, Niederauer apologized. Folks at Commonweal blog are upset at the apology. The “Sisters” respond. A priest/theologian at University of San Francisco defends them, saying, “Over-accessorizing and poor taste in makeup is not an excommunicable offense.”

In the first article, one fellow opines, “It’s not about religion. It’s about the culture war.” Huh?

4 thoughts on “Fallout in San Francisco

  1. This controversy is so overblown! The Archbishop was right to distribute communion to the two “sisters” who came up to receive. Although strangely dressed, their behavior did not provide any reason for the Archbishop to refuse them communion. If there was a sin here, it was not the Archbishop’s.

    He should not have apologized later, either. That only adds fuel to the debate. Just my humble opinion.

  2. I originally addressed my remarks to the actions of the Archbishop. He did not know if these folks were making a mockery of the Eucharist. No more than he, or any minister, can know whether the heart of a supplicant is true. This would not be the first time that Eucharist was given to someone who did not “truly believe”.

    If the “sisters” were mocking the Church and its beliefs, then shame on them. As welcoming Christians, we and the archbishop cannot presume to know what is in someone’s heart.

  3. He’s well aware of who the Sisters are — he’s written and spoken against them on more than one occasion. They are a public organization of homosexual men who dress as campy nuns and are very vocal and very visible in San Francisco. This wasn’t just a case of folks in costume. For him to say he didn’t recognize them, or didn’t realize they were dressed in mocking attire strains credulity.

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