Most Holy Redeemer, a Catholic parish in San Francisco, cancelled a talk by a priest who identifies as gay after outcry from the Catholic community over remarks he made about Jesus being gay, according to a story by LifeSite News.
The priest, Donal Godfrey, is an author of a book titled Gays and Grays about Most Holy Redeemer. He identifies as gay, and in his book, says “If God must become Asian or African, then God is also in some sense queer and at work in the queer community.” He states that if minority groups can see Jesus as being like them, so can the gay community.
He states that if minority groups can see Jesus as being like them, so can the gay community.
The parish, which is located in the Castro district of San Francisco, is known for its LGBT-friendly philosophy, and have openly praised Godfrey’s book.
Apparently, all this support of the LGBT community doesn’t sit well with many Catholics, who consider statements like Godfrey’s to be blasphemous.
While the cancellation shows willingness to succumb to pressure from critics, the parish recently scheduled a talk with Vincent Pizzuto, an openly gay Episcopal priest.
Most Holy Redeemer was established in 1900, and in the 1980’s formed an AIDS support group during a critical period of the AIDS epidemic.
Stated on their website, the parish is “inclusive Catholic community — embracing all people of good faith — Catholics as well as those people interested in learning about the Catholic experience — regardless of their background, gender, gender identity, race, social status or sexual orientation.”