Catholic Archbishop Cancels Invite To Gay-Friendly Ministers…
A church in the Castro section of San Fran, had to rescind speaking engagement invitations for a group of gay-friendly clergy after San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer (right) nixed the plan. “The archbishop felt the speakers were inappropriate for the season of Advent, which should be a time to reflect on the coming of Christ,” said archdiocese spokesperson George Wesolek, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Well if this douchebag Niederauer knew anything about Christ, he would know that Christ loved EVERYONE, hookers, criminals (the thief on the cross), the people that were unclean (did not keep all of the cleanliness laws and rituals), and people who were outcast (Samaritans, Gentiles, the poor, the sick, lepers, women, and the list goes on).
The disinvited ministers included retired Episcopal Bishop Otis Charles, retired Presbyterian Rev. Jane Spahr, who founded a group for gay Presbyterians, and Rev. Roland Stringfellow, a minister at Metropolitan Community Church.
What also bothered Stringfellow was the assumption that because he works with Berkeley’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry, he would give a rousing gay rights sermon that ignored the religious themes of the season of Advent.
Stringfellow, who was a grand marshal for the 2011 San Francisco Pride Parade, said he intended to speak on the theme of Christian love and how Christmas can be “incredibly hard” for gays and lesbians estranged from family and friends.”Most congregations invite speakers who can speak well to their community’s concerns,” he said. “We are all clergy within our own rites and denominations, and we were very disrespected by the idea that we can only give a talk that’s about gay rights.”
via No Room At The Inn? Catholic Archbishop Cancels Invite To Gay-Friendly Ministers / Queerty.