See my letter below:
(See "Denial of Sin" previous post below-10-27-06)
Statement by the Archdiocese of San Francisco:
Permission to use Ellard Hall should not have been given to the group. The Archdiocese of San Francisco has directed the parish to end the arrangement immediately. For years the group has directed contempt and ridicule at Catholic faith and practices. The particular targets of the group's derision are women in religious communities, for whom Catholics, and many non-Catholics,have a special reverence and respect.
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2006 12:14 PM
To: Marta Ribbeck
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; Harry Schlitt; Stephen Meriwether; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Subject: >>> POSSIBLE SPAM <<< href="http://www.sfhustlers.com/events.html--" eudora="AUTOURL">http://www.sfhustlers.com/events.html--"Switch Hitters Ball".
Please speak with Rev. Stephen Meriwether-Chancellor of your archdiocese and Pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Church in regards to the sinful, scandalous, and deplorable event Revival Bingo scheduled for Nov. 2 on the MHR property-Ellard Hall. A group well-known locally, nationally, and internationally Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (SPI) is scheduled to use this property to hold a charity fund raiser this week and is currently scheduled for Dec. 7th. (they also used the property last month Sept.7) and apparently the Ellard Hall/Church property has been used before (6-21-2003) for another function http://www.sfhustlers.com/events.html--"Switch Hitters Ball".
I am so very scandalized by this behavior and ashamed that such deplorable and blasphemous actions would take place where the presence of OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST RESIDES--the Tabernacle-IN HIS TEMPLE! I plan to alert the Vatican, the USCCB, and others of this unseemly and scandalous behavior against the BODY OF CHRIST.
I ask that you please inform Fr. Meriwether to cease and desist this type of use of diocesan property and in fraternal charity/correction please advise him NOT to participate in the scandalous behavior recently demonstrated in a Gay Pride Parade held this past Spring (2006). He presents confusion not only to his "flock" but to the rest of the world in these pictures displayed on the MHR home web-pages: http://www.mhr.org/pride2006.html. I also beg that these images be removed from the public domain of the inter-net as they too present great scandal and offense to the Body of Christ-good Catholics and holy priests. This behavior also gives our priests great sorrow and anguish as they currently defend their vocations (Priesthood Sunday). I also request action to be demonstrated to the faithful that this scandalous behavior or any other scandalous behavior will not again occur in the future in your archdiocese. Please know that lay Catholics world-wide await and pray for an immediate response and correction to this situation.
Thank you for your time.
I can only hope and pray that these events will not continue to occur in this diocese or this country! GOD HAVE MERCY!