[Update: On March 13, 2021, Fr. Thomas P. Bonacci will speak at MHR via Zoom.]
On October 7, 2017, Fr. Thomas P. Bonacci, CP will speak at Most Holy Redeemer (MHR) Parish in the Archdiocese of San Francisco; MHR has a long-standing reputation as the “gayest” Catholic parish in the US. The topic of Bonacci’s talk will be the Samaritan Woman from the Gospels entitled “Jesus Had to Pass Through Samaria.” Bonacci is not a stranger to MHR, since at least 2009 when he participated in a series of interfaith Lenten services.
Also in 2009, Bonacci gave an address at the Dignity National Convention when it was held in San Francisco; Dignity is a dissident Catholic pro-gay marriage organization which advocates for radical changes in Church teaching regarding homosexual activity. Following the 2015 Obergefell decision, Dignity released the following statement:
DignityUSA, the organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, cheered today’s Supreme Court’s sweeping decision that strikes down state bans on same-sex marriage, and makes marriage equality the law of the land throughout the U.S.
Dignity calls gay sexuality: “the holy gift of God. The overwhelming majority of us are able to say we are both sexually active and comfortable in our relationship with Christ. Being sexually active enables us to be more at ease with ourselves, more fulfilled in our relationships, more productive in our work and service. The Spirit is evident in a warmer and more peaceful prayer life.”
The topic of Bonacci’s 2009 talk was “The Gender Transcendence of Jesus: Reflections on John’s Gospel;” according to a participant at the Convention who attended his address: “He had a lot to say about the Samaritan woman at the well who used the Revelation from Jesus to bring her entire community to Christ.” According to another description of Bonacci’s talk:
Participants will explore the Dialogue with the Woman from Samaria, the Washing of the Feet, the motherhood of Jesus, the Crucifixion, and finally the Resurrection, as texts by which Jesus assumes various gender realities only to transcend any particular gender expression. Jesus, in this scheme, became truly “human” and not simply “male.”
Also, from a Dignity newsletter article:
Very poignantly Fr. Thomas said: “And the Word of God came to Harvey Milk.” Bonacci would also echo John McNeil by saying: “No matter how distinct we are from one another, no one has the right to prevent another from discovering and living out our own uniqueness.”
In 2013, Bonacci was to serve as a “retreat master” at a “leather and spirituality” retreat for a group called the “Defenders of Dignity.” According to their web-site, the Defenders: “take a stand for the sacredness of our leather sexuality and explores practical ways of integrating sexuality and spirituality.” The Defenders promote a form of sexuality which incorporates practices from both the leather and gay BDSM subcultures:
What we notice about our sexual experience as leather people is that much of what turns us on sexually has to do with such things as power exchange (dominance/submission); trust in s/m scenes where we feel the power of vulnerability and even fear, whether our own or the placing of another’s in our hands; and the intimacy of intense physical bonding which carries deeper meaning beyond the outward act itself. Words we use in the leather community, such as “honor” and “respect” reflect that as well.
After numerous Catholics publicly voiced their concerns over the “retreat,” the event was eventually cancelled.
A former vice-president of the Parish Council at MHR was BDSM authority and practioner Patrick Mulcahey.
Bonacci currently serves as the executive director of The Interfaith Peace Project. According to the group:
“We aim to shift the distorted moral narrative often promoted by religious extremists in the nation from issues like prayer in school, abortion, and gun rights to one that is concerned with how our society treats the poor, those on the margins, the least of these, women, LGBTQIA folks, workers, immigrants, the disabled and the sick…”
Also featured as speakers at the 2009 Dignity National Convention were fellow Jesuits John J. McNeill and Donal Godfrey. At the Convention, McNeill offered his notorious “Sex As God Intended” speech, which included the following statements:
…better sex occurs when two wounded humans reach out to each other to share mutual sexual pleasure in a ‘one night stand’. I always liked the joke I heard many years ago about an aging queen in the bowery who went into a bar with a parakeet on his shoulder. Standing at the end of the bar he announced in a loud voice, “I will go to bed with anyone who guesses the weight of my parakeet!” one drunk looked up and guessed two hundred pounds. “Close enough!” responded the queen. What is happening here. Two psychically badly damaged human beings will share a moment of mutual sexual pleasure. That is all they are capable of and that is good, even better, sex. Even better still is the relation of two “Sex buddies” that meet regularly for sexual fulfillment in the context of mutual friendship
John was the one who had the position of honor at Jesus’ right at the last supper, and leaned his head on Jesus’ chest. John was the one who stood at the foot of the cross with the women when all the other men fled in fear. And it was to John’s care that Jesus committed his mother: seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, “Woman, this is your son.” and then to the disciple he said, “This is your mother!” and from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (john 19:26-27). Again, it is john who is the first after the women to see the empty tomb and believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. Any one of you who have a gay sensibility will be keenly aware of the special nature of the relationship of love that reunites Jesus and John.
The words used in the Greek original of these texts for the centurion’s servant areentimos and pais. These words could be translated as “My beloved boy” and would have clearly indicated to Jesus that he was dealing with two men in a loving homosexual relationship. Jesus expressed astonishment at the faith of the centurion and obviously moved by his love for his “Beloved boy”, heals the young man…
…Here we have the most direct encounter of Jesus with someday who would today be pronounced “Gay” and Jesus’ reaction was acceptance of the person without judgment and even eagerness to be of assistance to restore the “Pais” to health, and by implication to fully restore the loving relationship of the two, making possible the renewal of any sexual activity which they would have enjoyed together prior to the illness.
Rev. Bonacci’s lecture was interspersed with many quips to help him make a point. For example, he joked about the disciple “whom Jesus loved” in John 13:22 by saying “Perfect love doesn’t love anybody” (meaning perfect love loves everybody).
During a June 19, 2017 address at St. Cecelia Parish in Boston, another Jesuit, James Martin said:
The word that is used, I think its paideia or another Greek word;, makes some Scripture scholars believe that – that servant was actually the centurion’s lover. Now, I don’t know, because I’m not a Scripture scholar but several reputable people have said that…
James Martin spoke at MHR via Skype on June 22, 2017.
[Update: From June 9 – August 4, 2018, Bonacci was again allowed to speak at MHR.]
Apalling, disgusting, disturbing, tragic, heretical, and because of their positions, could be considered downright criminal. These men need to be removed from their pastoral duties. I pray for Martin every day, Bonacci sounds even worse. So sad and so appalling, all the way around.
These things are happening in almost every Western nation. The church leaders are tainted and they lead God-fearing Christians straight to hell by preaching the exact opposite in God’s temples.
Every time they spew out their filth in public – like for example nominating a transgender 15-year old boy as the “Christian” of the year for his ‘bravery’ – Finnish Christians get outraged and there is again a huge wave of Christians, who resign from the church. As if a 15-year old boy would even know his sexual orientation, let alone have the church hail him for the ‘right’ decision he has made…. and there is nothing Christians can do about it, except leave the church an stop paying taxes to the church.
Finland’s Christian Lutheran Church has lost an immense amount of money due to the lack of taxes. This has been going on for years already, a steady but big exit from the church. Not because Finns are atheists, but because they are deeply Christian.
We have God’s pure church in our hearts, which strenghtens our faith in God.
These new ‘gayish’ church leaders talk a lot about the body and the spirit, yet they leave out the most important thing; The Soul.
Finns talk about Jesus on bus stops, in grocery stores etc. where two strangers meet. It is amazing how we have the need to talk about Jesus to complete strangers and it is also very spiritual. Two minutes with a complete stranger gives more than a lifetime in the church. Especially when the church is turning into more and more soulless. Souls need to be fed with spiritual teachings and guidelines regarding the soul, not the body and spirit.
Could that be one reason why gay people are unhappy beneath their surface? The suffocation of a human being’s soul, so that the depraved sexuality can be ‘morally justified’?
My celibacy started after seeing a very disturbing dream: lots of bodies in an orgy, it was flesh mating with flesh, nothing more. Without the souls connecting it is just that, flesh and nothing more. I also understood why people get addicted to soulless pornsex – it never satisfies the body, the more sex, the more one’s body yearns for it. A vicious and never ending downward spiral.
Soon after the dream my body didn’t ‘respond’ to sex in any forms. First it kind of ‘tingled’ down ‘there’, but after choosing again and again to only make love, not sex, the body didn’t even feel the ‘tingling’. Instead the sexual energy rose to the heart and I started to feel platonic love for people. The soulless sexuality was no more hindering the natural flow to the heart. I was told in dreams that sexual energy is not against God, that it is natural and meant to rise to the heart. When the natural flow is hinderede, it spreads to all kinds of negative sexual forms.
So I let it flow and tingle, until one day the tingling stopped.
And I had a dream, which confused me for a long time, not knowing if it was evil or not. White light cleansed my genital area, after which a a Bible was inserted – in the genital area – and it felt like the greatest orgasm one can have, which of course made me think that it was evil and unholy. But it wasn’t, as time would tell. It cleared the way for sexual energy to rise and transform into platonic love. After that I never felt any sexual lust, there was no tingle and I didn’t have ay sexual dreams; which meant that it was not suffocated. Sorry for the long rant.
Thank you for sharing and disseminating the truth about what is going on. My first reaction was naturally negative. But then I thought about it some more. Perhaps there is proof of the disordered nature of this sin in the absurdity of the arguments, and proof of the truth of God in their desire to “legitimize” and “integrate” their sinful practices with Christ’s teachings. I don’t know if that makes sense…but what it reminds me of in a way is how satanist steal the Eucharist, but only the real Catholic Eucharist. It is an evil deed, but in it is simultaneously proof of the truth of Christ.