During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lock-down, which caused the nationwide closing of churches and the cancellation of the Holy Mass, two separate Roman Catholic parishes, on different sides of the country, offered “queer” Stations of the Cross via social media. Most Holy Redeemer (MHR), located in the Castro District of San Francisco, and St. Paul the Apostle in New York City, both posted videos to YouTube during the Lenten season of 2020 that one parish described as: “a queer-version of The Stations of the Cross.” Both parishes have a long history of dissent and support pro-LGBT ministries.
According to the “introduction” for the Stations of the Cross from MHR:
“Jesus’ journey to Calvary and death symbolizes many of the same difficulties that we face at different times in our lives; especially as people of faith and as LGBTQ people.”
On the parish’s official YouTube channel are a series of videos – one for each “Station.” Normally, the Stations at MHR would take place (live) outside – around the Castro District (see image above, from MHR’s official Instagram account), stopping at various landmarks that are considered significant in LGBT history. Each Station is presented by a different parishioner from MHR; prominently featured is Mark Guevarra, a man in a same-sex relationship who formally served as a pastoral associate at a parish in the Archdiocese of Edmonton.
During Station #1 – the presenter claims that LGBT Catholics are “unjustly condemned” for “who we love.”
Station #3 takes place at the former home of LGBT-activist Harvey Milk; image above taken from this “Station.”
Station #5 takes place outside the Strut “health services” location in the Castro. Strut is a non-profit organization targeting the LGBT community; they provide information and serves which include PrEP, condoms, and lube. According to the MHR Stations: “…like Simon, people here offer their talents;” “…especially around…sexual health.”
Station #6 takes place in front of the Twin Peaks gay bar – according to the MHR Stations: Twin Peaks was one of the “first gay bars with windows, where, for the first time, LGBT people no longer hid their faces in shame.”
According to the presenter for Station #8 – “Here we salute women of our community…lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, transwomen, and gender-queer people who are devalued by both Church and society.”
MHR is overseen by a priest from the pro-LGBT religious order, The Missionaries of the Precious Blood.
The “Stations” from St. Paul the Apostle, presented by its LGBT ministry, Out at St. Paul, lacks any visual content and is an audio-only recitation of the “queer” Stations. Like MHR, the Stations are presented by various ministry members, including LGBT-activist Xorje Olivares.
Station #1 – “Let us now remember all those who, like Our Savior, have been unjustly condemned. The LGBT community often faces persecution for who we are and for who we love.“
Station #2 – “This suffering Our Savior faces calls to mind the heavy burdens LGBTQ youth carry. They fear judgment and persecution…but most heavy is the weight of accepting who they truly are and learning how to live their truth.”
Station #4 – “Coming out is a painful experience for many of our LGBT brothers and sisters. Parents and family members may not understand just as Mary and Jesus’ other family members might have had a difficult time understanding Jesus’ ministry and identities.”
Station #13 – “…the bond between Jesus and Mary is profound. We think of the bonds that unite LGBTQ families in life and in death. In spite of a world that heaps violence on LGBT people and same-sex relationships, this love persists in marriage and the bonds of family…LGBTQ love brings live…Preserve and bless LGBTQ marriages and families. Although they may face many difficulties, we know that the bond of queer love is stronger than death and overcomes all the abuse that society and the Church can conceive.”
In 2019, pro-LGBT Jesuit James Martin tweeted an image from a homoerotic series of paintings: “The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision.” Martin has repeatedly voiced his support for the LGBT ministries at both MHR and St. Paul the Apostle.
Here is a quote from one of the greatest saints ever regarding homosexuality. St. Catherine relays words of Our Lord, about the vice against nature, which contaminated part of the clergy in her time. Referrng to sacred ministers, He said: “They not only fail from resisting this frailty [ of fallen human nature]…but do even worse as they commit the cursed sin against nature. Like the blind and stupid having dimmed the light of the understanding, they do not recoginze the disease and misery in which they find themselves. For this not only causes Me nausea, but displeases even the demons themselves, whom these miserable creatures have chosen as their lords. For Me, this sin against nature is so abominable that , for it alone, five cities were submersed, by virtue of the jugdment of My Divine Justice, which could no longer bear them…It is disagreable to the demon, not because evil displeases them and they find pleasure in good, but because their nature is angelic and thus is repulsed upon seeing such an enormous sin being commited. It is true that it is the demons who hit the sinner with the poisoned arrow of lust, but when a man carries out such a sinful act, the demons leave.
St.Catherine of Siena, El diabolo, in Orbas de Santa Catarina de Siena
“We’ve had enough of exhortations to be silent. Cry out with a thousand tongues – I see the world is rotten because of silence.” – St. Catherine of Sienna
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Can you explain to God why you are allowing this?? You will be held accountable you know..
These are no longer Catholic parishes or even Catholic dioceses. These are Ape Church parishes and dioceses. The Catholic Church is to be found elsewhere. It is underground.
Indeed Arthur, this is the ANTI CHURCH in all of it’s satanic glory. These people put SATANISTS to shame for their mega perversion and total betrayal to the one true Church. At least Satanists don’t pretend to be Catholic.
It is beyond frustrating to look at this photo and see the people whom the entire church has let down entirely, practically pointing the way to hell and encouraging them to enter. The world says it is “love” to endorse lies to people who feel they are homosexual and not to help them find the way to a chaste life, some way to reconcile their lives with Christ in full. What they are doing here is a mockery of Christ as well as a mockery of their own lives, but of course they don’t see it that way. It is not possible to live anything but a deluded life immersed in homosexuality, no matter how happy the person, because it is contrary to God’s plan for us. There are many ways to find lives that serve what we want, not what God wants. This is one way, and perhaps the most serious because it leads people away from God, as it is recognized by any honest person this is a particularly egregious behavior. Even in this attempt at worship the emphasis is all wrong, centered on the homosexual behavior, not on Christ. It is so me-centered it is hard to imagine the participants can’t see it. It is not love to leave people in this situation. They deserve better. Our church, has entirely abandoned these people, but why not, the men of the church are immersed in it themselves. The blind cannot lead the blind. Both fall into a pit.
What, no mention of Mr. Martin?
It is aberrant, bordering on psychosis, for those supporting such nonsense to think that if they just gather enough supporters, their actions can be made legitimate. The Church has had members of note in the past but none have tried to proclaim themselves following a moral path. The most serious shame of it all is the clergy who either give tacit approval or remain silent in face of this tragedy.
Where are the bishops who are responsible for these parishes? Bishops are supposed to be shepherds of their diocese. In this day and age are you really going to tell me that the bishops knew nothing about these gross distortions of the Catholic faith? If any priest knew about these gross indecencies, before they happened, he needs to be suspended. If the bishops responsible for these priests and parishes don’t come out publicly condemn such actions then its time for people to petition the Congregation for Worship,in Rome. No one should share this filth with anyone.