Activism in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Most Holy Redeemer Staff
Most Holy Redeemer Parish Staff: Bishop Randolph Calvo
The atmosphere at MHR can
corrupt good priests and laypeople. We are all sinners. We
have no desire to attack any person, clerical or lay, for
the sake of attacking, but if we are to show the harm caused
by the embracing of homosexuality at MHR, we must tell the
Bishop Randy Calvo of
Reno, Nevada served at MHR during the tenure of Pastor
Anthony McGuire. One of the more shocking incidents from Fr.
Godfrey's book is this:
"One of the first
encounters I had was with Jim Stultz, President of the
parish council at the time. He came to me and said Id
like to interview you before you get to the parish . . . I
remember one thing he talked about. He criticized someone
who gave a homily at MHR bashing people for going to the gay
baths, and all that. He said that was uncalled for. My point
was, you can hardly expect me to teach what is contrary to
the church, and he said, oh no, absolutely not. But is there
not a lot more for us to talk about in the Gospel that is
useful for our lives? I said yes. Broaden the whole thing,
the focus in this parish does not have to be one thing. That
was an eye opener." -Fr. Randolph Calvo (now Bishop of
Reno, Nevada), quoted in Godfrey p48.
This is unconscionable.
The "one thing" that Fr. Calvo and Mr. Stultz were
talking about just happens to be promiscuous homosexual
behavior in the bathhouses of San Francisco at the height of
the AIDS epidemic. Every public health official in San
Francisco knew that the bathhouses were prime vectors in the
spread of the epidemic. If there has EVER been an
issue that demanded unambiguous leadership on the part of
the church, this was it. Instead, if Fr. Godfrey's reporting
is accurate, Fr. Calvo chose to treat this as just one issue
among others, part of what is sometimes referred to as "a
One cannot read the
chapter "Bearing Witness in the Hour of AIDS" in Fr.
Godfrey's book without tears. Our brother Mr. Stultz died of
AIDS. May he rest in the peace of Christ! But we can't just
call Mr. Stultz a victim and leave it at that. HIV is spread
by well-known behaviors. A person who knows this, and does
not speak out against those behaviors, and discourages
others from speaking out is not just a victim.