Homosexual Activism in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
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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 truth.

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 I’d 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.

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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 seamless garment."

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.

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