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Re: “The Father of Proposition 8

wow. thanks for writing this story! I Too am a casualty of this cruel Bishop, as was the preceding Bishop, Allen Vigeron. I was the Cathedral 's Organist for 13 years(Almost 25 years in the Diocese) when I was abruptly expelled from the parish upon our moving into the new Cathedral.
Our old parish, St. Mary's/St Francis de Sales parish was a model community in the Bay area with outreach to homelessness, homeless Senior programs, as well as progressive/extraordinary good liturgies for years on years, since before Vatican ll.
The Diocese even borrowed the old Cathedral Bell to the San Francisco Gay band's 20 anniversary celebration at Yerba Buena Gardens, when at the same time the nasty haters(not all Catholics are haters however!) in San Francisco sued the city for giving the Sister's of Perpetual Indulgence a permit for their annual Easter Sunday spring fling in the Castro!
Our parish has felt the fallout of the change of Bishops', as MOST of us had been scattered to the winds.
But, the real cause of all this goes back to the death of Pope John Paul l, and the END of the reform movement of the Catholic church in 1978. There is reason to believe he was poisoned as he only served less than a month in the Vatican. You see he was even more progressive than his predecessors, even though legitimately elected. Had such a devious act been committed today, with the fast flow of information and news, Im quite sure the Vatican Curia would have not gotten away with it. Read the life of John Paul l for yourself! He was already pro-gay during his time as Bishop in the Northern Diocese of Italy. If fact, he solely convinced the Italian legislature to pass critical laws protecting the rights (and even encouraging) the rights of same sex couples to adopt children after World War ll. At that time,there we're scores of orphaned children of post war Europe.
gary sponholtz
Oakland Resident

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Posted by Gary on 08/14/2009 at 3:44 AM

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