THE SERVANT GENERAL
ASSAULTS ON FAITH, FAMILY AND LIFE
PRO-GAY PARISH WELCOMES LGBT
Indeed all are welcome to our parishes, including sinners.
But our parishes must not celebrate homosexuality and
homosexual activism. A cross imposed on the rainbow
flag? Same-sex unions as sacred? The parish displaying
the rainbow flag on its social media pages? Allowing
an openly-gay person to run cathedral parish education
programs? All those are diabolical.
San Diego bishop praises pro-gay parish
as model for welcoming ‘LGBT worshippers’
SAN DIEGO, California, December 6, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)
– The director of the young adult ministry at
a parish San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy recently praised
for its "welcoming" attitude toward "LGBT
worshippers" is an openly gay man who works for
an organization that supports same-sex "marriage"
and women's ordination.
San Diego Union Tribune reported that McElroy
cited St. John the Evangelist in Hillcrest as an example
of a parish where "LGBT worshippers 'feel particularly
"That’s a very good thing," he said.
McElroy was commenting on the Diocese of San Diego's
recent synod on the family, after which he
encouraged priests to give Holy Communion to the divorced
and "remarried" and embrace "LGBT families."
John the Evangelist advertises on its Twitter page:
"In worship and in sacrament, our Catholic parish
is called to extend God's kingdom to young and old,
gay and straight, single, married or divorced."
Its rainbow Twitter profile photo reads, "All Are
On November 18, the parish Facebook page advertised
a "Modern Mass...where all people find a place
at the table!" Its advertisement for the Mass featured
a cross imposed on the rainbow flag, a universal symbol
of homosexual activism.
St. John the Evangelist bulletins list Aaron Bianco
as the young adult ministry leader.
Bianco's LinkedIn page lists him as a "Pastoral
Associate" with Call
to Action, a dissenting anti-Catholic group that opposes
the Church's teaching on homosexuality, marriage, and
the nature of the priesthood. In 2006, members of Call
to Action were excommunicate over their dissenting advocacy.
to Action's website features a "prayer for all
loving marriages" that reads, in part:
We thank You for all the different types of marriages
in our world:
young couples beginning a life together,
as well as couples celebrating decades of love,
re-married couples and those who found each other
later in life, couples whose marriages are recognized
by our state and our Church,
and same-sex couples
who are denied that recognition
but who continue to bravely model love and commitment
in the face of discrimination...
us support marriage and family in all of its diversity
and guide us as we speak out against oppression in
us toward the day when all loving unions will be seen
as sacred and
all couples will have the support and recognition
of their faith communities.
call to the priesthood should be celebrated regardless
of gender," Call to Action's website says on its
" Women and Girls Equality" page. "We
work in many different ways to restore the full participation
of women in the liturgy, pastoral life and leadership
of their communities...We support the ordination of
women with local actions, national media advocacy and
with our partners in the movement. Many of our members
attend liturgies led by women priests."
to Call to Action, Bianco began as a Program Outreach
Associate in 2015. In one blog post for the organization,
he describes attending a Dignity USA conference on behalf
of Call to Action. Dignity USA is a pro-gay group that
rejects the Catholic Church's teaching on human sexuality.
appears that McElroy is well aware of Bianco's gay advocacy.
In 2015, the Wall
Street Journal wrote that after
he became bishop, McElroy told Bianco that he could
continue running cathedral parish education programs
even though he is openly gay :
Shortly after his installation as the sixth bishop
of San Diego this spring, Robert McElroy was approached
by a church employee in the city’s downtown
Bianco, a 41-year-old openly gay man who had helped
run Catholic education programs for seven years, said
that before the bishop’s appointment, a parishioner
who knew of Mr. Bianco’s sexual orientation
had complained to the diocese, a traditionally conservative
one that once denied the owner of a gay nightclub
a Catholic funeral.
of losing his job, Mr. Bianco removed his name from
the weekly parish newsletter and brought someone in
to help him teach.
the new bishop assured Mr. Bianco that he wouldn’t
lose his job because he is gay. Bishop McElroy “let
me know that [being gay] should not hinder me from
participating fully in the life of the church,”
said Mr. Bianco, who has since taken another position
outside the church.
The Wall Street Journal article also noted
that in 2010, McElroy became an auxiliary bishop in
San Francisco, where he celebrated Mass at "a largely
gay parish in the city’s Castro district."
The Diocese of San Diego did not immediately respond
to LifeSiteNews's inquiries on whether the "welcoming"
nature of St. John's is in line with Catholic teaching
on homosexual feelings and actions (not people) being
intrinsically disordered, or whether the diocese finds
it appropriate for St.
John's to advertise the rainbow flag on its social media