Robert McElroy’s San Diego Archdiocese to offer Mass for families of the LGBTQUEER community celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan

Robert McElroy’s San Diego Archdiocese to offer Mass for families of the LGBTQUEER community celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan

Gay activists call it “historic”

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Auxiliary Bishop Dolan (He’s a “spitting image” of Cardinal Dolan)

[Hat-tip to Canon212]

Joseph Sciambra
9/15/17

Honoring the 20th Anniversary of the 1997 USCCCP pastoral message “Always Our Children,” on October 7, 2017, Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan (pictured above) and Father Lucio Castillo of the Archdiocese of San Diego will celebrate a Mass for “families of the LGBT community” at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hillcrest (where Dolan previously served as Pastor). Laura Spencer-Martin, director of the Diocese’s Office for Family Life and Spirituality, said:

As a diocese we want to be with people, with everyone; especially when people have been hurt…I think he wants to send a message of love, compassion, listening and being with all the people.

According to City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez, a longtime national LGBTQUEER-rights activist based in San Diego:

This is a truly historic Mass…When you remember that this is the same diocese that 12 years ago refused to give a funeral to John McCusker and just five or six years ago did the same thing again to SRO’s owner, John Sanfilippo, but now this bishop is welcoming LGBTs and our families to celebrate Mass…There are still people in the church who don’t want us there. I think it’s courageous.

John McCusker and John Sanfilippo both owned local gay bars in the San Diego area. Following public criticism regarding the denial of a Catholic funeral for each man, in both cases, the Archdiocese reversed its earlier decision and they received a Catholic funeral.

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