The Rainbow Sash Movement, a homosexual-rights group known for disrupting Masses across the world on Pentecost Sundays, says San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer’s failure to police activities at the notoriously ‘gay-friendly’ Most Holy Redeemer parish “should be applauded.”
In a Nov. 22 news release -- the same day California Catholic Daily published a story about the scheduled appearance of retired Episcopal Bishop Otis Charles at Most Holy Redeemer -- Rainbow Sash said it “wishes to congratulate the people and pastor” of the parish for inviting Bishop Charles, noting he had publicly announced his homosexuality and “had a blessed union service performed to bless his relationship with his lover in 2004.”
“The Rainbow Sash Movement is encouraged by Archbishop Niederauer’s lack of action on this matter, and believes he is taking a role in responding to the rampant homophobia that is alive and well in the Church,” said the news release.
The Rainbow Sash Movement is best known for disrupting Masses on Pentecost Sundays by having its members wear “gay colors” while presenting themselves for Communion. In 2004, Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, instructed priests of the archdiocese to refuse Communion to wearers of the rainbow sash. "The policy of the U.S. Conference of Bishops is to not give Communion to those wearing the Rainbow Sash," said the cardinal in his written instruction to archdiocesan priests.
A Jan. 15, 2005 letter written on his behalf by the secretary of Cardinal Francis Arinze, then prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, noted: "Rainbow Sash wearers are showing their opposition to Church teaching on a major issue of natural law and so disqualify themselves from being given Holy Communion."
In the meantime, Most Holy Redeemer continues giving reasons for the Rainbow Sash Movement to rejoice. According to the Nov. 27 Most Holy Redeemer parish bulletin, the scheduled speaker at its Dec. 14 Vespers will be Jane Spahr, another homosexual activist.
According to her biographical page at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Religious Archives Network, “The Rev. Dr. Jane Adams Spahr, Janie, as she prefers to be called, describes herself as a lesbian, feminist, Presbyterian minister committed to justice issues for the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community, pursuing connections for wholeness with other oppressed communities claiming their freedom.”
Other homosexual religious websites refer to Spahr as a “lesbyterian.”
In August of 2010, a regional court of the Presbyterian Church meeting in Napa “rebuked” Spahr for celebrating 16 same-sex “marriages.” The “marriages” took place in 2008, during the time when such things were legal in the state. The Christian Post reported: “In a 4-2 vote by the Redwood Presbytery Judicial Commission, the Rev. Jane Adams Spahr was found guilty of representing the ceremonies as marriages, persistently disobeying church law, and violating her ordination vows.”
Spahr had received a previous censure from the Presbyterian Church for performing two such “marriages” in 2004.