The big dust up at Star of the Sea parish in San Francisco over Fr. Joseph Illo’s decision to recruit boys exclusively for service at the altar has gotten a great deal of attention over the last week. I’ll assume that most if not all of you are very familiar with the story.
I had intended to post on this early last week, but the attack on the blog (and a few other unforeseen interruptions) knocked my schedule way off course.
A kind reader (MJ), a convert to the Faith from Protestantism, alerted me to this situation about 10 days ago and let me know that Fr. Illo was his pastor in Modesto, CA before coming to San Francisco, and he was responsible for introducing him the traditional Mass.
Fr. Illo offers the Usus Antiquior both daily and weekly at Star of the Sea. That alone makes him an enemy of the Evil One.
Archibishop Cordileone, in addition to standing up for Fr. Illo, has long been on the LGBT activists’ radar (read: Satan’s radar) for his defense of Catholic teaching on homosexuality.
At this point, there’s not much that I can add to this story other than to state the obvious; Fr. Illo and Archbishop Cordileone are, and will continue to be, under attack. We need to keep both of them in prayer.
Perhaps you might stop right now and offer a fervent Ave Maria for their protection.
Michael Voris had this story as it came up, and even offered a ‘button’ for donations because some of the more ‘merciful’ parishioners threatened to walk and take their money with them. But thanks for bringing this forward here, Louie so we could comment freely.
Turned out to be a hollow threat made by people outside the parish. From subsequent stories coming out of this, most people are standing with Fr. Illo.
Archbishop Cardileone is brave. Wonder how he manages to struggle through the national bishops meetings! I remember Bishop Bruskeweitz (sp?) saying he would just keep his head down and his mouth shut – then go back to Lincoln and do what he knew was right.
Pray for new backbones for all! What a miracle that would be, eh?
“Archibishop Cordileone, in addition to standing up for Fr. Illo, has long been on the LGBT activists’ radar (read: Satan’s radar) for his defense of Catholic teaching on homosexuality.”
Not sure I would call the book, “Setting the Table”, a defense of Catholic teaching on homosexuality:
“Apparently none of the Ordinaries of the Diocese, including Bishop Cordileone who is reported by The Catholic Voice to have reviewed and edited the manuscript for Setting the Table, or the Holy See, seem to care a twit.”
A retired priest of the Diocese of Oakland Calif. notorious for his questionable views on Church teaching regarding homosexuality has written a new book to guide parishes seeking to be “safe, supportive and healing places” for those with same-sex attraction, apparently with the approval of Bishop Salvatore Cordileone.
The priest, Fr. James Schexnayder, and his book, SETTING THE TABLE: Preparing Catholic Parishes to Welcome Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and Their Families, were featured in a story in the Sept. 5 edition of the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Voice under the headline, “New book aids parishes in ministering to gays.”
“The book manuscript was read by Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, who made suggestions which Father Schexnayder followed,” the Catholic Voice reported.
” If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one your with”.
The hippies should remember that one. 🙂