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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Pope Canonizes Bay Area Saint Junipero Serra; Natives Protest

Posted By on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 3:15 PM

The original Mr. Mission, 18th-century Franciscan missionary Fr. Junipero Serra, was officially named a saint in the Catholic Church today.

Pope Francis, the first pope to hail from the Americas, canonized Serra — who is credited with starting the string of missions along the California coast, which in turn greatly influenced how the are developed — at a Mass in Washington, D.C.

A crowd of Serra supporters watched the papal ceremony on a big screen TV at the mission in Carmel, where his body is buried. A crowd of about 40 tribal people was there, too — to protest the canonization of Serra, who they view as a willing participant in the centuries-long genocide of the continent's pre-Columbian inhabitants. To saint him is an endorsement of colonialism, they say.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco has been strangely quiet about Serra's canonization, which is telling. So what does it mean to have a hometown Bay Area saint?

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

San Francisco's Original Holy Roller Hopes to Export His Passion to Africa

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 5:14 PM

  • Ungem Skating Club/Facebook

David Miles, Jr., is passionate about rollerskating. After moving to the Bay Area in 1979, he founded the California Outdoor Rollerskating Association and launched regular Sunday gatherings in Golden Gate Park. In 2013, he converted the former Sacred Heart Church on Fillmore and Fell into the Church of 8 Wheels, a rollerskating disco and “rolligious experience.” Now, he hopes to export his love of inline skating to Africa.

As NBC Bay Area reports, Miles has launched a Gofundme campaign to bring members of Nairobi, Kenya’s Ungem Skating Club to San Francisco. Miles already sent 25 pairs of skates to the African club to encourage their burgeoning roller scene, but for $7,000 he hopes to fly three members to SF in July so they can see for themselves a skate club in action.

“I truly believe that Victor and the Ungem Skate Club could be that force that brings the fun, inclusive and healthy aspects of skating to Nairobi, but they need to come to the source - San Francisco, Ca.,” Miles writes on his crowdfunding campaign page.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

SF Catholic Church Embraces 21st Century Values... For Fundraising

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 1:16 PM

Archbishop Cordileone
  • Archbishop Cordileone
San Francisco's Catholic Church may have its heart in the dark ages, but its head is firmly in the 21st Century. Under the leadership of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the church has alienated a significant portion of the Catholic community by continuing to condemn same sex marriage, homosexuality, assisted reproductive technology, and contraception. 

But the church is getting positively modern when it comes to collecting money, NBC News reports
The Archdiocese of San Francisco is partnering with Evergive, a service that starting on Friday will let Bay Area Catholics donate money, share prayers and more from their computers or smartphones. The Catholic Church has already embraced social media at the highest (well, nearly highest) levels. But this technology could help local churches, where money still is dropped into collection plates and announcements come in neatly folded newsletters.
It's almost like the church can adapt to changes in society, when it wants to. 

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Parents to Protest Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's Anti-Gay Handbook for Catholic High Schools

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 12:27 PM

click image Tonight might look something like this. - STEVE RHODES / FLICKR
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  • Tonight might look something like this.
San Francisco's Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has had enough with the gay, evil culture flourishing in this liberal bastion, which is why he's rolled out a very unwelcoming list of lifestyle suggestions for Bay Area teachers. 

And it's not going over well among parents whose kids are attending Catholic schools across the city. They've banded together with plans to protest Cordileone's narrow interpretations of Catholicism and his anti-gay proposals for faculty and staff.

Hundreds are expected to gather outside St. Mary's Cathedral tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Earlier this month, Cordileone condemned homosexuality and took a stance against "evil" contraception and reproductive technologies, asking teachers and staff at high schools to embrace these sentiments among others. Moreover, the language is written into a new school handbook and could be enforced by proposed changes to teachers' contracts.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

If the Catholic Church Kicks Homophobia Aside, S.F.'s Archbishop Will Be an Obstacle

Posted By on Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Just 18 months into his papacy, it’s apparent that Pope Francis is cut from a different purple-dyed cloth than his predecessors. He’s hinted several times about a shift in Church-thinking when it comes to LGBT Catholics (most famously, his “Who am I to judge?” remark).

Now, it seems as imminent as same-sex marriage in Florida.

Specifically, a committee picked by the pope said that priests should “recognize that there are positive aspects of civil unions and cohabitation” and that “gay people have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community.”

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hunky Jesus Resurrection Confirmed

Posted By on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 8:33 AM


Get your thorny crowns and Jesus robes ready. They city's most famous queer nuns have confirmed that the Hunky Jesus contest will see a second coming -- rain or no rain.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence outsmarted Mother Nature this time; the nuns are holding the April 19 event at the DNA Lounge from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. where hunky (and probably horny) Jesuses will pile on stage to compete for the most coveted (post) Easter title.

Make it a family event, as all ages are welcomed, which reminds us: The Sisters ask that you keep your Holy Grails tucked away behind a loin cloth that night, and please no Judas and Jesus fantasies inside the club.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence Swear to God There Will Be a Second Coming of Hunky Jesus

Posted By on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 8:30 AM

  • Hanna Quevado for SF Weekly

In an upsetting turn of events this Easter, the Sisterhood's annual Hunky Jesus contest was cancelled, thanks to a holy (and long overdue) downpour.

Easter in San Francisco includes a contest with stripped-down savior impersonators strutting their beards and robes in Dolores Park following the Easter egg hunt and bonnet contest hosted by the order of queer nuns.

But this year, the sisters say, the sky burst open immediately after the bonnet contest and soggy mayhem ensued. The Hunky Jesus hopefuls were forced to hide their abs under raincoats, and the revelers headed home to sleep off their Easter buzz.

See also:

Hunky Jesus Contest in Dolores Park

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to Perform a Trash Exorcism on Dolores Park for Easter

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence to Perform a Trash Exorcism on Dolores Park for Easter

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:55 AM

This doesn't exactly make you hungry for lunch now does it?
  • This doesn't exactly make you hungry for lunch now does it?

As you adults already know, Easter isn't just about chocolate bunnies, it's also about queer nuns.

Although the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence -- who formed their queer sisterhood on that sacred Sunday in 1979 -- are always devoted to helping the community (even if it means crashing conservatives' dinner parties), they're getting extra dirty this weekend with plans to clean up the popular, and thus, trashed Dolores Park in honor of Jesus' resurrection.

See Also: Photos of the Sisters Crashing Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Dinner in SF

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Michelle Shocked's Wikipedia Page Was Briefly Updated to Call Her a "Bigot"

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Michelle Shocked is not gay - SIGMUND/WIKIPEDIA

The alt-folk world is still dealing with its anger and confusion after learning that singer/songwriter Michelle Shocked was not only not gay but believed that "God hates fags" as she succinctly stated onstage at Yoshi's in San Francisco over the weekend.

Amid the canceled shows and PR nightmare, one of Shocked's fans-turned-critics quickly responded by kindly updating her Wikipedia profile to call her a closeted lesbian, among other things.

See Also: Here are the Best Michelle Shocked Anti-gay Tweets

Of course, God or someone came in and wiped her profile clean, but not before Village Voice got the screen grab of it for all of us to enjoy:

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Muni "Jihad" Ads on High-Visibility Bus Lines

Posted By on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Osama bin Bus...
  • Osama bin Bus...

Repeat business is usually a good sign, but Muni doesn't seem to be enjoying its second go-round as rolling billboards for the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

Readers may have noticed the Osama bin Bus motoring around the city this week and stridently pro-Israel ads on buses last year. Muni claims it must take these paid ads from anti-Muslim extremists or end up on the losing side of a First Amendment case -- as New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority did last year.

A source within Muni tells SF Weekly you can today enjoy the ads on the 16X, 31BX, 52, and 108 lines. The 16X and 31BX run along Market Street, and the 108 runs on the Bay Bridge. All of the buses emblazoned with the ads are running out of Muni's Woods yard.

See Also: "Islamophobic" Muni Ads are Back on Buses

"Defeat Jihad" Ads on Muni Buses

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