Sick and tragic. Protest required. I was hoping to have a somewhat relaxing day today but it’s all I can do to keep my breakfast down after seeing this.
Contact the Diocese:
Most Reverend Edward U. Kmiec
Diocese of Buffalo
795 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
**JOIN CATHOLICS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE POPE TO PROTEST THE JESUIT CANISIUS
COLLEGE HOSTING OF THE SECOND ANNUAL NATIONAL GAY,LESBIAN, BISEXUAL,TRANSGENDER
CONFERENCE. KEYNOTE SPEAKER WILL BE GAY ACTIVIST FR. JAMES SCHEXNAYDER. **
DATE SUNDAY JUNE 12
TIME 8;15 AM
PLACE; IN FRONT OF MONTANTE CULTURAL CENTER MAIN AND EASTWOOD STS. ON THE
Where’s the Dignity?
OAKLAND PRIEST ADVANCES HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA IN THE CHURCH
By Judith Martel
“We cannot allow the Religious Right to confine our sexuality to the bedroom,” Father James Schexnayder told the congregation at a Dignity Mass at Dolores Street Baptist Church immediately following the 1992 San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. “Our sexuality must burst forth from the bedroom and leaven all of
As director of the Diocese of Oakland’s Task Force for Outreach to Gay and Lesbian Communities and Their Families (operated out of Catholic Charities), Fr. Schexnayder has been putting his words into action in parishes and schools throughout the diocese. For the past few years, as founder and executive director of the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay
Ministries (NACDLGM), Fr. Schexnayder has been spreading his vision of Church-sanctioned homosexuality to other dioceses and other countries.
“Father Schexnayder is up to his ears in Dignity,” says one local activist who has followed Fr. Schexnayder for many years, referring to the pro-gay group Dignity, censured by the Vatican and banned from Church property because of its rejection of Church teaching on homosexuality.
As reported in the November, 1997 issue of the Faith, Alameda County real estate records reveal that Schexnayder owns an Oakland home with Mario Torrigino, Co-Chair of Dignity San Francisco until April of this year, when the group held elections. The two purchased the duplex in 1994.
Other documents connecting Schexnayder and Dignity include an October Dignity San Francisco events calendar, advertising that on October 19, 1996 Schexnayder conducted a retreat titled “Engaging Our Gifts: A Journey Toward Action.” He
also wrote an article in the December 1992/January 1993 edition of the Dignity SF newsletter, Bridges, discussing the “pastoral plan for our chapter.” (In a phone conversation with Fr. Schexnayder on November 26, he stated that the 1996
retreat was an Oakland diocesan event, and he is not responsible for Dignity announcing it in their newsletter. When asked about his article in the 1992 Dignity San Francisco newsletter, Schexnayder abruptly ended the call.)
The September, 1997 Long Beach NACDLGM conference illustrated unity of goals and beliefs between Dignity and Schexnayder’s group. The Dignity philosophy was
promoted by conference speakers. Dignity pamphlets and rainbow pins were distributed. Approximately a quarter of the attendees at the conference Mass wore their Dignity t-shirts as a sign of protest, but were nonetheless given Communion by Los Angeles’s Cardinal Roger Mahony. Father Ken Waibel of Richmond, Kentucky presented a workshop on “Gay and Lesbian Spirituality,” saying that “the only authentic spirituality is gay spirituality…Heterosexual men cannot fall in love with Jesus Christ because of their own homophobia. Jesus wants us
to be erotically in love with him.”