I happen to be from the Yay Area, though I live in Detroit Metro, and I can understand why the SFO Council did this, although I also think they deserve some flak for it. Remember, the didn’t actually condemn the RCC itself, but called it out on some of its teachings. The real problem they were likely trying to address was the behavior of many self-assured (ahem, smug) Catholics who really do behave this way.
I can’t even count how many times on this forum alone I have indeed seen Catholics being very insulting to all San Franciscans, even Californians in general. And that’s even more true regarding hateful, insensitive, defamatory and sheerly ignorant yammering about homosexuals (and bisexuals, women, various religions and races and pretty much everyone except straight, white Catholic males). And if this forum’s any litmus test, the SF Council may well have a point, even if they’re being less than subtle with it. If you don’t like it - don’t HELP them make it! Sheesh.
And a few here in this thread talking smack like secession, or even potential violence? Way to represent your faith, guys. :rolleyes:
I loved living there, and knew all sorts of people. I actually lived in Oakland (I was terribly poor and lived in the worst areas of Oakland, and that is saying something) but I got over to SF fairly often. Experiences with gay couples there were often wonderful. If I may wax anecdotal, once I was nearly fainting with hunger, trying to get to the BART station to get home, and a guy was walking up the stairs to his place. His partner opened the door to let him in, spotted me, and immediately said “Omigosh, look at that poor girl - I don’t even want to think about when she last had a meal!” And they both insisted I let them help me up the stairs, and sit while they put a blanket over me and fixed me a huge dinner which I couldn’t even get close to finishing.
I was overwhelmed by their generosity, and burst into tears when, as I was leaving, the first guy trotted up with a bag ‘in case I was hungry on the train’. When I did open it, there was also a pair of mittens and a wooly hat with a note - "I know I’m not so good at knitting, but hope these come in handy in winter - we used to live in Oakland too and those winds are something! "
This was hardly atypical of gay San Franciscans, or straight ones. And there’s a very strong, and yes liberal, Catholic community there too. Great city, and I happen to love the mercurial sense of humor, kindness and diversity it fosters!
Note: yes, I’m also carrying over some of the baggage from the “Catholics Should Boycott San Francisco” thread. Crimony, people…