Thank God for Courageous Bishops.
My bishop is His Excellency Jaime Soto, Diocese of Sacramento. I was alarmed to find an article on another blog regarding a “Homosexualist and leather retreat” to be held in the Diocese of Sacramento at Christ the King Passionist Center in Citrus Heights. The retreat is co-sponsored by the Dignity/Defenders SF, and scheduled to run from August 30 – September 2.
The retreat is described as follows:
The first two days of the retreat we will be with those attending from the Dignity chapter, followed by a third day that will emphasize integrating leather and spirituality. The retreat will be lead by a Catholic priest who works with Dignity.
According to the article:
The Defenders describe themselves as “a Catholic leather club,” and the About Us section of their webpage says “The Defenders/SF is a club for individuals who value and wish to celebrate both their Leather sexuality and their Christian spirituality.” The webpage of Dignity USA says “The Defenders believe that the leather experience can, when integrated and spiritually informed, actually produce a richer spirituality for us, and for the Church.”
I called the Bishop’s office, and inquired if this was true. The Bishop cancelled the retreat. It is not being held on Church property. I assume they’ve relocated to another venue.
Thank God for Bishop Soto. Pray for him.
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