Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Perpetually Juvenile
My latest SFGate column looks at San Francisco's Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, whose fixation on the Catholic church misses the mark in terms of the religion that constitutes a true threat to gay rights:
While the famously liberal city of San Francisco is known for its anti-military shenanigans, it's the anti-Christian and, in particular, anti-Catholic sentiment emanating from activist elements of the city's gay population that's been getting all the attention as of late. Most notably, it's been coming from the Fox News Channel, where "The O'Reilly Factor" host Bill O'Reilly, a practicing Catholic, is sick and tired of those who target his religion not only for ridicule, but outright hostility.Continue reading "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Perpetually Juvenile"
The latest instance of such sentiment originated with an all too familiar source: San Francisco's notorious Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The "sisters" are a group of gay men who dress up as nuns — of the drag-queen variety — in an attempt to parody Catholicism and, in a larger sense, Christianity, for what they perceive as its intolerance towards homosexuality. Their motto is "go forth and sin some more" and members have adopted satirical names such as "Sister Chastity Boner" and "Sister Constance Craving of the Holey Desire."
The sisters can be seen every year at the Gay Pride Parade, strutting their stuff and giving the press a taste of San Francisco outrageousness at its finest. And it's not unusual to see them out and about on any given afternoon in full regalia, never subtle about the object of their scorn. Indeed, I walked past one of the sisters standing outside a bar on Polk Street last weekend, joking loudly, with beer in hand, about going to "receive communion" later that day.
Receiving Holy Communion is exactly what two members of the group set out to achieve earlier this month. The sisters attended Mass at San Francisco's Most Holy Redeemer Parish on Oct. 7 and, in effect, forced Archbishop George H. Niederauer to deliver the Eucharist to them as his rather stunned congregation looked on.