Friday, August 30, 2013

Sometimes the Good Guys Win: "Leather" Retreat Cancelled

Last night, my friend Christine Niles posted a link on Face Book to an article in California Catholic newspaper that described a retreat to be held at a diocesan-approved retreat center in the Diocese of Sacramento. The title of the article:

“Homosexualist and Leather Retreat in Diocese of Sacramento”

And I said to myself, “Huh?!?!”

Here are the opening paragraphs of the article:

From August 30 to September 2, Dignity San Francisco and the San Francisco chapter of the Defenders will sponsor a retreat at the Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center in Citrus Heights, California. The homepage of the Defenders website describes the retreat:

“Join us August 30 to September 2nd, 2013 (Labor Day weekend), for a joint retreat with Dignity/San Francisco at a retreat center near Sacramento. 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.”

The Defenders are an integral part of Dignity, and have been affiliated with the group since 1981. The webpage of Dignity SF’s webpage also publicizes the retreat, and says the retreat master will be Father Tom Bonacci. Father Bonacci has led a number of retreats for DignitySF.

There’s more…read the rest here, at your own risk. I actually was a bit scandalized just by the description of the group!

At any rate, I became a Catholic in the Diocese of Sacramento, and I still have friends there. In fact, my best friend ever lives there! And she does have a few contacts in the Chancery office and elsewhere. She is also a staunch and outspoken defender of the Faith, and when I shared the article with her, she “went ballistic” as they say.

And just a few hours later, she received word that the event had been cancelled! Thanks be to God!

Christine Niles actually called the bishop’s office to verify this, and was told that the bishop had only learned of the event yesterday, and that it had been cancelled.

Well…the reason the bishop learned about it is because Christine posted the link and a number of people emailed the bishop's office with their thoughts. The reason the bishop actually cancelled the event, I’m pretty sure, is because my friend took action. 

So…Christine posted the link; people emailed; I shared it with my friend; my friend informed key people in the Diocese of Sacramento; the event is cancelled.

Face Book is good for something after all!

Feel free to contact the bishop and thank him for taking action!


  1. WoW! Thank goodness for her action! Leather? Ya, let's work the relationship with our nubuck shoes.

    How about this upcoming retreat? Make your own drum for a small investment of $140!

  2. So, HSE...are you going?! LOL! My goodness, the things people fall for these days! It is really sad. People are obviously searching, and the answer is in their own backyard...albeit the powers-that-be seem to have been trying to bury the treasure in an undiclosed corner of the yard!

  3. Although this retreat center is not in my diocese, this is MY CHURCH they are trying to represent. I sent multiple emails to their diocese several years ago about YOGA and more anti-Christian gobbledygook classes offered there. My only response is that they were aware of the situation. Here is a another example of classes they have offered in the past:

    Reclaim Your Intuition

    Jean Kasparbauer, FSPA
    Investment: $65 includes lunch.

    For anyone interested in accessing intuition for self–care and personal growth. No background required. Experienced are also welcome. This experiential and interactive workshop will explore past experiences where intuition may have been functioning.
    - You will be taught a five–step method so you can access your own intuitive information
    - You will have an opportunity to practice specific skills for enhancing your own intuition
    - You will discover ways to remove blocks that inhibit fuller exercise of intuition in your daily living
    - You will learn about the potential you have to read your own psychic energy, including a brief reference to auras and the chakra system
    - You will leave with suggestions for fostering your intuition at home
    Jean Kasparbauer, FSPA is a spiritual director. She received her training through the Franciscan Spirituality Center, La Crosse, WI. Her education includes masters degrees in chemistry and in pastoral counseling. She spent 25 years as a pastoral minister in Catholic parishes [now this is very scarey!] and is now a practitioner of Intuitive Soulwork.

  4. How can a priest could be there? And how that event could ever be planned, in the first place?
    These times are far beyond strange. Im shocked. As a friend says, we should pray with impertinence.
    Have a nice labour weekend!



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