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The Pope Strikes a Blow for San Francisco

mstrauss Wrote: Aug 01, 2012 8:23 PM
Homosexuals should not be called "normal". On the other hand, not all are sociopathic. I knew some of these from kindergarten through college. They became musicians (highly paid) dancers (highly paid) actors, and two priests, one Catholic, one Episcopal priest. They are sick, but many are kindly responsible, creative, well intentioned citizens. Fie on you for calling them all sociopaths. Homosexual marriage should not be considered because it is not right to "bless" a state of illness and say it should prosper. Better to pray for healing. If healing does not come, well then, the miserable situation continues, but God promises forgiveness and healing in the next life to those who seek him with all their hearts.

To find the heart of San Francisco, you need to head south of Market Street, not to the Castro District teeming with people who very publicly define themselves by the perverse acts in which they engage, but to the Mission District.

Here is where the most beautiful of American cities was founded -- not by 49ers, beatniks, hippies or homosexuals, but by devout and dedicated Spanish Franciscans who crossed half the world to bring their faith to a new land.

Mission Dolores is not just the heart of San Francisco, she symbolizes its soul. The Franciscans founded the mission...