There Will Be No Gay Plays at This Catholic Church


It made zero sense when Corona Del Mar High School tried to put the kabosh on a student production of Rent. (Unsuccessfully, it turned out.) But head on over to San Francisco’s Most Holy Redeemer Church, where Catholic high school students wanted to put on a show of Be Still and Know, and it makes a little more sense that Archbishop George Niederaurer would say “Hellllll, no.”

Apparently, students from Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton were scheduled to perform “Be Still and Know” at the church, but at the last minute Niederaurer changed his mind and told them to “go home.” The play is an adaptation of The God Box, a novel by Alex Sanchez, about a a male Christian high school student who struggles to reconcile bibilical scripture with his burgeoning homosexuality when he befriends a new student who is openly gay.

Neideraurer, who actively supported the Yes on Prop 8 campaign, came to San Francisco from Salt Lake City and is rumored to have been instrumental in getting the Mormons involved in the issue. He’s the Archbishop who took heat from the Catholic community when he gave communion to two members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who were dressed in drag. His church “welcomes all people of good faith, regardless of their background, gender, race, social status, gender identity, or sexual orientation”, according to its website. [Examiner