Openly gay Catholic deacon under review by San Francisco archdiocese

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone considers evidence of flagrant departure from Catholic teaching by Deacon Brian Bromberger

Deacon Brian Bromberger (image from

(Warning: Contains graphic descriptions and images) 

An openly “gay” ordained deacon in the Archdiocese of San Francisco is currently under “review” as Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone considers evidence demonstrating his flagrant departure from Catholic teaching. In June LifeSite provided evidence of Deacon Brian Bromberger’s explicit endorsement of homosexual behavior and public authorship of smutty material for a local “gay” newspaper to the Archdiocese.

Archdiocesan spokesman Mike Brown said in a recent interview “the Archbishop appreciates your bringing this matter to his attention,” but acknowledged, “We have been aware for some time of the deacon’s past public activities.” He stated that the Archbishop is concerned about the matter and that actions are being taken to “counsel” Bromberger and regulate his “public” activities. He nevertheless currently retains faculties to act as a deacon of the Catholic Church from the Archdiocese.

Regarding the possibility of suspending Bromberger, Brown said that it was his impression that “all possibilities are on the table.”

The evidence includes shockingly filthy interviews for the Bay Area Reporter, a publication that openly celebrates the vice of homosexual sodomy. For example, in his review of the “indie” film “D**k: The Documentary,” Bromberger approvingly describes a film that shows men fondling their exposed members while talking about their “relationships” with them. The review includes an image of a naked man standing with his crotch area blurred.

Other quotations from the review, which include discussions of homosexual child molestation, masturbation, and other perversities, are too obscene to include in this article, but readers may find the full text here.

In his review, titled “Looking for Mr. Gaybar,” of the book, “Intimacy Idiot,” Bromberger begins, “We know we are in for a hilarious time when in his Online Dating Profile that introduces Isaac Oliver’s new book, Oliver writes that his typical Friday night is ‘wine in mouth, d**k in hand, hope in heart.’ Intimacy Idiot is a debut collection on the trials and tribulations of a gay 20-something single man in New York City, ranging from Grindr hookups to amusing but disastrous dates.”

Bromberger has written many other approving reviews of homosexuality-promoting movies for the newspaper like “Smoldering Passions,” about the movie “Departure,” which concerns a teenage boy sexually attracted to another teenage boy, and “College Lovers,” about the movie “Akron,” which is about two male college students who enter into a homosexual relationship. In his review of the German film “Jonathan,” about a dying homosexual visited by his former partner, Bromberger approvingly tells the reader that “Some of the gut-wrenching scenes of the dying process will challenge the faint of heart, though a hospital deathbed sex episode is simultaneously romantic and harrowing.”

Bromberger has been writing for the Bay Area Reporter since at least 2014.

Bromberger’s gay workshop held at Height-Ashbury parish

Bromberger lead a workshop on Saturday, May 20, at the “Ignatian Spiritual Life Center” at St. Agnes parish in Haight-Ashbury, called “LGBTQ gifts for the Institutional Church.”

The workshop’s purpose was to “focus on what the Church can learn from the LGBTQ community so as to revitalize her own faith,” according to a St. Agnes parish bulletin. “As a way to better articulate how queer experience can be appropriated in faith, we will use contemplative prayer, especially centering prayer, as a way to build that bridge as well as offering LGBTQ people a model to understand the spiritual implications of the queer experience.”

According to Joseph Sciambra, who witnessed the “workshop,” Bromberger claimed that homosexuality is a God-given identity. Bromberger stated: “This is who God made us to be,” and “We are as God intended us to be.” He even associated the perverse sexual acts of homosexuals with the “love” of God, stating, “Our sexual relationships mirror our love for God and God’s love for us.”

Sciambra reports that Bromberger told the group the Church’s condemnation of homosexual behavior dates from the 11th century and denied that Romans 1:26 is applicable to homosexuals.

The deacon has been a regular participant in the annual “Gay Pride” march in San Francisco (click here to see a flyer advertising his act of leading parishioners at St. John of God parish in the march in 2011).

The Archdiocesan review plan

Brown told LifeSite that the archdiocese was aware, and had been aware for some time before being contacted by LifeSite, that Bromberger had been engaging in public activities that were a cause for concern. However, he offered no explanation as to why the archdiocese was still extending faculties to Bromberger.

The spokesman told LifeSite that Bromberger was now being counseled regarding his duties as a deacon and that all “public” activities undertaken by the deacon now must be approved by the archdiocese beforehand. However, he added that Bromberger’s writings for the Bay Area Reporter are not considered “public” because he does not write as a deacon, and therefore were not being reviewed by the archdiocese.

“The archbishop and the office of the permanent diaconate . . . have very recently formulated a review plan, which provides direction and guidance for Deacon Bromberger for any future public speaking or workshops et cetera that the deacon may propose. That’s a new action,” Brown told LifeSite.

“You mention his writings in the Bay Area Reporter. We have not been reviewing those,” Brown added. “He makes his living as a freelance writer. Now, of course, one would wish that he had a vehicle more suitable – he does not write as a deacon – however, this is just a distinction, one wishes he had a vehicle that was more suitable for him to earn his living from, but that is not the case. And so I am responding really more directly about any public role that he might have or might be taking and that was my comment from the review plan that I gave you a moment ago.”

Full story at LifeSiteNews.

Previous CalCatholic story about Deacon Brian Bromberger:

Gay deacon and the Jesuits offer Catholic LGBTQ workshop


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  1. One would hope better from the archdiocese than this strange bifurcation about the deacon’s writings at the Bay Area Reporter and their investigation of his workshops. The Lavender Mafia yet controls much in San Francisco.

    • Father, you are correct. In other dioceses, PRIESTS have been suspended for much less. The deacon is either a liar, or he says what he believes. If the latter, he has no business allowing him to present himself as a Catholic cleric.

      • TheVeiledThreat says:

        Perhaps his well funded attorneys have already been in touch.

        Although we would like to see the archdiocese do something about this man right now, they may have to watch their steps very very carefully. The Lavendar Mafia is well funded and probably itching for a precedent setting court case.

  2. The question in this case isn’t “if” he should be suspended but rather “when” he will be suspended. There’s no way to see his actions or words in a light that makes what he has done consonant with Catholic Faith nor defensible as a Catholic deacon.

  3. Michael McDermott says:

    “hospital deathbed sex episode” & “Homosexual Child Molestation”

    Has the Church learned so little from the terrible infiltration of the Priesthood by Homo-Anal Ephebophiles targeting Adolescent boys?

    Though relatively few; given the Protection & Transfers to unsuspecting Parishes by Culpable Leaders, their harm to All has been far far greater than their numbers.

  4. Fathers, keep your altar boys locked up!

  5. St. Christopher says:

    No, Excellency, Deacon Bromberger must be removed. You must do so publicly, use this as a teaching moment to show what the Church teaches about the incompatibility of being a homosexual and likely an active one, that is, a sodomite, and a member of the ordained clergy. All of this man’s attention will be directed to his sexual calling, not to his ordained state. Moreover, it was wrong to ordain him in the first place, per standards put in place by Pope Benedict XVI.

    Of course you will be reviled. But Christ has you covered, Excellency: “Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake:” Matt. 5:11.

  6. Linda Maria says:

    TOTAL FILTH!! Unthinkable! Irresponsible! And how does the Archbishop expect good, devout Catholics and their children, to trust the Catholic Church and her clergy– or send their kids to any Church programs, or give money to the Church?? A very dangerous menace, for both Catholics, and everyone else– especialy children!– in the community! When is all this irresponsible and dangerous “freedom” for immoral activities, by Catholic clergy, going to end?? When is our Church going to be RESPONSIBLE and TRUSTWOTHY?? And next– to see lawsuits due to evil clergy child sex molestation– with lives destroyed! — and Catholics are expected to foot the bill, for this irresponsibility and SATANIC FILTH??

  7. The responses from the archdiocese’s spokesman is ridiculous doublespeak. This homosexual activist should not have been ordained. He makes a living promoting the homosexual lifestyle?! What more does Archbp. Cordileone needs to know? It is his duty to end the scandal now. He must show some backbone and Catholics in San Francisco must demand action.

  8. I was struck by Dcn Bomberger’s focus at the workshop at St Agnes’s parish. His purpose was what the LGBTQ community could teach the Church instead of the way it really should be… what the LGBTQ community could learn from the church. The church wants the salvation of their souls. It seems all they want is to convince the church that sexual perversions are fine and good.

  9. Anonymous 2 says:

    St Agnes parish (SF, of course), St John of God parish, the “Deep Diocese”—the secret SF diocese apparatus dating back to “Abp. Quinn” that works night and day to undermine Abp. Cordileone—the usual suspects.

    We are only missing blasphemously-named Most Holy Redeemer. They must be preparing a viewing of Rocky Horror Picture Show for The Holidays.

  10. Anyone who claims to be a Roman Catholic must lives as a Roman Catholic! Our Lord Jesus the Christ was: “The word made flesh and dwelt among men.” The flesh of Jesus the Man- God lived every word He spoke, unto His Death and Resurrection! So must we who proclaim to be His followers and serving Him in the Church that He built upon Peter the Rock, so to give glory to God and for the salvation of souls by His Birth, Life, Passion-Death and His Resurrection for our Salvation ~ His only Focus! If anyone who cannot focusses with Jesus for his very own soul’s sake, that person does not belong to Jesus! “I am the Way, the Truth and The Life, Carry your cross and follow me!” Same Gender attraction is a Cross, not a weapon to beat on the…

  11. Things are getting worse and worse. Nothing from the Vatican, oh thats right, incidents of the same nature are happening there as well and nothing is said from Church leaders. The USCCB just completed another conference and why is this sort of crap not talked about. Sorry, but the Bishops are cowards.

  12. You are so right Joe~”Bishops are cowards.” Some of them are followers of this Prince of the Worldly pope! Not the Word of God! “If you love me keep my Commandments!” John 14:15

  13. Who are we to judge?

    • Oh Thomas, you probably doubt that God Himself judges. Do remember what He says about sodomites.

    • By saying “Who are we to judge?,” you, Thomas, has done exactly that — judging us.

      • Ivy League says:

        We CAN judge a person’s actions Thomas. Don’t doubt that Thomas!

        • Michael McDermott says:

          Not meaning to Pontificate – but my understanding is that the statement was to encourage those who are Moving in the Right Direction, if only via baby steps.
          Like someone who uses a sling to support a broken arm, it is not supposed to last forever, but rather aid in healing.
          Does that make any sense to anyone else out there?

          • The original statement by the Pope was about priests who had a homosexual orientation but lived chastely and sought the Lord.
            Of course, people spin things to their own advantage.

          • I did not mean you. Your interpretation is a good one and is compassionate.

          • It sure makes sense to me, Michael. You gave us all an analogy which which is right on target.

  14. Deacon Craig Anderson says:

    Continue to pray for the Archbishop as well as this deacon’s repentance and conversion (which we all need in some ways). At least something is happening. Of my brother deacons that I know, I can’t think of any of us who would expect to remain serving as deacons while advocating things contrary to the teachings of Christ and His Church. It’s absurd.

    • TheVeiledThreat says:

      Thank you Deacon, for advising us to pray. I have been praying for Archbishop Coedileone. I also pray for the homosexuals infesting the church to repent and amend their lives or get out. I believe in the power of prayer.

  15. Deacon Craig Anderson says:

    And, please remember to keep all deacons in your prayers. Things like this are most scandalous to the people of God as well as others outside of the Church. Also, pray that good men might respond to God’s call to the diaconate.

  16. The Deacon should join the Episcopalians.

  17. Ivy League says:

    Clear out the filfth. Isn’t that what Pope Emeritus Benedict said!

  18. I think the deacon is in having a stronghold of not guarding his heart. He has to make a choice whether to follow his heart or follow the lead of the church. Hope he can get back on track. The track that is morally upright.

  19. Michael McDermott says:

    Censured again
    The publication of a 45-page booklet defying Church teaching on marriage by a bogus ministry to homosexuals has prompted two leading bishops to reiterate an earlier pronouncement declaring the group has misappropriated the name ‘Catholic.’

    “In view of the recent booklet… by Francis DeBernardo (New Ways Ministry), we, as the respective chairmen of the USCCB Committee on Doctrine and the Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage, wish to… assure Catholics that in no manner is the position proposed by New Ways Ministry in conformity with Catholic teaching, and in no manner is this organization authorized to speak…

  20. Michael McDermott says:

    “Be yourself: Coming out as a homophobe.” Fighting back in an oppressive anti-family nation
    So-called ‘homophobia’ is illegal in the UK and can result in arrest

    Many of us here in the United States think that the oppressive and often fascist nature of the radical LGBT agenda is worse than anywhere. We see our children in public schools forcibly immersed in it with the threat of punishment or other retribution. People can easily lose their jobs or have their careers ruined if they don’t join in celebrating it. Business owners can lose their businesses if they don’t actively participate in it…

  21. Michael McDermott says:

    “Be yourself: Coming out as a homophobe.” Fighting back in an oppressive anti-family nation
    But it’s even worse in Britain So-called ‘homophobia’ is illegal in the UK and can result in arrest Earlier this year our MassResistance-UK chapter was formed at the request of several key pro-family activists across the country – to help them fight back!
    There is no First Amendment there. There are actually laws against being “homophobic” and uttering “anti-gay” speech. These laws cover a wide swath of society and can be…

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