I have received several E-mails informing me of the sale of my old desk and office chair, from my days at St. Paul’s Newman Center in Fresno, on E-bay. I just want to clarify that I am not selling these items, nor was I consulted/informed about the sale of these items. Furthermore, none of the proceeds from the sale of these items will go to me.
The ad on E-bay states that the proceeds will go to an unspecified charity. As far as I know, the desk and chair are the property of Saint Paul’s Newman Center in Fresno and, of course, ultimately of the Diocese of Fresno. If this were still the case then the sale of the desk and chair would have to be authorized by Deacon John Supino, the current administrator of St. Paul’s. In that case, I would deduce that the charity in question would be St. Paul’s; however, that information was not specifically stated in the E-bay ad.
All of this seems rather ironic, since the Diocese actively worked for the passage of Prop 8, which stripped same sex couples of marriage equality in California. The fact that they would now refer to the desk as the “historic Prop 8 desk of Father Geoff Farrow” seems disingenuous. I do not want someone to purchase these items under the mistaken belief that their funds will contribute to the ongoing struggle for full marriage equality.
I would suggest that anyone seriously interested in purchasing this desk/chair contact Deacon John Supino at St. Paul’s Newman Center in Fresno, CA. and ask him what the “charity” is which will benefit from the sale of these items.
I want to state again very clearly that I am not selling these items and that I in no way will personally profit from the sale of these items. I did not authorize this sale and I was not informed of the sale. Even though my personal financial situation is very difficult, in fact I am facing bankruptcy. I have tried very hard to avoid any commercial self-interest in my work to promote full marriage equality and LGBT rights.
View the auction here
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