That group's very name, by the way, shows prima facie that they are "obstinate public sinners": "Perpetual Indulgence." And if they are male, why do they call themselves "sisters?"
Naturally, leave it to the Chronicle to dig up a "theologian" to "justify" -- completely dishonestly, incidentally -- Abp. Niederauer's act:
"'The general sacramental principle is that you don't deny the sacrament to someone who requests it,' said the Rev. Jim Bretzke, professor of moral theology at University of San Francisco, a Jesuit Catholic university. 'The second principle is that you cannot give communion to someone who has been excommunicated.'
"He said such people are designated 'manifest public sinners' in canon law. 'This is someone who violates in a serious way one of the Ten Commandments or one of the important laws of the Church,' he said. 'While I can see Bill O'Reilly and others might be offended, the sisters do not meet the criteria the church has for denying Communion. Over-accessorizing and poor taste in makeup is not an excommunicable offense.'
"Bretzke added, 'Even if these people were bizarrely dressed, the archbishop was following clear pastoral and canonical principles in giving them Communion. The default is, you give Holy Communion to one who presents himself.'"
Notice Fr. Bretzke's dishonesty: He characterizes the offense as just a matter of dress, not even calling it by its right name -- the perversion of transvestism -- and not even admitting that that garb is a pro-sodomy public statement.
Would Fr. Bretzke call it just "over-accessorizing and poor taste" and "bizarrely dressed" if fully robed Klansmen presented themselves for Communion? Or would he be honest and admit that their garb reflected the state of their souls?
Clean up USF as well as the Archdiocese of San Francisco!
By the way, kudos to the courageous St. Joseph's Men's Society for filming the Mass and to the equally courageous qdomine.com for posting the video for all to see. Bishop Sheen said it is lay people who must clean up the Church.