San Francisco Church Members Attend Mass Dressed in Black to Protest Controversial Pamphlet - NBC Bay Area

San Francisco Church Members Attend Mass Dressed in Black to Protest Controversial Pamphlet

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    An exterior shot of the Star of the Sea church before Sunday mass in San Francisco.

    Some members of a San Francisco church attended Sunday's mass in black clothing, protesting a controversial pamphlet given to kids as young as 7 years old.

    Parents and alumni at Star of the Sea church are upset the pamphlet touches on topics like masturbation and mercy killings.

    During the service, a few members dropped notes of opposition instead of money into the collection basket.

    The notes are directed at the Rev. Joseph Illo, who was behind the literature.

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    "Again, it was without the permission of the parents, and I find it to be abhorrent," said Marie Conroy-Salbi, a graduate of the Star of the Sea Academy.

    Illo is also behind the decision to ban altar girls at the church.

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