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California Officials Urge SF Archbishop to Reconsider Joining NOM Hate March

A group of San Francisco and California officials have signed a letter to San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, urging him to reconsider his participation in NOM's 'March for Marriage' on June 19 in Washington D.C., according to a press release from the National Center for Lesbian Rights:

CordileoneLt. Governor Gavin Newsom, State Senator Mark Leno, State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros, and Supervisors David Campos and Scott Wiener are among the more than 70 leaders and organizations calling on Archbishop Cordileone to reconsider his participation in the National Organization for Marriage's march and rally and, instead, "join us in seeking to promote reconciliation rather than division and hatred."

"We respect freedom of religion and understand that you oppose civil marriage for same-sex couples," write the diverse group of signers, which includes the Episcopal Bishops of California and Wisconsin, the Very Rev. Dr. Brian Baker, Dean of the Cathedral at Sacramento's Trinity Cathedral; Rev. Will McGarvey, Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa and Community Presbyterian Church; Rev. Dennis W. Wiley, pastor of the Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ; Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto Sr., Pastor of Glide Memorial UMC; and Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor Tikkun Magazine. "Many people of faith who have different opinions on the question of civil marriage for same-sex couples have come together in respectful dialogue and discernment to discuss those differences. Sadly, the actions of NOM and its invited speakers push us farther apart rather than bringing us together."

The signers point to NOM's "long and well-documented history of publishing material that connects homosexuality with pedophilia and incest and falsely suggests that gays and lesbians are trying to 'inculcate children.'" The Family Research Council, which is co-sponsoring the event, has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The letter points out that the actions of NOM and several of the invited speakers contradict the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "which states that lesbian and gay people 'must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.'"

The letter comes as Catholic bishops are being urged to expand their priorities, with Pope Francis slated to convene a meeting of senior clerics this fall to reexamine issues such as same-sex marriage. A recent poll by Public Religion Research Institute found that 57 percent of Catholics favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

There is also a petition asking Cordileone not to go.

Among those participating are Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee.

Cordileone, as you may recall, was a central strategist in the campaign to pass Proposition 8, and has more recently said that understanding gays "tenderizes us."

Read the letter, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The first thing I think when I see that picture is "you go girl".

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Jun 11, 2014 8:20:23 AM

  2. Moral suasion in light of the Archbishop of St. Louis's recent remarks about child rape seems hardly willing to move this drunk-driving priest away from his unnatural allies.

    Look at the list of signatories; not easy to match it against NOM's membership and brain trust. Alas.

    I leave it to Francis to call this guy and the Archbishop of St. Louis back to Rome for consultations - and the equivalent of defrocking for St. Louis.

    Posted by: John M. | Jun 11, 2014 9:11:16 AM

  3. Aren't these bishops going to hell for defying the pope?

    Posted by: tim S | Jun 11, 2014 9:18:24 AM

  4. The Archbishop is not going because it conflicts with a White Party already scheduled for that evening.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 11, 2014 9:25:04 AM

  5. It's bad form for state officials to attempt to influence who marches in what parade. They really have "no say" in the matter. The parishioners, on the other hand, do have a right to complain.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 11, 2014 9:29:18 AM

  6. What? He didn't get the memo from the Vatican?

    Posted by: Rad | Jun 11, 2014 9:35:53 AM

  7. Anon, they are only doing it because they were pressured by the LGBTQ brigade; which is all about huff and puff most of the time.

    They have no right to write this letter, plus it makes them look bad politically.

    Let him go. It's his choice.

    Posted by: Rowan | Jun 11, 2014 9:38:58 AM

  8. Fine little Christian bigot. Hope Pope Francis fires his homophobic ass.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 11, 2014 10:04:40 AM

  9. Why are they even wasting their time writing to the dude?

    Posted by: JamesTroia | Jun 11, 2014 10:07:22 AM

  10. Rowan/ANOM/Rick:
    Don't be ridiculous. State officials are perfectly within their rights to cosign this letter. If it is seen as a "pressure" on the Bishop, so be it.
    Religious groups pressure politicians all the time. In 1862, the Chicago Committee of United Religious Denominations sent a letter to Lincoln, pressuring him on the question of emancipation. Most recently, the Baltimore Archbishop sent a letter to the governor of Maryland to pressure him on the question of "homosexual marriage".
    All is fair game. If that hurts your feeling, just don't vote for them. It is just that simple.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 11, 2014 10:14:10 AM

  11. I understand their desire to be on record for their constituencies but they do understand that NOM is a front for the Katholic Khurch Kulture itself, yes?

    And that this clown had a lot to do with Prop 8 happening in the first place??

    That ANYONE continues to walk through the doors of this "church" is beyond my understanding... especially in SFO, but Most Holy Redeemer in the Castro has plenty of gays believing somehow it's different for them. Fools, all of them.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | Jun 11, 2014 10:28:49 AM

  12. Archbishop Sally will be right at home with the haters.

    As will Ted Haggard, Eddie Long, and George Rekker--wink wink....

    Posted by: cminca | Jun 11, 2014 10:48:52 AM

  13. Didn't know that Francis going to convene a council on issues of gay marriage and other matters. Assuming the brigade of homophobic American bishops and other homophobic bishops around the world are going to attend, one can't be too optimistic about the outcome.
    At least it is a step in the right direction.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 11, 2014 10:52:13 AM

  14. I just hope the Bishop doesn't have a hangover when she reads this letter.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jun 11, 2014 11:44:20 AM

  15. Since the archbishop is the godfather to one of Brian Brown's son's and probably sleeps with Brian Brown I doubt he will be swayed by the logic of this letter since he's already invested in NOM's agenda.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jun 11, 2014 1:27:44 PM

  16. The Catholic Church hasn't really changed and Pope Francis is not our "friend". Wake up.

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Jun 11, 2014 1:31:25 PM

  17. "We respect freedom of religion and understand that you oppose civil marriage "

    Why do they keep kissing the feet of these jerks?

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 11, 2014 1:55:57 PM

  18. I wonder if he'll bring the young man (who he was in the Southern California car accident with, and who seems to have disappeared immediately afterwards) to the rally? Perhaps he needs some help handling his baggage.

    Posted by: NoCaDrummer | Jun 11, 2014 3:12:38 PM

  19. @simon : Harry Truman expressed a similar opinion more bluntly: "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

    If Cordileone goes to NOM's march, he will not only be in the kitchen but will be in the oven - the idea of a representative of a religious organization with a child-abuse problem getting into bed with a group of liars who falsely accuse gays of "recruiting" under-aged boys is the sort of hypocrisy that should get Cordileone figuratively crucified.

    He should read his Bible and note that the people Jesus (whether you think he was a real person or a fictional charater) had the least patience for were religious hypocrites.

    My prediction: with one exception, if he goes to NOM's event he will find himself in a firestorm in the "blogosphere" with one over-the-top post after another from people who, unlike politicians, don't have to worry about offending someone.

    The one exception: if he does to NOM's event and plainly states that demonizing gays or any other group as a tactic is reprehensible and has been a contributing cause to some of the worst events in human history.

    Of course, if he starts to do that, it wouldn't be surprising if there was an unanticipated hardware problem with the microphone or amplifier.

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 11, 2014 6:09:41 PM

  20. too bad when he was driving around drunk he didn't drive into san francisco bay and drown

    Posted by: walter | Jun 11, 2014 6:11:52 PM

  21. @walter : that would be quite a trick given that his DUI arrest was in San Diego (he was visiting someone there).

    Posted by: Bill | Jun 12, 2014 2:47:19 AM

  22. The bishop needs to be very careful of involvement with "political" organizations like NOM. The Church could lose its Tax Exemption.

    If the Church gave any substantial amount of money to NOM, that would be a violation.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 12, 2014 5:46:47 AM

  23. "It's bad form for state officials to attempt to influence who marches in what parade. They really have "no say" in the matter. The parishioners, on the other hand, do have a right to complain", I will point out that parishioners also are without power in the Catholic church save for stopping donations, the hierarchy does what it wants with no regard for the thoughts of the parishioners.

    Posted by: lk | Jun 12, 2014 8:03:41 AM

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