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04/19/2007


Archbishop Cordileone Says Understanding Gays 'Tenderizes Us', Still Opposes Equality: VIDEO

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San Francisco's KQED held an interview last Friday between host Scott Shafer and Salvatore Cordileone, the Archbishop appointed to the San Francisco diocese by Pope Benedict last year. Naturally, the topic of homosexuals was brought up and it would seem that Cordileone is softening to the plight of gays, saying:

They’ve been disowned by their families. They’ve been harmed and they want to come to a place that will accept them for who they are. And affirm them. So it tenderizes us.

Perplexing use of the word "tenderize" aside, Cordileone's time in San Francisco seems to be nudging him in the direction of support and love. Unfortunately, it's not by much at all. Cordileone still chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage and said of the legalization of gay marriage in Hawaii:

The decision in Hawaii is disappointing and shows the need for rebuilding a culture of the family in our country. [C]hanging the meaning of marriage in the law does not promote the common good or protect authentic rights.

Evidently the Archbishop is in need of more tenderizing. You can watch the video of the interview AFTER THE JUMP...

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Archbishops Call Gay Marriage a 'Serious Injustice', Warn Catholics Against Attending Same-Sex Weddings

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, published a response on Friday to Rhode Island's passage of marriage equality last week calling it "a serious injustice" and claiming that laws meaning nothing when it comes down to the union's meaning:

Cordileone"The meaning of marriage cannot be redefined, because its meaning lies in our very nature. Therefore, regardless of what law is enacted, marriage remains the union of one man and one woman – by the very design of nature, it cannot be otherwise. Marriage is the only institution that unites a man and a woman to each other and to any child conceived of their union. While those making great sacrifices to raise their children in less than ideal circumstances need and deserve our love and support, we cannot claim to have a just society if we do not look out for the most vulnerable among us: children. That means preserving in the law the principle that every child deserves a mother and father united in marriage. That means supporting in our institutions and in our culture the true and unique meaning of marriage."

TobinThe letter follows one from Rhode Island Archbishop Thomas Tobin, who told Catholics to think twice before attending same-sex weddings:

Our respect and pastoral care, however, does not mean that we are free to endorse or ignore immoral or destructive behavior, whenever or however it occurs. Indeed, as St. Paul urges us, we are required to “speak the truth in love.” (Eph 4:15)

At this moment of cultural change, it is important to affirm the teaching of the Church, based on God’s word, that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered,” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2357) and always sinful. And because “same-sex marriages” are clearly contrary to God’s plan for the human family, and therefore objectively sinful, Catholics should examine their consciences very carefully before deciding whether or not to endorse same-sex relationships or attend same-sex ceremonies, realizing that to do so might harm their relationship with God and cause significant scandal to others.


Catholic Bishops Vow to Continue Anti-Gay Strategy on Marriage

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops acknowledged defeat in the recent election on most of their issues Monday, and promised to persevere in their battle against same-sex marriage, the AP reports:

CordileoneArchbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the newly installed leader of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, said gay marriage opponents were outspent by gay rights groups, and bishops are grappling with how they can be more persuasive. Surveys by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life have found that the number of Americans who say they have no religion is at a high of 20 percent, while the number of former Catholics is so large that ex-Catholics collectively include more people than many denominations.

"The election is a symptom of a much larger problem," Cordileone said. "Most people don't understand what marriage is."

Equally Blessed, a coalition of Catholic groups that advocate for gays and lesbians, including Dignity USA and New Ways Ministry, said it had hoped that the votes on gay marriage last week would "drive home the need for the bishops to take seriously the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics and their families." The group said Monday that it was "profoundly disappointed" that the bishops plan to continue their current approach to advocacy.


Episcopal Bishop Who Publicly Opposed Prop 8 is Blocked from Ceremony Installing New Anti-Gay SF Archbishop

Episcopal Bishop Marc Andrus, who publicly opposed Proposition 8, was blocked yesterday from attending the ceremony installing San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at St. Mary's Cathedral, in San Francisco. Cordileone was deeply involved in Proposition 8's creation and passage.

AndrusWrites Andrus, of his arrival at yesterday's installation:

An archdiocesan employee attempted to escort me upstairs with the Greek Orthodox group, but was stopped from doing so by the employee to whom I had first identified myself. This person, who appeared to be in a superior role, instructed another employee to stand with me.

At this point no other guests remained in the downstairs area. The employee and I chatted while waiting. I began to wonder about the time holdup. I checked my phone; it was 1:50PM. I asked the employee standing with me if the service indeed started at 2, which she affirmed.

At 2PM, when the service was to begin, I said to the employee, "I think I understand, and feel I should leave." Her response was, "Thank you for being understanding." I quietly walked out the door. No one attempted to stop me. No attempt was ever made to explain the delay or any process for seating. I arrived early, before the time given my assistant, and waited to leave until after the service had begun.

My intention for attending the installation was to honor our ecumenical and interfaith relations in the Bay Area.


Salvatore Cordileone Jokes About DUI, is Installed as SF Archbishop as Gay Groups Protest: VIDEO

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Protests were held (photos here) on Thursday as the Catholic Church installed drunk-driving Prop 8 architect Salvatore Cordileone as Archbishop of San Francisco. After giving a sermon, Cordileone, joked about his DUI, to which he pleaded guilty this week, Reuters reports:

Cordileone"God has always had a way of putting me in my place," he said. "With the last episode in my life, God has outdone Himself."

Cordileone spent about 11 hours in a San Diego jail cell in August after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. On Monday, he pleaded guilty to driving with alcohol in his system, said Gina Coburn, spokeswoman for the San Diego City Attorney. Cordileone has been particularly outspoken in Church opposition to same-sex matrimony as chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, a role that has put him at odds with many Bay Area Catholics.

He also led Church support for the 2008 voter-approved California state constitutional amendment, Proposition 8, that banned gay marriage.

Watch the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence make a statement this week, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Newly-Appointed, Drunk-Driving, Anti-Gay SF Archbishop to Be Protested at His Installation Mass

Salvatore Cordileone, the newly-appointed San Francisco Archbishop who was the architect of Proposition 8 and was recently arrested for drunk driving in San Diego, is to be protested at his installation mass on October 4, the San Francisco Examiner reports:

CordileoneIn what was seen as a provocative move by the church, an annual drag queen event held at the Castro neighborhood’s LGBT-friendly Most Holy Redeemer Church was initially cancelled, but then reinstated “as long as their behavior was church-appropriate.”

While activists aren’t saying exactly what they plan to do for Cordileone’s Oct. 4 installation mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, they’re signaling something more than garden-variety picketing.

“Traditional demonstrations with signs don’t work anymore,” said Sister Zsa Zsa Glamour, who declined to provide a real name. “We’re still deciding on how best to respond to his installation.”

George Wesolek, an archdiocese spokesman, said church leaders are aware of the protests and security measures are being put in place.

“We are going to be fully secure,” Wesolek said, adding that the planned three-hour event is fully booked, with invitations sent out and parishioners having claimed all available tickets. “They have to stay off the plaza. The police will be there, of course — we want to disrupt any attempt to disrupt the ceremonies.”

Nonetheless, Wesolek said the church will respect protesters’ First Amendment rights.


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