New SF Archbishop Cordileone Is “Father of Prop 8″

Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone to be the new Archbishop of San Francisco. The 56-year-old cleric, who has been Bishop of Oakland since 2009, is the chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage, which is fighting the legalization of same-sex marriage. He is also one of the strongest supporters of Proposition 8, the 2008 California Marriage Protection Act, which seeks to bar same-sex marriage.

In other words, by appointing Cordileone to be the Archbishop of San Francisco, a city that has long had a large and significant gay population and that has long been associated with LGBT rights, the bishops may be said to be laying down the gauntlet.

Cordileone has been called nothing less than the “father of Proposition 8.” “Only one idea of marriage can stand…If that’s going to be considered bigoted, we’re going to see our rights being taken away–as is already happening,” Cordileone said in a 2009 San Francisco Chronicle interview.

Cordileone has also called same-sex marriage a plot created by “the Evil One” to destroy morality in the world, in a 2008 interview with the Catholic Radio Network.

Given all of the above, you won’t be surprised to learn that the Archbishop-elect is a theological conservative in other ways. He is obviously, opposed to abortion. He is also one of only 17 bishops, and the only one from California, to sign the Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience, which opposes abortion, same-sex marriage and assisted suicide and what signers says are infringements on their religious freedom.

Cordileone also supports the use of a pre-1962, neo-traditionalist form of the Roman liturgy, the “extraordinary form of the Roman rite,” also known as the Tridentine Mass or the traditional Latin Mass. After the Second Vatican Council, the liturgy was significantly revised, with one major change being that it could be celebrated in the vernacular rather than in Latin. Cordileone’s support for the Tridentine Mass is a further indication that the War on Woman, not to mention the culture wars within the Catholic Church, will be not be ending any time soon.

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Beth Ullman
Beth Ullman5 years ago

It's a pity these bishops won't clean up their own major sins before tackling the benign, private lives of loving individuals. If they are so against homosexuality they should stop practicing it -- but especially stop the pedophilia and child abuse. Even where these sins are not practiced they should remember the words of John Irving (the novelist), "Religious freedom should work two ways: we should be free to practice the religion of our choice, but we must also be free from having someone else's religion practiced on us." I also like "Political freedom cannot exist in any land where religion controls the state, and religious freedom cannot exist in any land where the state controls religion." -- Samuel James Ervin Jr. (lawyer, judge, and senator) But perhaps the quote that best explains this perverted need to do harm where none is needed is "The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause. A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business." -- Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author

Robert C.
Robert Cruder5 years ago

By their fruit shall you know them. A good tree bears good fruit while a bad tree bears bad fruit.

The biblical Jesus defined what constitutes good fruit by accepting everyone and condemning only those who had turned his Fathers's house into a den of thieves.

This bishop, the pope who appointed him and the church that they represent is not bearing that same good fruit and resembles all too well those whom Jesus drove from the temple.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

Fides, about half of America backs equality for alls, not just holywood

Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago

I don't think anything will stand in the way of stopping the disgusting and despicable discrimination that has been going on since I can remember. The time is over when LGBT people will be denied their right to marry. No matter who the church sends or what church it is the people will not be denied. Same sex Marriage to ANYONE who is a consenting adult should be legal not only in all 50 states but throughout the world.

Sue H.
Sue H5 years ago

Wow! Benedict XVI chose the wrong town! It would be so refreshing if the Vatican stepped into the current century.

Margaret S.

To paraphrase: "The more you tighten your grip, Pope, the more people will slip through your fingers." (Princess Leia, Star Wars).

Keep it up, and pretty soon all those cross-dressing pedophiles will have to look for real work, as there will be very few sheep(le) left to shear.

Lynda Duke
Lynda Duke5 years ago

The Church is afraid, very afraid of losing control!

Betty Schueler
Betty Schueler5 years ago

Yuck! The Catholic church needs to grow up. Nowhere in the New Testament does Jesus talk against gays. Gay bashing came about with the Victorian era. It is a shame Americans let the predjudices of a long-dead English queen dictate their views on homosexuality.

Lynn Squance
Lynn S5 years ago

The US Constitution guarantees freedom of and from religion. This Bishop has no business to deny my freedom of religion which is what he is doing when he denies same sex marriage, abortion, contraceptives etc. He has a right to not participate in these activities, but he does not have the right to tell me that I must be the same as him.

The RC church hierarchy are nothing more than neanderthals in dresses.

Fides R.
Fides R.5 years ago

Wonderful. We need to get more brave bishops like this. Bishops with a spine.
Bishops are supposed to preach the Gospel, even if Hollywood is against it.
Thank God we have such a wise and brave Pope.

Keep the good work, Pope Benedict!