Salvatore Cordileone: Gay Rights Advocates Will Protest Archbishop-Elect Installation Mass

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Archbishop-elect Salvatore Cordileone.
Next Thursday, Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone will be installed as archbishop of the San Francisco Archdiocese.

Over the course of his career -- which began at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Calexico, a border town 122 miles east of San Diego, with a population that's 97 percent Latino -- Cordileone has gained a reputation for his intellect (he has a bachelor's in philosophy and sacred theology, as well as a doctorate in canon law) and for his promotion of immigrants rights (In a 2009 profile, the East Bay Express called him a "Spanish-speaking friend to the country's rising Latino population.").

But in recent years, Cordileone has become most well known for his position on same sex marriage. So while the installation ceremony goes on inside St. Mary's Cathedral, gay rights demonstrators will be marching outside.

As the Examiner reported this morning, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, "a group of gay-rights activists whose members satirically wear the garb of Roman Catholic nun," is one of the groups leading the protest:

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."

Cordileone was a key driving force behind California's 2008 Proposition 8 ballot initiative, which banned gay marriage throughout the state. (The measure passed, but has since been struck down by the state Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court may pick up the debate in its upcoming session.) He helped author the bill and raised money for its campaign effort.

"The reality of marriage as the union of a mother and a father is grounded in our very biology," Cordileone told the National Catholic Register last year. " A child comes into the world by the union of a man and a woman. That's a basic biological fact that cannot be denied. There's a mother and a father for every child."

His take on contraception is equally conservative.

"Contraception," Cordileone said in a 2008 interview at Thomas Aquinas College, "has been the crack in the foundation that's brought down the building because it disconnected children from marriage."

Many Catholic gay rights advocates saw the Vatican's selection of Cordileone for the Archbishop post in the country's most progressive diocese as a direct message. Recent polls have shown that half of all Catholics in America support legalizing gay marriage (one Gallup poll put it at 51 percent in support, 47 percent opposed). At the ground level, the more progressive Catholic priests often don't take explicit stands on the issue -- seeking to strike the difficult balance respecting their institution's policy and fulfilling their parishioners' needs.

By assigning one of the more conservative bishops on gay marriage to the San Francisco Archdiocese, the Vatican appeared to be saying: This is the direction the Catholic Church will be going.

Time will tell whether that is the case, or whether it is just another hiccup in the church's longstanding four-steps-forward, three-steps-back march into the future.

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the  heirarchy is terrified of the German  pope.   Who in 2009 UNexcommunciated a holocaust denier.Bishop Williamson.   Either the old guy has lost his marbles or he wants to use that bishop as in charge of getting rid of gay people.     PS  Hitler, Eichmann,  Goebbels,  Dr. Mengele, and Himmler (#2) were all catholic and went to catholic schools.


Some say hitler was a racist, but racism was just a way to try and separate the false idea of an aryan race from the Jews. - comments


"Time will tell whether that is the case, or whether it is just another hiccup in the Church's longstanding four-steps-forward-three-steps-back march into the future."


Remind me: What comprised the four steps forward? I must have missed something. Is it a sign of progress that the Church raped children and then helped cover up the crimes? 




wel there were good popes and lots of good priests.   JPII saved several thousand Jews in poland, including a nieghbor of mine back in 1950.


John 23rd saved 20000 by getting them visas from SE Europe to turkey which was not in the war.


on the other hand, see this website, including the second page (link at the bottom)      (must be in all lower case)


 @patrick_connors   BTW a couple pieces of info onthe lutheran church.    Martin Luther was an anti semite also.  Today the Lutheran church in America is anything but.  The evan lutherans (strange how they got that name ) do gay marriage ceremonies and allow (local option) gay minsters in relationships.


the vatican has really gone backwards tho.  Its all but dead in Europe, fortunately, and dying in latin America.  It would be the same in the USA except for latin immigration.

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