100 Prominent Catholics Urge Pope To Oust Anti-Gay San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone

by librarisingnsf – San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has been a controversial and divisive Catholic leader in the City since he arrived. His very conservative world view and theology appear not to be a good match for a city as liberal and progressive as San Francisco. And, now about a hundred prominent donors and other members of the Church have asked Pope Francis to replace the archbishop in a full-page ad in the Chronicle. They say that Archbishop Cordileone is fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance.” From the SFGate: The plea follows months of dissent within the archdiocese over Cordileone’s emphasis on traditional, conservative church doctrine — including asking high school teachers and staffers at Catholic schools to sign a morality clause that characterizes sex outside of marriage and homosexual relations as “gravely evil.”In their open letter to the pope, Cordileone’s critics say his morality-clause push is mean-spirited and “sets...

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How San Francisco Catholics Are Fighting For LGBT Rights And Testing The Limits Of Pope Francis’ Rhetoric

by JACK JENKINS – When Gino Gresh, high school senior at Sacred Heart Cathedral Catholic school in San Francisco, California, returned home from a religious retreat in early February, he said he was “shocked” to learn what had happened while he was away: Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, head of the San Francisco archdiocese and key organizer behind California’s short-lived same-sex marriage ban known as Proposition 8, had unveiled a new handbook for Catholic high school employees in Gresh’s area, instructing them to refrain from “visibly” contradicting the Church’s teachings on birth control, abortion, and homosexuality. Worse, Cordileone was vying to designate teachers as “ministers” so the archdiocese could benefit from so-called “ministerial exception,” a legal category expanded by a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court case that exempts religious groups from non-discrimination laws when hiring for “ministry” positions that can include people who are not clergy. In other words, teachers could be fired...

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