June 12, 2014

San Francisco’s Catholic Archbishop Thumbs His Nose At Pope Francis

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Just in case you didn’t know, the anti-gay and homophobic organization leading the losing fight for what they characterize as “traditional marriage,” the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), is sponsoring their second annual March for Marriage in Washington, DC on June 19th, 2014.

The sponsors of the march are a plethora of anti-gay organizations and hate groups.

Their keynote speakers are “Horny” Mike Huckabee, “Sicko” Rick Santorum, “Boring” Brian Brown, and San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the Chairman of the Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

Considering that the gay marriage movement has 15 victories in a row, it would seem that this “March” is too little too late.

As you would imagine, San Francisco’s politicians and the gay community are up in arms over the fact that our Archbishop is speaking at an anti-gay rally.

Faithful America is hosting a petition that you can sign, as I did, to register your disgust with the Archbishop. You can find the petition if you CLICK HERE.

The petition reads in part:

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is appearing at the upcoming "March for Marriage" in Washington, D.C. The event is organized by the National Organization for Marriage, an organization that has equated gay marriage with incest, and co-sponsored by the Family Research Council, a hate group that blamed gay marriage for the recent mass shootings in Isla Vista.

By speaking alongside these extremists, Archbishop Cordileone risks lending the church's authority to their vitriol and hatred - and undermining Pope Francis's call for a more compassionate church.

Prominent religious and political leaders in California have sent a letter to Archbishop Cordileone, urging him to cancel his appearance. We need to make it clear to Archbishop Cordileone that encouraging bigotry is unacceptable, regardless of his position on marriage for same-sex couples.

There is a letter to Archbishop Cordileone dated June 10th, 2014, that asks Cordileone to “reconsider” his “participation and join us in seeking to promote reconciliation rather than division and hatred.”

The letter states:

We understand that people of good will may have genuinely heartfelt differences on the question of civil marriage for same-sex couples. Moreover, while not all of us agree with official Catholic teaching on marriage and family, we appreciate the many statements from Catholic leaders defending the human dignity of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, especially the recent words of Pope Francis: "If someone is gay, who searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”
Pope Francis’ words echo 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 is signed by prominent San Francisco politicians, and other religious leaders, including California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, California State Senator Mark Leno, California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco Treasurer Jose Cisneros, San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, The Very Rev. Dr. Brian Baker, Dean of the Cathedral, Trinity Cathedral, Sacramento, Sister Jeannine Gramick, SL, Executive Coordinator, National Coalition of American Nuns, Rev. Dr. Reiss W. Potterveld, President, Graduate Theological Union, and Rev. Dr. Mel White, Co-founder of Soulforce.

If the gay community at-large was smart, we would mobilize hundreds of thousands of LGBT people and our allies, and disrupt this ridiculous march.

One can only dream.

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