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April 24, 2015

Anti-Gay Archbishop Cordileone Is Gravely Evil

A graphic that reflects the definition of hypocrisy, that says "claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform."

by Roy Steele

I’ve never heard the Catholic Church refer to their child abusing pedophile Priest’s as “gravely evil” with a “moral disorder,” though as a gay man, that’s how they characterize me.

I’m a gay man who detests  religious and political hypocrisy. Google defines hypocrisy as “the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform.”

I particularly take issue with religious dogma that’s wholly inconsistent, where they cherry pick the passages in scripture that they like, or thinks might support their particular point of view.

Using the Holy Bible  as a guide, while acknowledging that it was written in the vernacular of the day, is how most scholars and theologians approach scripture. I personally think that it’s an imperfect  oral history of the past, and that it should be viewed as such.

I can respect that there are individuals who believe that the Bible is inerrant. While I don’t subscribe to those beliefs, people are free to believe whatever they want, as long as those beliefs aren’t forced on me or you.

The big problem that I have with religion, is that people hold up that holiest of books, in order to justify their hatred and bigotry, and deny LGBT people of their civil rights. This same book has been held up to justify slavery and the subjugation of women. Go figure.

I freely acknowledge that Leviticus (20:13) does say that gay people be put to death for committing an abomination, and I know only too well that many religious people cite this passage to substantiate their hate. But what about the other passages in scripture? What about the other laws in Leviticus? Why do we ignore the others and obey the one passage that says gay people should be killed?

Religious folks ignore the other passages that govern their immoral behavior, because they’ve been taught to do so.

Leviticus says that anyone who curses their mother or father must be killed (Leviticus 20:9). If a man cheats on his wife, or vise versa, both the man and the woman must die (Leviticus 20:10). When a man sleeps with his wife and her mother, they are to be burnt to death (Leviticus 20:14). If a man and woman have sex when the woman is menstruating, they are both to be “cut off from their people” (Leviticus 20:18).

The Bible consistently endorses slavery, and yet every religion condemns it today. Why doesn’t every religion condemn bigotry?

There are good moral values in the Bible, and there are crazy ideas and bad laws and values too. Does society determine our moral values today, or do they come from an ancient book? I think that the ancient book informs us, but that we collectively decide as a society, what the moral values are that we embrace.

One’s moral values have come under great scrutiny here in San Francisco, from the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco has inserted a “morality clause” in the 2015-2016 employee handbook, mandating that all employees at their four diocesan high schools, “affirm and believe” that homosexuality is “gravely evil.”

Lee Romney, a reporter for the L.A. Times, wrote about the firestorm created by the “morality clause.”
A newly released handbook asks the nearly 500 school employees to “affirm and believe” that “adultery, masturbation, fornication, the viewing of pornography and homosexual relations” are “gravely evil.” Artificial-reproductive technology, contraception and abortion are described similarly.
The “fundamental demands of justice,” it continues, “require that the civil law preserve the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
The handbook has triggered protests by students, parents and progressive Catholics who decry the language as divisive. They say Cordileone is out of step with Pope Francis by focusing so strongly on sexual morality at the expense of other church teachings to embrace the poor. 
Archdiocese officials declined to discuss the controversy Tuesday. Instead, they provided a lengthy audio statement in which Cordileone said the handbook and contract changes merely seek to clarify existing expectations that Catholic teachers uphold Catholic teaching. 
“It is not anti-anyone. It’s not anti-anything,” Cordileone said, stressing that no one would be forced to sign a handbook oath.
It’s not anti-anyone? Give me a break! Last time I checked, lying was a sin.

In spite of real world knowledge, and academic research surrounding human sexuality, Roman Catholic catechism has long held that “homosexuality” is an “objective disorder,” and  gay sex is a “moral disorder.” Either way, the church incorrectly believes and teaches that being gay is a “moral evil.”

Characterizing gay people as “gravely evil” marks a new low for the San Francisco Archdiocese. The use of an adverb like “gravely,” is both deliberate and inflammatory.
Photograph of Anti-Gay Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

San Francisco’s Catholic Archbishop was appointed to his position two years ago, and in the short time that Salvatore Cordileone has been the top administrator of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, he has been embroiled in controversy. Cordileone is the current Chairman of the Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

Just last year there was an uproar over Cordileone attending the “March for Marriage” in Washington, DC. Prominent city leaders, politicians, LGBT activists, and religious leaders, asked him to stay home and not attend. The Archbishop ignored the public and delivered the keynote speech.

A large group of prominent Catholics in San Francisco bought a full page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle last week, addressed to Pope Francis, asking for the Archbishop to be removed from his post. The ad reads in part:
Holy Father Please Provide Us With A Leader True To Our Values And Your Namesake. 
We now respectfully ask you to replace  Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. 
The Archdiocese of San Francisco  is threatened by Archbishop Cordileone’s single-issue agenda and cannot survive, let alone thrive and grow under his supervision. The city of Saint Francis deserves an Archbishop true to our values and to your teachings.
San Francisco Chronicle Ad 4-15-2015 calling on Pope Francis to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. It says "The Archdiocese of San Francisco  is threatened by Archbishop Cordileone’s single-issue agenda and cannot survive, let alone thrive and grow under his supervision. The city of Saint Francis deserves an Archbishop true to our values and to your teachings."
San Francisco Chronicle Ad
San Francisco’s Archbishop isn’t attending the 2015 anti-gay march. This Saturday (April 25th, 2015) is the annual “March for Marriage” in Washington, DC. and Cordileone is skipping it.

Last year’s march was in June, and I’m assuming that the date was moved up, because next Tuesday (April 28, 2015) the US Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in the gay marriage cases from Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky.  If they had their “march” in June, these anti-gay hate groups would run the risk of gathering when the Supreme Court issues their decision. Wouldn’t that be grand!

I’ve never heard the Catholic Church refer to their child abusing pedophile Priest’s as “gravely evil” with a “moral disorder,” though as a gay man, that’s how they characterize me.

I must speak the truth and declare that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is gravely evil.

Gravely evil. Straight talk indeed.

straight talk in a queer world.   

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