The Archbishop Will March

 

-1Here in Northern California in recent days, one prominent liberal after another, including the mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee, and the lieutenant governor of California, Gavin Newsom, have lectured the Catholic archbishop of San Francisco, Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, insisting that he cancel his plans to participate in the “March for Marriage” in Washington, DC later this month.  Nancy Pelosi, to offer a sample of the criticism of the archbishop, denounced the “March for Marriage” as “venom masquerading as virtue.”

Now Archbishop Cordileone has replied.

Excerpts:

Dear Fellow Citizens,

Your letter sharing with me your thoughts on the upcoming “March for Marriage” in Washington, D.C., was forwarded to me while I was attending meetings out of town, and I have reflected on what you have to say. I appreciate your affirmation of my Church’s teaching—not unique to our religion, but a truth accessible to anyone of good will—on the intrinsic human dignity of all people, irrespective of their stage and condition in life. That principle requires us to respect and protect each and every member of the human family, from the precious child in the womb to the frail elderly person nearing death. It also requires me, as a bishop, to proclaim the truth—the whole truth—about the human person and God’s will for our flourishing. I must do that in season and out of season, even when truths that it is my duty to uphold and teach are unpopular, including especially the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife. That is what I will be doing on June 19th.

With regard to your request that I not attend the March, and the reasons you give for this request, allow me to explain the following points….

The March for Marriage is not “anti-LGBT” (as some have described it); it is not anti-anyone or anti-anything. Rather, it is a pro-marriage March. The latter does not imply the former. Rather, it affirms the great good of bringing the two halves of humanity together so that a man and  a woman may bond with each other and with any children who come from their union. This is precisely the vision promoted by Pope Francis, who recently said, “We must reaffirm the right of children to grow up in a family with a father and mother….”

It gives me assurance that we share a common disdain for harsh and hateful rhetoric. It must be  pointed out, though, that there is plenty of offensive rhetoric which flows in the opposite direction. In fact, for those who support the conjugal understanding of marriage, the attacks have not stopped at rhetoric. Simply for taking a stand for marriage as it has been understood in every human society for millennia, people have lost their jobs, lost their livelihoods, and have suffered other types of retribution, including physical violence….

Please do not make judgments based on stereotypes, media images and comments taken out of  context. Rather, get to know us first as fellow human beings…. In the end, love is the answer, and this can happen even between people with such deep disagreements. That may sound fanciful and far-fetched, but it is true, it is possible….

When all is said and done, then, there is only one thing that I would ask of you more than anything else: before you judge us, get to know us.

Sincerely,

Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone

To see a bishop so willing to fight for the truth and yet so determined to demonstrate simple human decency and goodwill—this is a magnificent and humbling thing.

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  1. user_131681 Inactive
    user_131681
    @JohnAPeabody

    You go, Bish!

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  2. Hartmann von Aue Member
    Hartmann von Aue
    @HartmannvonAue

    An archbishop who lives up to his name “heart of the lion” in the face of attempts at political intimidation. Excellent.  We need many more like him.

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  3. Mario the Gator Inactive
    Mario the Gator
    @Pelayo

    Simply for taking a stand for marriage as it has been understood in every human society for millennia, people have lost their jobs, lost their livelihoods, and have suffered other types of retribution, including physical violence….

    This is the message that needs to communicated to Liberals and I am happy to see the Archbishop state it plainly.

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  4. Rachel Lu Contributor
    Rachel Lu
    @RachelLu

    I met him once, before he was an Archbishop. Great man.

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  5. douglaswatt25@yahoo.com Moderator
    douglaswatt25@yahoo.com
    @DougWatt

    The last photo I saw of Nancy Pelosi was when she was washing feet at an Episcopalian Holy Week service. Now she is back advising Archbishop Cordileone. I guess the trade fell through. The Church should have offered the Episcopal Bishop more money. Next time a second collection at Mass might help seal the deal on a trade.

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  6. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49
    @RushBabe49

    Pelosi would be well-acquainted with venom, wouldn’t she?

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  7. user_836033 Member
    user_836033
    @WBob

    A little disingenuous maybe.  There would be no need to have a “march for marriage” unless the LGBT agenda or other threats to marriage were such pressing concerns.  The LGBT agenda is clearly the most visible, as he makes clear by noting the threatening way it deals with those it disagrees with.

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  8. user_3444 Coolidge
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    @JosephStanko

    Bob W: There would be no need to have a “march for marriage” unless the LGBT agenda or other threats to marriage were such pressing concerns. 

    There’s also the alarming divorce and out-of-wedlock birth rates.  The pro-marriage movement may have been organized to respond to the specific push to redefine marriage, but it should now set its goals more broadly to proclaim the benefits of marriage to a culture in danger of forgetting them.

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  9. Peter Robinson Contributor
    Peter Robinson
    @PeterRobinson

    Joseph Stanko:

    There’s also the alarming divorce and out-of-wedlock birth rates. The pro-marriage movement may have been organized to respond to the specific push to redefine marriage, but it should now set its goals more broadly to proclaim the benefits of marriage to a culture in danger of forgetting them.

    Beautifully stated. 

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  10. No Caesar Thatcher
    No Caesar
    @NoCaesar

    Well said.  Thoughtful and strong, yet loving and welcoming.  This is what a church (any church) leader should be like.

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  11. Fredösphere Member
    Fredösphere
    @Fredosphere

    Joseph Stanko:

    There’s also the alarming divorce and out-of-wedlock birth rates. The pro-marriage movement may have been organized to respond to the specific push to redefine marriage, but it should now set its goals more broadly to proclaim the benefits of marriage to a culture in danger of forgetting them.

     I agree. I think maybe 80% of the ground was lost in the no-fault divorce wave of the 60s and 70s.

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  12. doc molloy Inactive
    doc molloy
    @docmolloy

    For those not familiar with Bishop Fulton Sheehan back in the 60’s..

    “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.”
    ― Fulton J. Sheen

    “If you don’t behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.” 
    ― Fulton J. Sheen


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  13. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist
    @WesternChauvinist

    Indeed. And something to be emulated. 

    I will try to follow the AB’s lead as I confront the clergy at my parish on issues of the economy, a la Kevin Williamson. This distributionist nonsense has got to stop. It’s an untruth being perpetuated at the pulpit (at least at my parish) and it’s hurting the poor!!

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  14. user_3444 Coolidge
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    @JosephStanko

    Western Chauvinist: This distributionist nonsense has got to stop. It’s an untruth being perpetuated at the pulpit (at least at my parish)

    Really?  That surprises me a bit.  I live in a very liberal area, and I cannot recall hearing a homily on economics, ever.  I can complain about some liberal theology at times, but they pretty much stay away from politics altogether.

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  15. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist
    @WesternChauvinist

    Joseph Stanko:

    Western Chauvinist: This distributionist nonsense has got to stop. It’s an untruth being perpetuated at the pulpit (at least at my parish)

    Really? That surprises me a bit. I live in a very liberal area, and I cannot recall hearing a homily on economics, ever. I can complain about some liberal theology at times, but they pretty much stay away from politics altogether.

    Just this last Sunday — Feast of the Holy Trinity! And I kid you not, “Many of you may feel the world is going to Hell in a hand basket. It’s the result of our “cultural heritage.” Conservatives and traditionalists have institutionalized systems leading to Global Warming and a stock market which excludes the poor.” — paraphrasing the Deacon’s sermon.

    No mention of a million abortions a year, or Christians being slaughtered in the Middle East. I just love it when liberals blame conservative traditionalists for the condition of the culture. Ugh.

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  16. tabula rasa Member
    tabula rasa
    @tabularasa

    Archbishop Cardileone makes me proud to be a pro-Catholic non-Catholic.  He reaffirms that a church must stand for something.  Good for him.

    My hero C. S. Lewis (another pro-Catholic non-Catholic) harbored a special disdain (which I share) for those members of the clergy who feel impelled to conform doctrine to the whims of modernism:

    “What makes some theological works like sawdust to me is the way the authors can go on discussing how far certain positions are adjustable to contemporary thought, or beneficial in relation to social problems, or ‘have a future’ before them, but never squarely ask what grounds we have for supposing them to be true accounts of an objective reality.  As if we were trying to make rather than to learn.”

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  17. douglaswatt25@yahoo.com Moderator
    douglaswatt25@yahoo.com
    @DougWatt

    Western Chauvinist:

    Joseph Stanko:

    Western Chauvinist: This distributionist nonsense has got to stop. It’s an untruth being perpetuated at the pulpit (at least at my parish)

    Just this last Sunday — Feast of the Holy Trinity! And I kid you not, “Many of you may feel the world is going to Hell in a hand basket. It’s the result of our “cultural heritage.” Conservatives and traditionalists have institutionalized systems leading to Global Warming and a stock market which excludes the poor.” — paraphrasing the Deacon’s sermon.

    No mention of a million abortions a year, or Christians being slaughtered in the Middle East. I just love it when liberals blame conservative traditionalists for the condition of the culture. Ugh.

    Your Deacon needs to cancel his subscription to The National Catholic Reporter and spend a little more time reading the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. He belongs to a Church that is 2000 + years old. Far more educated men and women than he, traditionalists all, have done their part for the Church including giving their lives for Christ and the Catholic Church. His job is to help bring souls to Christ not to establish heaven on earth.

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  18. user_645127 Inactive
    user_645127
    @JenniferJohnson

    Thought you all would get a kick out of this:

    Eye of the Tiber: Pelosi Excommunicates Cordileone

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  19. Boomerang Inactive
    Boomerang
    @Boomerang

    doc molloy:

    For those not familiar with Bishop Fulton Sheehan back in the 60′s..

    “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.” ― Fulton J. Sheen

    “If you don’t behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.” ― Fulton J. Sheen

     Phenomenal quotes!

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  20. Boomerang Inactive
    Boomerang
    @Boomerang

    I deeply appreciate a leader who can articulate this issue this well.

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  21. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist
    @WesternChauvinist

    Doug Watt:

    Western Chauvinist:

    Joseph Stanko:

    Western Chauvinist:…

    Just this last Sunday — Feast of the Holy Trinity! And I kid you not, “Many of you may feel the world is going to Hell in a hand basket. It’s the result of our “cultural heritage.” Conservatives and traditionalists have institutionalized systems leading to Global Warming and a stock market which excludes the poor.” — paraphrasing the Deacon’s sermon.

    No mention of a million abortions a year, or Christians being slaughtered in the Middle East. I just love it when liberals blame conservative traditionalists for the condition of the culture. Ugh.

    Your Deacon needs to cancel his subscription to The National Catholic Reporter and spend a little more time reading the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. He belongs to a Church that is 2000 + years old. Far more educated men and women than he, traditionalists all, have done their part for the Church including giving their lives for Christ and the Catholic Church. His job is to help bring souls to Christ not to establish heaven on earth.

    Yes, I’m writing a letter to that effect.

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  22. user_1700 Coolidge
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    @Rapporteur

    This is a fine example of verbal judo, using the opposition’s own words to negate their message. Well-played, Your Grace.

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