Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

SF archbishop to skip DC marriage rally

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will not attend this weekend’s March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., according to a statement released Wednesday by the archdiocese.

(Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone)

(Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone)

Cordileone attended and spoke at last year’s event, sponsored by the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage. He had been expected to attend the April 25 event as well, coming just days before the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a consolidated same-sex marriage case.

But late Wednesday afternoon, the archdiocese issued the statement saying that Cordileone will “remain home to attend to the pastoral needs of the church here at this time.”

“This year’s march, which will have a religious liberty focus, will be attended by a number of other bishops,” the archdiocese’s statement said. They include Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“These and other bishops will be representing the commitment of the Catholic bishops of the United States to the goods of marriage and religious freedom at the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. this year,” the statement said.

Cordileone has been under intense pressure in recent months. Most recently, 100 prominent Bay Area Catholics took out a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle, urging Pope Francis to appoint a new archbishop. The Bay Area Reporter has twice editorialized for the pope to replace Cordileone.

Cordileone has received criticism for several months for his request to implement new morality clauses to the revised handbook for the San Francisco Archdiocese, of which four Catholic high schools are a part. The clause specifically condemns homosexuality, marriage equality, contraception, ordination of female priests, and assisted reproductive technology such as in-vitro fertilization. He is also in the process of negotiating teacher contracts.

The archdiocese also came under fire last month when it was revealed that St. Mary’s Cathedral for the past two years was regularly dousing homeless people who sleep in the alcoves with cold water from a sprinkler system that was apparently illegally installed and lacks the proper permits. Once it was reported by KCBS, Catholic officials quickly stopped the practice.

— Cynthia Laird, April 23, 2015 @ 8:37 am PST
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