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New archbishop in gay-friendly Bay Area strongly opposes same-sex marriage
by LauraKW
October 6, 2012 at 12:02 AM

 I really don't think this is a positive move.  And he was recently arrested for drunk driving??  Wow.   


Following his installation as the religious leader of more than 500,000 Catholics in the largely gay-friendly Bay Area, Cordileone, 56, delivered a sermon and spoke about his recent arrest after failing a sobriety test at a police checkpoint.

 "God has always had a way of putting me in my place," he said. "With the last episode in my life, God has outdone himself."

Cordileone spent about 11 hours in a San Diego jail cell in August after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. On Monday, he pleaded guilty to driving with alcohol in his system, said Gina Coburn, spokeswoman for the San Diego City Attorney.

Cordileone has been particularly outspoken in Church opposition to same-sex matrimony as chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, a role that has put him at odds with many Bay Area Catholics.

 He also led Church support for the 2008 voter-approved California state constitutional amendment, Proposition 8, that banned gay marriage.

 Same-sex marriage, which the majority of Catholics support, according to a report from the Public Religion Research Institute,will likely be a key issue in the upcoming elections. President Barack Obama voiced his support of gay marriage earlier this year.

 Other bishops, such as Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, N.J., have also expressed strong opposition to gay marriage. Myers urged Catholics who support same-sex marriage to refrain from communion, NPR reported. In Maryland, the Archbishop of Baltimore co-hosted a fundraiser to fight gay marriage in that state, according to NPR.

 For his part, Cordileone wants to deny communion to Catholics who are in an active gay relationship.

 While taking his place as the archbishop of San Francisco and two other area counties, Cordileone called the drunken driving incident a "regrettable mistake."

 Pope Benedict appointed Cordileone to preside over the Archdiocese of San Francisco in July.

 "The archbishop is an advocate for immigrants and an opponent of the death penalty, but he comes here perceived as a one-issue bishop," Brian Cahill, former San Francisco Catholic Charities executive director, wrote in an editorial published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday.

 "He can continue to be the aggressive, outspoken leader of the American Catholic bishops in their effort to prevent civil gay marriage, or he can be the shepherd of his flock. He can't be both, and if he tries, he will fail."

 Cordileone said his grandfather settled in San Francisco 100 years ago.

 "If someone had told him that his grandson would become the archbishop of this place, I'm sure he would think they were out of their mind," he said. "I'm sure there are people who think that today."

 About 2,000 people, including 40 bishops, attended the installation and mass in the Cathedral of St. Mary. Outside the church, dozens of supporters carrying welcoming banners mixed with protesters, including the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence -- a group of gay male activists who dress as nuns. 




  • Sekirei
    by Sekirei
    October 6, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Honestly, he is Catholic and I expect nothing less from an Arch Bishop.

    and I don't think he is going to last long there.. we will see though

  • rfurlongg
    October 6, 2012 at 9:00 AM
    That is what I would expect of a Catholic arch bishop (not the drunken driving, but the stance on gay marriage).
    October 6, 2012 at 9:14 AM

     The Sister's of Perpetual Indulgence? A group of gay male activists who dress as nuns? I have heard it all now.

  • OHgirlinCA
    October 6, 2012 at 9:39 AM

     There are alot of people in the Bay Area that are against gay marriage.  I suppose this guy will fit right in with that niche...

  • yourspecialkid
    October 6, 2012 at 10:52 AM

     Ummmm...he is CATHOLIC......

  • lga1965
    by lga1965
    October 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

     Yah, he's probablly gay himself so he's trying to fake people out by saying he doesn't believe in same sex marriage. He's too obvious,.

    A drunk man of the cloth. Grrrrrreat.

  • lga1965
    by lga1965
    October 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM



     The Sister's of Perpetual Indulgence? A group of gay male activists who dress as nuns? I have heard it all now.

     Me too. I'd like to see a picture of this.......

  • MeAndTommyLee
    October 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    The Catholic religion is not about to reverse their stance on homosexuality.  How can anyone expect this to change?  It's a religion -- not the man that owns chik-a-fil! 

    If you disagree with Catholics -- don't be one and move along, but don't demand `changing' to accommodate the lifestyle.  Whether I agree with the Vatican does not matter and I am Catholic!   I accept their official stance.  My stance differs from theirs and I am prepared to stand my ground on the subject, play the odds and still get into heaven.  LOL

  • candlegal
    October 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    yes but until you see them,  you haven't seen it all.  I remember a couple of years back they interrupted a Sunday Mass and went in to receive communion.   It was a pretty big story at the time


     The Sister's of Perpetual Indulgence? A group of gay male activists who dress as nuns? I have heard it all now.

  • Jesi_79
    by Jesi_79
    October 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM

     Umm... he is  a Catholic Bishop, why would it surprise anyone he supports traditional marrage?

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