A group of 'prominent' San Francisco Catholics seeking the Archbishop's removal.
The story has been online since the Archbishop defined guidelines for faculty and staff at Catholic schools, asking they sign off on a fidelity statement regarding faith and morals in accord with Catholic teaching. Amazing as it may sound, Catholic teachers and parents protested, claiming the Archbishop actions were intolerant and divisive. Now these folks are petitioning the Pope and took an ad out in the SF Chronicle.
Surprised? You shouldn't be, especially if you have sent your kids to Catholic schools/colleges across the country, and more especially, if their parents attended the same. Since the early 1970's Catholic education has been significantly influenced by the 'contraceptive ideology': The moral climate change which allows for the normalization of all sorts of sexual orientations and gender ideology. So many people have written about this, I have, and real authorities have done so as well - my point is simply to restate: "Told you so."
"We are now reaping the rotten fruits of the “Sexual Revolution”: global legalized abortion, no-fault divorce, homosexuality and same-sex marriage, AIDS, pornography, pedophilia, gender confusion, and lonely, broken, alienated lives. We rejected the beautiful truth about the transmission of life and thus bequeathed to our surviving children a culture of death..." - John Mallon
The line of separation is all the more dramatic today because Catholic teaching has been watered down for so long, and now, when a prelate seeks to redirect/correct Catholic teaching in his archdiocese, he faces resistance - to his face. Archbishop Nienstedt went through this exact same thing when he stood up for traditional marriage here in St. Paul/Minneapolis. He continues to suffer rejection and contempt from local 'dissenters' who oppose Catholic teaching on sexual ethics, marriage, and women's ordination.
These days Archbishop Cordileone is suffering similar repercussions and hostility, his opponents requesting his removal from office, and so on. Faithful Catholics on the defensive are petitioning that Pope Francis not remove Cordileone. I'm confident the Holy Father will keep him in place.
"We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine Providence; it is a trial which the whole Church ... must take up.” - St. John Paul II
However, I think getting agitated, and taking a militant stance, decrying a 'liberal-homosexualist agenda' in this case, though accurate, the inflammatory rhetoric does nothing but confirm for the protesters that the Archbishop is "creating an atmosphere of complete intolerance.”
I expect that reaction is very far from the Archbishop's intentions. Catholic support needs to be affirmed in and through Catholic action and standing with Archbishop Cordileone. I haven't read that the Archbishop has requested Catholics to 'arm' themselves and join forces in a war against this or that group. To support the Archbishop through prayer and sacrifice is the number one expression of fidelity. Likewise, letting the Archbishop know of our support and taking our cues from the Church - the chancery in this case - as to how one ought to respond is the right way to go.
Some Catholics seem a bit trigger happy and all too eager to condemn and malign their enemies, hurling invective and contempt. Yet the Archdiocese seems to be handling the protest and efforts to force the Archbishop out and responded accordingly:
“The advertisement is a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the Archbishop. The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the signers presume to speak for ‘the Catholic Community of San Francisco.’ They do not.” - SFC
Pray and don't worry. - St. Pio
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7
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Ed. note: If any readers want to send letters of support to the Pope - please include photos such as the following so he can see exactly who it is protesting against Catholic Church teaching:
Who is intolerant here?
Note: Joseph Sciambra posted a beautiful testimony in support of Archbishop Cordileone here.