San Francisco's Board of Supervisors Announces Investigation of Incoming Catholic Archbishop


Government officials are "scrutinizing" Archbishop Cordileone for opposing redefining marriage:

San Francisco’s new Catholic archbishop, the Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, will officially take office Thursday at a Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral and if he hadn’t already figured it out, Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting made it clear that he’s likely in for a rough ride.

Cordileone, the current bishop of Oakland diocese, was one of the leading supporters of Prop. 8,2008’s successful effort to ban same-sex marriage in the state. It was an out-front, outspoken role that didn’t endear him to San Francisco’s gay community.

“It’s disappointing that the church has assigned a person here who has shown a great deal of hostility to the (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) community,” Supervisor Christina Olague, a bisexual who was raised as a Catholic, said at the board meeting.

Cordileone’s “unkind words are lacking in compassion and in many ways seem to defy the very basic principles of the New Testament values that include love, acceptance, understanding and tolerance,” Olague said, suggesting that the incoming archbishop owes an apology to the LGBT community. -- SFGate Chronicle


  1. Posted October 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Bring it on.

    Cordileone means "heart of a lion", and his appointment in San Francisco is one of the most hopeful signs for the Catholic Church's recovery in years.

  2. John Colgan
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    I see NOM is misrepresenting the facts, AGAIN!

    First of all there is no mention of any investigation in the article, nor is there any investigation of the Archbishop planned. NOM apparently made that up out of whole cloth.

    Secondly, you dishonestly clip the article to leave the impression that the SF LGBT community is hostile to the Archbishop (or at least more hostile than he is to them). Why did you include the anti-Cordileone comment from the bisexual Super, but not the two concillatory quotes from gay Supers?

    "That’s one likely reason Supervisor David Campos, a gay Catholic, moved quickly to soften Olague’s remarks.

    Despite “the divisive statements that have come out,” San Francisco should welcome the new archbishop and “extend an invitation to work with every member of the Catholic community,” Campos said.

    “We should focus on things where there is common ground and work on ways to find common ground.”

    Supervisor Scott Wiener, who also is gay, joined in Campos’ remarks, adding that it was important for the community to look ahead to what could be a lengthy future with the 56-year-old archbishop."

  3. David
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Since Olague brought up religion, let's go there.
    love, acceptance, understanding and tolerance apply to individuals, not to sins. There is no tolerance for sin. Only forgiveness and repentence. Once again, we can trot out Ro 1:27 and 1Cor 6:9 that they seem to be willing to ignore in their rush to legitimize their beliefs. The church accepts individuals regardless of their sins, but those who do not acknowledge their sins will have problems with what they preach.

  4. Phil
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    What business of it of San Francisco's government who the local archbishop is? Do they argue about meetings about who the local imam or the local Rabbi is? I do remember someone in san francisco trying to to ban circumcision recently. I guess all that "tolerance" stuff is only a one way street? What is with this modern inquisition?

  5. Phil
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Anyway, The supervisors' new testament exegesis is laugable at best. What is it about "Love the sinner, hate the sin" that they don't understand?

  6. OvercameSSA
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    What is it about "Love the sinner, hate the sin" that they don't understand?

    Dontcha know? Same-sex sodomy is just the same as reproductive sex between men and women, so it can't be sinful. What a joke this country has become; allowing those with mental disorders to run the asylum.

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