Friday, August 3, 2012

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone

The appointment of Bishop Cordileone represents a significant departure from recent appointments in the archdiocese of San Francisco. Recent elevations to the local hierarchy– Archbishop George Niederauer, and Auxiliary Bishops William Justice and Robert McElroy–all seemed to have come from within a circle close to Cardinal William Levada. That is not the case with Bishop Cordileone. The selection indicates a recognition, at the highest levels of the Vatican, of the dangerous drift of the Archdiocese in recent years. Instances of that drift have been reported regularly in CalCatholic. 
They include Catholic Charities of San Francisco’s “gay adoptions” fiasco of 2006; the creation of parishes where homosexuality is openly celebrated, notably San Francisco’s Most Holy Redeemer; the loss of Catholic identity and outright anti-Catholic teaching at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco; not to mention (as Palmo notes) the ongoing tolerance of misstatements of Catholic teaching by the city’s Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. 
The archdiocese of San Francisco covers three counties, San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. While there is a strong pro-Catholic and pro-family movement, exemplified by the Walk for Life West Coast, San Francisco itself is well known for its activist homosexual political structure and anti-Catholic attitude. Some of those attitudes are even found in parishes and certainly in the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco. In 2008, more than 80% of San Francisco voters supported Barack Obama. San Francisco also has the fewest number of children of any comparable city in the United States.  
Link (here) California Catholic Daily


Anonymous said...

Thank God for this wise and bold appointment by the Holy Father!

Bishop Cordileone's appointment is a signal that the Church's authentic voice, faith, and teaching will not be intimidated by secularists nor by "c"atholic dissidents, who want to refashion the Church along secularist lines.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, this dude looks like he has heaps of self-loathing that he will take out on Catholics who aren't arch conservatives.

Maria said...

Bishop Cordileone bears good fruit. See story:

New Carmelite house
Established in the diocese of Oakland

"For 27 years, San Francisco’s Ignatius Press had been located in a building rented from the Carmelites, right next to their monastery of Cristo Rey. The editor at Ignatius, Father Joseph Fessio, thus had a close relationship with the Carmelites–one of his former secretaries had joined the order – and familiarity with their needs and the need of the Oakland diocese.

Earlier this year, CalCatholic reported on the 50th anniversary of ordination of Father Cornelius Buckley, chaplain at Thomas Aquinas College. On March 14 there was a testimonial dinner in San Francisco honoring Father Buckley. One of the speakers was his old friend Father Fessio. The event was attended by prominent Catholics—two of whom were Bill and Mary McInerny. Father Fessio approached Mr. McInerny and said “Bill, you’ve got friends. What can we do about getting the Carmelites reestablished in Oakland?” Father Fessio told CalCatholic “Bill took the bull by the horns” and within one week spoke to members of the McCosker family, solid Catholics who have owned a ranch four miles from Montclair, since the presidency of Benjamin Harrison. Family members met with Bishop Cordileone, Mr. McInerny, and Father Fessio and agreed to find a way to provide the Carmelites with a permanent location on the land, in honor of their parents. Father Fessio said “The whole foundation is due to the generosity of the McCoskers and the heroic efforts of Bill McInerny.”

The Carmelites were met at the airport by Bishop Cordileone, who accompanied them to their new home. The premises are not yet finished, and the Carmelites will still be in need of support, as they fulfill their mission as “… women who have discovered the absolute value of the Kingdom of God, and wish to realize this in their monasteries, as a praying sisterhood at the service of the Church.”

Our Lord never leaves us in the lurch. He always sends us bright lights. Thank you Bishop Cordileone and Fr. Fessio SJ. May God bless the new Bishop with fortitude and may he also bless Fr. Fessio's continued fruitfulness. God speed our new Bishop and our new Carmel!

Maria said...

Bishop Cordileone serves on the episcopal advisory board of the Institute for Religious Life[6] and St. Gianna Physician's Guild. [1] At the annual meeting of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore in November, 2006, in the course of consideration of the document which issued as "Happy Are Those Who Are Called to His Supper" [7] he proposed to the gathered bishops that the use of contraception should be included in a list of thoughts or actions constituting grave matter.[8] The proposal was defeated, although a separate document approved at the meeting mentioned that the Catholic Church says that "contraception is objectively immoral." [9]

Cordileone is considered to be theologically conservative.[10] An opponent of homosexual marriage, he was one of the creators of Proposition 8[11] and once said, "Only one idea of marriage can stand...If that's going to be considered bigoted, we're going to see our rights being taken away–as is already happening."[10] He is also opposed to abortion, and supports the use of the 1962 form of the Roman liturgy as a now extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.[12]

Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he sits on the Bishops' and Presidents' Committee on Catholic Education.[13]


Maria said...

Video--We Could Be Moving Toward Despotism:

This video illustrates just how important the voice of the laity is.

Maria said...

A wonderful video --Marriage Matters: Bishop Salvatore Cordileone

We must pray for his protection. He will be attacked.

Anonymous said...

He always sends us bright lights. Thank you Bishop Cordileone and Fr. Fessio SJ.

Okay this isn't a fan club.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone told the bishops that removing a priest from ministry is not the same as "removing a police officer or a teacher, but more like removing the head of a family from a home," Cordileone said. "We have to be very careful about how we go about this so as not to compromise the identity of a priest."

Really ???? And he get promoted??

Anonymous said...

Proposition 8 was a necessary constitutional amendment in a society that has lost its mind and its bearings. A bright light indeed it is. Unfortunately, darkness has corrupted many on the judicial bench and in the Democrat Party and in the Catholic Left. All Proposition 8 did was define the truth about marriage. But those whose allegiance is with the Father of Lies will have contempt for all who shine with the light of truth.

Maria said...

B16's "Bombshell By the Bay" -- Marriage Chief Cordileone to Rock San Francisco

Anonymous said...

god always sends us bright lights. --yes he does like fr james martin Sr Farley Sr Elizabeth Johnson and Hans Kung - AMEN

Anonymous said...

"god always sends us bright lights"

Um, those bright lights would be the flames of hell.....enjoy.

Maria said...

It seems Bishop Cordileone has a friend in Bishop Hugh Gilbert from Scotland:

Bishop: if same-sex marriage is legalized, why not bigamy, incest?
August 06, 2012

As Scotland’s government takes steps towards the legalization of same-sex marriage, Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen asked why bigamy and incest should not be legalized as well.

“You can’t have a meal without food, and you don’t have marriage without a man and a woman,” said Bishop Gilbert. “This isn’t just social convention. It’s not something any government can change. It’s a fact of life.”

“The truth is that a government can pass any legislation it likes, it can legislate to say that everything with four legs is a table, even when it’s a dog and not a horse, but that won’t make it so,” he continued, adding:

Why is it all right for a man to marry another man, but not all right for him to marry two women? If we really want equality, why does that equality not extend to nieces who genuinely, truly love their uncles? And, if you say that such things don’t happen, that they are mere freaks of nature, extreme examples dreamed up for the sake of argument, I say you need to spend more time in the parish.

As bishop of Aberdeen, I know there are gay people amongst the community of the Church. I promise I will always respect and love them and uphold them in their relationship with the God who loves them. But I won’t marry them. It just can’t be done."

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure the new Bishop is a smart man. All I am hoping for is for him to be open minded and knows how to make people work together as one and not devided...

Anonymous said...

"if same-sex marriage is legalized, why not bigamy, incest?"

You know nothing about Anglo-American law do you?

Qualis Rex said...

As a member of the archdiocese in question, I cannot express the complete disgust in the episcopacy of Niederhauer (not that my opinion really matters). He has done more damage to the archdiocese than Levada, his predecessor...and that is saying a lot. His sins are too many to list here, so I'll leave the judgement to God. Suffice it to say, my prayers and loyalty are absolutely with his excellency, Salvatore Cordileone...he has his work cut out for him.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Archbishop got arrested for drunk driving.

I wonder how many people he put at risk with his behavior?