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Liberal remnant of Church sees red “The Cordileone appointment is downright combative”
California Catholic Daily ^
| August 2, 2012
Posted on 08/04/2012 10:29:40 AM PDT by GonzoII
Liberal remnant of Church sees red
The Cordileone appointment is downright combative
August 2, 2012
The following appeared in the online version of the National Catholic Reporter on July 31.
If last week’s elevation of Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., to archbishop of San Francisco proves anything, it’s that attacking marriage equality puts a man on the fast-track to promotion in the Roman Catholic Church. A quick survey of the hierarchy’s most recent, high-profile appointments reveals a common denominator.
The trend became apparent in March, when Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., was given his papal orders to take over the reins in the historic Archdiocese of Baltimore. Lori, the longtime chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, no doubt earned his reward as chair of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.
Although the religious freedom battle has been widely associated with contraception, the bishops have always included same-sex marriage as a clear threat to their First Amendment rights. Of the committee’s six signs of attack on religious freedom, two relate to marriage equality: the Department of Justice’s refusal to defend the Defense of Marriage Act and the “narrow religious exemption” in New York State’s same-sex marriage bill. Lori, still seething from the successful passage of the marriage equality bill in Connecticut in 2008, was no doubt delighted to take up the cause.
Just weeks after Lori’s promotion, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle made national news for exhorting pastors in his diocese to use their parishes to collect signatures in support of a repeal of Washington state’s newly passed marriage equality law. Only 10 days after this headline, Sartain practically became a household name when he was tapped to head the “reform” of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Given the backlash the LCWR crackdown created, it might be a dubious honor, but it is nevertheless a powerful and high-profile position.
Before their respective appointments, each of these men publicly declared himself a culture warrior ready to do battle with lesbian and gay couples who seek to formally honor their commitments and protect themselves legally.
There almost seems to be an element of retribution in these promotions. Lori’s anti-LGBT zeal was unleashed on a state in which the Catholic governor, Martin O’Malley, was instrumental in passing Maryland’s marriage equality. Sartain was charged with leading the hostile takeover of women religious who were in trouble for (among only a few other reasons) not pushing the church’s agenda against same-sex marriage.
It is possible to interpret the elevations of Lori and Sartain as payback by the Vatican. But the Cordileone appointment is downright combative. For years, Cordileone has quietly made his mark as the USCCB’s fiercest opponent of same-sex marriage. Last year, his labor earned him the role of chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. And now he has been tapped to be the chief shepherd of a city known for its prominent LGBT population and its historic role in the LGBT liberation movement.
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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: bishops; cordileone
posted on 08/04/2012 10:29:50 AM PDT
posted on 08/04/2012 10:34:14 AM PDT
(Quia tu es, Deus, fortitudo mea...Quare tristis es anima mea?)
May God bless all these bishops abundantly in their work. Amen!
posted on 08/04/2012 10:45:20 AM PDT
("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
"Liberal remnant!" A better term for any Western "Theologian" who tries to argue for "same sex marriage," is Cloud Dancer
Marriage is not a sanctification of peculiar behavior. It is all about sanctification of procreation; about conceiving children in a family with multi-generational focus & values. To expect any genuine Theologian--in any God Fearing faith, to embrace the oxymoron of "same sex marriage," is to demonstrate the most obvious confusion--to put a neutral label on it.
posted on 08/04/2012 10:46:05 AM PDT
We are proud of these men and the church for having the courage to stand up and be counted. We are praying that more of our evangelical churches find the same courage. “Combative” is the appropriate stance when one is being attacked.
posted on 08/04/2012 10:59:04 AM PDT
From the article:But in reality, for the majority of Catholic laity in this country who support marriage equality, Cordileone's promotion is only further, glaring evidence of the hierarchy's deepening descent into meanness, spitefulness and pastoral insensitivity.
That's unmitigated hogwash. There is very, very, little support among the laity for "marriage equality", as the Fishwrap crowd calls it.
I know people who are running from the liberal "Cafeteria Catholic" agenda as fast as they can because they now realize it's part of a very deliberate undermining everything the Church teaches. Why it took the demand to allow faggots to marry one another to get them to see the light I don't know, I'm just glad they've finally seen the whole ball of wax as the food for dung beetles it really is.
These dolts don't know what, "combative" means yet. They've adopted Luther's view that the politicians and government should dictate to and rule over the Church which means they're only pretending to still be Catholic. King Barry and his pals have every intention of founding a State religion and those who think the Church standing by what it has taught for two thousand years is "meanness" are angling to be on the list of those King Barry appoints to head his church. Just like the German Christian crowd that came on the scene once Hitler was in power, these folks think they can build their own new religion that supports their fascist ideology.
Democrat Christianity, it's on the way, and it's not coming from skinheads and the usual suspects. It's coming from those who have thrown the word "nazi" at everyone else to hide their own agenda.
posted on 08/04/2012 11:06:32 AM PDT
(Only Newt can defeat both the Fascist democrats and the Vichy GOP)
Sounds just like the “Living Constitution” crowd, doesn’t it?
posted on 08/04/2012 11:28:55 AM PDT
(....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
Shock! Catholic Church promotes Catholic to Archbishop position!
posted on 08/04/2012 11:31:18 AM PDT
(....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
Want to know what the Christian definition of marriage? Read Matthew 19:6-9. Want to know the natural definition? Just read almost any legal code in world history. The state has but two interests in marriage: the care and protection of progeny and the transfer of property from one family member to another. But where the Church is concerned, it is a sacrament, and the state has absolutely no authority to say anything about a sacrament:its purpose, its form and who must receive. Yet this is the way that the all-powerful state is trending. How ironical that millions died on account of the totalitarian state, and we freely adopt it.
posted on 08/04/2012 11:40:21 AM PDT
As an Irish-American Catholic I often wonder how much of the Church’s recent problems have been caused by the Irish-American clergy of recent times,
posted on 08/04/2012 11:44:07 AM PDT
Cordileone looks resilient, tough and focussed. I love it!
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