Thursday, June 12, 2014


This sounds very, very familiar to me, but I can't recall why. What is it with heterodox post-Catholics and post Christians using the pope, the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to promote division and rancor in the Catholic Church?  The new catch phrase to bully the Catholic Church and Protestant denominations that uphold God's design for marriage, in the religious and secular realm since marriage belongs to God in both realms not just the religious, is "gender equality." Anyone opposed to "gender equality" is like the racists of years gone by. It is a form of crass manipulation. Perhaps the Church should coin the phrase "gender complementarity"? That would show them!

Hypocritical Liberals Try to Shame Archbishop Cordileone
June 11, 2014 at 12:26 pm

The mayor of San Francisco, liberal politicians, and a group of radical activists who call themselves Christians are attempting to shame Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for his involvement with the March for Marriage.

Ironically, in a letter to Archbishop Cordileone, the group quoted both Pope Francis and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, implying that Archbishop Cordileone's support for marriage is somehow at odds with his duties as a Catholic archbishop.

Completely ignoring the parts about searching for the Lord and having good will, the leftists wrote, "...while not all of us agree with official Catholic teaching on marriage and family, we appreciate the many statements from Catholic leaders defending the human dignity of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, especially the recent words of Pope Francis: 'If someone is gay, who searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?' Pope Francis' words echo the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which states that lesbian and gay people 'must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.'"

The irony in this is unmistakable. The letter goes on to imply that refusing to accept the redefinition of marriage is "unjust discrimination," and that advocating for the redefinition of marriage is somehow an action of goodwill. (Newsflash: Pope Francis has spoken repeatedly about how redefining marriage is an attack on the family, the importance of children growing up with mothers and fathers, and the sanctity of marriage.)

The letter ends with a suggestion that Archbishop Cordileone not speak at the March for Marriage and instead "join us in seeking to promote reconciliation rather than division and hatred." 

Ironically, the signers of the letter are the ones promoting division by trying to divide the Catholic Church, which has always and will always teach that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, a Sacrament ordered toward bringing the sexes together to create new life. Furthermore, there is unity among faithful Catholics and Christians in regard to marriage--there is agreement that it is quite possible to protect marriage, and the basic human truths it reflects, without being "hateful" toward anyone. In fact, Archbishop Cordileone spoke about this at last year's march.

The signers could have been much clearer about their intentions by simply writing, "We ask you to join with us in opposing the teachings of your religion under the guise of 'promoting reconciliation.'"
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Anonymous said...

"Who am I to judge?"

Will we ever cease to hear this thrown in the face of the Church? No. Never.

Is it possible that anything subsequently can erase the damage done by these five words? Apparently not.

Robert Kumpel said...

Thank God San Francisco has Bishop Cordileone. If ever a city needed a man of his substance and strength, it's the city by the bay, held hostage by the gay.

JBS said...


I would suggest that our response to "who am I to judge?" should be "it is Christ, not the pope, who damns unrepentant sinners to Hell".

Anonymous 2 said...


We live in an age when sloganeering, labeling, and ripping words out of context is the norm and when such practices can effectuate widespread infection and corruption of the mind and heart through mass media, including now social media. After all, this is the “communications age,” so it is just as easy to communicate rubbish information and thinking far and wide as it is to communicate quality information and thinking. In fact, it is probably easier because so many people are very susceptible to rubbish nowadays, having been indoctrinated and conditioned into losing the ability to engage in critical thinking, assuming they ever had it in the first place. There are ways to combat this, beginning with a proper education system. But this requires, in the words of Marx (Karl not Groucho), that the educators first be educated. But that is a topic for another day.

For today the point is that we should not blame Pope Francis for uttering the words “Who am I to judge” (I am not suggesting you are, but many do). Instead we should blame the inability to think or read, and the desire to manipulate others through the unethical and dishonest use of language. Let’s face it: If people can rip words of the Catechism out of context, they can rip anything out of context.

Anonymous said...

Father, I have read many on Southern Orders complaining about the comments of Pope Francis. That his comments are ambiguous and that he has failed to clearly uphold the Church's teaching as previous Popes have. It seems to me that their complaints are being borne out both by what you state in this post and also because in my own country we have statements coming out such that there should be no bar whatsoever to people receiving the sacraments. Personally, I feel that Pope Francis' comments have been, at the very least, ambiguous and at the most serious they have undermined the Church's teaching. The damage is done. I think the cardinals must realise by now they made a BIG mistake.