Pope Benedict XVI has announced his choice for the next Archbishop of San Francisco: Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, who worked to promote California’s Proposition 8 and is currently chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.
We’re thinking he might get a mixed reception in the City by the Bay.
Cordileone, who replaces retiring Archbishop George Niederauer in October, was a bishop in San Diego when he campaigned for Prop 8. (He personally donated$6,000 to get the measure passed.) After it passed, he told a reporter that “the ultimate attack of the Evil One is the attack on marriage.”
HRC president Chad Griffin calls Cordileone’s ascension “chilling.” “While LGBT Catholics and their allies have worked relentlessly to create welcoming environments, the appointment of Bishop Cordileone sends a chilling message that, in the eyes of the hierarchy, same-sex relationships are not worthy of equal dignity and respect.”
At a news conference on Friday, it didn’t sound like Cordileone—who will oversee bishops in Honolulu, Las Vegas, Sacramento and Salt Lake City—was softening his tone: “Marriage can only come about through the embrace of a man and a woman coming together,” he told reporters. “I don’t see how that is discriminatory against anyone.”
Oh, no. Certainly not.