Archbishop Cordileone in San Francisco is under attack.
Lawmakers are threatening him. There have even been protests outside parishes.
Why? Because the Archbishop instituted reforms to ensure that Catholic schools teach the faith to our children.
Here are the details:
The Archbishop released a document clarifying Catholic teaching on issues such as the sanctity of all life, the definition of marriage, contraception, and other points of Catholic doctrine. He asked that teachers in Catholic schools “avoid fostering confusion among the faithful and any dilution of the schools’ primary Catholic mission. [They] are expected to arrange and conduct their lives so as not to visibly contradict, undermine or deny these truths.”
He wrote that this was not meant to target teachers for dismissal or micromanage their personal lives. But for the sake of the students, they are asked to notpublicly contradict Church teaching.
And now a group of eight California lawmakers are demanding the Archbishop “reconsider and withdraw” the reforms he instituted. These anti-Catholic politicians accused the Archbishop of being “divisive” and are demanding that he “stop his attack” on lesbians and gays.
The Archbishop responded late last week: “would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those that you stand for, and who shows disrespect toward you and the Democratic Party in general?… I respect your right to employ or not employ whomever you wish to advance your mission. I simply ask the same respect from you.”
It’s worth asking: Why is this group of lawmakers (all 8 are Democrats) trying to get an bishop to change Church policies? I thought members of the Democratic Party believed in a “separation of Church and State”?
But of course, the First Amendment right to religious freedom was not written to muzzle the freedoms of American citizens. That constitutional right was written precisely to protect the rights of all Americans, including Archbishop Cordileone, from ambitious and powerful lawmakers like the eight who wrote that letter.
Standing up to the secular elites is not easy. Bishops who defend the faith are rarely applauded.
That’s why we decided to write this letter.
All Catholics should be thankful for courageous shepherds like Archbishop Cordileone.
He needs our prayers and support. We want him to know CV is behind him 100%.