Public Letter to Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco
On 3rd February 2015 Archbishop Cordileone made public a statement he developed for inserting into the faculty handbooks of the four high schools owned and operated by the Archdiocese. The articles demanded adherence to Catholic teaching, particularly on sexual issues, and warned against taking public positions contrary to church teaching.
A large group of people have placed an advertisement in Newspapers and Magazines such as the Tablet. The following is text taken from the Tablet 7th March 2015
San Francisco, Winter, 2015PEOPLE OF FAITH SPEAK OUT AGAINST INTOLERANCE & ABUSE
ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.
As members of the Catholic and broader faith community we reject Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s decision to impose a narrow and deeply troubling definition of Catholic identity on the San Francisco Catholic community and our Catholic High School teachers and administrators. Archbishop Cordileone’s actions harm teachers, students and the larger community by presenting the Catholic faith and community as intolerant, narrow and exclusionary.
The requirement that teachers and administrators sign a binding contract and operate under a faculty handbook that articulates a selective set of doctrines focused on sexual ethics, condemnation of the LGBTQ community, and restrictions on women’s healthcare and marriage represents a coercive exercise reminiscent of morality oaths and inquisitions of times past.
The Archbishop’s action creates a repressive environment in which not only dissent, but any critical thought, robust exchange of ideas and genuine dialogue are discouraged and punishable by loss of livelihood.
Rather than “clarify Catholic social teaching" or foster unity Archbishop Cordileone’s actions sow fear and division and inspire intolerance.
The tenets propounded by Archbishop Cordileone do not reflect the gospel principles of love and inclusivity. Nor do they reflect the central tenets of the Catholic tradition which uphold the primacy of conscience and the principle that the church is all of us (Vatican II).
Most U.S. Catholics believe very little of what is in the Archdiocesan document and actively reject much of it.
The role of the bishop is to articulate the faith of the people. If the Church is the People Of God then as a church whose bishop is failing us, we must stand and articulate our our belief of love over hate, inclusion over exclusion, the primacy of conscience over dictatorial decrees and the beloved community over a rigid organization.
We express our profound support of our teachers and administrators who give so encourage them to refuse to be intimidated into signing a document that stands in such contradiction to these cherished principles.
We call upon the Archbishop to cease his attack on the Catholic Community of San Francisco and on the LGBTQ community and withdraw the proposed language.
We call upon the larger Catholic community to withhold our dollars from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and we call upon Catholic leaders and organizations to demand a stop to these repressive and regressive actions.
We renew our commitment to a Catholic community predicated on the greatest commandment of all: Love One Another
post edited by Sergius - 2015/03/09 15:24:31