Post submitted by Ianthe Metzger, Communication Coordinator
This Wednesday, while addressing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ summer meeting, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco called for a change to the United States Constitution that would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Cordileone said, “An amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the only remedy in law against judicial activism.”
A leading supporter of California’s Proposition 8 to ban same-sex marriage in 2008, Archbishop Cordelione will soon be sharing the stage with the likes of those who’ve publicly compare marriage equality to Slavery and 9/11, at the National Organization for Marriage’s (NOM) so called ‘March for Marriage’ on June 19th.
Just this week on Tuesday, June 10th, HRC signed on to a letter from California’s Lt. Gov. Gavin Newson, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and over 80 political, civic and religious leaders asking the archbishop to cancel his participation in NOM’s rally. The letter in part reads:
“We respect freedom of religion and understand that you oppose civil marriage for same-sex couples. But the actions and rhetoric of NOM, and those of the event's speakers and co-sponsors, fundamentally contradict Christian belief in the fundamental human dignity of all people.
NOM has a long and well-documented history of publishing material that connects homosexuality with pedophilia and incest and falsely suggests that gays and lesbians are trying to "inculcate children." Likewise, the Family Research Council, which is co-sponsoring the event, has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center because of their vitriolic rhetoric. Recently, a spokesperson for FRC blamed the growing acceptance of marriage for same sex couples for the Isla Vista mass shootings.
At a time when Pope Francis is actively working to change the perception of the Catholic Church through teachings about love and acceptance towards gay people, Archbishop Cordelione has chosen to double down on his hateful rhetoric which only takes the church farther backwards. His views continue to stands at odds with the majority of Americans, and the rapidly growing chorus of Catholic voices calling for equality across the country precisely because of their deep commitment to the spirit of Catholicism.