Attacks Against Archbishop Cordileone Fall Flat

Despite a ruthless public relations war against San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for attempting to ensure that Catholic schools remain faithful to the Church, the majority of respondents to a San Francisco Chronicle poll remain supportive of their episcopal leader.  On Sunday, the Chronicle provided a weeklong poll for readers entitled “Time for Archbishop Cordileone to Go?” The results (as of April 21 at 3pm) revealed that those who have been lobbying Pope Francis to remove the archbishop remain a small minority. When asked: “Should Pope Francis Remove Archbishop Cordileone from the San Francisco Archdiocese?” 78 percent of all respondents said “No, the archbishop is upholding the values of the Catholic Church;” and 10 percent said the archbishop is right to oppose same sex marriage. In contrast, only 11 percent indicated that the archbishop is fostering a climate of intolerance; and a tiny fraction (1 percent) said that “Yes, his morality clause for teachers in parochial schools defies the law.”

Should Pope Francis remove Archbishop Cordileone from the San Francisco archdiocese?

  • 78%  No, the archbishop is upholding the values of the Catholic Church
  • 11%  Yes, the archbishop is fostering a climate of intolerance
  • 10%  No, the archbishop is right to oppose same-sex marriage
  • 1%   Yes, his morality clause for teachers in parochial schools defies the law

This has to be disappointing for those who hired Sam Singer, the infamous public relations guru, who has created a cynical marketing campaign to convince Catholics that the archbishop does not understand or appreciate the unique cultural needs of the San Francisco community. From candlelight vigils at the cathedral—replete with protestors dressed in black to vilify the archbishop at Church services on Ash Wednesday—to an extensive campaign to try to convince Catholics that the archbishop hates the homeless and is using sprinklers to remove them from sleeping on Church property, Singer has tried several unsuccessful strategies to convince Catholics to remove their leader.

Most recently, Singer helped to stage an elaborate press conference to announce a “grassroots” group of 100 so-called “committed Catholics inspired by Vatican II” who purchased a full page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle asking Pope Francis to remove the archbishop—and provide a new leader for them who is “committed to our values and your teachings.”

Leading the charge against the archbishop was Brian Cahill, retired executive director of Catholic Charities/Catholic Youth Organization in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Angry about Catholic teachings on homosexuality, Cahill has been protesting these teachings for more than a decade—long before Archbishop Cordileone ever arrived in San Francisco. A long-time advocate of same-sex “marriage” and adoption of children by gay parents—even during the time he headed San Francisco’s Catholic Charities, Cahill publicly denounced Catholic teachings on homosexuality. On March 13, 2011, Cahill published an op-ed in The San Francisco Chronicle entitled: “My Gay Son: The Face of Church’s Lack of Respect,” which began with: “I am a Catholic who voted against Proposition 8 in 2008 and contributed $1,000 to the No on 8 Campaign.” Archbishop Cordileone was a leader of the Proposition 8 campaign that sought to ensure that marriage remain a union between a man and a woman.

Cahill was joined by several Bay Area leaders—many of them big donors to Democratic political causes. First Things writer Matthew Schmitz pointed out that among the 100 signers included several business leaders like Charles Geschke, the co-chairman of Adobe System, who has given more than $200,000 to the Democratic National Committee; and Clint Reilly who worked on political campaigns for Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and later, headed the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities under Cahill.

Joining Cahill in his campaign against the Church in San Francisco, Jim McGarry and his wife, Kathy Curran appear to have made a commitment to changing Catholic teachings on marriage and homosexuality. And, like Cahill, Curran and McGarry made that commitment more than a decade ago—long before Archbishop Cordileone arrived in the Bay area. In December, 2008, the couple coordinated a demonstration along with Dignity USA, New Ways Ministry and Call to Action in a candlelight vigil to protest Vatican opposition to a United Nations resolution on homosexuality.

Curran coordinated a March 17, 2015 forum held at the University of San Francisco which was described in National Catholic Reporter as an opportunity to “galvanize opposition to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s changes to a handbook for teachers at four high schools.” In his opening speech at the March 17 forum, Cahill helped set the tone for the evening when he charged that “Cordileone, who with his imported crew of orthodox, smugly ideological and intentionally provocative zealots, is trying to shove his sex-obsessed version of Catholic identity down the throats of Catholic high school students and teachers.”

Jim McGarry appears to share his wife’s zeal for changing Catholic teachings on marriage and homosexuality—and has chosen to join her in the attack on the archbishop. But, McGarry goes even further by criticizing the Church’s teachings on reproductive rights including in vitro fertilization. In an open letter to San Francisco Catholic students McGarry suggested that the archbishop is “not in compliance with Catholic teaching.” Claiming that the archbishop is “very selectively choosing a small number of doctrines and putting them forward in a selective way,” McGarry concludes that the archbishop is “distorting the tradition in a way that first of all endangers the health and well being of our children.”

As the campaign against the Church in San Francisco has begun to lose ground, Singer’s rhetoric has escalated—and he has personally extended his attacks on those who have publicly supported Archbishop Cordileone. Following the publication of a National Review article  last week, Singer sent three tweets to his followers on April 18 and 19 advising them to denounce the author for her hateful speech. Calling the article “mean-spirited and hateful,” Singer called on the archbishop (of all people) to “reject” the author. Making sure that the author saw his angry tweets—and would be fearful of retribution by Singer-supporters—Singer forwarded them to her personally so she would receive them in her email inbox. Unfortunately for Singer, the strategy seems to have failed as only a handful of his followers even bothered to re-tweet any of his offensive tweets.

Realizing that he is losing the public opinion battles, it is likely that Singer will escalate his attacks on those of us who support the courageous work Archbishop Cordileone is doing. On April 18, Singer tweeted that he “won’t give up until Cordileone is gone.” Maybe. But, it is more likely that as Singer continues to lose ground in his ongoing war on the Church, and his supporters begin to retreat, his sponsors may start to consider whether they are engaged in a losing campaign.

Anne Hendershott


Anne Hendershott is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Veritas Center at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. She is the author of Status Envy: The Politics of Catholic Higher Education; The Politics of Abortion; and The Politics of Deviance (Encounter Books). She is also the co-author of Renewal: How a New Generation of Priests and Bishops are Revitalizing the Catholic Church (2013).

  • Dr. Timothy J. Williams

    As this and many other articles make abundantly clear, almost all “catholic” charities are fully in bed with the Democratic Party, and thus with abortion, sodomy, homosexual “marriage,” socialism, etc. Faithful Catholics must be very careful where there money goes.

    • Guest

      As recent revelations have shown with C,R,S, !

    • Objectivetruth

      This is the last year my coins go in to the CRS rice bowl during Lent. I’ll hand the cash directly to the Mother Superior at my local Missionaries of Charity AIDS hospice instead.

      • bdlaacmm

        I used to unquestionably donate to various Catholic charities, but no longer. Nowadays 100% of my contributions go to either my parish directly or to the diocese – or even straight to the person in need with no intermediaries.

    • TERRY

      VERY careful indeed.

      I send mine to the Edmundite Missions in Selma, Alabama. They’ve been there since 1937 and have been serving the African-American community there since day one.

    • RooforLife

      Thats why this year and last year sent money to Mary’s Meals instead of doing the rice bowl. Mary’s Meals is run by a Catholic and from what Ive seen it does not get into all those things you mention.

      Our idea is a simple one that works. We provide one daily meal in a place of education in order to attract chronically hungry children into a classroom, where they receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.

      Mary’s Meals began by feeding 200 children in Malawi. Today we feed over 989,000 hungry children every day.

      In addition to our school feeding projects, which are very much the
      core of our work, Mary’s Meals also supports a home for HIV-positive
      young adults – who were abandoned as children – in Romania.

      work is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, who brought up her child
      in poverty. We consist of, we respect and we reach out to people of all
      faiths and none.

      The average worldwide cost for us to feed a
      child for a whole school year is just £12.20/€14.50/$19.50. Wherever
      possible, Mary’s Meals uses locally grown food to support the local
      economy. We work hard to keep our running costs low and to ensure that
      at least 93 percent of donations go on our charitable work. This is only
      possible since most of our work is done by an army of volunteers.

      With 300 million chronically hungry children in the world, our work is just beginning.

    • RooforLife

      I check American Life League’s charity list before donating to charities.
      Charitable Organizations and their Positions on the Life Issues

      The list of
      charitable research organizations and their corresponding positions on
      the life issues posted to our website is neither all pro-life nor all
      anti-life; it is mixed. Unfortunately, most of the organizations on our
      list are marked with the red minus sign. It is simply just a sad fact
      that most national medical research/advocacy groups support some form of
      unethical research. There is no listing, to our knowledge, of only
      pro-life research organizations.

  • thomistica

    In all charity, one can ask: why doesn’t this band just leave the Church? It’s a free country.

    These folks are creating energy-sapping squabbles that require tremendous amounts (necessary!) effort to counter. Why don’t they take their agendas to a particular wing of the Anglican church, stop fomenting so much polarization, and leave the rest of us in peace to try our best to affirm and promote the magisterium?

    Along those lines, anyone catch the ND conference “Father Jenkins to discuss polarization among American Catholics at Notre Dame conference”? Just who, or what groups, are creating the “polarization”?

    • Blah Blaah

      Because Satan wants to destroy the Church founded by Christ. He’s already done with the Anglicans – had them in his pocket a long, long time ago. He needs his minions in the Catholic Church.

      • thomistica

        I should change my wording a bit: I’d rather that this enervating band leave the Church, rather than continuing on so dishonestly within it, rather than take their agenda to some other church among the huge menu of available ones. The point really had to do with their obsessive crusade to undermine the Church to which they claim allegiance.

        • Blah Blaah

          Is it strange that people with no moral integrity don’t have the integrity to leave what they don’t believe in instead of trying to destroy it? People motivated by a diabolical hatred of the truth – in order to cling to their sin – naturally want to tear down and destroy anything that confronts them in their sin.

          Yeah, we’d all rather they just went away, I think. “Enervating” is a good word.

          Lately, though, I’ve been thinking a bit about ‘those people who really annoy us,’ the people we wish would ‘just go away,’ and I think there’s something wrong with that mentality. Isn’t it a bit like the abortion mentality? Some person or persons cause us trouble, upset our boat – away with them! Get rid of them! Cast them out!

          It’s certainly how I feel. Is it how Christ feels?

          Does Christ want us to respond as calmly and charitably as we can and pray, pray, pray for their conversion and salvation? (I can do the second part a lot more easily than the first part; I’m the first to just want enervating people to just go away, and disbelievers to have the integrity to leave the Church.)

          Jesus warned about the wheat and tares and even chose Judas. Just as the poor will always be with us, so will those who are satanically motivated to destroy the body of Christ from the inside out, like a virulent cancer.

          For me, it’s salutary to take my focus off of them (in the sense of being angry and annoyed by them) and focus on myself: Am I praying for them, of fuming? Am I making sacrifices in atonement for the wounds they inflict on the body of Christ? Or am I allowing the Evil One to distract me with anger and frustration? Am I focusing on their sins and lack of character or on my sins and lack of character?

          • thomistica

            Really well put! A great reminder that there is a real danger and temptation to engage in self-righteous anger. This is a real temptation for those of us who enjoy polemics. I’ll be the first to admit that I sometimes enjoy polemics a bit too much. The trick is to engage in polemics in a wholesome way and always to take the very high road.

            Christ is the model for how to proclaim truth in a culture of death, and yet do so in a way that changes minds and hearts. Hard for us weak humans. Perhaps well-nigh impossible. Oremus!

            Thanks again for the reminder.

            • Ruth Rocker

              But Jesus did exhibit righteous anger when he drove the money changers from the temple. What they were doing was wrong in many ways, but mainly because they were twisting teachings to fit their profitable businesses. This is much like what’s going on today. People who support the gaystapo’s agenda are twisting the Church’s emphasis on love into a parody of what it really means.

              Removing a cancer from the body is a good thing for the body and removing this kind of cancer from the Body of Christ is also a good thing.

              • thomistica

                A question for the theologians: is there a distinction between righteous anger, and self-righteous anger? Clearly we should not regard ourselves as ontologically better than adversaries, and the “self” in self-righteous might well articulate that. There’s a fine line here (for us fallen humans.). Great topic for a Crisis writer to take up.

                • Ruth Rocker

                  True enough.

                • John200

                  As the most rank of rank amateur theologians, I’ll give it a go. I recall that the difference turns on anger for the love of God vs. anger for the love of self. I am doing this from memory, so the reasoning won’t be perfect.

                  Christ showed righteous anger in at least 3 cases: in His repetitious criticism of the Pharisees; when He called His own created and chosen children a “brood of vipers”; and when he took a whip to the merchants in the temple.

                  The difference seems to be in the 5th commandment. Jesus hated no man, so He did not hate the objects of His anger. Hating a child of God, in the sense of the 5th commandment, is constitutive of self-righteous anger. So when you want to kill someone, or kill their spirit, or get them thrown off the team, or slander them, or do them harm, or aid someone else in doing them harm, you are onto a self-righteous form of anger.

                  Evil provokes righteous anger, envy the other kind. That is not a perfect summary, but I find it is a helpful guide. When you feel envy toward a child of God, don’t touch them; you are about to commit a sin.

                  • thomistica

                    Is righteous anger consistent with, ‘lo expressed in, a desire that persons leave the Church who claim membership but don’t accept its teachings? In other words, should we desire for a smaller, more honest Church? Certainly we should desire their conversion, and recognize our own faults, but also recognize the damage they are doing (especially the unborn)–and charitably ask them to leave?

                    • John200

                      An interesting question. Benedict XVI said we should expect to have a smaller, more faithful, church. Yet the church’s ultimate aim is that everyone should be a member.

                      I doubt that there is a charitable way for me to ask a child of God to leave His Church. They may be present to improve us, or for us to educate them into the truths they laugh at. God does things like that all the time.

                      In most cases, I think charity influences us to ask them to repent, and show them why they should. If they are obstinate in their sins, we eventually look away.

                      In the extreme case where people excommunicate themselves, they are to leave us for a time. But
                      that is for obstinate sinners, heretics, schismatics, et al. The whole formal procedure is governed by canon law. They take evidence and
                      testimony, and then make a judgment. But lay people, such as me (I
                      assumed without evidence that you are lay?), are not canon lawyers.

                      God always wants sinners to repent and be saved, even those who have excommunicated themselves.

                      I don’t see how to ask a person to leave, not from where I am in the church.

                    • thomistica

                      Thanks for your intelligent and reflective commentary.
                      I really don’t know if I agree with you, but I have an open mind about all this.
                      Consider e.g. a pro-abortion, pro-SSM Catholic politician who presents themselves for the Eucharist. It is hard to see how this is not a desecration of the body of Christ. True, in an ideal world canon law would handle these cases. But what if a bishop or priest does nothing about this? Or more generally does not challenge the rampant, warmed-over Protestant sentiments that so many Catholics now have?
                      Moreover, is it not an act of charity to ask someone not to be someone they are not, in effect to live a lie? We find an injunction in Scripture to challenge others when necessary.
                      There are distinguishable cases: the person who was obviously not properly catechized but thirsts for the truth, who can be approached charitably by another layperson and informed about the Catechism and the tradition. But consider another person, even clerics, who know the Church’s teachings, give evidence of having read apologetic materials, or at least have access to so many good materials on the Internet or their local seminary library, and yet perdure in their obstinancy. Isn’t it charitable to ask them to be honest with themselves and their community–and leave? And of course return if they have a change of heart.
                      All this is consistent with the idea broached elsewhere in the com box about getting one’s own house in order and not engaging in self-righteous indignation.
                      Again, I don’t have easy answers to this. But I do wonder whether the laity should not be engaged in challenging other laypersons in the Church in this way. Especially given that so many cardinals, bishops and priests are not challenging individuals in this way, let alone invoking canon law to do so.
                      These are open questions and I am entirely open-minded on all this.
                      It would be good if a debate were to emerge about these issues among magisterially observant Catholics, with an open-minded airing of arguments and counter-arguments about possible dispositions and actions to take in this area. And with rich references to the history of the Church, to the virtues traditions, to moral theology, and so on. In an ideal world, perhaps a world now gone, there would be rich debate of the kind one found in late scholasticism, that invoked just about every aspect of the tradition (theology, philosophy, Scripture, doctrine).
                      Maybe this debate will be foist upon us in stark form if the current pontiff, or hypothetically if some future pontiff, challenges longstanding doctrine in one way or another. (Here and there we’re seeing some discussion like this in the run-up to the next synod this fall–whose results no one can predict.) But the issues already exist: so many persons presenting themselves for the Eucharist who disagree with Church teachings in various areas.

          • John200

            In the military, when you don’t like what you see, the prescription is: serve honorably, then resign.

            ‘Tis true that the faithful do not resign from the Church, but the basic idea is sound. Do your work as well as you can. God’s detailed plan is unknown to you, so be sure you make a positive contribution wherever you are placed. If it has to be a rotten situation, be assured that it is temporary. Act in a way that ensures you will not be there forever.

            To reinforce your concluding paragraph:

            Always focus on your own sins and lack of character; then offer them up; then forget about them and go to work. This is your guarantee that your work will be productive of much good fruit.

          • Atilla The Possum

            Remember the Fruits of the Holy Spirit include ”instructing the ignorant”. It is natural that we feel angry, hurt and all the rest of it in the face of these crazies who are infecting Holy Mother Church like a strain of botulism! However, we could better channel the energy used in anger to galvanise ourselves when we confront those who cause us to be angry with the TRUTH. We need mentally galvanising because the Church of Nice will no longer be ‘nice’ to us, they will actually turn nasty, end up calling us names and telling porkies to anyone who’ll listen – including the priest, until they think we’ll up sticks and go to another parish.
            It’s up to us to keep our focus on Almighty God until they realise that they are going about things in the wrong way.

          • Cynthia Millen

            Thank you!! What a good point!!

    • Dr. Timothy J. Williams

      What a great conference this will be! Organized by a Fordham theologian who thinks abortion is merely “refusal to aid the fetus,” and a Notre Dame “sociologist,” and with the obligatory presence of the National Catholic Reporter, and of course, animated by the arch-apostate himself, Jenkins. A wonderful occasion for “dialoguing” and “healing,” and the outright betrayal of Christ and His Church.

      • thomistica

        Yes, just what is the point of this conference?

        Is everyone, at its close, supposed to walk into the sunset intoning John Lennon’s “Imagine”?

        From a purely sociological standpoint, Jenkins doesn’t get it. The action in the Church is on the countercultural front–taking the hard stances necessary to counter–with both mercy and justice in balance–the culture of death, and serving as a leaven within a society gasping its last (perhaps prolonged, perhaps not) breaths.

        • Dr. Timothy J. Williams

          I think they all “get it.” Jenkins and his ilk just aren’t Catholic any longer, and they want to convert us to their “nice” christianology.

          • GG

            To quote a 92 year old nun: “They might be priests, but they ain’t Catholic”.

            • thomistica

              Formally or theologically speaking, I’m told baptism in the Catholic church suffices to establish membership in it. The point is that there comes a point when it is legitimate to ask why or to what end does continued membership have any point or meaning, if persons claiming membership deny the belief system. A legitimate question that has to be asked charitably and, as another poster here mentions, without indignation.

              • GG

                I make a distinction between the theologically true, ontological change in the soul from baptism, and the also true that one’s words and actions are contrary to full communion with the Church.

                I think the famous nun’s words are practical and reveal a an aspect of the truth that is needed to be said to awaken a slumbering conscience.

              • BXVI

                They won’t leave because they know there is only one Church and only one Eucharist. But, in my opinion they are heretics who should be excommunicated. If you have an organization, and you say: “You can be a member in our organization no matter what you believe and no matter how you behave, and we will never judge you for it” then what kind of organization do you really have? Certainly not one that can be an effective witness to anything.

              • Zephaniah

                Perhaps being ‘charitable’ and ‘nice’ isn’t working for us any longer. The basic question then becomes: When is it time to start using terms like “heretic” and ‘public excommunication?’

                • Suicide isn’t charity.

                  • 1crappie2

                    Martyrs aren’t made because they’re nice, but because they are loathed by people who aren’t so nice.

                • thomistica

                  Always be charitable, but also just. Charity is a requirement. So is justice. They’re not mutually exclusive.

                  “Nice”–depends on what this means. A gooey or insinscere disposition that leads one not to proclaim the faith when it is called for–that’s bad and has nothing to do with charity.

                • Anthony Zarrella

                  I think you’re on the right track – bring back some of the old language, so progressives can stop claiming to find wiggle room in Church doctrine. They keep claiming that (for example) there is room in the Church’s teachings to recognize “good aspects” of intrinsically sinful relationships…

                  So let’s get a formal document stating, “If anyone should hold that it is morally licit to engage in a physical or romantic relationship with a member of the same sex, under any circumstances whatsoever, let him be anathema. If anyone should hold that it is morally licit to engage in sexual relations outside of a valid marriage, under any circumstances whatsoever, let him be anathema. If anyone should hold that a valid marriage is possible between any more or less than exactly one man and one woman, let him be anathema. If anyone should hold that gender is not biologically determined, or that there are more or less than exactly two genders, male and female, let him be anathema.”

                  The old formulas of heresy were clear and beyond debate. People knew that their only options were to assent, or to separate themselves from the Church.

              • 1crappie2

                Membership in the Church guarantees opportunity only.
                I always remember that Judas Iscariot was a hand picked member.

      • Anne Hendershott

        Charles Camosy (the Fordham theologian) probably means well with his awful book on “Moving Beyond” the abortion wars, but he must know that as long as unborn children are being killed every day – up to the last days of a full-term pregnancy–we can not “move beyond” that. Whenever progressives say we have to “move beyond” the polarization, it usually means that they are losing!! So we should look at the conference with hope (and some pity for the participants)… We are becoming a pro-life nation – without any help from the “moderates” on abortion.

        • WSquared

          “Whenever progressives say we have to “move beyond” the polarization, it usually means that they are losing!!”

          Yes. Just like the times they’ve presumed to go “beyond Jesus.” Where, pray, IS that, exactly, but nowhere?

        • DoThe Research

          An important parallel needs to be drawn between the approach to abortion and the approach to homosexuality/”gay marriage.” A reasonable, philosophical argument in support of the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and abortion is that both are PHYSICALLY (and therefore, “medically”) disordered. They claim that the Equal Protection Clause is violated by Catholics, and they claim discrimination based on “sexual orientation.”

          As for “sexual orientation discrimination” – the Equal Protection Clause requires that homosexuals be similarly situated to heterosexuals in all relevant aspects. They are not; homosexuality is inherently, in itself, on its face, physically disordered, physically unhealthy, and physically damaging to the large intestine and surrounding areas in almost all instances (in other words, medical/physical disorder is the NORM for homosexuality). On the other hand, heterosexuality is inherently healthy (the NORM for heterosexuality is health, physical disorder, while the exception, often the result of mis-use of sexual faculties, is physical disorder). That is a relevant difference, one that the state has compelling interest in propagating.

          Those attacking Archbishop Cordileone are ignoring scientific facts, and the Church’s teaching simply is another moral teaching supported by medical facts. The government itself ought not promote physical disorderliness of homosexuality by implying that homosexuality is supposedly “healthy” and “normal” counterpart to heterosexuality. Legalizing gay marriage and promoting homosexuality essentially promotes a medical fallacy/lie, and it would promote physical disorder. See:

        • RaymondNicholas

          I do not believe you can mean well with an awful book. Assuming the guy as an ounce of brains, he means to be awful. That is to say, refute him in public with sound, informed reasoning on any aspects of his heretical views, and see how nice and touchy/feely he remains.

    • GG

      Pretty much today anyone who uses words such as “hate”, “polarization”, or “dialogue” are moral relativists who cannot think deeply.

    • “In all charity, one can ask: why doesn’t this band just leave the Church? It’s a free country.”

      So they can show up in their finest on Christmas and Easter, and line pews with coats to “reserve” seats, in order to talk during Mass.

    • treecie

      Because they want the Church to capitulate or be destroyed.

    • Rob B.

      I believe that it’s because, deep down, they know the Church is right. They hate it, but they cannot deny it. I think we should all pray for them to be shown the Light.

      • Cynthia Millen

        I think you hit the nail on the head. They are working so hard to “change” the Church and trying to convince others to help them. It’s so odd. They could join the Anglican church and get exactly what they want.

    • bonaventure

      Good questions, but the answers are simple.
      Liberals want to destroy the Church, if not from the outside, then from the inside.

  • CR89

    Does anyone know how the good Archbishop is holding up under the attacks from these anti-Catholic demons? How is his mental state and is he determined to remain steadfast against the heretics? Is anyone helping him – his brother bishops, priests, religious, etc. – and in what ways? There has to be SOME good news other than the “newspaper” poll.
    Almighty God, help this man, an Archbishop of your Holy Church, that he may defeat the agents of evil who assail him. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

    • ColdStanding

      It is all about spiritual combat. The teachings of the Church are there to help us learn to disunite our wills from the evil slave lord of hell, the fallen angel Lucifer, St. Michael the Archangel protect us!, and unite our wills with Our Savior, the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Those who set themselves apart from the Church have returned to their vomit (that’s in the Bible). They do the work of the enemy of their soul, redeemed at such a cost, for the devil and his minions. The Holy Faith teaches us that God can as easily defeat 100 enemies as He can 1. Our Lord tests His faithful disciples in combat against the thrones and powers that have rebelled against Him. It is by using the lowly, man against the vast natural superiority of the fallen angels, that God humbles the proud.

      If this is true of angels, that God casts them down, and it is, it is also true of those that would array themselves against God and His servants.

      We are selves are called to this combat. You literally have no choice but to fight. Choosing not to fight is choosing to loose. The Archbishop has chosen his hill right in the very heart of Gomorrah. St. Francis of Assisi, pray for this faithful servant of Our Lord and Savior.

      • CR89

        You are one of the best commenters here and I agree with everything you wrote here. I am mainly concerned about Archbishop Cordileone’s health and well being, especially mentally, AND that he is not surrounded by weak cowards who are telling him to throw in the towel to these devils.

        • ColdStanding

          Far too kind.

          I wish I could provide you a link to vol. 1 of The Teachings of the Catholic Church by Rev. Smith. There is an excellent article on the nature of angels. I have found the teachings there in pivotal for recognizing the tactics employed by the devils in tempting the domestic enemy (appetites). As they have no tangible characteristics, being immaterial, they act by applying pressure. I don’t fully understand how it works, but I do know that it is dependent on having a memory or image which they, themselves, can not supply. Hence the great danger in viewing depictions of the seven deadly sins because the memory will now have an image upon which the enemy can mount its attack.

          Interesting note: sin is actually colorless and with out substance. It coats the soul like a film. I saw it the other day when some fell away. Praise be to God.

    • Atilla The Possum

      I’m praying very hard for this courageous Archbishop that he will remain strong and match fit – both spiritually and physically… and I’m from Across The Pond!

  • thomistica

    Forgot to mention that the conference next week at ND, about “polarization” in Catholicism, advertises a speaker from National Catholic Reporter (“fishwrapper”). Panelists mentioned at the website (see my other posting) include a certain writer from National Catholic Reporter, but mentions no other member of the press. Surprise, surprise. “Polarization”, indeed!

    • Atilla The Possum

      Oh, right! We could do with a good laugh … from those clowns at the Irrational Heretic and Distorter!
      How are their Liturgical Zumba classes going? LOL!

  • GG

    Traitors to the faith abound. How many bishops publicly support Cordileone and rebuke those in rebellion?

  • Seamrog

    Where are the prominent Catholics who support the Archbishop?

    Why are they not supporting him as publicly as his detractors are, as-in placing a full page ad?

    • Anne Hendershott

      It is a disappointment – the ads are expensive though tens of thousands of dollars for a full page ad. But, there are many ways to show support. We should all be doing more–but I understand the reluctance people feel…the enemy is ruthless and they attack back – they try to get people fired – they go after people’s livelihoods – close their businesses. They try to ruin anyone who expresses support for what they hate. Those of us with supportive employers need to do more. But they need to know the costs. Prayer is probably the most important thing we can all do. It costs us nothing–and will bring us closer to God in this epic struggle against the darkness in San Francisco

      • ColdStanding

        “Prayer is probably the most important thing we can all do. It costs us nothing…”

        I know you are talking in terms of dollars, if your prayer costs you nothing, you’d better take a look at how you are praying. Prayer can be just reciting, but it needs to be more. It needs to be a sacrifice. Sacrifices cost.

        • “I know you are talking in terms of dollars, but if your prayer costs you nothing, you’d better take a look at how you are praying. Prayer can be just reciting, but it needs to be more. It needs to be a sacrifice. Sacrifices cost.”

          Precisely. Unlike money time is a limited and constantly diminishing commodity.

          Of course, is it really a sacrifice to turn off moral terrors of the boob-tube, and spend some time in quietude, if not supplication?

          • ColdStanding

            From the perspective of eternity, no, it is no cost at all. However, we are not in eternity. There is a reason why the old texts, even a more recent ones like the works of Fr. Michael Mueller are always hammering away on the need for mortification. Mortification is the putting down of the rabid domestic enemy. That’s no hyperbole. Given its the location of its master’s abode, it should come as no surprise when it fights like hell against the prospect of the life of the soul taking priority. The will of most people has become hardened to the point of near impossibility of redemption. Sufficient grace is still there, but the extra graces are missing or withheld. If heaven is real, then so is hell.

            Yikes! It is bad. The worst political crisis in the world is nothing in comparison. I pray that people climb over the wall that was put up with the signs that say “No Trespassing!” that has cut us off from the practice of the Catholic faith over the almost entire course of its history.

            Please say an extra decade for the Holy souls in Purgatory.

    • People who support the Bishop are busy raising families, paying taxes and contributing on Sunday. They are at an economic disadvantage when it comes to fomenting rebellion, with their time, talent and treasure already being claimed.

      • Whatever may be the situation for those who support Archbishop Cordileone, they are all called to “labour in the vineyard.” Saint Pope John Paul II noted in his apostolic exhortation, “Christifideles Laici (Christ’s Faithful People) that in regard to the urgency of societal issues, “it is not permissible for anyone to remain idle.” If you have not read this document, it is a treasure to draw from as it instils in the laity their vocation and mission in the Church and in the world.

      • St JD George

        I always think about that in the context of fill in the blank protesting that goes on around the world. With very few exceptions, like Pro-Life rallies on the anniversary of Roe-v-Wade, conservative people of faith seem to mostly go about their business raising their families, working jobs or running their business, and invested in making their communities better. I always contrast that with what seems like professional amateurish protesters who seem to show or are bused into to every radical social protest event like fans to a Grateful Dead concert, or fleas to a dog.

    • T. Audrey Glamour

      Where would they place the full page ad?

      Who wants to support the mainstream media by giving them money?

      Better to have processions, flash Masses and family gatherings that the media can choose to ignore in their bias or to cover at their own expense.

    • T. Audrey Glamour

      Just found this i case someone wants to donate to take out an ad.

      Look for the “Donate” button at the top of the page.

    • jp2rp

      There are several efforts underway to support the good Archbishop, a Mass Mob at Star of the Sea at the 4:30 Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 25, a family picnic on May 16 in his support and an effort to raise the money to take out a full page ad in the Chronicle –

  • Kim58

    Monetarily the deck is stacked against Christians because gay folks have tons of money as they don’t have children to spend it on (ever notice too that the straight supporters of gay causes also tend to have 0-1 children on average, so they as well have money to throw around…). So money can’t be the means by which Christians win. Christians will win by producing the children who grow up to become the voters that vote out these folks. It’s going to take some time, but if Christians are open to the teachings of the Catholic Church they will win in the end. Life always wins over death!

    • Saint Pope John Paul II noted in his encyclical, Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of LIfe) that the forces against life are well organized and funded, but no matter what the situation may be, we as Catholics always have recourse to God, for His divine intervention. We can draw it upon us through fasting and prayer.

    • kainosktisis

      Nah, they’ll win by trusting in God – just as Joshua & Caleb did…When they went to scout the Promised Land, they were the only two to report back to Moses in the affirmative to take on the land…& the rest is history…

      • kainosktisis

        Remember David vs Goliath…

  • Vinny

    I don’t get it. Why even bother to have or mention write-in campaigns or polls with regard to what a bishop is doing or saying? He’s either in line with the Church or he isn’t. Similar to this Notre Dame conference “to examine the problem of polarization among American Catholics and to propose ways it might be resisted and overcome.” What polarization? Resisted and overcome? It’s getting much easier to see in real time why Christ was crucified – he kept to truth and humility. The world however became polarized and the powerful resisted and overcame him in this world. Again, everything goes back to the tremendously hard but, eventually (that’s the word that hinders us – we want it now) triumphant virtue of faith.

    • St JD George

      When you accept your role as an NGO, your price for the favors granted you is allegiance to the whims of rulers on the Potomac, not Rome, or Heaven.

  • orientstar

    This is very heartening. Singer will stop when the money runs out – that is what he is there for – and the money will run out when they realise that they have lost. it will take a while but it is obvious that they have lost. A small victory maybe, but an important and rare one. Our collective thanks are due to the loyal Catholics of San Francisco for standing up for their Archbishop and for Catholic teaching.

  • BXVI

    This is what it takes. All you have to do is stand up to these bullies and weather the immediate firestorm, and you win. Unfortunately, most of the time our leaders cave in at the first sign of controversy. Example – the teacher who was recently put on leave for defending Church teaching on homosexuality until her lawyers got her reinstated. The underlying issue may be that her the msgr. and bishop involve actually agree (or at least sympathize) with the “protestors.”

  • Veritas

    Where’s Chuck?

    Excommunicate Cahill. Take a few others out while we’re at it. Tell them, “There’s the door. You don’t have to remain a Catholic. But, if you choose to do so, then you cannot negotiate certain non-negotiables.”

    No discipline; no order.

  • Zephaniah

    How about this: Heretics are among us…If they don’t like Church teaching, then leave. Better to have a small faithful Church than a large one with these heretics. The rest of the Bishops should get on board with Archbishop Cordileone or the next petitions may be to remove some of them for actually not teaching the faith.

    • St JD George

      Truthfully, we need to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. A good way to start is by spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and not the watered down feel good platitudes of go along to get along. I think people are actually hungry for a strong church, not a weak one. Led by someone who isn’t afraid to speak truth to lies. Like the one that walked the earth among us 2000 years ago.

  • Thomas Sharpe

    It would be Wonderful if these events once again make “catholic schools” – Catholic; that is that the schools be open and affordable to All… not just upper middle class with one or two children from use of contraceptives and abortifacients….

  • 1crappie2

    Ignorant or just plain insolent—these morally confused folks will have to argue with God someday and they can confront Him about their sick views about His creation and Church.
    It is the diabolical—“the powers and principalities that roam the earth seeking the ruin of souls” that has also come out of the closet.

  • One of the great includes from this article is the reality of Sam Singer’s failure to smear Archbishop Cordileone. The truth will always prevail; Singer is fighting against God because it is God’s servant he is attacking.

    As for those in this article who claim to be Catholic and want to change the Church’s teaching to fly according to secular winds, they are delusional. By their divisive actions, not only do they announce their reduced level of communion with the Church, but that are rapidly becoming our enemies if they have not already achieved this status.

    Archbishop Cordileone is in my daily Rosary and Mass intentions. I am grateful to see a strong Catholic leader, who makes no compromises against the truth.

    • thomistica

      Also put the Archbishop’s enemies in your intentions. Maybe they will have a change of heart. The history of the Catholic tradition is full of people who have undergone radical transformations.

      • Anne Hendershott

        Thank you Thomistica for the reminder. In a previous article I wrote, I referred to them as “useful idiots” because they so remind me of the ideological zealots who were “used” by the communist leaders during the Cold War. It was most uncharitable of me (even though it did seem appropriate at the time). You have taken the higher ground and we all should (try to) do that also.

      • St JD George

        I’m reminded of a gent named Saul in today’s gospel as a matter of fact.

      • fredx2

        Perhaps Sam Singer can be persuaded to work for the forces of light for once.

    • I keep him in my rosary as well. The rosary is the weapon. God bless you Domenic.

  • St JD George

    by DR. SUSAN BERRY22 Apr 201517

    The vice-president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the overseas charity of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is living in a same-sex marriage, reports Catholic World News.

    According to the Lepanto Institute, a research and education organization dedicated to the defense of the Catholic Church, Rick Estridge, vice-president for overseas finance at CRS, married his partner, William Goretsas Jr. in Maryland on April 4, 2013, a marriage recordindicates.

    The Lepanto Institute also indicates Estridge’s Facebook and Linkedin postings reveal he publicly supports same-sex marriage and organizations promoting gay causes.

    Estridge, who has served CRS in various capacities since 2001, assumed his current role at the same time as his marriage.

    Michael Hichborn, president of Lepanto Institute – which has in the past exposed CRS policy of programs supporting contraception – said, “This vice president is flouting Catholic moral teaching by living in a homosexual union and engaging in homosexual activism online. Personnel is policy, so it’s a fair question to ask how his lifestyle and activism have influenced policy at CRS.”

    Catholic News Agency (CNA) reports that CRS is now in deliberations about the matter concerning Estridge, and that both his Facebook and Linkedin accounts have been disabled.

    CRS states on its website that the charity “upholds Catholic teaching and values.”

  • samharker

    “…the archbishop does not understand or appreciate the unique cultural needs of the San Francisco community.”

    The archbishop fully appreciates the “unique cultural needs of the San Francisco community”. He does not agree with them.

    • cestusdei

      I don’t think Abraham fully appreciated the unique cultural needs of Sodom and Gomorrah.

      • St JD George

        Eventually he came around though. Fire raining down from the sky has a way of getting your attention.

    • fredx2

      The “unique cultural needs of San Francisco” entitle them to sin?

      • kainosktisis

        Oh, but it’s not sin to them…It’s “love”…under a “noble guise” of “equality”…Lots of quotes…Lots of semantics games…

  • Ruth Rocker

    These people don’t leave the Church because as minions of Satan, it is their job to try to destroy the Church from within. It’s obvious that it won’t be happening from the outside or the Church would have disappeared long since. But if you have operatives on the inside, the author of the plan seems to believe that a few whiny baby heretics will have the desired effect.

    I applaud the Archbishop and pray that he stands firm and is allowed to support and defend the teaching of the Church and therefore the teachings of Jesus.

  • St JD George

    Pray for our fallen brothers at this episcopal divinity school who have taken a very big step off the high dive and into the shallow end, it’s as if they’ve taken a bite from the apple and swallowed the worm, venom and all.

  • Johnny Rango

    The people voting in this poll are very likely not from San Francisco. Visit any social media site that supports the Archbishop and you will see that virtually all his support originates outside of San Francisco and outside his diocese. Keep in mind that this kind of poll is in no way scientific or reflective of reality.

    In any case, I can’t help but note how threatened some Catholics are by an ad placed in a newspaper. At the same time, I don’t see any stories in this publication about what just happened to Bishop Finn.

    • T. Audrey Glamour

      Are you trying to say that the archbishop does not have the support of the majority of the Catholics in the Archdiocese of San Francisco?

      I live in the archdiocese and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t support him. I think it depends on who you hang out (and attend Mass) with!

      Of course it helps to have support from all over, so don’t let support from within the archdiocese keep you from supporting him if you don’t live there!

      • Johnny Rango

        As I understand this issue, it doesn’t matter if Catholics support him or don’t support him, as Bishops aren’t elected or dismissed by the laity. I think everyone involved knows this, and so what we have is a PR war. I also think this is a good thing. When Catholics speak out as they do here (by either side of the issue, and regardless if they’re right or wrong), it causes people to examine their faith and beliefs.

        • fredx2

          But the bad part is that the PR being waged against the Archbishop is cheap, dirty and underhanded. They have taken to lying about what he is, what he has done, and its effects on people. So waging a lying PR campaign is a profoundly dirty, unCatholic thing. Their attempts so far have been to slime the archbishop, and simply make him pay for opposing their side. They don’t care who they hurt.

    • GG

      The ad placed in the paper was by rebelling anti-Catholic zealots. To deny that is to deny the obvious.

      • Johnny Rango

        I’m merely questioning why this publication chooses to highlight this issue and the “victory” of an opinion poll, which neglecting to report on what happened with Bishop Finn. I think the Bishop Finn story is far more important than AB Cordilieone and a newspaper ad.

        • fredx2

          Crisis is not a typical news source. It is not a newspaper. It publishes two articles daily dealing with some aspect of Catholicism. I would be surprised if there were not an article on Finn in the coming days and weeks.

    • Scott W.

      Bishop Finn justly lost his office and plenty of Catholics have reported on it. Its not either/or, its both/and. That is, anyone from the highest offices in the Church that fail to protect children from pedators ought to be drummed out AND bishops should ensure that anyone who teaches in the Church’s name do not manifestly mock the teachings in word or deed.

      • Johnny Rango

        I agree that an ad by 100 Catholics shouldn’t be considered any kind of threat to anything. Yet, that’s not the message conveyed by the author, who in this and her other pieces on this issue, liberally uses terms like “attack,” “destroy,” and “war” to characterize what’s going on in SF.

        • Scott W.

          Well I’m not interested in cavils over word choices, so have at it.

        • fredx2

          You apparently have simply not been following. A very well funded group of very rich San Franciscans, probably helped by the gay group “Human rights Campaign” has hired one of the world’s top PR men to get articles planted in newspapers that slime the archbishop – with all sorts of false and misleading allegations.

          Why? Because he stood up for Catholicism.

          This is a war on Catholicism that has been waged in the last few years. It is very well funded by a few rich Billionaires, among them Tim Gill, and others.

    • I will support those in holy orders who hold to and defend the teachings of the magisterium.

      I will pray for those priests who cause scandal and who undermine church teaching seeking only their pleasure and convenience.

    • fredx2

      Go read the Graves report. You don’t know what you are talking about when you refer to the Finn situation.

    • Crisiseditor

      What you say can be easily addressed and some of our readers have already done so. Since your comment does touch on why we cover what we cover, I want you to know that Crisis has been critical of bishops who have been guilty of covering up sexual abuse (among other scandalous behavior):

      And we have been frank about the source of the scandal (homosexual clergy abusing teenagers):

      Bishops sometimes do objectionable things. Just because we don’t report on every single case does not mean that our silence is an endorsement of their actions. You should not make false assumptions. If you gave our site a fair reading you would know better. We are critical of bishops who misbehave but we also support bishops who do the right thing, like Archbishop Cordileone.

  • jacobum

    Singer is a master of promoting the satanic arts. It will continue until the money runs out

  • Objectivetruth

    Here we go, everyone. Lifesitenews is putting together a full page ad in the SF Chronicle supporting Archbishop Cordeleone. Let’s support it. Thank you, Lifesitenews:

  • Gina101

    “…Cordileone, who with his imported crew of orthodox, smugly ideological and intentionally provocative zealots, is trying to shove his sex-obsessed version of Catholic identity down the throats of Catholic high school students and teachers.”

    The Archbishop is upholding the dignity of sex as God created it and meant it. It is Mr. Singer and his ilk who are obssessed with sex and defending how they can keep it in the cesspool to which it has descended.

  • Barbara Jean

    Thank God for faithful bishops like Archbishop Cordilone, and for all the faithful in San Francisco who have stood by him.

    • kainosktisis

      Yes! God bless you all for your faithfulness to Him & to His Church!

  • If the secularists were truly secular, there ought to be no problem had with Catholics subscribing to a “Catholic Identity”. Oh, how logical contradictions abound! God bless your priests, bishops and archbishops. Pray for them. Love our priests. They need our prayers. God bless and keep you all.

  • BillinJax

    Thinking ahead a little, I wonder if the nation’s chief proponent of homosexuality and gay marriage, BHO (not the candidate- the elected one), will have some suggestions for the Pope in this regard when he visits the White House later this year. We pray the Holy Father will chose his words carefully during the session to avoid being characterized as a supporter of the premier’s regime and its agenda by a media waiting with baited breath to announce his conversion to the New Age relative Christianity they are militantly promoting.

  • Flunking_retirement

    I just just love it when liberal intolerants become shrill, and show their true colors?

  • thomistica
  • SnowSong

    This is heavenly news. The people involved in trying to remove a faithful Catholic Archbishop like Cordileone are deceived by Satan in a very frighteningly evil way. They have completely lost their compass.
    ‘In order to preserve the Church in the purity of the faith handed on
    by the apostles, Christ who is the Truth willed to confer on her a share
    in his own infallibility. By a “supernatural sense of faith” the People
    of God, under the guidance of the Church’s living Magisterium, “unfailingly adheres to this faith.”
    The mission of the Magisterium is linked to the definitive nature of the covenant established by God with his people in Christ. It
    is this Magisterium’s task to preserve God’s people from deviations and
    defections and to guarantee them the objective possibility of
    professing the true faith without error.’ Catechism of the Catholic Church.

  • fredx2

    Notice that Singer is trying desperately to put public pressure on everyone who disagrees – he is trying to make life miserable for those who speak out against his ideas so that they will have to pay a personal and professional price in order to exercise their freedom of speech.

    This is a distinctly new way of being an American – an underhanded, creepy, dirty, no holds barred way, that undermines what the country is all about. We have always treasured our ability to freely debate public issues. Sam Singer wants to take that away from us and make people pay, pay, pay if they oppose anything he and the other super rich San Franciscans say.

    Notice how public debate is no longer tolerated. Notice how they try to destroy people’s lives, their jobs, their reputations. This is a dirty new way of living our public life, and it is demeaning to everyone.

  • More on Geschke..

    John Carroll University, a Jesuit institution in Ohio, has invited Dr. Charles M. Geschke, chairman and co-founder of Adobe Systems, Inc., to speak at the university’s commencement ceremony on May 20. University President Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J., will present Geschke an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Geschke reportedly helped establish the “Silicon Valley Leaders Say No on Proposition 8” and purchased a full-page ad in the San Jose Mercury News opposing the 2008 California referendum to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Geschke reportedly donated $5,000 toward the ad and was described as honorary co-chair of the group. While addressing the U.S. bishops conference in 1998 on the topic of technology, Geschke reportedly[ veered wildly off topic to lecture his audience saying, “We as a religion have cut ourselves off from 50 percent of the population. I would never do that in running my business. As a Catholic, I want to say this to the hierarchy – make women much more essential in what you do. It will be essential as we enter the 21st century.” While the statement only hinted at Catholic teaching on women’s ordination, Geschke made his dissent clear and public during his subsequent interview with the National Catholic Reporter. Asked if he was speaking about female priests, Geschke said, “Absolutely. I think women should have a coequal status in the hierarchy of the Church with men.

    I’m getting tired of these computer geeks that think society is software.

    • fredx2

      Never again buy any Adobe software.

    • Gail Finke

      That was in 2012. This year’s commencement is on May 20 and he is not speaking. Just checked.

      • Sorry, didn’t mean to imply that was now-that extract was to point out the scope of his rebellion.

    • GG

      He is a perfect example of being credentialed, but not educated. To be arrogant enough to speak as he did reveals how little he knows.

      • Part of the cult of credentialism.

    • Navy76

      As my father asked my son, “Marc, are you going to Saint Joseph’s (Jesuit run University in Philadelphia) or a Catholic college?”

  • hombre111

    Long live the Archbishop. He provides endless distraction and high entertainment when religion is often a pretty dull subject.

    • Objectivetruth

      I noticed the other day on Sunday morning, you were posting heavily your sewage on several Crisis articles. Sunday morning……hmmm……should a good priest like you’ve told us before that you are, be in the middle of celebrating five masses, benediction, confessions, etc?

      But you had plenty of time to spew your Democratic Party garbage, on a Sunday morning?

      I wonder what is the eternal punishment for someone faking priesthood.

      • bonaventure

        He was posting it from his iPhone at church, comfortably seating in his celebrant’s seat, while Sister Lavender was reading, preaching, consecrating, desecrating, and finally “sharing” communion with his gullible parishioners.

      • hombre111

        Hmm. Let’s see. Confessions at 3:00 for more than two hours. I thenI celebrated a Mass in Spanish at one of our missions on Saturday night. Then a Mass at 10:00 in the main church. As an early riser, plenty to time to wander around Crisis.

        Next weekend will be tough. A 100 mile round trip to our furthest mission for a Mass on Saturday at 10:00. Then, Confessions at 3:00 in main church. Then, Spanish Mass in the evening at our other Mission. Next day, 9:30 Mass in English at the same place. Then 7:00 Mass in Spanish at main church. Crisis will have to wait until Monday.

        • Objectivetruth


          And plenty of time on Sunday mornings to attack the Church and its teachings on Crisismagazine.


    • bonaventure

      Your distractions and high entertainment will be in the next life.

      Try the “Garden of Earthly Delights” right side panel (courtesy of Hieronymus Bosch). You’ll have plenty of pigs in nuns dresses, and naked men bIowing a flute with the gases from their behinds to laugh at. Never again you’ll say that “religion is … a pretty dull subject.”

  • Objectivetruth

    Satan is assaulting Christ’s bride with frontal attacks in San Francisco, and the good Dominican sisters are fighting back. We are experiencing true spiritual combat being played out in San Fran:

  • LHJ

    I can’t help wondering what they would have answered if asked: Should the Catholic Church change its teaching on homosexual marriage? I do not think it is wise to write these people off as fringe crazies they are organized and serious and dangerous. I hear people saying “Well what do expect it’s San Francisco”. I fear this will not be an uncommon accurance all over. L

  • blablabla

    OH DEAR! tisk, tisk, tisk. That’s what happens when you let the Gov’t workers run amok. So the “professionals” think they are above the Catholic Church.

  • wow, what a contradictory people are carrying this silly campaign, really!

  • Disgusted

    Given the population of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties who are under the “Archdiocese” it is clear to me that the signers of the SF Chronicle poll are not members of these counties. The first night the poll was published, the numbers were the opposite showing that people were not in favor of the Archbishop, calling him intolerant. 24 hours later this changed. I think there was a call to people across the country to take this poll and skew local results. No matter, it was an incredibly unscientific poll.

  • BronxLady

    I would like to know if the folks who responded to the poll were all part of the San Francisco Archdiocese. I do not have a dog in this fight, but I have routinely seen polls such as these- where anyone can weigh in online- flooded by national advocacy groups trying to skew it towards their particular position. A more useful poll would be to survey a random sample of the target audience ( in this case, San Francisco Catholics), it would give a more credible snapshot. I’ve seen links to this poll on a great many conservative websites; I think its fine for everyone to vote, but the only opinion that really matters on this is that of San Francisco Catholics.

    • Anne Hendershott

      You make a great point here – but right now this flawed poll is all we have. There is additional evidence though that San Francisco Catholics strongly support Archbishop Cordileone – including teachers at the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. Singer is having trouble finding participants to attend his “actions” against the Archbishop. But, many San Francisco Catholics (including Catholic school teachers) who support the Archbishop are afraid to say so because Singer and his minions attack anyone who does not fall in line with the Singer strategy of attack. Singer’s tactics are brutal and include trying to get people fired for publicly supporting the Archbishop. So, yes, you are right, the poll is deeply flawed, but the trend is going in the right direction–as long as we keep exposing Singer and those who are doing Singer’s work.

  • Greg Cook

    I’d love to have someone challenge any of these dissenting SF people to a debate about Vatican II using the actual texts of the council. Or have someone from the news media ask them: where in Vatican II does it say what you think it says? Or, “since you support Vatican II,” I guess you like using Latin, Gregorian chant, etc. and support Catholic schools forming students in the faith?” Can someone once and for all show the world that when folks like these say “Vatican II” it means something very different from what the council proclaimed?

  • Anshua

    No they do not want to leave. that that plan, to damage the church. They in same group with free masons or maybe they are members of free masonry, maybe somebody knows.

  • EB

    Bottom line: people don’t like morality clauses because they don’t want to accept or live by the moral teachings of the Church on sexual matters, teachings which have been the same since the very days when our Lord walked the earth. This scandalous uproar just shows how we have lost a couple of whole generations to secular/neopagan philosophies. Sad thing is that they don’t even realize how un-Catholic they are, most of them…that’s how effective the secular/neopagan cultural juggernaut has been. And harassing one’s own Archbishop like this is totally un-Catholic as well.

  • Bill Hughes

    If the Archbishop does not understand the unique cultural needs of the San Francisco community, it might be that the community does not understand the Will of God or that the Archbishop is defending the teachings of the Church , which are the teachings of Christ. I am sure that Pilate said the same thing of Christ , that Christ did not understand the cultural needs of Rome. The people of San Francisco, who call themselves Catholic, need to ask of themselves if they are reflecting the the teachings of their Redeemer and why they are outraged that the archbishop has the courage to represent Christ and His Truth.

  • I have a blog site called My latest blog is called “Why I am not a Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox.” Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox should read it.

  • Atilla The Possum

    Why aren’t these CINO crazies (and that includes that shyster in clerical garb, Father Jenkins at Notre Dame) excommunicated FORTHWITH for their dissent against the Catholic Church?
    To quote a now tired but still relevant cliché: These personages, including Singer, clearly have more money than sense!
    Singer has vowed to keep up his poisonous slurry-spreading until the Good Archbishop Cordileone has gone, eh? He has a flaming long wait! Keep on spending the money, Singer, until there is nowt left in the pot – except what you leave in your chamber pot! LOL!
    Although this news is a glimmer of light in a dark, disgraceful tunnel of these crazies’ making, we need to keep up our prayers, fasting, sacrifices, Mass intentions (including prayers to The Immaculate Conception, St. Michael the Archangel and St. Anthony of Padua – the Hammer of the Heretics) and recitation of the Holy Rosary for Archbishop Cordileone and faithful priests, religious and clergy under fire in the same way and for the same reason.
    We have your back, Archbishop!