Support This Brave Archbishop…

Background:   Archbishop_Cordileone

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, well-known for his uncompromising defense of orthodox Catholic teaching and pro-life and pro-family values, urgently needs your help!

Gay activists, politicians and dissident Catholics have launched an all-out media attack campaign against the archbishop after he recently announced that he wants to codify a long-standing, commonsense expectation that Catholic schoolteachers in his diocese uphold and display public integrity regarding Catholic teachings on a wide variety of topics.

This includes Catholic teaching on controversial issues like abortion, contraception, chastity, and same-sex “marriage,” as well the Eucharist and the teaching authority of the Church.

Opponents of the archbishop are demanding that he repeal his plans, and recently even hired a high-priced public relations firm specifically to spearhead the attack against him! The media has jumped on board, piling on the good archbishop.

Shamefully, the activists are distorting the archdiocese’s broad-based action in support of Catholic moral values into a one-dimensional attempt to undermine the archbishop’s defense of traditional marriage.

American Life League and LifeSiteNews believe that Archbishop Cordileone is simply doing his fatherly duty as the spiritual head of his diocese to ensure that Catholic students receive an authentically Catholic education. Parents who send their children to Catholic schools have the right to expect that their children are being taught by teachers who, by the way they live their lives, won’t undermine their beliefs, or otherwise harm their children’s innocence.

ALL and LSN propose this petition and encourage all supporters of religious liberty and pro-life values to send a strong message supporting Archbishop Cordileone against this scandalous attack.   Source

Petition by American Life League and Lifesitenews

Comment

How is it possible for anyone to object to the (self-evident) requirement that teachers appointed to Catholic schools should take care not to undermine Catholic beliefs about religion and morals?  Why the opposition to the Archbishop for doing his elementary duty in this regard? If only the Scots Bishops (indeed the Bishops UK-wide) would be similarly dutiful and clamp down on the co-habitees and contraceptors who are undoubtedly adversely influencing the pupil population in Catholic schools here.

I’ve signed the petition in support of the Archbishop, and I recommend you do, as well.

28 responses

  1. ‘How is it possible for anyone to object to the (self-evident) requirement that teachers appointed to Catholic schools should take care not to undermine Catholic beliefs about religion and morals?’

    But it is, dear Editor; it is all too possible. When there has been an almost total multi-generational breakdown in the transmission of the faith as there has been in dioceses across Europe, America and much further afield; when clergy and their lay minions no longer teach the authentic Catholic faith but reduce Jesus Christ to a unilateral, purely human dimension and clothe him in their own subjective likeness, taking from him only as much as will fuel their earthly agendas; when Sacred Scripture has been so divorced from the faith as to no longer be capable of grounding the act of faith itself which seems increasingly like an act of personal whim instead of the graced response to God’s self-revelation; when the Truth has been banished from the one true religion and the one true Church in order to foster purely human relations with non-Christians and non-Catholics, or even with atheists. I could prolong my list of causes, but what would be the point?

    And poor Archbishop Cordileone had better watch his back, for he will find very little support in Rome. Quite the contrary. Francis is not enamoured of bishops, or of priests for that matter, who are overly attached to doctrine. He feels that it puts them out of touch too much with Joe public.

    Make no mistake about it, John Paul II finally died on the night Francis was elected. All of the problems that were swept so unconvincingly under the carpet during the latter half of John Paul’s long reign and, albeit in a different way, under the reign of Benedict, have come rushing to the fore with Francis who has brought the Catholic Church to a crossroads. If the Francis phenomenon persists for a few more years and his successor turns out to be another of his ilk, the so called crisis in the Church which this blog was set up to combat will reach hither to undreamt of proportions as the papacy repudiates doctrine in favour of sociology.

    What to do? First and foremost, don’t lose heart. Christ loves his Church and knows how to write straight on the uneven lines of human error and pride. The Church has been in a much worse state than the present one. We must keep on fighting, but above all keep on praying, especially the rosary.

    • Prognosticum

      One of the things that draws me to this blog is that they don’t say that the Church has been in a worse state before – I hear that all the time, except on Catholic Truth. This crisis is worse than anything that went before.

      Saying that, the rest of your post I agree with completely. We keep being told that the Catholic schools in Scotland are in great shape, wonderful Catholic ethos and the teachers are doing a great job. Thank goodness for an honest archbishop even if he lives miles away in the USA!

  2. We would all do well to read St Alphonsus’ Uniformity with God’s Will at such evil times so that we need not despair but understand it is all part of His plan for us. We may not understand why The Church is being brought to its knees but we know it cannot fail. Sign the petition at least and let us support all Catholics stay on the true path.

  3. Though not a Catholic my admiration for this wonderful Archbishop is total we need thousands more like him a total credit to the Church .The anti life brigade will endevour to silence him so let us raise our voices in support

  4. I’ve removed the video I posted here, since a reader alerted me by email to the fact that, at the end, there is at least one link to another movement that we definitely do not wish to promote.

    My accompanying question remains valid: how many pupils in future years will condemn those teachers who want to live godless lives while drawing their salary from Catholic education?

  5. Prognosticum,

    Your observations are absolutely spot on, except for one. The Church has never seen anything worse than this present crisis.

    Heresies that have arisen over the course of the centuries to afflict the Church have generally been confined to individual countries and/or regions. However, the conciliar crisis in our own time is not the result of just a single heresy but of “the synthesis of all heresies,” as St. Pius X called it, which has resulted in the first ever universal apostasy from God.

    And it is unique in another sense also which is that it has been driven, or at least permitted to spread, by successive Modernist Popes and prelates who appear to be blinded to the wanton destruction they have wrought on the Mystical Body by their innovative infidelity. In other words, it is precisely the chastisement spoken of in the Third Secret of Fatima, a divine punishment upon our shepherds who have lacked the humility to respond with child-like obedience to the wise counsel of the Blessed Mother, choosing instead to follow their own illusionary humanist path to peace.

    But, as you say, Our Lord is in charge of His Church and He will certainly sort this mess out in due course, sooner perhaps than many think. My personal take on the situation is that Francis is the turning point; the ultra-liberal Pope who by his disastrous Pontificate has finally obliged many in the hierarchy to open their eyes and recognise just how far down that “path of auto-destruction” the smoke of Satan has taken the Church since Vatican II.

    In the meantime, all we can do is continue in patience and hope with our Rosaries and adherence to the Traditional Mass and Faith.

    • Athanasius,

      “And it is unique in another sense also which is that it has been driven, or at least permitted to spread, by successive Modernist Popes and prelates who appear to be blinded to the wanton destruction they have wrought on the Mystical Body by their innovative infidelity. In other words, it is precisely the chastisement spoken of in the Third Secret of Fatima.”

      I agree totally.

    • Athanasius,

      I agree with you completely. This crisis is much worse than anything ever before. If only more Catholics would see that and wake up. I’m always being told “the Church as been in a much worse condition before, don’t worry” etc. Very few people seem to realise that what is going on now is unique, as you say.

  6. Editor,

    I’ve signed the petition. San Francisco +Pope Francis, the Archbishop is going to need a miracle.

  7. I support the Archbishop of San Francisco one hundred per cent. I wish we had even one bishop with his faith and courage in GB. The Catholic schools here are a joke, with even senior staff shacked up and supporting immoral lifestyles. I can’t see any of the Bishops here taking a stand like Archbishop Cordileone. He’s very brave indeed.

  8. His name is quite interesting: Salvatore = Savior; Cordileone = Lionheart!! An omen, perhaps?

  9. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen hit the nail on the head…..“If you don’t behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave”….

    • That’s a great quote from Fulton Sheen, and absolutely true. That’s why people who live at odds with God’s law end up trying to change the teaching of the Church.

  10. Yes, we need more heroic priests and bishops like Archbishop Cordileone. God Bless him for standing up for the truth against so much diabolical media opposition.

    Great post from Progn… and I agree wholeheartedly with Athanasius comment about the Church being in the worst state it has ever been. I’ve signed the petition and will offer prayers for him.

  11. I too have signed the petition. How typical of modernist priest and bishops to attack Archbishop in his defence of Catholic teaching and pro-life and pro-family values, that is diabolical disorientation indeed.

    Prognisticum,

    Good post.

    Athanasius,

    I agree with your post.

  12. I forgot to mention that I also signed the petition.

    I hope Pope Francis and the American hierarchy sign it as well!!

  13. And so the great wind continues to howl through the forest, uprooting Christ’s little ones with great malice.

    We are in the middle of one of Satan’s greatest attacks on humankind. God bless the Bishop and God protect us all.

    • We believe the recently proposed handbook language (which is nothing more than reiterating Church teaching) is harmful to our community (Catholic schools!) and creates an atmosphere of mistrust and fear,” the letter said. “We believe our schools should be places of inquiry and the free exchange of ideas where all feel welcome and affirmed.” Unbelievable! All are welcome so long as they are not faithful Catholics!

  14. The Archbishop should be commended for his brave stance

    Laura

    Technically it’s easier for a bishop in the US to make a stance such as this, Catholic Schools are funded either by the Church directly or by parental fees so the Church can have ultimate say in matters relating to employment criteria.

    Schools here are funded by the state and controlled by the local councils. Unfortunately no director of education would uphold this sort of action. The bishops can speak out but have no direct control.

    • Nolite Timere,

      It really doesn’t matter in Scotland anyway because there is not a single Catholic school left in the country that is worthy of the name. Hotbeds of heresy and immorality is the only way to describe Scottish Catholic schools today. And the rot is down to bad bishops, not godless Councils.

    • NT,

      I remember hearing this claim, that the Council trumped the bishops’ authority, when discussing the matter of sex education in Catholic schools. Yet, seeing is believing, and I saw, with mine own eyes, the statement from Ofsted that they would not be inspecting Catholic schools in this regard and that they EXPECTED them to be different when dealing with this issue. That was in England and I have not the slightest doubt that the same principle MUST apply in Scotland. If the Council authority trumps the bishops’ authority, then there is no question about it- Catholic schools MUST be closed down, and stop misleading parents into believing that they have their own particular “ethos” and will be passing on the Faith intact. Lies, lies, and more lies.

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