Archbishop Salvatore Cordeileone in "Palace Casual"

Expressions of compassion for people with “same-sex attraction.”

For San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, one of the architects of the now deceased Proposition 8, appearance is everything. The bishop is an ambitious member of the court who wants to be a cardinal some day.

In a statement released on Monday (see below), Cordileone speaks of;

… reiterating the Church’s love and welcome to all people, especially those who experience same sex attraction … Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.

If Cordileone genuinely wanted to reach out then he would stop referring to gay people as “same-sex attracted.” The objective of that bit of demagoguery is to relegate sexual orientation to behavior whereby the Church can expect gay people to be celibate.

Note that the Archbishop is not railing against “unjust discrimination.” Rather, any sign of unjust discrimination. As I said, for Cordileone appearance is everything. But even if my inference is unfair, the Archbishop can start with ceasing the effort to impose Church doctrine into civil law. Let us not forget that Cordileone is formally the US Bishops’ point man on opposing marriage equality — an issue of civil law.

Archbishop Sal Cordileone’s Statement on the Gay by David Hart

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.