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In "welcome" to new Catholic archbishop, Episcopal leader calls Catholic teaching on marriage 'oppression'

October 03, 2012

On the eve of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s installation in San Francisco, the Episcopal Church’s bishop of California has written a letter to his faithful attacking the stand of the Catholic Church on marriage and inviting disaffected Catholics to join the Episcopal Church.

“Bishop Cordileone was an active supporter of Proposition 8, which I and the other Episcopal bishops throughout California opposed,” writes the Episcopal Church Bishop Marc Andrus.

“We make no peace with oppression,” he added. “The recognition of the dignity and rights, within civil society and the Church of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered people, and of women are as core to our proclamation of the Gospel as our solidarity with the poor, with victims of violence and political oppression, and with the Earth.”

Archbishop Cordileone is chairman of the Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Some Catholics may find themselves less at home with Salvatore Cordileone’s installation and they may come to The Episcopal Church,” Bishop Andrus continued. “We should welcome them as our sisters and brothers. Even as we welcome those who may join us and look for ways to work with our Roman Catholic siblings in the faith, we will not be silenced in our proclamation of God’s inclusion.”


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  • Posted by: RamseyDonald2557 - Oct. 03, 2012 10:52 PM ET USA

    Woe to those who call Evil, GOOD, and who dare to call GOOD, "EVIL." The Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will NOT BE FORGIVEN, either in this age, nor in the age to come. What do you expect from a group of "christians" that has been Blaspheming the Holy Spirit for DECADES ?!?!?! They cannot repent if they have done so, having gone waaaaaaaaaaay too far long ago, which is why they keep getting WORSE AND WORSE AND WORSE in what they stand for. Sever ALL ecumnical ties with the apostates NOW

  • Posted by: cobol39218881 - Oct. 03, 2012 3:51 PM ET USA

    Currently I see a flow of true Christians coming from the Episcopal church to the Catholic Church, while the false Catholics move over to the Episcopal Church. No loss there for true Christianity. I choose God's law over the Episcopal's man made immorality.

  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Oct. 03, 2012 2:58 PM ET USA

    I read his letter. Not a single kind word of welcome for Bishop Cordileone. I wonder if the kind Bishop has ever wondered why the Episcopal church is so centered on sex and gender and can never seem to get it right. Bishop Cordileone has lots of work to do in San Francisco and it won't be easy with "friends" like Bishop Marc.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Oct. 03, 2012 2:39 PM ET USA

    Catholics like to welcome Protestants "home to Rome." The highly reverend Andrus apparently wants to welcome Catholics home to---Lambeth?

  • Posted by: Defender - Oct. 03, 2012 2:35 PM ET USA

    Let them have the politicians first - they aren't Catholic anyway. Since our bishops still have not imposed Canon 915 on ANY politician yet, let the politicians run/walk/hobble on over and don't let the door hit 'em on the way out!

  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - Oct. 03, 2012 12:15 PM ET USA

    Pardon me for asking, but is Mr Andrus himself a gay or divorced and "remarried" or cohabiting? If you preach in favor of anything but heterosexual, monogamous marriage for life, one must assume that you practice what you preach. Which would make Mr Andrus in conflict with Our Lord's gospel (Matt. 19), and therefore to be rejected.

  • Posted by: fwhermann3492 - Oct. 03, 2012 9:10 AM ET USA

    If they want to join the Episcopal church, let them join. We would all be better off for it.

  • Posted by: Chatholic - Oct. 03, 2012 8:40 AM ET USA

    "...and inviting disaffected Catholics to join the Episcopal Church." Barring their conversion to the true Faith, I'll hold the door for 'em.

  • Posted by: wojo425627 - Oct. 03, 2012 8:24 AM ET USA

    Its typical that the anglican church was founded on the destruction of marriage, i.e. henry wanted a divorce. But it is a mockery of marriage that anglicans use the words of jesus and God in their marriage ceremony that "what God has joined together let no man put asunder". Episcopalians and Anglicans have no credibility on moral subjects. Each year they conform themselves more and more to the secular culture around them.