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San Francisco archbishop not backing down on policies for Catholic-school teachers

February 25, 2015

After the San Francisco Chronicle issued a report claiming that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone plans to rescind a plan to treat parochial-school teachers as “ministers,” the San Francisco archdiocese issued a quick rebuttal, saying that the archbishop had no plans to change his policy.

“The archbishop has not repealed anything,” explained Father John Piderit, the moderator of the curia. He said that in a meeting with the editorial board of the Chronicle the archbishop had done his best to explain and clarify his policy. “Nothing already planned to go in is being removed or retracted or withdrawn.”

The archbishop has agreed that instead of using the term “ministers” to describe schoolteachers, he will refer to their work as “ministry,” Father Piderit said. The purpose of that language is to “guarantee that the teachers in the Catholic archdiocesan high schools promote the Catholic mission of the institutions."


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  • Posted by: Gil125 - Feb. 26, 2015 4:00 PM ET USA

    rjbennett1294, it's nice to see that you've given Abp. Cordileone a red hat, but the Pope hasn't, and I've got a fistful of cash that says he never will. Not this Pope.

  • Posted by: rjbennett1294 - Feb. 25, 2015 6:31 PM ET USA

    At the time of the Arian heresy, the Church was saved by a few courageous bishops like St. Athanasius. Now, as the modernist heresy rages, the Church will again be saved by a few courageous bishops, like Cardinal Cordileone - a man who appears to be true to his name.