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Hundreds march against San Francisco archbishop’s policy on teachers

March 31, 2015

Hundreds of protestors, led by a teacher at the cathedral school, marched against Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s policy of requiring Catholic high school teachers not to publicly oppose Catholic teaching.

Father Donald Godfrey, SJ, associate director for faculty and staff spirituality at the University of San Francisco, joined the protestors and said, “In San Francisco, if you’re going to smell like sheep, you’re going to welcome and accept the LGBT community,” according to a local newspaper report.


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  • Posted by: - Apr. 01, 2015 5:26 PM ET USA

    This protest is shameful against the good archbishop, especially from members of the clergy. What part of the words "support & defend" the faith? Archbishop Cordleone has the right to expect that teachers in Catholic schools teach the truths of the faith.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Apr. 01, 2015 4:30 AM ET USA

    Kudos to the abp, but this needed to be addressed 30 years ago, when the LGBT community first started to throw its weight around. Now we've had at least two generation who've been poorly educated in the Faith, and given little guidance on such important matters. Setting a policy is great, but of little use if Catholics - and anyone else - don't understand WHY. His is a "voice crying out in the wilderness".

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Apr. 01, 2015 12:00 AM ET USA

    A picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case hundreds of protesters. A picture from above the crowd of protesters should allow a fairly accurate head count. Where are the media's news helicopters when you need them?

  • Posted by: margieP - Mar. 31, 2015 10:48 PM ET USA

    It is beyond my understanding why a teacher would want to teach in a Catholic school if he/she isn't a practicing Catholic, committed to Catholic beliefs. It's not as if the jobs are usually the highest paying, most prestigious (in the world's view). In response to a suggestion on my Catholic radio station, I actually wrote a note to Archbishop Cordeleone expressing my support of his actions and assuring him of my prayers for him.

  • Posted by: rik92vin8086 - Mar. 31, 2015 9:44 PM ET USA

    Smelling like sheep doesn't require becoming one, conforming ourselves to them or altering ourselves for them. It is to walk amongst the shepherd. The shepherd is NOT a sheep. He is a shepherd. If the shepherd becomes a sheep or surgically alters himself or starts bleating like one...we've got real problems.

  • Posted by: rik92vin8086 - Mar. 31, 2015 9:42 PM ET USA

    At some point I hope the consolidating catholic faith reclaims its institutions by hiring the faithful and obedient. We have blended too much and now are in the world AND of it.

  • Posted by: LCRich - Mar. 31, 2015 9:34 PM ET USA

    Fr. Godfrey, a Jesuit, using the words of Pope Francis, a Jesuit, in an attempt to create support for his acting publicly and taking a stand against Church teachings. I believe this fits the definition of scandal. I continue to be sad that Pope Francis continues to make general statements which are so easily spun by those who want the Church to "modernize." Modernization - a heresy. Pray for our Church which Archbiship Cordileone is standing up for her teachings.

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Mar. 31, 2015 8:42 PM ET USA

    What can be said about Father Godfrey! Just another wolf in sheep's clothing. You can welcome whom you like. That does not erase the sinful behavior. Christ welcomed many but also told them to sin no more. The LGBT community and their supporters want you to throw aside your faith and accept the wrong behavior. He and the teacher should resign.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Mar. 31, 2015 8:37 PM ET USA

    Why doesn't the news media show this in conjunction with Indiana's Freedom to practice one's faith law? Good people in Indiana have every right to be fearful of what is to come from the GLBT movement.

  • Posted by: Terri11 - Mar. 31, 2015 7:32 PM ET USA

    Thank God for Archbishop Cordileone! As someone whose kids are in the SF archdiocese schools, I am tremendously grateful that he's trying to make the schools faithful conduits of the Faith. I'm not sending my kids to a Catholic school to have them teach their teachers and classmates the Faith--that's the teacher's job. So, let's have them do it right! That said, I think he might have done better to start with this in the elementary schools where there would probably have been less of a fight

  • Posted by: Erusmas - Mar. 31, 2015 7:19 PM ET USA

    May God bless Archbishop Cordileone and give him strength.

  • Posted by: shrink - Mar. 31, 2015 3:14 PM ET USA

    Today, in San Francisco, the combination of sheep and a Jesuit academic is not a viable combination absent the influence of potent antibiotics.

  • Posted by: normnuke - Mar. 31, 2015 1:49 PM ET USA

    O tempera, O immores! The SF media, the SF pols, the SF Catholic school lay faculties all seem to be in a great hurry publicly to denounce Abp. Cordeleone (wonderful name!) for publicly forbidding anti-Catholicism to be publicly espoused in Catholic schools.

  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Mar. 31, 2015 10:41 AM ET USA

    How sad is this and just before Good Friday?