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San Francisco: critics call for removal of Archbishop Cordileone; archdiocese fires back

April 16, 2015

More than 100 prominent Catholics signed a full-page advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle urging Pope Francis to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

The paid advertisement charged that Archbishop Cordileone has created “an atmosphere of division and intolerance” in the city, and his policies seem “closer to persecution than evangelization.” One of the signatories was Brian Cahill, the former executive director of Catholic Charities in San Francisco.

The complaint against Archbishop Cordileone focused on his effort to ensure that Catholic-school teachers do not undermine the teachings of the Church. In a public response to the advertisement, the Archdiocese of San Francisco said that it was “a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the archbishop.”

“The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the signers presume to speak for ‘the Catholic Community of San Francisco,’” the archdiocesan statement continued. “They do not.”


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  • Posted by: - Apr. 18, 2015 3:12 PM ET USA

    As a practicing Catholic in the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, I stand with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. He should not be removed from his position as archbishop!! Any bishop, archbishop, priest who defends Catholic teaching should be supported by their flock!!! May God be with Archbishop Cordileone and may truth prevail.

  • Posted by: Jerz - Apr. 17, 2015 8:26 AM ET USA

    Great comeback from the Archdiocese. No fear, no dialogue. That's how you do it!

  • Posted by: Thomas429 - Apr. 17, 2015 2:00 AM ET USA

    To bad, so sad, the Pope is the only one who has the power to ask an Archbishop to step down. He will not. It is interesting that one of the signers is a former director of Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities has been involved in work that I cannot support. That is why I give to my Parish and select charitable entities only.

  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Apr. 16, 2015 10:36 PM ET USA

    Let us all pray for San Francisco--St. Francis is probably weeping in Heaven fro the city named after him, and for the lost souls who perpetrate this garbage. Pray that Archbishop Cordileone holds fast to the truth and waivers not an inch against the secular, satanic onslaught.

  • Posted by: Bernadette - Apr. 16, 2015 7:56 PM ET USA

    I pray that Archbishop Cordileone will stick to his guns! As it is, the guidelines for teachers are certainly benign. If I were he, I would probably demand more; i.e., that the teachers all be faithful Catholics who live and witness to their Catholic Faith and are proud of it! And, that they pass the test of true Catholicism. Obviously, the students are not being taught the true Catholic faith. That is the worrisome part. How about hiring the Dominican Sisters of Mary to staff all schools?

  • Posted by: Father Fetus - Apr. 16, 2015 7:29 PM ET USA

    I am not prominent, simply a country Catholic priest, but I think Archbishop Cordileone is just wonderful and he is doing a great job. Regarding these people taking out ads against him, as Shakespeare said and Orwell picked up on, "Oh, what a brave new world, that has such people in it."

  • Posted by: unum - Apr. 16, 2015 6:48 PM ET USA

    The "prominent" 100 evidently haven't learned that you don't cross the "Godfather". I'm betting on Abp. Cordelione instead of the "pretend Catholics"!

  • Posted by: Leferink557202 - Apr. 16, 2015 3:34 PM ET USA

    "Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5: 10). God bless Archbishop Cordelione for bringing true faith and obedience to that faith to a largely faithless city.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Apr. 16, 2015 2:35 PM ET USA

    Remember, the rebellion against Archbishop Cordileone actually hired high powered PR man Sam Singer to manage their campaign against the local ordinary. Singer has said online, "Everyone is praying that Pope Francis will get rid of Archbishop Cordileone and these priests." They didn't hire a canon lawyer to make some kind of ecclesiastical case, they hired someone to work the media. I'm not so sure the audience of this is really Pope Francis; it is political.