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September 29, 2012

Strict Message on Gays Seen in Choice of Bishop – NYTimes.com

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

In San Francisco, the Roman Catholic Church’s appointment of Bishop Salvator Cordileone to lead the archdiocese has raised some hairs on the backs of necks of supporters of same-sex marriage. Bishop Cordileone is considered one of the up and coming leaders within the Church and was one of the leaders to oppose same-sex marriage in California. Now that the Bishop is moving from Oakland to lead the San Francisco diocese, gay-rights supporters fear that he will turn back the clock on any gains gays have made within the diocese.

Their greatest fear is over the Bishop’s support of traditional marriage and his fervent support of Proposition 8 that the people of California endorsed at the ballot box that banned same-sex marriage in the state. A court ruling later on nullified the people’s voice.

For San Francisco Roman Catholics, who have gotten used to a rather liberal stance on church teachings, having a strict conservative lead them could provide a lot of tension between liberal Catholics and conservative Bishop Cordileone.

Dignity/San Francisco, an organization of gay and lesbian Roman Catholics, used to meet at local parishes and hold services led by local priests. But it moved to a Presbyterian church after Pope John Paul II issued a statement on homosexuality in 1986, calling it “an intrinsic moral evil.” Nevertheless, gay and lesbian Catholics have had good relations with the local leadership over the years, said Paul Riofski, a co-chairman of the group.

“We’re concerned because currently there are fairly healthy environments available for people to integrate their identity and their faith, including many welcoming parishes and other church organizations,” Mr. Riofski said. “At this point, everyone is in a state of anticipation wondering what will happen and what will be the focus of this archbishop.”

It should be something we Lutherans keep an eye on.

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(Via The New York Times)

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