Gay, lesbian Catholics worry over new San Francisco prelate

Gay and lesbian Catholics in San Francisco are worried that that they will be marginalized with the appointment of Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone

Reports dubbed the pope’s appointment of Cordileone as the “Bombshell by the Bay.”

The incoming prelate of the city that thrust same-sex marriage onto the national stage has decried the “contraceptive mentality” of modern life.

Cordileone, a 56-year-old son of a commercial fisherman, is known to his supporters as a charming and brilliant defender of the faith.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the prelate is fluent in Spanish and Italian, and has been known to sing vintage TV theme songs in Latin and is a deep believer in a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Father Thomas J. Reese, a senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center, was quoted in the Times report that Cordileone’s appointment “re-emphasizes the Vatican’s concern, and the U.S. bishops’ concern, about gay marriage.”

“Even in a city like San Francisco, they’re willing to appoint someone who … has a high state and national profile on this issue,” he said.

Cordileone used to be bishop of Oakland diocese for three years where he said gays and lesbians who are in sexual relationships of any kind should not receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.

“If we misuse the gift of sexuality, we’re going to suffer the consequences,” he said, “and I firmly believe we are suffering the consequences.”


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