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Offline poche

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« on: August 25, 2015, 12:22:34 AM »
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  • The Archdiocese of San Francisco, California, has reached an accord with a union representing Catholic-school teachers—an agreement that became controversial because of a clause stipulating that teachers in parochial schools would be required to respect Church teachings.

    The preamble to the final agreement retains that essential point on which Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone had insisted: “Teachers are expected to support the purpose of our Catholic schools in such a way that their personal conduct will not adversely impact their ability to teach in our Catholic high schools.”

    The archbishop said that a heated debate about this requirement had produced “a rich discussion about the mission and purpose of Catholic education and vital role that our high-school teachers play in carrying out that mission.” But he observed that the debate also called attention to the increasing pressure on Catholic institutions to downplay their distinctive Catholic identity. Archbishop Cordileone told the National Catholic Register: “I will not accept that the schools have to renounce their right to hire and fire for the sake of their mission.”

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    « Reply #1 on: August 25, 2015, 06:30:28 AM »
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  • Given what happened at the Synod on Family last October and what will happen this October, does anyone really know what Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone believes is "distinctive" about his archdiocese's "Catholic identity" and how it differs from the rest of San Francisican society?

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    « Reply #2 on: August 25, 2015, 09:02:07 AM »
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  • Archbishop Cordileone Plays Both Ends
    on Homosexuality

    by Margaret C. Galitzin:

    "San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has been in the news lately receiving both support and opposition: support from conservatives and opposition from the pro-homosexual lobbies both inside and outside the Catholic Church. What is the reason for this?

    In February 2015 he published a 2000-word statement on Catholic Morals to be added to the faculty and staff handbook for the 500 employees of the four Catholic high schools in his Archdiocese. Several themes addressed by Cordileone are considered “hot,” such as same-sex “marriage,” contraception and abortion.

    The handbook controversy comes on the heels of another “conservative” initiative of Archbishop Cordileone, who, despite pleas from pro-homosexual city officials, marched in Washington, D.C. last year against same-sex “marriage.”

    I believe both initiatives are quite normal ones – considered extraordinary today only because the Church has become incredibly lax in Morals. Nonetheless, I have some doubts about the suitability of raising up the San Francisco Archbishop as a conservative champion. Let us look first at his handbook initiative, then at some clear-cut but rarely mentioned contradictory actions of the San Francisco Prelate.

    A toothless document

    The handbook asks the nearly 500 school employees to “affirm and believe” Church teachings and to avoid publicly challenging the Church’s position on issues like same-sex “marriage,” contraception, chastity and abortion.

    Archbishop Cordileone, pleased with the publicity

    The Archbishop also affirms that all employees should avoid fostering confusion about the school's mission and, therefore, should conduct their lives “so as not to visibly contradict, undermine or deny” Catholic moral teaching. They should also not give public support “to any cause or issue that is explicitly or implicitly contrary to that which the Catholic Church holds to be true.”

    First, this initiative is a good albeit not unique one. Bishops in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Oakland and Honolulu last year added language to teacher contracts regarding the need to conform their public — and in some instances private — lives to Church teachings. In this regard, their initiatives were more radical than Cordileone's since his provisions constitute just part of an employee handbook, not a teacher contract.

    Second, while the measure calls for adherence to Catholic doctrine, we have Cordileone's word that it is a toothless document. As soon as news of the document leaked out, Cordileone was apologizing that the so-called morality clause “is not anti-anyone. It's not anti-anything.”

    He went on to stress that no one would be forced to sign a handbook oath. Nor, he continued, does the handbook aim to target any teachers for dismissal from the four schools.

    In short, according to Cordileone's own words, no one is required to accept the provisions of the handbook nor will anyone be punished for not following them. If this is so, what is the purpose of the handbook? Why bother to call on Catholic employees “to conform to the truths taught by the Catholic Church” if there is no punishment for non-conformance?

    To me, it all looks like a grand show for Cordileone to set himself up as a conservative champion in the culture arena.

    First stumbling block: Setting the Table

    The first contradiction that struck me in Cordileone's supposed conservative stance on homosexuality is his public support for the book of homosexual activist Fr. James Schexnayder, titled Setting the Table: Preparing Catholic Parishes to Welcome Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and Their Families.

    As you can read in one of the first critiques of this deviant work, Setting the Table aims to persuade all parishes to welcome homosexuals, to encourage homosexual ministries and to open marriage and family support groups to homosexual “couples.“

    Schexnayder & his pro-homo book for parishes - approved by   Cordileone

    Now, if the Archbishop were a real opponent of same-sex unions, why would he lend his support to a book that proposes including homosexual “couples“ in parish family and marriage support groups?

    Not only is Fr. Schexnayder a retired priest in good standing in Cordileone’s Archdiocese, but the book manuscript was read and approved by Salvatore Cordileone when he was Bishop of San Diego, as reportedin the Catholic Voice. As co-founder of the present day Catholic Association for Lesbian & Gay Ministry -- CALGM, Fr. Schexnayder has openly advocated positions at variance with Church teaching, supporting same-sex “marriage” and rejecting that homosexuals adopt a celibate lifestyle.

    How can Cordileone explain these contradictory positions regarding homosexuality: on one hand his support for Fr. Schexnayder, and on the other his handbook?

    Second stumbling block: Most Holy Redeemer parish

    Now we come to a second major stumbling block on the road to Cordileone's title of conservative champion. In his Archdiocese and operating with his full approval is what has been called the most “gay” parish in the nation, Most Holy Redeemer (MHR) parish in the notorious Castro district. The parish boasts of having a community that is at least 80% homosexual.

    Cordileone has joined Frs. McClure & Link, above, four times at MHR to serve dinners for homosexuals

    The parish committees and ministries are manned in part by homosexual “married“ partners. Many LGBT parishioners adopt and raise children in the parish, even though the “institutional Church“ officially condemns the practice.

    Its two priests, who work as a team, Fr. Jack McClure and Fr. Matt Link, are active proponents of the “gay“ agenda, framing the discourse on homosexuality in terms of social justice and civil rights. The two, who were appointed to MHR parish by none other than Archbishop Cordileone in July 2014, are wildly popular there. The appointment has softened criticism of the supposedly conservative Archbishop among MHR parishioners. “I cut him [Cordileone] a lot of slack,” one of them said. “After all, he gave us our current pastors.”

    It is interesting to realize that even the progressivists recognize Cordileone’s support for homosexuality in MHR parish. In a recent series on MHR parish by Thomas Fox,  publisher of the progressivist organ National Catholic Reporter, I was surprised to learn that he is not antagonistic to the Archbishop of San Francisco.

    No, Fox writes, MHR parish has unveiled “another side of Cordileone, a softer, more pastoral side. MHR credits him for showing up four times to serve food at their widely celebrated Wednesday suppers. He waited on tables without fanfare, requesting no photographs be taken. He is also planning to celebrate one of the parish's morning Masses, McClure said.”

    Cordileone in friendly dialogue with Sr. Grammick & DeBernardo of News Ways Ministry

    Revealing more of this “welcoming” side of the Archbishop, Fox notes that late in 2014 Cordileone fulfilled a promise he made in the midst of the rally controversy to meet with some of the homosexual advocates. On two different occasions, he met with leaders of two homosexual Catholic groups, DignityUSA and New Ways Ministry, known for their public positions at variance with Church teaching.

    According to a New Ways Ministry statement, Cordileone expressed both his genuine concern about Church teaching and his desire not to harm homosexuals. “Leaders of both organizations felt that he had been warm and friendly and showed sincere respect for each person throughout their time together,” the statement said.

    It seems to me that on the topics of same-sex “marriage” and conformance to Church teaching on morals, Archbishop Cordileone is playing both sides. Not a good thing for a man who pretends to present himself as the new champion of conservatism. "

    March 25, 2015


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    « Reply #3 on: August 25, 2015, 07:52:35 PM »
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  • Very Good, Viva!

    We all know that the New Order is Marxist.  Yet, they try to keep a dog and pony show going, and trying to make themselves "appear to be, conservative".  Catholic Identity comes up when taking money from the Feds known as Grants.  The Parochial are not, Private, once they take money from the feds.  Vouchers!  Federal gov't.  Once you do, you become public and you must follow their ways.  

    It is not unusual to have New Order schools with "Core curriculum".

    These Bishops can try to look Pro-life and the truth is money goes to abortion through the programs in catholic charities.

    They are Marxist, and they support communism, yet at the same time, they must be 2 faced to keep the money coming in for the "catholic identity".

    The Federal gov't stated, "take the money (grants) and keep your identity, meaning keep the catholic sign up and such and the money will continue to come to you.

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    « Reply #4 on: August 26, 2015, 01:02:27 PM »
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  • Poche,

    Preservation of Catholic identity?  You're not seeing things clearly.  The statement by the Archbishop means that the teachers are not to adversely impact their ability to teach and is not related to them embracing and teaching Catholic doctrine.  

    The archbishop said:  “Teachers are expected to support the purpose of our Catholic schools in such a way that their personal conduct will not adversely impact their ability to teach in our Catholic high schools.”

    This guy in charge in San Francisco took the weasel's way out.  That statement could mean anything anyone wanted it to.  


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