Liberal Priest: Abp. Cordileone Appointment Shows Vatican "Serious" About Protecting Marriage


Fr. Reese's point is hardly a revelation, but it is also interesting how the local community is taking note of the Archbishop's arrival:

"...Oasis California, the Episcopal Church's gay ministry, convened a meeting recently at a Castro District bar to discuss how spiritual people should respond to the "architect of Prop. 8" coming to town.

Cordileone's appointment "re-emphasizes the Vatican's concern, and the U.S. bishops' concern, about gay marriage," said Father Thomas J. Reese, a senior fellow at Georgetown University's Woodstock Theological Center. "Even in a city like San Francisco, they're willing to appoint someone who … has a high state and national profile on this issue.

"They're serious," Reese said, "and they're not going to back down."

During a July news conference, Cordileone was circumspect when discussing the "cultural challenges" his new diocese would present — which he said revolved around "issues of family life and, essentially, come down to our understanding of the human person, the purpose of our human sexuality, what God calls us to do and how he calls us to live and how he calls us to love." -- Los Angles Times

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