San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has ruffled many a San Franciscan while he has served the Catholic Church in the gayest city in the world. He is ardently anti-LGBT and anti-same sex marriage yet was arrested for drunk driving soon after his coronation.
Today, about 100 local Catholics took out a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle demanding that the Pope replace Cordileone:
A group of Catholics in San Francisco is asking the pope to replace their archdiocese’s spiritual leader, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, with someone “true to our values.”
More than 100 Catholics signed a full-page ad in Thursday’s San Francisco Chronicle asking Pope Francis to name a new church leader more closely aligned with San Francisco’s progressive ideals. In their open letter, the petitioners argue that Cordileone has “fostered an atmosphere of division and intolerance” and “isolated himself from our community.”
The letter follows months of protests against the archdiocese’s leadership. Frustrated local Catholics have spoken out, in particular, against Cordileone’s efforts to add language to the moral guidelines laid out for teachers at Catholic high schools that reaffirms the church’s stances on same-sex marriage, artificial insemination and other controversial matters.