Matt C. Abbott
Bullying the San Francisco archbishop
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By Matt C. Abbott
March 10, 2015

(A version of this column originally appeared at the American Thinker blog.)

Gotta' love those tolerant city officials in San Francisco. Now they're directing their wrath toward Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. And for what?

The archbishop wants the teachers in the archdiocesan school system not to undermine the Catholic mission by publicly dissenting from Catholic magisterial teaching. Oh, the horror!

From LifeSiteNews.com:
    San Francisco's Board of Supervisors says the archbishop's effort to ensure the city's Catholic schools uphold their faith is discriminatory, and one member of the board says the city is considering legal action....

    Eight San Francisco-area lawmakers sent Archbishop Cordileone a letter February 17 telling him his efforts 'conflict with settled law, foment a discriminatory environment, violate employees' civil rights, send an alarming message of intolerance to youth, infringe upon personal freedoms, and strike a divisive tone.'

    Archbishop Cordileone wrote the lawmakers back, asking whether they would hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to what they stand for, and who shows them and their party disrespect. 'My point is: I respect your right to employ or not employ whomever you wish to advance your mission,' said Archbishop Cordileone. 'I simply ask the same respect from you.'
Sounds entirely reasonable to me. He isn't going on a witch-hunt; he's simply requiring those who teach in Catholic archdiocesan schools to support what the Church teaches. If they can't in conscience do that, they should resign and go teach in a non-Catholic school.

It's certainly not unjust discrimination to require teachers in Catholic schools to publicly uphold the tenets of Catholicism. Yet the bullies on San Francisco's Board of Supervisors – and, sad to say, a reported 80 percent of current archdiocesan high school teachers – apparently can't deal with that.

What a mess.



To show your support for Archbishop Cordileone, click here to read and sign an online petition being circulated by LifeSiteNews.com and American Life League.

Below are images of two letters written by Father Richard Perozich in support of the archbishop.






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Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He's been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.


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