In “welcome” to new Catholic archbishop, Episcopal leader calls Catholic teaching on marriage ‘oppression’
CWN – October 03, 2012
On the eve of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s installation in San Francisco, the Episcopal Church’s bishop of California has written a letter to his faithful attacking the stand of the Catholic Churchon marriage and inviting disaffected Catholics to join the Episcopal Church.
“Bishop Cordileone was an active supporter of Proposition 8, which I and the other Episcopal bishops throughout California opposed,” writes the Episcopal Church Bishop Marc Andrus.
“We make no peace with oppression,” he added. “The recognition of the dignity and rights, within civil society and the Church of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered people, and of women are as core to our proclamation of the Gospel as our solidarity with the poor, with victims of violence and political oppression, and with the Earth.”
Archbishop Cordileone is chairman of the Subcommittee on the Promotionand Defense of Marriage of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
“Some Catholics may find themselves less at home with Salvatore Cordileone’s installation and they may come to The Episcopal Church,” Bishop Andrus continued. “We should welcome them as our sisters and brothers. Even as we welcome those who may join us and look for ways to work with our Roman Catholic siblings in the faith, we will not be silenced in our proclamation of God’s inclusion.”
Of course, a few points are in order here…first of all, Archbishop Cordileone is no stranger to California, having been Auxilliary Bishop in San Diego, Bishop in Oakland, and now Archbishop of San Francisco. And it’s no secret that Archbishop Cordileone is head of the subcommittee on which he serves, and it’s no secret that he is faithful to the Catholic Church in his support of traditional marriage. It is also no secret what’s become of the Episcopal Church in America. I will agree with the Episcopal bishop that nobody is forced to stay in the Catholic Church if he does not feel like he wants to obey the will of God. Jesus certainly didn’t. In fact, when his teaching became too hard, many of his disciples went back to their former lives.
Catholicism has never been easy, in fact, it can be downright hard, when lived rightly.
Hat-tip to www.catholicculture.org for the text of the article.