In an interview with KQED News Fix, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone discusses (among other things) the value of “getting to know” gay Catholics. The full interview also covers Catholics and the excesses of capitalism, immigration, and the San Francisco Giants. (The report notes that “While Cordileone seemed a bit uneasy discussing the pope’s comments about homosexuality , he warmed up when asked how a San Diego native could root for the San Francisco Giants over his hometown Padres”).That discomfort is clearly visible in his body language. Watch.
Below the fold are the extracts of the report, which refer specifically to LGBT issues.
In our discussion, Archbishop Cordileone said he’s been reaching out in hopes of “getting to know gay Catholics,” joining parishioners for meals at Most Holy Redeemer Church in the Castro.
“When we don’t interact with each other, we can make decisions or get images based on stereotypes – that happens on both sides,” the archbishop said.
When asked what he’s learned from those interactions, Cordileone said he’s come to understand how gay people have “suffered.”
“They’ve been disowned by their families,” he said. “They’ve been harmed and they want to come to a place that will accept them for who they are. And affirm them. So it tenderizes us.”
And yet, Archbishop Cordileone still chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. Just last month in that capacity, he responded to the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in Hawaii, saying, “The decision in Hawaii is disappointing and shows the need for rebuilding a culture of the family in our country,” adding that “changing the meaning of marriage in the law does not promote the common good or protect authentic rights.” So clearly, the archbishop’s views have not changed, even if his rhetoric is softer
- San Francisco Archbishop: ‘Interactions with Gay Catholics Tenderizes Us’ (blogs.kqed.org)
- NOM, Catholic Bishops Endorse Bill Seeking Religious Exemption From Gay Marriage (ontopmag.com)
- Cordileone Calls on Catholics to Support Immigration Reform (blogs.kqed.org)
- SF Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone: We Welcome Gays, Those Immoral Sinners (blogs.sfweekly.com)