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Friday, July 27, 2012

Salvatore Cordileone, San Francisco's New Archbishop, Helped Create Prop. 8

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM

The decision came straight from the Vatican, and Pope Benedict XVI.
  • The decision came straight from the Vatican, and Pope Benedict XVI.

The Vatican today named Salvatore Cordileone, one of the creators of California's notorious Proposition 8, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, a jurisdiction that spans from Hawaii to Salt Lake City, Utah. Cordileone, bishop of the Oakland Diocese since 2009, will replace the retiring Archbishop George Niederauer.


Cordileone, 56, will bring his conservative brand of Catholicism to one of the most progressive dioceses in the country. As the East Bay Express wrote in a profile soon after the bishop took the Oakland post, "Cordileone has cultivated one of the most theologically conservative worldviews imaginable."

His take on contraception, for example:

"Contraception," Cordileone said in an interview at Thomas Aquinas College, "has been the crack in the foundation that's brought down the building because it disconnected children from marriage."

Clearly, someone in Rome wanted to clean-up our hedonistic city, where priests support parishioners marching in the Gay Pride parade.

Before taking over in Oakland, Cordileone spent several years as Auxiliary Bishop of San Diego, his home town. While there he helped create Prop. 8, the 2008 California ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage. In 2011, he rose to chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

"The reality of marriage as the union of a mother and a father is grounded in our very biology," Cordileone told the National Catholic Register. " A child comes into the world by the union of a man and a woman. That's a basic biological fact that cannot be denied. There's a mother and a father for every child."

While he is most known for his stance against gay marriage, Cordileone has also gained a reputation as a scholar and, as the Express put it, "Spanish-speaking friend to the country's rising Latino population." After graduating with a philosophy degree from the University of San Diego, he received a bachelor's in Sacred Theology and then a doctorate in canon law at Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University.

He spent some of his early years as a priest at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Calexico, a border town 122 miles east of San Diego, whose population is 97 percent Latino.

Cordileone will formally take the reins in October.

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