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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Parents to Protest Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's Anti-Gay Handbook for Catholic High Schools

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 12:27 PM

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San Francisco's Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has had enough with the gay, evil culture flourishing in this liberal bastion, which is why he's rolled out a very unwelcoming list of lifestyle suggestions for Bay Area teachers. 

And it's not going over well among parents whose kids are attending Catholic schools across the city. They've banded together with plans to protest Cordileone's narrow interpretations of Catholicism and his anti-gay proposals for faculty and staff.

Hundreds are expected to gather outside St. Mary's Cathedral tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Earlier this month, Cordileone condemned homosexuality and took a stance against "evil" contraception and reproductive technologies, asking teachers and staff at high schools to embrace these sentiments among others. Moreover, the language is written into a new school handbook and could be enforced by proposed changes to teachers' contracts.

"We are speaking as faithful Catholics," says Jim McGarry, a former Catholic high school teacher who has two children enrolled at Catholic high schools in the city. "We're doing this as a fraternal critique of the archbishop's approach, we're not out to destroy him or make fun of him."

Parents have found the language problematic, calling it an attack on LGBTQ students and those who have been conceived through technologically assisted means."The language is very damaging to our students," says McGarry. "We have students that have just recently in the past years that have been able to come out. For their peers to recognize their human dignity and to affirm them, and for them to be degraded by this language is very problematic."

McGarry says it's important for students to be engaged in serious dialogue and thinking in the classroom. Teachers need to be able to facilitate this, he says, "There can't be gag orders and such as that on them."

The organizers are asking the archbishop to reconsider his language.

"We're not (protesting) because we want to ridicule Catholicism," he says. "But because we want to save it."

Parents were upset once again about two weeks ago at an Inner Richmond elementary school when a vicar passed around  "what-not-to-do" pamphlets with detailed language about sex, prompting at least one 11-year-old to ask about sodomy. 
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