Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Archbishop Cordileone, Archdiocesan Director of Communication Defend Faith, Marriage

Very good to see, from LifeSiteNews:

Archbishop to Pelosi, critics: No, I won’t drop March for Marriage

"San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has responded that, despite criticism from political leaders in his home state, he will attend the March for Marriage this week, because his position requires him to act as a defender of the Catholic faith.

In a letter released today, Cordileone wrote that he is required “as a bishop, to proclaim the truth—the whole truth—about the human person and God’s will for our flourishing ... especially the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife,” Cordileone wrote. “That is what I will be doing on June 19th.”

Christine Mugridge, the Director of Communications for the Archdiocese, was excellent as well:

"Dr. Christine Mugridge, head of the Archdiocese of San Francisco's department of communications and outreach, told LifeSiteNews that the politicians had allowed ideology to blind them to an archbishop's mission. 'They are forgetting the fact that he has an obligation to teach the faith,' she said. 'In the public arena, they are not responsible for every speaker’s opinion at a public meeting.'

 'It isn’t his personal opinion; it is the teaching of the Church,' she said.

Both letters quoted an off-the-cuff remark by Pope Francis, 'If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then
who am I to judge him?' The statement has been used to confuse the faithful and public at large about the Church's stance on homosexuality – confusion Archbishop Cordileone aims to dispel.

'The Holy Father is being misquoted repeatedly to defend acceptance of the gay lifestyle,' Dr. Mugridge told LifeSiteNews. 'The Pope has said he is a son of the Church and that he does not defend the gay lifestyle and opposed lobbyists for that lifestyle.'

 'His 'who am I to judge?' quote is now being used to condone the active homosexual lifestyle, which is in complete contradiction to our Catholic faith,' she said."

Absolutely right.

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