The Vatican announced on Friday the appointment of Bishop Salvatore Cordileone as the ninth archbishop of San Francisco. Archbishop-elect Cordileone has served as bishop of the Diocese of Oakland since 2009 and succeeds Archbishop George Niederauer, who has served as the archbishop since 2005.
Archbishop Niederauer, who offered his resignation upon reaching the age limit of 75, welcomed the archbishop-elect, saying, “I am pleased to welcome Archbishop-elect Cordileone and to assure him of our prayers, loyalty, support and cooperation, as well as our friendship and affection.”
Shortly after the announcement was made, Bishop Cordileone said, “I look forward to assuming my new pastoral responsibilities with and for the priests and people of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.”
Bishop Cordileone is known as a strong advocate for traditional marriage and played a key role in getting Proposition 8 on the ballot in 2008. He currently serves as the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage and the Task Force on Cultural Diversity.
Bishop Cordileone will be installed as archbishop of San Francisco on October 4, the feast day of the city’s patron, St. Francis of Assisi. The installation will take place at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral.
For more information on Archbishop-elect Cordileone, read the full write-up in the National Catholic Register.