Archbishop Cordileone responds to critics of the ‘March for Marriage’

archbishop cordileoneEarlier this week, Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi and other civic leaders sent a letter to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, requesting that he withdraw his participation in the upcoming “March for Marriage.” Archbishop Cordileone is scheduled to be a featured speaker and will voice his support of traditional marriage at the rally, which will take place on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Archbishop Cordileone issued a response to his critics, which can be read below. The full media release, which includes the letter’s recipients, can be found on the Archdiocese’s web site.

Dear Fellow Citizens,

Your letter sharing with me your thoughts on the upcoming “March for Marriage” in Washington, D.C., was forwarded to me while I was attending meetings out of town, and I have reflected on what you have to say. I appreciate your affirmation of my Church’s teaching—not unique to our religion, but a truth accessible to anyone of good will—on the intrinsic human dignity of all people, irrespective of their stage and condition in life. That principle requires us to respect and protect each and every member of the human family, from the precious child in the womb to the frail elderly person nearing death. It also requires me, as a bishop, to proclaim the truth—the whole truth—about the human person and God’s will for our flourishing. I must do that in season and out of season, even when truths that it is my duty to uphold and teach are unpopular, including especially the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife. That is what I will be doing on June 19th.

With regard to your request that I not attend the March, and the reasons you give for this request, allow me to explain the following points.

1. The March for Marriage is not “anti-LGBT” (as some have described it); it is not anti-anyone or anti-anything. Rather, it is a pro-marriage March. The latter does not imply the former. Rather, it affirms the great good of bringing the two halves of humanity together so that a man and a woman may bond with each other and with any children who come from their union. This is precisely the vision promoted by Pope Francis, who recently said, “We must reaffirm the right of children to grow up in a family with a father and mother.” Rest assured that if the point of this event were to single out a group of individuals and target them for hatred, I most certainly would not be there.

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Celebration of the Eucharist

eucharistic+processionOn Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi.  It is a feast often marked by beautiful Eucharistic processions that wind through the streets of cities around the world.

As Catholics, we believe that the Eucharist we receive at Mass is truly the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ. It is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1324)

In this beautiful new video, Chris Stefanik of Real Life Catholic gives a timely reminder of how beautiful and important the Eucharist is.

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Prayer vigil held to honor Phoenix priests attacked at church

phx prayer vigilCatholics from across the Phoenix diocese gathered at SS. Simon and Jude Cathedral last night for a rosary and prayer vigil, to pray for the repose of the soul of Father Kenneth Walker, FSSP and the health of Father Joseph Terra, FSSP.

Father Walker, 28, was shot and killed during an attempted burglary Wednesday night at Mater Misericordiae Mission in Phoenix. Father Terra, 56, was able to call 911, but sustained severe injuries during the attack and is in critical but stable condition.

The prayer vigil was lead by Father John Lankeit, rector of SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral. Father Lankeit said of the two priests:

“These two are great priests and great men of the church. Their service throughout their lives showed true evidence of love.”

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