On March 12, in front of San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral a group gathered to protest against the new initiative of the archdiocese of San Francisco, which insists that teachers and staff at archdiocesan high schools not publicly take positions in opposition to the Church. The event was covered by both KPIX TV, San Francisco’s CBS affiliate, and NBC News Bay Area. KPIX headlined its coverage: “San Francisco Catholic Students Slam Morality Clauses In Latest Protest, Say Archbishop Is Out Of Step.” NBC’s headline was “Students Protest SF Archbishop Morality Clause.”
But video and photographs from the protest show the headline to be misleading. Of the approximately 3,000 students at the four Catholic High Schools involved, there were only about 35 students at the event—CBS was forced to pad their coverage with video of students at a similar demonstration that took place on Ash Wednesday. At least a third of those in attendance at the event were not students (unless high schools are now teaching ladies with gray hair and men whose hair has waved goodbye) but activist adults.
Among the adults present was Brian Cahill, now a writer for the National Catholic Reporter, and a long-time opponent of the Church over issue of sodomy. Cahill is an ex-executive director of San Francisco’s Catholic Charities, and it was under his directorship that Catholic Charities embarked on its disastrous partnership with the city of San Francisco and Family Builders. That partnership mandated Catholic Charities, by law, to “Increasing the number of children adopted by lesbian / gay / bisexual / transgender adults.”
Another adult non-student, who managed to be interviewed by both CBS and NBC Bay Area, was a man named Erick Orantes. Orantes’ Linkedin page indicates he is an employee of the city and county of San Francisco. In 2009, he worked as an intern for pro-abortion, pro same-sex-marriage Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. In 2012, Orantes was a member of Catholic University Students for Choice and was one of a number of Catholic students who spoke at the National Press Club in favor of the Obama administration’s contraception mandate—a policy which would have required employers to violate their conscience.
One young man interviewed by NBC Bay Area was Daniel Kahn. NBC did not indicate whether or not he was a student. Kahn thought the archbishop’s initiative made sense “On the grounds that it is a Catholic school and they adhere to Catholic teaching, I would say it has to fall in parallelism with Catholic Church doctrine.”
The rally was promoted on the” #teachacceptance” Facebook page. The lead post on the page at the time of this writing was an article from the New York Times, titled: “Unraveling the Church Ban on Gay Sex,” subheaded: “The time has come for the Roman Catholic Church to rethink its claim that homosexual behavior is immoral. Here’s how.”