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.”
These people aren’t done yet. From CNA: “The University of San Francisco, a Jesuit institution, will host a March 16 forum for parents, teachers, students and their allies opposed to the archdiocese. The university’s Institute for Catholic Education and Leadership and the group Concerned Parents and Students-Teach Acceptance are co-sponsoring the event.”
The Jesuits (USF, et al) never seem happy unless they’re in some sort of Social Justice that conflicts with the Church.
Perhaps all archdioceses/dioceses should look carefully at teachers graduating from USF and any other Jesuit school.
Forum speakers include Brian Cahill, a former executive director of the archdiocese’s Catholic Charities affiliate who has often criticized the archdiocese; Jim McGarry, a former Catholic school religious studies teacher; and Leslie C. Griffin, a constitutional law professor at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas who has previously worked with the Center for Reproductive Rights.
the “#teachacceptance” group will be meeting at USF on Monday the 16th to spew lies and falsehoods (who said that?) 7PM McClaren Hall I believe. We can’t protest out front, but we can go in and speak up at the microphone whenever we hear something that needs clarification and truth–like Catholic Schools have a right to teach Catholic Church doctrine and to expect their teachers to adhere to the morality clause stated in the handbook…..otherwise teach somewhere else.
I’m not surprised that most of the protestors were “agenda” driven clots who care nothing about the sacred souls of our youth.
This is all a staged plan, with LBGT activists and the Call to Action group
(which has many umbrella organizations under it, who are ‘Catholics’ who want women priests, contraceptives, etc…) they don’t care about the students or the teachers….they only care about THEIR AGENDA which is to get rid of the Archbishop because he is for marraige between one man and one woman!!!
I say to the activists…..GOOD LUCK!!!! It is not going to happen!!!
Well, thank goodness …I see there are a few real Catholics left in San Francisco that support this wonderful archbishop and church teachings….I will pray for you all……that you stand firm with your archbishop and profess the truth as the church teaches….we all seem to be walking the Via Dolorosa on the way to Calvary….with Jesus these days….
I wish that the Pope and his top leaders, would see the dangers of the Church’s babyish, “hippie freedoms” beliefs, of Vatican II— and EXCOMMUNICATE all dissenters– and NO MORE DISCUSSION!! DISCIPLINE is so tragically lacking, in today’s Church and society! And if the Pope truly values the work of Christ— he had better take it seriously, and institute a strong, excellent, worldwide Catechism program, required of all Catholics, young and old! Then, strong and excellent REQUIRED follow-up programs, to assist all, in correctly practicing and living their Faith!! The Catholic Catechism is the VERY BACKBONE of our Church!! (The Baltimore Catechism is the best!) It is even a greater necessity, than just reading the Holy Bible, to start off with— because it teaches you exactly the beliefs of our Faith, and what Christ expects of His Church, to get us all to Heaven!
If they were alive today, my grandparents, and great-grandparents, could NEVER have imagined such a crazy thing, as an “upside-down” Church, led by illiterate, immoral mobs of secular laymen— and a silly Jesuit Pope, with lazy Church discipline, and no interest in religious education! Plus– no nuns, brothers, and priests, running Catholic schools! Impossible! All the men of past generations— would laugh! (Or maybe, cry!) The Church is today— an unthinkable DISGRACE!!
God bless Archb. Cordileone.
It is so sad that some people are so entrenched in their sins that they will never admit or see the truth. 2 Thess 2:10-12 “and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. 11For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, 12in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness”
Archbishop: Stand Your Ground. Those who do not like your “new” directives should be allowed to “move on.” And, those who support our Holy Catholic Church to be allowed in. That is simple enough.
Protesters state they think “Arpb Cordileone is out of step.”
Hmmm. Did they not think that Jesus was also out of step?
With that in mind, would not one thin that Arpb Cordileone has the rignt role model?
Prayer for his safety and in thanksgiving of his fortitude and correct role modeling.
Interesting. Sad. A picture of our times. “I will not serve.”
“The joy of the fool lies in doing wrong,
but the joy of the man of discernment is in acquiring wisdom.”
Come, O Spirit of wisdom and enter into the hearts of men. Amen.+
Those who promote Mortal Sin are in league with the devil.
The devil is the father of lies.
USF is really hosting such a foul gathering? Man, if I were the archbishop, good bye Jesuits! Wicked!
THANK YOU, CALIFORNIA CATHOLIC DAILY for your great coverage of these situations in California – God bless you and keep you and His angels protect you. Amen.
EVERYBODY go to USF Monday, March 16 7pm to speak your peace.
The goal of these self-excommunicated Catholics and their cohorts is to destroy the Church. They cannot live with the guilt they really do feel, so they want to kill the Church that teaches consequence for sin.
Told Ya So:
“Of course our goal is to ‘indoctrinate children into LGBTQ agenda’
(LifeSiteNews.com) — A homosexual activist has candidly admitted that gay-themed materials and policies pushed in grade schools across North America are for the sake of “indoctrinating” children into an unquestioning acceptance of homosexuality.
“I am here to tell you: All that time I said I wasn’t indoctrinating anyone with my beliefs about gay and lesbian and bi and trans and queer people? That was a lie,”
writes long-time Canadian gay activist S. Bear Bergman in a piece appearing on Huffington Post a week ago tellingly titled
‘I Have Come to Indoctrinate Your Children Into My LGBTQ Agenda (And I’m Not a Bit Sorry).’
Bergman, who runs a Toronto-based publishing company making books for children that positively portrays “LGBTQ” people, is the transgender partner of J. Wallace, a gender equity adviser at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB).
But Bergman writes that he is tired of the “lie.”
“All 25 years of my career as an LGBTQ activist… I have been on a consistent campaign… even if that goes against the way you have interpreted the teachings of your religion.”