The following is from a March 10 Renew America article by Matt C. Abbott.
Gotta’ love those tolerant city officials in San Francisco. Now they’re directing their wrath toward Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. And for what?
The archbishop wants the teachers in the archdiocesan school system not to undermine the Catholic mission by publicly dissenting from Catholic magisterial teaching. Oh, the horror!
It’s certainly not unjust discrimination to require teachers in Catholic schools to publicly uphold the tenets of Catholicism. Yet the bullies on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors – and, sad to say, a reported 80 percent of current archdiocesan high school teachers – apparently can’t deal with that.
To show your support for Archbishop Cordileone, click here to read and sign an online petition being circulated by LifeSiteNews.com and American Life League.
Below are images of two letters written by Father Richard Perozich in support of the archbishop (click on image to enlarge).
Now calm down everybody, it’s not discrimination to teach and reflect Catholic values at Catholic schools. Tolerating sodomy is not merciful, it is confirming one in their sin. Any Catholic living an authentically Catholic life should have no trouble signing the Archbishop’s timely document.
Reading through the comments about this story, it is clear that lots of faux Catholics positively have the vapors!!
Thanks Real Catholics, for not allowing the pro-sodomy crowd to take over this site’s comment forum.
Thank you, “Fr. Perozich”. This blogger has also written to the Apostolic Nuncio, to the USCCB, the CCC, and to the Archbishop voicing support.
Well, People, get writing. Stuff this turkey.
Excellent Letter !
Elected and appointed officials should be fined and JAILED when they use the power of their Office to impose their own beliefs on others.
Freedom of Religion and Speech are protected by the US Constitution – 1st Amendment.
If any employees disagree with the MISSION of their employer they are free to work elsewhere (no one is stopping them), In fact they should work elsewhere,
or they are hypocrites and very dishonest.
And dishonest people can not be trusted to teach children anything, anywhere.
The MISSION (beliefs of the Catholic Church) are accurately contained in the “Catechism of the Catholic Catholic Church, second edition” (dark green cover of 1997).
The CCC is 18 years old as written. There is nothing new here.
No surprises to anyone who is employed by a Catholic Diocese, or Catholic Schools.
The only previous Catechism in the history of the Church which contains the Doctrine of the Faith is the “Catechism of the Council of Trent” of 1566AD, and also teaches that Sodomy and Adultery, and Fornication are Mortal Sins.
As well as abortion, euthanasia, and contraception.
Nothing new here.
If people don’t check out the mission of the religion or organization where they choose to work – they are just plain stupid –
and stupids should not be teachers even in a public school.
here is no excuse for anyone with a College degree to take a job where they disagree with the total Mission.
Catholic Schools must be only “Catholic” as advertised.
And the word has been spread to write to the Papal Nuncio via emails to REAL CATHOLICS and via radio too!!!
Robert Oscar Lopez is a unique voice, in part because of his truly unique experiences and his frank yet ‘respectful’ way of presenting them, and they apply here quite well.
Catholic Higher Education in Ruins
by Robert Oscar Lopez – within Education, Religion and the Public Square
The dream of a sex-positive socialist Catholicism based on Marx and liberation theology tells kids to stop complaining when they suffer the consequences of adults’ sexual selfishness. Sexual radicalism and extreme pro-LGBT advocacy have no positive role to play in Catholic higher education.
Before there was Pope Francis, there was a different Francis from Assisi, Italy. Back in the twelfth century, St. Francis heard the call to fix a church falling into ruins. Now it is the twenty-first century, and this Francis ought to hear the call to fix Catholic colleges falling into ruins.
Recent incidents at Notre Dame, Marquette, and Catholic University of America trouble me, because they stir up memories of the muddled theology that corrupted my Catholic youth, led me into terrible confusion, and ultimately led me to leave the Church. Since I am a professor, the prospect of Catholic higher education unraveling is doubly alarming…
Bullying? Really? I suppose you don’t much know what bullying is, then.
Thats not true YFC. Your in denial and its not a just act of yours to those who are being bullied.
Is it possible, just wondering, if the good Bishop’s approach to the issue caused more uprising than there needed to be? For example, could he not have simply said that all teachers in the school system should support Catholic teaching in the public arena and not belong to groups that do not agree with Catholic teaching? Could he have simply stated that all teachers are expected to support Catholic teaching in the classroom and in their behavior on campus? PERIOD! Even he, the Archbishop, has said that he is not on a witch hunt that will cause job loss. At least one parish, if not more, are permitted to have a visible part in the Gay Rights Parade each year. How does that not send a mixed message to people? The Pope says we should be a Church of inclusion, not exclusion. Sometimes how something is said has greater impact that what is said. Too many people think we are going to hell if we don’t ….. What we need is for people to believe they are going to heaven unless … All a matter of approach don’t you think?
When the Archbishop says he is not on a witch hunt, no one takes him seriously, and I mean that truly no one on either side of this issue takes him seriously. If he were not on a witch hunt, why would he write these things into the teachers’ handbook in the first place, and then obfuscate all over the place in front of the Chron editorial board. They asked him over and over again and he tried every way he could to get out from under the question. When the Chron wrote their piece after the the hour long ed board meeting, he came out instantly telling everyone that a handful of reporters got an hour long videotaped interview all wrong. Well, Nevius wasn’t having any of that and he said what everyone in the room and anyone who watched that videotape knows: If the AB tells you he is not on a witch hunt, he is not being truthful. That is EXACTLY what he is doing. And if he weren’t on a witch hunt, he wouldn’t have generated so much press and commentary here on CCD. Be honest, folks, we all know that is what he is up to.
“Be honest, folks, we all know that is what he is up to.” Yes YFC he standing up for Catholic teaching and leftist like you are offended.
YFC, so that examples are not set by adults for children of – IMMORAL ACTIVITIES – of any kind (including but not limited to your favorite of sodomy).
And this includes IMMORAL activities that may become public.
Why don’t you tell your friends – to work where they support the MISSION of the schools.
In fact people of your ilk could open the “School of Sodomy, Adultery, Fornication, and Pornography”.
Leave our Catholic schools alone. Undermining our Mission to raise our children Catholic – is why we pay tuition.
Non-Catholic students who do not like the mission of a Catholic school are invited to leave as well.
We will all be happier.
Youbbr Fellow Catholic,
a witch hunt? a campaign directed against a person or group holding unorthodox or unpopular views.
He did not have to do that. They did that.
All he did was put up a sign that said: NO WITCHCRAFT and all the witches came out of the woodwork. Well, maybe not all. There were probably some smart ones who covered their own butts and let the others do it for them.
Bob One you are always wrong… everyone thinks they are going to heaven because they are inclusive and nice… as for what Pope Frankie says, he is also wrong… far more people go to Hell than make it to Heaven despite how “inclusive” we are..
“For example, could he not have simply said that all teachers in the school system should support Catholic teaching in the public arena and not belong to groups that do not agree with Catholic teaching?”
Having read the document, it seems to me that’s just what he said. I don’t know what other “approach” he could have taken. The truth is sometimes unpleasant now matter how kind or inoffensive one tries to be in asserting it.
As regards the Pope’s saying we should “be a Church of inclusion, not exclusion”, that’s one of those sound bytes that often obscure and distort the Pope’s message rather than explicate it. There can be no doubt that Francis recognizes that Christ laid down conditions for people to fulfill in order to be “included”.
Bob One – It is hypocritical for Catholic School employees to publically support abortion, homosexual acts, contraception, fornication or adultery – even after hours.
This creates the Mortal Sin of SCANDAL – not only for the students but for the public in general.
Look up the Mortal Sin of Scandal in your CCC.
Everyone will be happier if those who support immoral activities leave,, and find employment elsewhere.
Actually, “Bob One”, the Archbishop was pretty tame. Many would say that he should have imposed a contractual requirement that involved non-school time, as well. And, no Catholic parish should take part in any homosexual event, including a “pride march”. If the Archbishop permits this, he is wrong.
The ironic thing with your blog — and you fully understand this — is that there is no “mixed message”. What you want, and what all homosexuals, and their enablers, want is for there to only be indirect, happy messages from the Bishop. Kind of like Aunt Bea scolding poor old Opie.
Who knows who is going to Hell? Fr. Barron feels almost no one will, while others say that Christ spoke the most of the reality of Hell and of the need to follow the narrow path. Do you feel lucky?
Archbishop Cordileone is doing fine. It is most of the Catholic Church that is lost on the issue of homosexual sex. The Archbishop is only running around, like the true shepherd, seeking to find and keep all his flock from the wolves. Still time, but hurry.
Homosexuals will not be happy until they get all religions to accept SODOMY
and Sexual Promiscuity, and,
and? what? religion?
How about getting religion to understand that every religion has views that conflict with one another and that somebody has got to be the arbiter over who’s religion wins. So in the public sphere, to the greatest extent possible, every person regardless of their religion “wins”, and those who wish to act in the public sphere has to treat every other citizen with equal treatment. How is that for a good compromise?
Acting homosexuals are not interested in religion.
They are interested in sexual activity – above God and everyone else.
They think with their private parts.
Anonymous, let us remember that they are complaining about PRIVATE Catholic Schools, not the PUBLIC square.
No one needs to “win”. People need to mind their own business, and keep sex inside their own homes.
You don’t see religious schools stepping on each other – even through they have different beliefs.
It is only the homosexuals who want to impost themselves and their lifestyles on everyone else.
ED I found that if a homosexual is not an “acting homosexual”, they are not homosexual but they are human souls who suffer with same sex attractions. God does not create a person just to be labeled a homosexual, a homosexual is one that has acted out or is continuing to embrace that sexuality, against the natural act. The name is there as a reminder of their weakness. BUT one that takes on the suffering by being chaste in body, mind and spirit will not insult our Lord by continuing to shout that they are a homosexual when they do not live out that lifestyle any longer but instead they will be honest and say that they suffer with those types of attractions.
“When God created man, he said to him: ‘Be it done according to your will’, that is, ‘I make you free, subject only to myself.'” Catherine Of Siena
Thank you Fr. Richard Perozich for offering your support and guidance.
Why is there only one clergy who has spoken up and shown support to the Archbishop? Where are all the bishops, archbishops, cardinals. leaders of the Catholic church in America? Too scared to speak up? A great idea by bringing in the Papal Nuncio. After all, this is not just an isolated San Francisco issue (Catholic teaching, the lack of it), it is a common ill effecting most of Catholic schools, why other bishops not join in on the fight or at least show some brotherly support to Archbishop Cordileone???
God bless Fr. Perozich for speaking out in defense of Abp. Cordileone! Would that more priests and bishops would do the same. We are so fortunate to have brave Fr. Perozich in our diocese. He is a true shepherd to his flock.
“Why is there only one clergy who has spoken up and shown support to the Archbishop? Where are all the bishops, archbishops, cardinals. leaders of the Catholic church in America? Too scared to speak up?”
“Would that more priests and bishops would do the same.”
lucia and Joan of El Cajon,
Thank you for your truthful questions and truth-filled words! Are many of our shepherds still hiding out in the shadows like Peter did when he was frightened by the impending tension? Will they also grieve and weep later like Peter did for remaining silent and denying Christ when they too had the opportunity, the duty and the obligation to speak the full truth?…Especially when they watch what is happening in San Francisco? Do they think that their particular time won’t come locally where they too will be put to the real test? Will they say, “Yes Jesus, I won’t deny you and I will also wait that ONE HOUR WITH YOU!” …..Or will they place their finger up in the wind and say “Bravo” while courageously faithful fellow priests and Church leaders are being being encircled by ravenous wolves? God bless Archbishop Cordileone, Father Joseph Illo, and Father Perozich. Their beautiful examples serve God and uplift the faithful. Our faithful priests have courageously retained a holy desire to never again abandon Jesus in the Garden due to fear or political correctness or the worldly mentality of attaining a corporate promotions.
The Archbishop’s opponents are utterly
unreasonable. They expect that Catholic
teachings be changed to at their
wrong-headed whim to accommodate their
misplaced “compassion” and “tolerance”.
If the schools must be closed, it would be tragic.
A huge burden would be levied on the public
schools and the students from Catholic schools would be
at the mercy of the “anything goes” philosophies of the
state’s education system.
If the teachers won’t come into compliance and obey
the Archbishop, he has to do that. I don’t know what
they’re paid, but I’d bet it’s more than Unemployment
Insurance will give them.
That the Archbishop may well be forced to do that is a
crying shame. That shame is on the teachers, not him.
He’s doing what he must as a leader. Sometimes love
must be tough.
Where, exactly, have the teachers asked that the teachings of the Church be changed? Honestly, I have never heard nor seen that proposal anywhere. They are not even saying that what is taught in schools not be in line with catholic teaching. Not one teacher has said that catholic teaching should be changed nor taught in these schools.
What I have heard them saying is that catholic moral teaching has an aweful lot more to say than just about the pelvic issues that the AB put into the handbook, and that teachers – esp those who are not catholic – should not have to worry that what they do or say at 5:30 on a Saturday in July could put them at risk for not having a job on September 1 at 8 AM. If a straight teacher goes to a wedding of a friend in the middle of the summer, and a picture of them is taken and put on Facebook, they could be said to be in violation of these policies. And most people of good will think that goes too far. Yet the AB is not willing to spell out exactly where the line is. It is fair for these teachers to want to know where exactly that line is drawn, and the AB’s proposals do not actually draw a very clear line.
YCF, you know that the Catholic Church – nothing new – teaches that homosexual acts, adultery, and fornication are all mortal sins.
The fruits and nuts in CA do not want the Church to teach this, or enforce it.
Again, if your sodomy buddies don’t like it, let them start their own school of Sodomy. And you can hire all the immoral employees that you wish.
YFC, Why is it about the teachers and not the kids?
It is about both, Anonymous. But the Archbishop is changing the teachers’ handbook and their contract. But of course, as you rightly point out, what affects teachers affects students.
No it is not about the children. It is all about what the adults want for themselves. Ask Canisius. He was raised by his mother and her female lover and got the heck beat out of him because he would not give his approval. It is not about the children at all. It is telling children that a very dangerous activity — sodomy — is safe and healthy and that they have no right to a mother and a father or a reasonable facsimile. That is what so called “marriages” between two people of the same sex is — period.
Anne T. Here is one of the many reasons why it IS about the students: The modifications to the student handbook, after talking about the Church’s ability to define morals absolutely and that those who turn away from the Church will go to a place called Hell, lists a number of issues including the “evil” of IVF. Well, these schools have several, maybe even many, students born through IVF. Whatever you or the Church thinks or teaches about the morality of IVF, telling teachers that they must teach the evils of IVF or go to Hell sends a clear message to those IVF born students that they were somehow the product of sin, that they caused their parents to go to Hell, that they are less of a person with full dignity than those born through natural means. This message to students is inescapable. The doctrine might be right, but the pastoral practice here is way way off.
Your Fellow Catholic, you are a teacher, correct?
You are gay, correct?
Any possibility that you may be biased on this?
YFC, children of IVF are going to suffer. I am assuming that you saw the dustup with Elton John and Dolce and Gabbani?
Even if no one says anything that mean to them, children who go through the period of self-doubt will be wondering if they should even exist, does God love them or want them, are they freaks etc?
Just like a large portion of the population. It is very painful and may effect them for life but the fault is on the parents.
All the Church can say is that their parents used a bad means to a good end. That they are loved by God and I hope their parents can instill in them enough self-confidence to get through it until they get to the “it is what it is” phase. I hope they do not feel too much pressure to be good and be productive to prove that they are worthy of being on the earth.
We can’t change the Church’s teaching. They are among the group of children conceived by unwed couples, single mothers (using both IVF and natural methods of conception), victims of rape and incest who may have to go through that because at least one of their biological parents sinned.
I agree Ann T. Your comments are backed with reality and many facts.
By your logic, Anonymous, if children born as a result of IVF are going to suffer, then it is OK for the Archbishop to ask teachers to PILE ON to that suffering? Where is the logic in that?
I’m not even sure the premises of your statement at 10:02 AM are correct, that “children of IVF are going to suffer.” First, no one is “children of IVF”. There are children of parents conceived through IVF. IVF is not their parents. Secondly, not all people who undergo IVF are single mothers or use third parties in the process. Thirdly, where is your evidence that they are going to suffer, unless they are made to feel inferior by the kinds of statement such as the AB is putting into the handbook. Of all the moral teachings of the Church, he picked and chose a few of them, including this one. Why? Unless it is to make those kids feel inferior to other kids.
What the teachers would like to do is to extend a loving hand to their students, to ease the “period of self-doubt will be wondering if they should even exist, does God love them or want them, are they freaks etc?” All the AB’s statement does is call them freaks and cause them to wonder whether they should even exist. That is the ONLY point of including IVF in the handbook.
I am not, btw, a high school teacher and have no bias about IVF. Never done it, not the product of it, have no relatives either.
Exactly, Anonymous at 10:02 am. For some of the parents it was the sin of presumption. It was the I will do it and sin anyway and God has to forgive me. No, he does not if there is no true repentance. This is all the parents’s fault — one way or another. I have seen children shuffled from school to school because of divorce. The teachers and assistants would get them caught up just so they could even read or print, and then they would be shuffled off to another parent and another school, having to be the new kid on the block again, only next to be shuffled back to the other parent. Children used like ping pong balls, so their selfish, egotistical, disloyal parents could find “happiness”. It is time the story was told.
“Anne T. Here is one of the many reasons why it IS about the students:”
Here is only one of the very many reasons that show you are not too terribly concerned with students or innocent children. That is unless it suits or serves your agenda. YFC, you wanted a German Christian homeschooling family, (who were seeking asylum in the U.S. ) immediately sent back to Germany where the parents would be arrested and the children would be torn away from their parents. . You’re own posting history tells quite another story.
Troll on Catherine, troll on by.
In the world of YFC there is no such thing as SIN… All are welcome to indulge in their desires and still make it to heaven….
For those who may believe it isn’t about the children:
…interesting, YFC, how you have such insight into the only reason why the Archbishop would speak out against IVF. Considering you have no experience in that arena, perhaps you should step back and learn a little first, save for attempting to cue the violins.
I, too, wrote to AbC and the Papal Nuncio.
“I urge you, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and in the same purpose.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)
Anyone care to differ with the word of God? Not I.
I am actually very shocked that 80% of the teachers in our Catholic high schools are (allegedly) against the Archbishop’s request.
Why did they choose to teach in a Catholic envirnoment if they have no intent to live out the Catholic Faith?
Janice, because they are hypocrites and liars. And they want to pollute the minds of children. They are simply evil.
CCC: ” 2285 Scandal takes on a particular gravity by reason of the authority of those who cause it
or the weakness of those who are scandalized.
It prompted our Lord to utter this curse: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” Scandal is grave when given by those who by nature or office are obliged to teach and educate others.
Jesus reproaches the scribes and Pharisees on this account: he likens them to wolves in sheep’s clothing. ”
Also see CCC for more paragraphs addressing the mortal sin of Scandal.
Many of the 80% who signed the petition were under duress while signing. They felt they had no choice but to “go along” or else . . . .
What makes you think so? Since 80% of Catholics support contraception and 65% support gay marriage, the teachers seem like average Catholics to me.
Dave N., – average Catholics in the USA who have not been accurately and completely catechized by their Diocese Bishop and Parish Priests – regarding contraception and homosexual acts (gay marriage included).
People need to start reading the CCC for truth and the reasons why.
The footnotes lead to Sacred Scripture.
Many average Catholics have been catechized by their Bishops and/or priests, JOSE, specifically by way of omission, practice, and/or scandalous example that flies in the face of the CCC under the auspices of being pastoral.
So while reading the CCC and Scripture is very necessary, solid and consistent example from Church fathers that demonstrate the belief in and the upholding of the CCC and Scripture is what is really needed.
Actions always speak louder than words…. and have a lasting effect as mankind learns best via imitation.
Ann Malley, please stop making stuff up. You have a really bad image of the Catholic Church and it is not true.
The reason people are not catechised on homosexual acts and contraception is that there parents let them leave CCD before they are of an age where it is appropriate to teach those things.
….Catholic parents should be educating their own children, Anonymous, not relying on CCD. The fact that they are relying on CCD is a problem and only proves that the parents are not educated in the Faith and morals. That would indicate an endemic problem of a lack of Faith and a lack of desire to learn it and/or pursue it. That’s based on your own words.
You bore false witness against the priests and bishops of the Most High Lord.
Janice, its seems that you misunderstand what the 80% number means. It simply means that the signatories object to the additions to the teacher handbook and to the word “minister” to describe their job. That is not to say that anywhere close to 80% don’t want to live out the catholic faith. I think if you listen to these students and teachers – they want to do exactly that. They just disagree with putting a partial recording of church teaching into the handbook.
CHINO Bully Rants showing the Anti-Catholic Agenda of the Abomination are Ironic indeed, coming from the ever lubed up V.P. Joe-B – Rubbing flat out Blasphemy against his own alleged ‘ faith’ – in the Faces of the Faithful & Others of Conscience – of all places In front of the HRC…
Particularly Given the massive coverup of the recent arrests & convictions of his allied ‘in-human’rights’ activists by the media.
Taking Christ’s name in vain, Biden blasts biblical marriage ‘bigots’
While addressing one of the nation’s leading homosexual activist groups on Friday in the nation’s capital, Vice President Joe Biden used the name of Jesus Christ in vain while defending the claim of the LGBT community that homosexuality is hereditary…
Biden went on to assure the pro-LGBT crowd that even though the Obama administration cannot enforce a thought police, people who stand for their religious convictions are in the process of being wiped out — as the White House’s homosexual agenda continues to proliferate across the nation.
HOMOSEXUAL HRC FOUNDER ARRESTED FOR RAPING 15-YEAR-OLD BOY
San Francisco’s Gay Icon Larry Brinkin Guilty of Felony Child Porn Possession:
Bob One: “The Pope says we should be a Church of inclusion, not exclusion.”
Ferrez says: Presently the most overused word or phrase is; inclusive or all inclusive. We are being clubbed over the head and made to feel guilty with homilies, writings from cardinals bishops, priests and the media in general with all inclusive language. (My guess is, that if they had not come out, inclusive would still be in the closet!)
The salvation offered by Jesus Christ is NOT Inclusive. In John 10:9-14 Jesus said, “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” Jesus himself said “if you enter ANY OTHER WAY you are a thief and a robber” The danger of universalism is that it gives someone a false sense of security about their afterlife
Jesus said Mt. 7:13-15: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Jesus is not saying all will make it, not even many but few find it.
Usual Suspects Protest Archbishop Cordileone’s School Reforms
After years of decline from media darlings to relative obscurity, why has Call to Action USA (CTA) reemerged in San Francisco? Because Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s recent efforts to strengthen the Catholic identity of his schools tackles the central claim of Call to Action—that the Church discriminates unjustly against Catholics who are unwilling to accept or abide by Catholic moral teaching.
If San Francisco follows the lead of several other dioceses and unapologetically requires Catholic schools to employ only those who are faithful to the Church, it may be a harbinger of things to come. And the fringe dissidents don’t like it.
Fanning the flames of dissent, CTA has launched a petition…
For years, CTA has been one of the leading fringe organizations dissenting on Catholic moral teachings that run counter to the Sexual Revolution and feminist ideology….
Last year, Call to Action joined Catholics for Choice, DignityUSA, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) and more than three dozen “progressive Catholic organizations and their affiliates in a letter to Congress decrying the bishops’ misrepresentation” regarding “what most Catholics in the US believe.”
A mere glance at CTA’s leadership is enough to reveal its agenda. The executive director is Jim Fitzgerald, a previous vice president for education at Planned Parenthood; the board of directors includes: Delfin Bautista, director of the LGBT Center at OU, and Alta Jacko and Barbara Zeman, “Catholic Womanpriests.”
God bless our holy priests in San Diego! Thank you Fr. Richard Perozich and others!