An employee of the archdiocese of San Francisco running for San Mateo City Council has declined to state whether or not he supports Proposition 1, a ballot measure that would amend the California state constitution to explicitly name a right to abortion.
Rod Linhares did not respond to San Mateo Councilwoman Amourence Lee’s candidate survey concerning the city council candidates’ position on Proposition 1 and whether the candidates consider themselves “pro-choice.”
Lee published the survey answers on her public Facebook page noting, “Mr. Linhares is the development director at an organization which stated that ‘defeating Prop 1 is our number one priority for this year.’”
Three days later, Lee followed up with another Facebook post: “San Mateo City Council Candidate Rod Linhares has no position on the right to legal and safe abortion or Prop 1. Leadership requires taking positions… Mr. Linhares is grossly out of step with the overwhelmingly prochoice majority in the city of San Mateo. Please join me in donating to Planned Parenthood in Mr. Rod Linhares’s name.”
In response to follow-up questions about his position on Proposition 1, Linhares told Redwood City’s Climate Magazine, “I support our City Council’s decision to establish a 100-foot buffer zone around our Planned Parenthood Clinic to help ensure access, safety, and provide peace of mind. In addition, I support enforcement of all the laws of the state of California, including women’s reproductive rights.”
Linhares told Climate Magazine, “My work for the Archdiocese is separate from my community service, and my beliefs are my own.”
Linhares’ campaign donations are processed by ActBlue, which requires that a candidate is “a Democrat or working for progressive causes.”
Linhares attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, University of Notre Dame, and University of San Francisco and has worked for the archdiocese for over five years.
Linhares did not respond to a request for comment for this article.
– article submitted by Mary Rose on Sept. 9.
He should just come out as pro choice and work for the Diocese of San Jose or the Jesuits West. His commute will only be ten minutes longer.
Sad. But, apparently true.
Another fake Catholic employed by the Catholic Church. This goes on at schools, parishes and chancery offices all over the country.
Jesuit “educated” and Notre Dame. I’m shocked. Not.
Those of you in the archdiocese may want to contact Archbishop Cordileone. Don’t presume that he knows. Following every city council (or other local) race is likely not something he does.
He should be denied Communion by the Archbishop. And kicked out of the Church.
Most “Catholics ” in San Mateo do not go t confession but straight to communion and Arcybiso know that for a long time. Many priests do not obey Arc Cordelone.
He’s free to believe whatever he wants, but if I were his boss at the AD, I’d sure like to know if his heart were in his work….I’m paying him money after all….
His work is fundraising. Does the archdiocese require that every lawyer and doctor who works for it be Catholic?
Does Linhares identify as a Catholic? If he or the janitor identify as agnostic or Rastafarian and do their jobs, maybe it isn’t an issue. But, when he touts his Ignatius Prep, USF and Notre Dame “education,” it seems he’s calling himself a Catholic. That’s part, and a big part, of the issue. Don’t tout “devout” and then complain when it’s questioned. Straddling a fence is rough on body and soul.
Maybe not– but they must uphold Catholic teaching and morals! No employee should believe in or practice gay sex or gay “marriage,” nor believes in abortion and help promote Planned Parenthood, for starters!
Oh– he should be denied Communion and excommunicated– if he is Catholic. Prop #1 is evil– if it wins in the election, it will evilly enshrine the false “right” to Abortion— to murder your own unborn child– by State law. The Catholic Church is fighting Prop. #1. No employee should be hired, who supports Prop. #1.
Since 2000, Planned Parenthood alone has committed 6.4 million abortions, and taxpayers have paid $9.3 billion for them all. That means, Planned Parenthood murdered 6.4 million Americans since 2000, depriving them of their God-given, natural Right to Life. No Church employee of ours should ever support Baby Murder. If they do, they should be fired.
Speaking of bad employees– in Florida recently, 160 criminals, including Disney employees and school teachers– were arrested for running a human trafficking ring.
The man misunderstands the word “safety.”
He just released a statement that he opposes Prop 1 because it allows third trimester abortions. I guess he is OK with abortions in the first two trimesters??!!