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Principal architect of California’s Prop 8 named Archbishop of San Francisco

Saturday, July 28, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — Salvatore Cordileone, a prelate of the Roman Catholic Church and one of California’s leading opponents of same-sex marriage, was named was named Archbishop of San Francisco by Pope Benedict XVI on Friday.

Cordileone was the principal architect of California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

Salvatore Cordileone

At the time, Cordileone made headlines when he called same-sex marriage a Satanic “plot by the Evil One” to destroy morality in the modern world.

Formerly the Bishop of Oakland, Calif., since 2009, Cordileone is currently the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage.

When he is installed as the Archbishop of San Francisco on Oct. 4, 2012, Cordileone will preside over an archdiocese that encompasses more than a half million Catholics in San Francisco and Marin County and on the peninsula, as well as oversee the dioceses of Oakland, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Stockton, Sacramento, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Reno and Salt Lake City.

His appointment to the San Francisco position immediately drew controversy from the LGBT community.

“Bishop Cordileone has proven himself to be an anti-gay activist who encourages and promotes discrimination against LGBT people,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin.

According to the HRC, Cordileone played a central role in founding and executing the Protect Marriage campaign, and under his influence, Catholic organizations in California played a leading role in financing the Proposition 8 campaign. His partners included the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and Focus on the Family. In fact, it was Cordileone who personally phoned NOM co-founder Maggie Gallagher and asked her to get NOM involved in the Prop 8 fight.

A report in Oakland’s East Bay Express noted that if it weren’t for Cordileone, gays and lesbians “would almost surely still be able to get married today.”

As an auxiliary bishop in San Diego, Cordileone played an indispensable role in conceiving, funding, organizing, and ultimately winning the campaign to pass Proposition 8.

It was Bishop Sal and a small group of Catholic leaders who decided that they had to amend the state constitution. It was Bishop Sal who found the first major donor and flushed the fledgling campaign with cash. It was Bishop Sal who personally brought in the organization that took the lead on the petition drive. And it was Bishop Sal who coordinated the Catholic effort with evangelical churches around the state.

Bishop Sal even helped craft the campaign’s rhetorical strategy, sitting in on focus groups to hone the message of Proposition 8.

We know all this because as homosexuals and their supporters were wondering how this all came about, Cordileone gloated about his work in an interview with an obscure Catholic radio network. He bragged about how gay men and lesbians never saw him coming.

LGBT leaders in San Francisco have questioned how Cordileone would fit in with the city, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

“This isn’t a marriage made in heaven,” said Tom Ammiano, an openly gay state assemblyman who represents San Francisco.

Cordileone is to be installed as San Francisco’s new archbishop in early October, around the same time that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide whether it will hear arguments on Proposition 8.

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38 more reader comments:

  1. ewwww!

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 4:52pm
  2. violation of separation of church abd state a CELRGYMAN helping write laws and fighting for its passage

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 4:53pm
  3. If the catholic church took a major part in right law why the hell do they get tax exempt status.

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 4:54pm
  4. booooo to this man he should keep his nose out of our business

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 4:55pm
  5. wow, a hate filled terrorist promoted by a bigoted nazi dictator… what will the church do for an encore?

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 4:56pm
  6. Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 4:56pm
  7. this is only the beginning. when people begin getting more rights, forces arise to take them away.

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 5:02pm
  8. So, the pope dumped a pile of shit on SF.

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 5:04pm
  9. go figure!

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 5:07pm
  10. send this man to the the north pole let him preach to penguines

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 5:25pm
  11. I wonder when the lovers and/or children of Bishop Sal will start to emerge: such a lonely existence, however, may mean a lot of time on his hands, time to engage in these political mischiefs.

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 5:31pm
  12. This institution is so rotten to the core that it amazes me that any self-respecting LGBT person or any human being with a conscience can remain faithful to it, when there are so many Christian denominations that now embrace equality and dignhity of its LGBT members. It wages a relentless war on the happiness, safety and civil equality of the LGBT citizens of this country, not to mention the trail of misery it leaves behind in Africa by denying condoms to the populace and its support for anti gay legislation, including Uganda’s ‘kill the gays’ bill. To hell with the Vatican, and the sooner the better.

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 5:33pm
  13. Penguins are south pole… polar bears are north pole

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 5:38pm
  14. Why am I not surprised the the Catholic Church put a homophobic archbishop in San Francisco. They really need more pedophiles to do the good work of that church.

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 5:44pm
  15. sorry, poor fella looks and gay as all get out…of course. Good luck, San Francisco, you are in my prayers….these are actual prayers.

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 5:49pm
  16. Love your comment Marvin!!!:))) we all have someone who is lesbian or gay or transgender around us and honestly they number more than bible-pushing bigots. Eventually, the wellness of the soul will not have anything to do with some bearded patriarch.

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 5:52pm
  17. Of course the Catholic Church put one of it’s most rabid anti-gay archbishops in San Francisco. They are waging war against LGBT people & women’s rights. San Francisco is a sanctuary city for the LGBT community and in general, many San Franciscans have very liberal, feminist politics. Of course they sent us one of their biggest homophobic, misogynists.

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 6:12pm
  18. Another pointless asshole with nothing important to say!

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 6:26pm
  19. Wage the REVELOUTION!

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 6:26pm
  20. He’s so latent gay it’s not even funny!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 6:39pm
  21. i say its time for the revolution for rights to kick in to overdrive

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 6:52pm
  22. Hope he eats crow.

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 6:57pm
  23. It is time for the IRS to take The Tax Exempt Status to that hateful Catholic Church, It is time to start pushing the government to investigate them and TAKE action

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 7:16pm
  24. … Mafioso!!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 7:34pm
  25. Ugly!

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 8:37pm
  26. What is POOP BENDADICK’s next move? Is he planning to burn ALL the Gays and Lesbians in San Francisco at the stake? This is TOTAL insult to the Gay Community especially after PROP HATE. The Vatican and the Catholic Church is so obnoxious and hateful it is DESPICABLE!

    Posted on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 8:55pm
  27. That hateful little wankstain,just because he dedicated his life to a deadman and now lives a life of solitude doesn’t mean he can rain on our parade!!he probably has shares in chick-fil-a too!

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 12:58am
  28. call him whatever you want your just as bad as us that hate the idea of same sex relations, if you cant help being gay then we cant help that it sickens us, our faith and our version of morality means you are in the wrong, yours means we are in the wrong, cant you leave it at that? if you discriminate against those that oppose you arent you the facists you so hate.

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 3:51am
  29. Proud to say I’m left the Catholic religion when I was 9…40 years ago and never looking back! Agnostic Athiest for me. Religion has no place in politics although it seems to be politics!

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 5:03am
  30. You have GOT to be joking…is this an “Onion” news story????

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 10:04am
  31. What….The…..

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 10:07am
  32. you know they did this on purpose

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 10:08am
  33. Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 10:08am
  34. The funny thing is, the Catholic Church used to marry people of the same sex: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/pwh/bosrev-stammer.asp

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 10:12am
  35. So UN-San Francisco!

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 10:13am
  36. rewarded for hate, no Godly, I left the hateful catholic church behind as a teenager and I have never looked back!

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 10:24am
  37. no = not

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 10:25am
  38. Showing anger against people who go out of their way to deny you rights and threaten to exterminate you is not exactly equivalent to ‘discriminating’ against those people. But if it makes you feel better about yourself to pretend that you’re a victim, pretend away.

    Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 11:32am