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SF Archbishop: gay marriage a ‘natural impossibility’ — much like ‘male breastfeeding’

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, in a recent interview with the United Kingdom’s Catholic Herald, said the term gay marriage should be rarely used because it refers to a “natural impossibility” — much like “male breastfeeding.”

Cordileone said that the struggle to protect “traditional marriage” is God’s “gift” to his generation.

Archbishop Cordileone cautions against over-using the term “gay marriage”, advising that it should be used “only sparingly” because it is a natural impossibility and if we keep talking about gay marriage we might fool ourselves into thinking it is an authentic reality, which only needs government approval to make it legitimate.

He compares it with another impossibility: “Legislating for the right for people of the same sex to marry is like legalising male breastfeeding.”

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“Fighting for marriage is our way of loving God, and the struggle is the particular gift that God has given our generation.”

Formerly the bishop of Oakland, Cordileone was appointed archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.

Cordileone has been one of California’s leading opponents of same-sex marriage, and was the principal architect of Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

On August 26, 2012, Cordileone was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol at a police checkpoint in San Diego, and spent the night in police custody.

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  1. This reminds me of that family guy episode where peter tries to breastfeed stewie….so….freakin…hilarious

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:03pm
  2. Does he not know about all the non-human homosexuality going on out in the wild? Nothing at all like male breastfeeding, which does not happen in the wild, regardless of species. Give the man some training in biology, then see what he says.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:04pm
  3. Males are able to breastfeed. It’s not common by any means, but it happens.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:04pm
  4. The idiot doesn’t kow the difference between a ceremonial union between two people who love each other and a biological process. Sad.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:05pm
  5. Well, whatever this guy fed on, it clearly affected his brain. From what I’ve read, the only cure for this is to place duct tape over his mouth.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:07pm
  6. Clearly the man didn’t read his bible… “While not widely known, the image of the breast-feeding male dates back thousands of years. The Bible provides one in Numbers 11:12, where Moses complains to God about the difficulties of watching over the freed slaves in the Sinai wilderness: “Have I begotten them, that you should say to me, Carry them in your bosom, as a nursing father bears the sucking child … ?”"

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:07pm
  7. He’s the archbishop of where?!? Head in butt disease has apparently got him!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:08pm
  8. Shouldn’t he focus on his drinking problem.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:08pm
  9. ….clearly, the 9 year old he’s dating didn’t say “yes” to his proposal.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:08pm
  10. And yes, male primates (and who knows which other mammals) have been known to lactate at need.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:09pm
  11. That’s an absurd statement. Where exactly is there a deductive inference whereby we could show same-sex marriage is explicitly impossible? From the sounds of it, he’s just speaking utter nonsense

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:09pm
  12. Massive gay rights dance party on his grave when the bigot finally dies.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:10pm
  13. Really? Virgins getting pregnant without screwing is naturally impossible!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:13pm
  14. The “male breatfeeding” just sound disgusting….now 2 girls…2 guys making out or having sex…..NOT disgusting.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:14pm
  15. Somebody needs to tell this guy that men can in fact produce breastmilk, and there’s nothing illegal about it. Even so, one has nothing to do with the other. Elderly and infertile couples are able to marry without the possibility of having children. Children are wonderful, but not necessary for a couple to have a loving, life-long relationship. Just as it’s not necessary to be the same race, religion, or political party. Love is love.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:15pm
  16. I laugh at these kinds of people they’re below us

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:16pm
  17. Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:21pm
  18. No. No…seriously NO. Say NO to hate.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:22pm
  19. Said the noted celibate….

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:24pm
  20. Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:27pm
  21. Tim Kolanko is right in fact i’m one of them i was diagnosed with klinefelter’s syndrome whereas i did my research men who are gay and have Klinefelters syndrome do lactate because of the enlarged male breasts they can indeed breast feed.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:28pm
  22. Cordileone should just make a visit to the Castro or SoMa, where any number of people will be able to show him exactly how much gay marriage is a “natural possibility.” It wouldn’t hurt if it also blew the door off his closet. . .

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:29pm
  23. people like him are just pissed because we gays can make relationships work while straight people are busy making the divorce rate sky rocket!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:32pm
  24. Celibate my ass! I’m sure he supervises a clergy staff that have tried to make sucklings out of little alter boys, only it wasn’t a breast they made them suck!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:38pm
  25. he hates himself so much, that he drinks and drives and puts others lives in jeopardy..

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 2:40pm
  26. You actually can have men breastfeeding if you simulate the hormones….. :p

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 3:00pm
  27. Sure it’s an impossibility since the man-made construct of “marriage” does not exist in the “natural” world. However, homosexuality _does_ exist in the “natural” world. Ignorant.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 3:03pm
  28. Straight marriage is just as much of a natural impossibility. Nature has nothing to do with marriage. Religious dipstick (who’s probably never dipped his stick).

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 3:06pm
  29. Blah, Blah….!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 3:12pm
  30. A retard with political status.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 3:23pm
  31. guess he hasnt been paying attention to the news lately

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 3:26pm
  32. Now how is that? Breastfeeding is biological, marriage is man-made.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 3:35pm
  33. Uhm…men CAN breastfeed! It’s been done many times, for many reasons. In 1 case a man’s wife died after giving birth and he wanted his child breastfead, for many reasons, mainly for health and also to have his baby develop that strong bond with him, since he eas going to be the only parent.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 3:39pm
  34. If he wants to talk about what is unnatural, then let him talk about his organization’s celebate, male only priesthood.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 3:56pm
  35. Ridiculous… hmm . Stupidity is all I can see in that.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 3:59pm
  36. What is unnatural, is the mass amount of priests who prepubescent boys to put your genitals in their mouths.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 4:27pm
  37. He (like most of the catholic church) believe that biological organs and parts of the human body have “natural purpose”. A man’s sexual organs are for the purpose of procreating. But given his admission that male breastfeeding is impossible (though it’s not in fact true) I wonder what he thinks really is the natural purpose of male nipples…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:03pm
  38. Definitely the pot calling the kettle black.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:12pm
  39. Ignorant ! BTW, what’s pedophilia?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:25pm
  40. That doesn’t even make sense. They are the minority now,so should we really care?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:48pm
  41. Or clergymen not being judgemental.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 5:54pm
  42. Amen Barry

    Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 6:27pm