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

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

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.”


“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.

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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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