Posted by Christopher Johnson | Monday, October 1st, 2012 | Uncategorized | 52 Comments
On the eve of the installation of a new Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco, California Episcopal Bishop Marc Andrus hits this passive-aggressive home run:
On the Feast of Saint Francis, patron saint of our city by the bay, Salvatore Cordileone will be installed as the Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco. The announcement of his appointment by Pope Benedict has come with mixed reactions and feelings from San Franciscans of all or no faith tradition. Bishop Cordileone was an active supporter of Proposition 8, which I and the other Episcopal bishops throughout California opposed.
Feigning respect is the hardest thing in the world, isn’t it, Marc?
Archbishop-designate Cordileone’s predecessor and I have worked closely and fruitfully on reducing extreme poverty globally through the Millennium Development Goals. At the same time as we did this important work together, we took very different public positions on Proposition 8. We can and must both work together for the world’s good, and it is equally important, as I say in most of my blessings at the conclusion of the Eucharist, that “we make no peace with oppression.” The recognition of the dignity and rights, within civil society and the Church of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered people, and of women are as core to our proclamation of the Gospel as our solidarity with the poor, with victims of violence and political oppression, and with the Earth.
We get it, Marc, you like the homosexuals some. But hey, if life gives you liberal Catholic lemons, make Episcopal lemonade.
In working together with the Archdiocese of San Francisco, however, I will not change my course with regard to the full inclusion of all people in the full life of the church. I hope that public disagreements can be handled respectfully and that criticisms of public statements may be met with mutual respect. Some Catholics may find themselves less at home with Salvatore Cordileone’s installation and they may come to The Episcopal Church. We should welcome them as our sisters and brothers.
Right about here, Andrus figures, “Aw, screw it.”
Even as we welcome those who may join us and look for ways to work with our Roman Catholic siblings in the faith, we will not be silenced in our proclamation of God’s inclusion. Our ecumenical partnership should be founded in our following Christ and shared service. It is our Christian duty to take stands in public or from our pulpits when others — especially those of our own faith — are in error and trying to suppress the rights of others who, too, have been created in God’s image.
Marc says he’s going to attend the Arch
bigotbishop’s installation and looks forward to working with Cordileone in the future. Maybe it’s me but I just don’t see Frisco Roman Catholics going out of their way to work with people who basically think they’re Klansmen.