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Fri Feb 13, 2015, 02:47 PM

 

Cordileone's continuing controversy in San Francisco revolves around Catholic identity

by Brian Cahill | Feb. 13, 2015

The continuing controversy surrounding San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's attempt to emphasize Catholic teaching on sexuality in the San Francisco high schools under his control is, among other things, about how we understand Catholic identity.

In the context of our secular society, it is good and necessary for a diocesan bishop to focus on Catholic identity.

The question is: How does a Catholic organization -- a school that does not limit its hiring or its services to Catholics -- manage the tension between what our church teaches in the area of sexuality and how it is expected to carry out its mission, serve its students and support its staff in the pluralistic society in which we live and operate?

The answer: very carefully. It's an ongoing challenge, one not conducive to an ideological, thought-police approach.

http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/cordileones-continuing-controversy-san-francisco-revolves-around-catholic-identity

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Response to rug (Original post)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 03:46 PM

1. Have to disagree...

he's the Archbishop and he has the right to dictate teachings that come from the Vatican. Its not a democracy, its a religion. Religions are made up of regulations, restrictions, and procedures that must be followed, if they are not followed correctly then you haven't done it right and you can't be part of that religion. That's the way it works, its not the practice of law, its the practice of obedience and self-sacrifice. I consider myself to be a Jeffersonian Democrat and a Paulist Catholic, I am a firm believer in the Separation of Church and State because I don't want the State telling my Church what it can and can't do and vice versa. Yet, it is beginning to happen. So the only tension that exists in this case is on the part of those that want the freedom to do what they want and still call themselves Catholic or work for a Catholic School. Its like smokers claiming that they have to right to smoke, well, actually there is no right to smoke anywhere in the Constitution and if you're f*cking with my health through second-hand smoke, you are the one, who is SOL.

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Response to Dr. Xavier (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 13, 2015, 04:06 PM

2. Here's the problem with Cordileone:

 

Regarding the schools, to impose what he considers a Catholic identity, he must restrict the composition of teachers, staff, and students to Roman Catholics. He hasn't. Instead he is attempting to dictate that non-Catholics, as well as Catholics must adhere to beliefs and behavior that he condones. He can decide who is eligible for First Communion but he cannot decide what people outside the Church, in both senses, must do.

Welcome to the Catholic and Orthodox group.

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