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Group calls on Pope Francis to replace anti-gay San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Group calls on Pope Francis to replace anti-gay San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

In an open letter published Thursday (16 April), more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members are calling on San Francisco’s anti-gay Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to be replaced.

The letter to Pope Francis accuses Cordileone of having ‘a single issue agenda against gay marriage’ and for setting a ‘pastoral tone that is closer to persecution than evangelization.’

Most recently, Cordileone instituted morality clauses for Catholic school teachers and staff members which has created controversy and appears to have been the breaking point for some.

The morality clauses threaten teachers with firing if they give any statements contradicting church doctrine. That includes having a position that differs from homosexuality being ‘gravely evil.’

Cordileone has also warned Catholics against attending same-sex weddings and even attended the March for Marriage organized by the anti-gay group National Organization for Marriage (NOM) last June alongside anti-gay politicians Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee.

In 2008, Cordileone helped raise funds to get Prop 8 on the ballot box and even donated $6,000 of his own funds. The initiative, which California voters passed, banned marriage between same-sex couples but was later overturned in court.

H/T: Towleroad