Catholic Bishops Now Oppose Violence Against Women Act

By: Saturday March 9, 2013 9:00 am

Once upon a time, the USCCB produced a pastoral statement on domestic violence that opened with this sentence: “As pastors of the Catholic Church in the United States, we state as clearly and strongly as we can that violence against women, inside or outside the home, is never justified.” Among other things, the statement takes on those who would misuse scripture to justify domestic violence, and calls on the church to keep in mind three things: the safety of the victim (and any children in the home), accountability for the perpetrator, and either restoring the relationship or mourning its loss.

Once upon a time, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops supported the Violence Against Women Act. This is not that time. Not any more . . .

 

The Problem Was Messaging, Not the Message, Say Catholic Bishops

By: Saturday November 17, 2012 9:06 am

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops held their annual November meeting this past week, and coming a week after the elections, it had to have been rough. The bishops lost four out of four state votes on marriage equality, and the prospects for rolling back the Affordable Care Act and advancing their other policy prescriptions dimmed greatly with Obama’s reelection and the failure of the GOP to take control of the Senate. It was not a good week for the bishops, and like all people in politics who came out on the short end of things, a little stock taking was in order. What went wrong, and how can we do better next time?

Their answer: bad messaging. “If only we were better at explaining things . . .” Right. And Todd Akin lost not because he was a man firmly on a mission to return us to the 18th century, but because he was inarticulate.

News flash for the USCCB: It’s not that the voters don’t understand you; it’s that they don’t agree with you.

New SF Archbishop Cordileone Gets Off to a Stunningly Brazen Start

By: Saturday October 6, 2012 8:58 am

When Pope Benedict announced he was appointing Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone to be the new archbishop of San Francisco, it generated a lot of reaction in both the religious and secular media. RC churchwatcher Rocco Palma said the appointment was “either the most the most courageously bold — or stunningly brazen — American appointment in the seven-year reign of Pope Benedict XVI.”

After what happened Thursday at Cordileone’s installation, put me down for “stunningly brazen.”

Marc Andrus, the Episcopal bishop whose territory covers the Bay Area, was left standing in the basement instead of being escorted with other ecumenical guests into Cordileone’s installation service. Why? Maybe because Andrus had the temerity to publicly repeat his objections to Cordileone’s efforts to pass Proposition 8 three days before the installation.

It was a stunningly brazen, juvenile snub, from one of the most prominent political actors in the religious sphere that is pushing against LGBT equality, both inside and outside the Catholic church.

Young Male Foreign Exchange Student in Car With Drunk SF Archbishop-to-Be

By: Friday August 31, 2012 6:17 pm

Here’s a new fact you may be unaware of in the drunk-driving arrest last weekend of Father Sal, the Bishop of Oakland who’s scheduled to be elevated to be Archbishop of San Francisco in October: His mother was not the only passenger in the car with him as he drove drunk on the SDSU campus.

Meet Nancy Pelosi’s New Archbishop

By: Saturday July 28, 2012 9:00 am

On the Feast day of St. Francis, the Archdiocese of San Francisco will officially receive its new archbishop: Salvatore Cordileone. Between now and then, things will be very interesting for Catholics on both sides of the San Francisco Bay. Cordileone headed the Catholic church’s efforts to oppose marriage equality and pass Prop 8, for which he was elevated to become Bishop of Oakland and head of the USCCB’s anti-marriage equality programs nationally.

And now he’s going to be Nancy Pelosi’s new bishop.

Nancy may want to take communion often before October 4th. Something tells me she may have difficulty with that once Cordileone arrives on her side of the Bay.

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