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.