CLGS Executive Director Bernie Schlager comments on the new Archbishop of San Francisco

July 27, 2012

With the appointment of Bishop of Oakland, Salvatore Cordileone to the position of Archbishop of San Francisco, many are concerned that this outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage rights could have a detrimental effect for gay-friendly Catholic Churches in San Francisco.

KQED had a conversation with Bernie Schlager, Ph.D., Executive Director of CLGS and Associate Professor of Historical and Cultural Studies at PSR about the possible implications of this appointment. Below is an excerpt from that article:

"I think we know a good bit about what he will do," said Schlager, himself a Roman Catholic. "He sees same-sex marriage as a profound moral threat."

The only ministry to gays and lesbians that Cordileone supports is a kind of 12-step program -- treating homosexuality as if it were an addiction, Schlager says.

As bishop of Oakland, Cordileone pressured the directors of the Catholic Association of Lesbian and Gay Ministries -- a group formed to welcome gays and lesbians into the Catholic church -- to swear an oath accepting church doctrine on homosexuality. Among Cordileone's concerns, according to the National Catholic Reporter, were the very use of the terms "gay" and "lesbian" which were "not in the church's vocabulary."

As Archbishop of San Francisco, Cordileone could put similar pressure on individual parishes that have welcomed gays and lesbians, Schlager said.

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