Well, it looks like the LGBT community has more to worry about now that Bishop Salavatore Cordileone has been promoted to Archbishop of the San Francisco area on Friday. Yeah, his name sounds like some bad deli meat. Too bad he is not as harmless but he can still leave a bad taste in your mouth.
For those that really don’t understand how powerful this man is, Archbishop Cordileone is known as the “Father of Prop 8.” Yes, the idea to change California’s Constitution to reflect marriage to be between a man and a woman, was his brainchild. An idea that almost stepped on the necks of California’s gay community and smashed their dreams to dust until August 2010 when a federal judge ruled Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. The LGBT community was barely victorious that year but now it seems that Salavatore Cordileone has been elevated to a higher seat giving him more power and opportunity to plague the gay community.
Cordileone is known for his outspoken views against gay marriage and the gay community in general. NBCnews.com cites the Archbishop as characterizing “same-sex marriage as a plot by ‘the evil one’ to destroy morality in the modern world.” Here is an excerpt from a press release Archbishop Cordileone wrote himself. If you wish to see the full page please click here.
The East Bay is a place rich in diversity and cultural and spiritual vibrancy, and I was so looking forward to continuing to build on these resources with so many of my valued collaborators by tapping into the creative energy that has always characterized the Diocese of Oakland.
The question is what does Salavatore Cordileone want to continue building? The “good” Archbishop has already tried to use this power and resources to deprive the LGBT community, in the state of California, the right to be happy and free. An example that several states have placed into play and even now, during this election year in November, other gay communities in various states will be fighting for their inherent rights because Archbishop Cordileone “tapped into the creative energy” to oppose gay Americans of the rights they richly deserve.
It is a shame that talents, resources, and gifts from God can’t be used in a more productive manner. That is why this world must have more benevolent men to be the heroes of justice, truth and freedom. Salvatore Cordileone has been elected to a more prominent position which means the LGBT community must be ready to deal with a more powerful enemy against equality.