San Fran Archbishop Schools Pelosi on Marriage Tolerance

San Francisco politicians got more than they bargained for when they tried to demonize pro-marriage supporters and pressure Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to bow out of today’s March for Marriage in Washington, DC.

Instead of cowering in fear, Cordileone – who rallied voters to pass 2008 California’s marriage amendment – explained what marriage is, corrected their false accusations and held them up to their own standard: “Before you judge us, get to know us.”

Rep. Nancy Pelosi led the lobbying to pressure San Francisco’s top Catholic leader. The small group of local politicians and homosexual advocates sent a letter to Cordileone attempting to smear marriage supporters – a tactic outlined in the homosexual strategy book “After the Ball.”

Cordileone heads the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ work to defend marriage – and the accusers gave him a prime opportunity to model how to defend marriage from the vicious methods of pro-homosexual activists.

C-FAM is proud to stand with Archbishop Cordileone – and sent a contingent of youth to listen and learn from his courageous speech at today’s March for Marriage and carry the message to the next generation.

Here is his letter:

June 16, 2014

Dear Fellow Citizens,

Your  letter  sharing  with  me  your  thoughts  on  the  upcoming  “March  for  Marriage”  in  Washington, D.C., was forwarded to me while I was attending meetings out of town, and I have reflected on what you have to say. I  appreciate  your  affirmation  of  my  Church’s  teaching—not unique to our religion, but a truth accessible to anyone of good will—on the intrinsic human dignity of all people, irrespective of their stage and condition in life. That principle requires us to respect and protect each and every member of the human family, from the precious child in the womb to the frail elderly person nearing death. It also requires me, as a bishop, to proclaim the truth—the whole truth—about  the  human  person  and  God’s  will   for our flourishing. I must do that in season and out of season, even when truths that it is my duty
to uphold and teach are unpopular, including especially the truth about marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife. That is what I will be doing on June 19th.

With regard to your request that I not attend the March, and the reasons you give for this request, allow me to explain the following points.

1. The March for Marriage is not “anti-LGBT”  (as  some  have  described  it);  it  is  not  anti-anyone or anti-anything. Rather, it is a pro-marriage March. The latter does not imply the former. Rather, it affirms the great good of bringing the two halves of humanity together so that a man and a woman may bond with each other and with any children who come from their union. This is
precisely  the  vision  promoted  by  Pope  Francis,  who  recently  said,  “We  must  reaffirm  the  right  of   children to grow up in a family with a father  and  mother.”  Rest  assured  that  if  the  point  of  this   event were to single out a group of individuals and target them for hatred, I most certainly would not be there.

2. While I cannot go into all of the details here of your allegations against the sponsors of this event and scheduled speakers, I do know that at least some of what you say is based on misinterpretation or is simply factually incorrect. For example, it is not true that the National Organization for Marriage connects homosexuality with pedophilia and incest. What is true is that three years ago a conference was sponsored in Baltimore by the group B4U-ACT for the purpose of finding ways to encourage tolerance for pedophilia. A  statement  on  NOM’s  blogpost objecting to this conference affirmed that this is something that would outrage people in the gay community as well. Unfortunately, many conclusions are being drawn about those involved in the March for Marriage based on false impressions.

3. It gives me assurance that we share a common disdain for harsh and hateful rhetoric. It must be pointed out, though, that there is plenty of offensive rhetoric which flows in the opposite direction. In fact, for those who support the conjugal understanding of marriage, the attacks have not stopped at rhetoric. Simply for taking a stand for marriage as it has been understood in every human society for millennia, people have lost their jobs, lost their livelihoods, and have suffered other types of retribution, including physical violence. It is true that historically in our society violence has been perpetrated against persons who experience attraction to members of the same sex, and this is to be deplored and eradicated. Sadly, though, we are now beginning to see examples, although thankfully not widespread, of even physical violence against those who hold to the conjugal view of marriage (such as, most notably, the attempted gunning down of those who work in the offices of the Family Research Council). While it is true that free speech can be used to offend others, it is not so much people exercising their right to free speech that drives us further apart than people punished precisely for doing so that does.

4. Please do not make judgments based on stereotypes, media images and comments taken out of context. Rather, get to know us first as fellow human beings. I myself am willing to meet personally with any of you not only to dialogue, but simply so that we can get to know each other. It is the personal encounter that changes the vision of the other and softens the heart. In the end, love is the answer, and this can happen even between people with such deep disagreements. That may sound fanciful and far-fetched, but it is true, it is possible. I know it is possible, I know this from personal experience. When we come together seeking to understand the other with good will, miracles can happen.

When all is said and done, then, there is only one thing that I would ask of you more than anything else: before you judge us, get to know us.

Sincerely,
Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone Archbishop of San Francisco

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