So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The unseemly petition against Archbishop Cordileone

Well, one thing's for certain, we now know without a doubt who the heretics are in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. By publishing their gasping effort to claw power, the signatories to the "Please Replace Archbishop Codileone" petition have outed themselves as malcontents and painted themselves as miscreants who are attempting to preserve their watered-down gospel and their cafeteria Catholicism by attacking a bishop who actually stands up for Jesus. A bishop, that is, who defends the teachings of Jesus' Church.

Pray for the lost souls who signed the petition, people who should know better, that they may have a change of heart. May God the Holy Spirit strengthen His Excellency Salvatore Cordileone in his office of shepherd of San Francisco. May all faithful voices rise up to defend him.

In case you haven't read it, the rebels' petition states:

We are committed Catholics (Ha, prove it! Retract the Petition!) inspired by (the illusory 'spirit of) Vatican II(').
Inspired by but not faithful to the Council and the Church, perhaps. Given the predictable misappropriation of the Second Vatican Council by liberal religionists, as if hiding behind their caricature of a legitimate council of the Church might lend them some credibility, there can be little doubt regarding who His Grace is dealing with here.
We believe in the traditions of conscience,...
Um,... a rightly formed conscience, perhaps? That is, a conscience fully formed in the Faith and obedient to the Magisterium of the Church so as to allow one to think with the Church (sentire cum ecclesia).
... respect...
approval of questionable behaviours?
... and inclusion...
of heretical teachings?
... upon which our (pretend version of the) Catholic Faith was founded. From Archbishops Alemany, Hanna... Levada and Niederauer, our Archdiocese has been "an immigrant Church" built on a rich tradition of diversity.
A form of diversity that contradicts Catholic doctrine?
The Archdiocese has created a remarkable system of churches, schools, hospitals, homes for the elderly and support services for those in need.
Does the inclusion of this sentence by wealthy liberal religionists constitute a veiled threat? By naming the kinds of constituent institutions of the Archdiocese, are the wealthy signatories suggesting that the legacy entrusted to San Francisco Catholics, the legacy to which many Catholics other than the signatories have contributed, is being threatened or may be held hostage? If threatened, then by whom? The Archbishop? That thought seems highly unlikely. More likely is the thought that the signatories may attempt to wage a war upon the collection plate. Catholic San Franciscans might just surprise the petitioners by siding with the Archbishop. Any reasonable person would acknowledge that Archbishop Cordileone is defending the teaching of Christ and thus will stand with him against those who are attacking a faithful bishop. The long-suffering faithful in certain goofy San Fran parishes have a champion in +Cordileone. Those who are attacking him are also attacking those who believe as he does. Faithful Catholics like him built the hospitals, schools and churches, not lukewarm religionists who attempt to sow confusion among the faithful and who give a weak witness to the Faith by pretending to be more Catholic than an Archbishop who is faithful to Christ and His Church.
Archbishop Cordileone has fostered an atmosphere of division and intolerance. 
One wonders what the same petitioners think about Jesus who purified the Temple by driving out the moneychangers and the other defilers of the Lord's house?—St. Matthew 21:12.
Instead of your famous words "Who Am I to Judge," Archbishop Cordileone labels the behaviour of our fellow brothers and sisters (and their children) as "gravely evil."
An obvious and weak attempt to play the Holy Father against another bishop of the Church?
Check out Catechism #2357 regarding the gravity of certain behaviours. Oh, and don't forget to read carefully section 2358 of the Catechism.
The Archbishop has isolated himself from our community.
The little known papyrus tabloid The Arian Wanderer of Alexandria reports: Athanasius contra mundum! Bishop isolates himself from our community.
The Archdiocese of San Francisco is threatened by Archbishop Cordileone's single-issue agenda (1) and cannot survive, let alone thrive and grow under his supervision. The City of Saint Francis deserves an Archbishop true to our values (2) and to your teachings (3).
1. As if Archbishop Cordileone is a single-issue agenda kinda guy! Where have these people been living?
2. To which values are the petitioners referring? The City of Saint Francis deserves an Archbishop who is constant and true to the teachings of the Church, one who will stand up to the warped values of an unruly mob. In Salvatore J. Cordileone the people of San Francisco have such an Archbishop.
3. As if the Holy Father needs a reminder about his teachings!
A second attempt to try and divide a pope from a faithful bishop?
The last paragraph of the Petition is merely a crude PR tactic to attempt to persuade other tepid believers to jump on the ungrateful dead bandwagon of dissent. Pope Francis will not fall for this slick trick on the part of disgruntled heretics who have had their binkies taken away from them.
+ + +

May all San Franciscans experience a profound conversion in Christ. 


The signers of the Petition would be wise to remember that Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, is entirely capable of understanding what Archbishop Cordileone is facing, having shepherded a flock in his native Québec, a society that is still in many respects highly antagonistic toward the Catholic Church and anyone allied with Christ and the Magisterium.

Without presuming the Pope's and his prefect's response to the petition, it's fairly safe to say that both men understand the difficult circumstance of shepherding a flock or a petulant portion thereof that acts like the Church is a democracy where they can attempt to oust a bishop as they would recall a mayor or governor. The petitioners, if they know anything about the Church's polity, know that their effort is not going to result in Archbishop Cordileone's removal. It's much more likely that the petitioners merely want to wage a smear campaign in order to demonize +Cordileone so that others might find a target and feel comfortable joining an effort disguised as something other than a crude attempt to wield power, a power that does not belong to them. To what end is their misguided effort directed? The end of the Church's moral teaching, of course.

Little do the petitioners realize that their actions, if not repented, may very well result in their own skulls being added to the pavement of the road to hell.

Drop by Kathy Shiffer's blog Seasons of Grace for her take on the Petition and petitioners:
I'll see your 100 and raise you 50,000!

Don't forget to sign the petition defending Archbishop Cordileone and the faithful of San Francisco:

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