Two Archbishops, of cities with unmistakably Catholic names, have been under the gun and have used social media to make statements.
First, Archbp. Salvatore Cordileone has responded to call from extremists that he not attend an entirely correct and normal demonstration in favor – it is hard to believe that we have to demonstrate in favor of this – normalcy, that is, marriage, that is, a nuptial bond between a man and a woman. (NB: man and woman – different sexes)
His statement, released by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, is HERE
Among other things, Archbp. says:
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.
Next, the Archbishop of St. Louis, has responded to distorted reporting about a deposition he gave. Reports, especially from the Left, tried to make everyone leap to the conclusion, and only to the conclusion that somehow – and it is hard for me to imagine that he would have to demonstrate this – Archbp. Carlson didn’t know, way back when, that it is wrong for adults to have sex with children. Does that even sound right?
There is a video, HERE
From Archbp. Carlson’s letter to the flock in St. Louis:
Sexual abuse of children is deplorable and is never to be tolerated. Actions speak louder than words and my record on this issue speaks for itself. I am committed to the safety of children and have shown compassion for victims. I have promoted and enacted codes of ethical conduct, extensive safe environment programs and ongoing training for clergy to heighten their awareness of this issue.
In the deposition last month, I misunderstood a series of questions that were presented to me. I wish to clarify that situation now. I fully understand, and have understood for my entire adult life, as I stated in other sections of this same deposition, sexual abuse is a grave evil and a criminal offense.
I reiterate my commitment to protect children from sexual abuse. I support mandatory child abuse reporting laws, to which the Archdiocese strictly adheres.
It is a pity that we have to waste our time on these things. And yet, here we are. We have to waste time on these things because the attacks are not just on the two men, the two Archbishops, the attacks on on the Church and on the truth.
The Devil is on the March.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Mary, Queen of the Clergy…