“Oh Nancy! Do you have a few minutes to chat?”

That is how I imagine the first phone call from the new Archbishop of San Francisco to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) could begin.

WDTPRS kudos to San Francisco and to Archbp. Cordileone.

While I don’t think he will set off any earthquakes, I hope he will make himself heard in the manner his name suggests.


As my friend The Motley Monk reminds:

[Arch]bishop Cordileone is Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage and assisted in writing Proposition 8, the November 2008 California ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, he called “homosexual marriage” a plot by “the evil one” to destroy morality in the modern world, telling the Chronicle:

Only one idea of marriage can stand.  If that’s going to be considered bigoted, we’re going to see our rights being taken away—as is already happening.

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  1. Bob B. says:

    The new archbishop could easily sell tickets, if he did.
    The question becomes why didn’t Archbishop Niederhauer and/or Cardinal Wuerl do anything about her? For that matter, why hasn’t Cardinal Dolan done anything about Christine Quinn, the mayor-apparent of NYC? She, as has Pelosi, says it’s her Church, despite marrying her lesbian lover recently (with Mario Cuomo in attendance).
    If our bishops aren’t prepared to lead, they need to make room for those who will.

  2. Pastor Bonus says:

    The continuing scandal and sacralidge, and that’s what it is, of nominally Catholic politicians receiving Holy Communion whilst rejecting the teaching of the Church in the most serious areas must stop. You cannot claim to be in Communion with Holy Mother Church if you support the abominable crime of abortion and un natural marriage. May God give Bishop Cordileone a true lions heart in defending the true faith and stop false Catholics masquerading that they are faithful members of the Church, especially in during an election year.

  3. I LOVE bishop Cordileone, wonderful man, great priest, he confirmed 2 of my kids. So sad to see him go, even if it’s just across the Bay Bridge.

    He is an extraordinarily patient man – while I definitely get the impression that he’d prefer to take names and kick behinds, that’s not what he’s likely to do, in my experience. But he will not put up with people abusing their relationship with the church for political gain – I would just expect any arm-twisting and smack downs to take place off camera.

    But, we’ll see. The time for patience may be past. Long past.

    In any event, we all need to storm heaven for this guy – he is really stepping into it in SF.

  4. Raul says:

    We’re expecting too much. There may a conversation, but it will be just to say hello. He will treat her like Crdnl Dolan treat Mayor Doomberg.

  5. Angie Mcs says:

    I recently saw a You Tube clip by Archbishop Sheen wherein he described the word “demonic” as a rendering, a tearing apart. That is what I see in Nancy, her confusion and stress from what this is doing to her, this attempt at keeping her faith and yet knowing somehow that she is selling herself out to her political ambition. If St. Peter himself asked to speak to her, would it matter? After all these years of receiving nothing more than basically a slap on the wrist, of knowing quite clearly what thenChirch stands for, would anything matter? She has her Church, Nancy style, and “seems” to be very comfortable with it, thank you. I think itnwould take an immense momentous occurrence in her life to open her mind and heart to the truth.

    Still, it would be very interesting to hear what Archbishop Cordileone has to say to her. Perhaps his words might cause others to see more clearly brfore they go further down the same path. I will pray for a good outcome. I’m sure his words will be worth all of us listening to as well.

  6. Dr. K says:

    I hope he shuts down that factory of homosexual dissent, Most Holy Redeemer.

    See the following links for a small taste:


    San Francisc0 is now in very good hands.

  7. acroat says:

    He & Cardinal Burke are more of the same cloth than Cardinal Dolan from what I have read. Patient yes but not compromising the faith in order to “keep the lines of communication” open I pray.

  8. oblomov says:

    Congratulations to San Francisco. For my part I am sad to see him leave Oakland, a diocese much in need of his character, judgement, and erudition. A man of strong courage. A lion heart indeed.

  9. wmeyer says:

    I observe that the website of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, in downtown SF, appears to have been hacked in some way. Chrome reports it’s home page as affected by malware. As the pastor there is an excellent man, this is most disappointing.

  10. McCall1981 says:

    I was presented to Bishop Cordileone during RCIA and he is a fantastic Bishop. I’m so happy that he will be in this new role. Please pray for him!

  11. Paulus says:

    We were sorry to see him leave San Diego a few short years ago but obviously God and the Holy Father have greater plans for him. His isn’t an easy assignment.

  12. Dave N. says:

    “While I don’t think he will set off any earthquakes….”

    Lion heart or paper tiger? I guess we will see but there have certainly been no “earthquakes” during his tenure here in Oakland. Catholic Charities East Bay was exposed in the diocesean paper as already in compliance with the HHS Mandate in terms of providing contraceptive coverage for employees…and…nothing happened. I honestly can’t name one real change in the diocese since he arrived in 2009.


    I don’t think Nancy Pelosi will be expecting any calls from the new Abp.

  13. everett says:

    As a resident of the North Bay, this is extremely exciting news. While not in the Archdiocese, every Diocese in the area is affected in some manner by the Archdiocese. Congratulations to SF Catholics, and Blessings and Prayers for Archbishop Cordileone.

  14. acardnal says:

    Dave N. said, “I don’t think Nancy Pelosi will be expecting any calls from the new Abp.”

    I agree with you. We really need more bishops like Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Bruskewitz.

    As the late Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon, SJ said:

    What leaders of the Church need to do today is not be shaken by the storm that is raging all around them, but to hold on literally for dear life to what Christ has revealed, to what has been defended for us by the champions of orthodoxy like Athanasius, Augustine, Jerome and Gregory the Great, lived out before us by saints and mystics like Benedict, Francis and Ignatius Loyola, like Clare, Margaret Mary and Teresa, like Elizabeth Seton and Thomas More, and experienced by us in whatever span of life we have so far lived.

    There are seductive voices everywhere and some are very erudite.

    They may also claim numbers on their side.

    But no, the numbers in favor of the true Faith and the true Church are legion. They are all the myriad souls since Christ ascended to His Father who are now in the Church Triumphant. They are our intercessors before the throne of God, as they are also our consolation that we are not deceived.

    The present crisis is really a challenge or, better, a glorious opportunity to prove our loyalty to Christ the Truth so that one day we may possess Christ our Life who told us not to fear, “I have overcome the world.” So shall we, with the help of His grace, and the Church will be the better and stronger for the experience of these critical time.

  15. EXCHIEF says:

    Well some GOOD Bishop at some point will have to engage in some butt kicking. The Good Lord knows all the other approaches have not worked. And Christ Himself set the example with the money changers in the temple.

  16. lucy says:

    Congratulations to Bishop Cordileone!! May the faithful Catholics in the Bay Area rejoice!

    I’m only saddened that our diocese smack in the center of California didn’t merit a bishop of his caliber. May God help us and soon!

  17. rodin says:

    This is the first I have heard of the new Archbishop of San Francisco though I have been praying for it for a long time. Thank you Lord! And may Archbishop Cordileone serve in this demanding job with grace and distinction. I will continue to pray for him. Dealing with the rock-headed Pelosi will not be easy and there is so much more to challenge him.

  18. RichR says:

    Wow! What a blessing for SF. May souls be saved. Pray for the Lionhearted!

  19. People will expect miracles from this poor man in the first year (like a few people commenting here). But our Lord warned the apostles to be “as clever as snakes and as meek as doves.” That will probably be how Archbishop Cordileone handles things, and probably why the Holy Father has put him there.

  20. Dennis D says:

    At first I heard his surname as “Corleone.” It led to a fantasy in which the Abp. makes Nancy Pelosi an offer she couldn’t refuse.

  21. “Nancy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!”

  22. acardnal says:

    Meanwhile, the founder and CEO of “Chick-fil-A”, Mr. Cathy, was criticized this morning on CNN, once again, for his Christian beliefs regarding traditional marriage. The beat goes on by the anti-Christian media.

  23. robtbrown says:

    The continuing scandal and sacralidge

    I understand that certain people might have difficulty spelling certain words, but the blog’s automatic spell check alerts a writer to misspellings. Why wouldn’t someone spend 30 seconds to get the spelling right?

  24. irishgirl says:

    Wow-what a surprise! Congratulations to the ‘Lion Heart’ of San Francisco!
    He’s gonna need all the courage he can muster in ‘Sodom and Gomorrah By The Bay’!
    Roar, Archbishop Cordileone, roar!

  25. Gibbons in SF says:

    wmeyer, I’m the secretary at Saints Peter and Paul in San Francisco. We have moved our website to http://www.sspeterpaulsf.org/church/ and you’re right, for some reason the google search engine is listing our previous address as infected by malware, even though there are no webpages at that site anymore. Our ex-hosting company is looking into it. Sorry for the inconvenience.


  26. wmeyer says:

    Gibbons, thank you. It’s good to know that what has apparently been hacked is not your actual site.
    However, the Archdiocesan site needs updating to reflect your current URL.

  27. discipulus says:

    Now, if we could just do something about Erie and Rochester.

  28. cl00bie says:

    Darn it, Dennis, you beat me to the punch!!!

  29. Kathleen10 says:

    Dave N., rats. You dashed my hopes a bit, because you are on to something there. But, better to stay grounded in reality than live in fantasy. Maybe things won’t change a bit, but maybe the Spirit will move the new Archbishop to greater action. Prayer is needed. Intercessory prayer. Boy, I’ll say he will need it. Yikes!

    acardnal, thank you for the timely words of Fr. Hardon. It’s easy to forget we have the Church Triumphant on our side as well, and that all is for the greater glory of Our Lord. I do think, however dispiriting this all can be, that it is thrilling to know we are being given an extraordinary opportunity in our time, to really fight the good fight. Thank you Jesus, and stay with us.

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