How the ‘c’atholic liberal media will smear Bishops who uphold moral teachings

Michael Sean Winters of the Fishwrap (aka National So… Schismatic Reporter) attacks bishops who uphold the Church’s moral teachings.

This time, even during the USCCB meeting, MSW took a shot at Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco, who has been an outspoken defender of marriage … marriage which is between a man and a woman, not between two men.

MSW wrote:

If the bishops select Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who chairs their ad hoc committee on the promotion and defense of marriage, they will be sending a clear message that they do not support the direction Pope Francis wants to take. If they are willing to send such a message, they will have decided to throw fuel on a fire that is already in danger of burning out of control. Casual talk about schism or about the fact, a false fact, that “there are two popes,” has already lit the flames. The bishops should be trying to douse those flames.

Get that?   First, he smears Archbp. Cordileone and then says that a says that support for him is an act against Pope Francis.

But there’s more.

In the press there has been some discussion of the division that Pope Francis is clear creating in various Catholic communities.  Some have wondered if there could be a schism if next year’s Synod and Pope Francis admit the civilly remarried to Communion and if they adopt language about homosexuality along the lines of that which was slipped into the Synod’s midterm report, but which didn’t reflect the thought of the Synod.  But… notice what happened here.  Whereas liberals were at first chortling about those zany trads, the idea of faithful Catholics even talking about schism, in the above MSW takes it pretty seriously:

“OMG OMG OMG!  If the bishops pick Cordileone, the fires will rise, whole cities will burn and there’ll be SCHISM!”


The Fishwrap ought know what schism is.  They have been fomenting it for decades… with impunity.

The Left’s fear of Archbp. Cordileone prompts me to hope that he will be appointed to participate in the 2015 Synod.

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  1. Netmilsmom says:

    I just read this and the desire to have Cordileone go was my first thought too.

    My second thought was, If this group actually prayed, they would be praying for a schism. We Retro Catholics are not going to schism, no matter how much they want us to.

  2. No no no. It’s not schism when they do it.

    This is the hallmark of the leftist mindset. When Bill cheats on Hillary, she is right to stand by him. Because it’s not lousy cheating when they do it.

    When leftist officials and politicians misuse power, steal millions, say racist things in ‘private’, and generally behave badly, they are not remotely called out in the same way that conservatives are. Because it’s not wrong when they do it.

  3. majuscule says:

    God bless Archbishop Cordileone.

    He has a lot of support in his archdiocese. He is not only a vocal defender of life and of marriage, he supports the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

    See (lots of) photos of his recent Pontifial Mass here!

  4. oldcanon2257 says:

    Many thanks to Jay Balza’s “Veritatem facientes in caritate” blog for the photos of the Archbishop in the glorious cappa magna, of course. “Salvatore the Lionheart”!!! (Winters would be happy now that he’s got his daily dose of cappa…)

  5. Thorfinn says:

    Cordileone & Chaput are obvious choices to go: Cordileone as the bishops’ point man on marriage; Chaput as the host of the World Meeting of Families & arguably(???) the most respected prelate in the US church (with Cardinal George retiring & likely unable to commit to attending).

  6. Sword40 says:

    To the north of Abp Cordileone is Abp Sample. Certainly he is a real contender to support the EF and tradition

  7. Kerry says:

    He sound like a Democrat talking head giving election advice to Republicans. “If they don’t do this, they will lose!”
    I thought MSM ‘wanted’ a bonfire and conflagration.

  8. LarryW2LJ says:

    If it walks like a duck, and swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck ….. it’s a duck.

    The Church in America has been in schism for years, let’s just call it like it is, once and for all. There’s the Roman Catholic Church in America and the American Roman Catholic Church. Two distinct and separate entities. I think it’s high time the half that does not wish to follow the tradition and teachings of Holy Mother Church, but just wants to act like they do, should just put their cards on the table, and just leave the rest of us alone.

    Sorry for venting, but I’m in somewhat of a grumpy mood today.

  9. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:


    There will be two American bishops appointed to the Synod in 2015: Abp Blase Cupich and Cdl. Donald Wuerl.

  10. Ferde Rombola says:

    If Chris Garton-Zavesky is right we will know the outcome of the Synod the day of their appointment.

  11. Thorfinn says:

    Reportedly it’s Kurtz, DiNardo, Chaput, Gomez, with Cordileone & Cupich as alternates.

    Dolan & Wuerl are likely to attend as well as they are part of organizing the Synod.

    Abp. Kurtz & Cardinal DiNardo are conference chair & vice chair. Abp. Chaput hosts the World Meeting of Families. The choice of Abp. Gomez may (properly) emphasize the particular family challenges of immigrants. All are very solid choices, and a testament to the reshaping of the American episcopacy under Pope Benedict XVI. (Chaput & Gomez both need different color hats, which hopefully will come when their predecessors pass 80.)

    The choice of Abp. Cordileone is obvious. Bp. Cupich is a nod to Pope Francis. But what a wild swing from one to the other should either be called upon!

  12. Latin Mass Type says:

    From today’s first reading in the Ordinary Form (2 Jn: 4-9)

    Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.

  13. dans0622 says:

    The rumor I have seen, via Fr. Reese, sj, is that these prelates were chosen: DiNardo, Chaput, Gomez, and Kurtz, with Cupich and Cordileone as alternates.


  14. Sonshine135 says:

    The libs have schism on the brain. My, how they will be disappointed when everything remains true to the teachings of Christ. How quickly they will turn on Pope Francis. If they are so inclined to schism, I will be happy to help them pack, and wish them well on their faith journey.

  15. mburduck says:

    After looking at all the pictures of His Eminence (available on the link in an earlier post), all I can say is he sure looks like a good soul! We have another champion! Let us all pray for him.


  16. frival says:

    All this talk of liberals turning on Pope Francis if he doesn’t completely upend Catholic teaching from time immemorial is, I think, missing one important point. Cdl. Kasper has already let slip the hand that will be played by those on his side – indeed, it’s exactly the same argument we hear in the US about why President Obama hasn’t solved cancer, world peace, and the common cold: the mean, nasty, retrograde neopelagian conservatives won’t let him. This has the twofold benefit from their perspective of 1) making “conservatives” look bad and 2) reinforcing the story that the Pope is really completely on their side. It’s all about maintaining a narrative, not about establishing facts.

  17. mysticalrose says:

    Thorfin: I’m not so sure that Chaput would be targeted. As vocal as he is on the social issues, he’s also pretty strongly “team Francis.”

  18. Jackie L says:

    MSW is just a Democrat hurling bombs toward Catholics, he appears to be purely political and seems incapable of anything other than verbal abuse, links to his articles and to the awful NcR only give them what they want…namely readers under 70.

  19. jhayes says:

    The Washington Post explains why no official list of delegates has been published.

    By custom, the Vatican must confirm all the selections made this week before they are publicly announced.

    The Pope could change the list of USCCB delegates or invite other US cardinals and bishops to the 2015 Synod in addition to the USCCB delegates.

    The purpose of the Synod is to advise the Pope, so he gets to invite people whose advice he feels will be helpful to him in deciding what action to take.

  20. albizzi says:

    …” the direction Pope Francis wants to take”…
    We may agree with the liberals in naming this direction Pope Francis wants to take even if it doesn’t please us at all.

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