This is another indication of what is coming our way in the near future.
Folks… start getting your heads into that mental place where you can deal with open persecution.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 6, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors says the archbishop’s effort to ensure the city’s Catholic schools uphold their faith is discriminatory, and one member of the board says the city is considering legal action.
At the same time, a reported 80 percent of teachers in the archdiocese’s four Catholic high schools have sent a petition to Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone that accuses him of fostering “mistrust and fear.” [What to do? Fire everyone and start over? Forget about schools?]
“We believe the recently proposed handbook language is harmful to our community and creates an atmosphere of mistrust and fear,” the letter said. “We believe our schools should be places of inquiry and the free exchange of ideas where all feel welcome and affirmed.” [B as in B. S as in S. They are really talking about immoral sex.]
Organizers report that 355 teachers from Sacred Heart Catholic Prep, Serra High School, Archbishop Riordan, and Marin Catholic have signed the petition, according to CBS San Francisco.
The archdiocese announced plans in early February to add language from the Catechism of the Catholic Church spelling out Church teaching on sexual morality into faculty handbooks for the purpose of clarifying the long-standing expectation that Catholic school teachers uphold Church teaching and not publicly contradict it. Three new clauses clarifying the same were also proposed for teacher contracts in the four archdiocesan high schools. [Imagine the nerve of quoting the Catechism! That out-dated old thing! It’s – what? – 23 years old now or something like that? Sheesh.]
Part of the opposition was over the idea of classifying teachers as ministers, which some fear would make it more likely for teachers to face discrimination. [No… it isn’t “discrimination” to expect Catholic school teachers publicly to adhere to Catholic moral principles.] The archbishop has said they would not be defined as ministers, but the word ministry would be part of the contract language.
The archbishop has stressed throughout that the efforts to preserve Catholic principles in the schools are not meant to target anyone.
Earlier this week the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution calling Archbishop Cordileone’s efforts to preserve the Church’s moral teaching “contrary to shared San Francisco values of non-discrimination, women’s rights, inclusion, and equality for all humans.”
The resolution pressed the archdiocese “to fully respect the rights of its teachers and administrators, and pursue contract terms with … educators that respects their individual rights, but also recognizes the informed conscience of each individual educator to make their own moral decisions and choices outside the workplace.”
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, supervisor Mark Farrell, who is Catholic, says “city officials are considering legal action to prevent what [Farrell] described as Cordileone’s discriminatory measures from going into effect.”
Eight San Francisco-area lawmakers sent Archbishop Cordileone a letter February 17 telling him his efforts “conflict with settled law, foment a discriminatory environment, violate employees’ civil rights, send an alarming message of intolerance to youth, infringe upon personal freedoms, and strike a divisive tone.” [Translation: they hate the Catholic Church because they want to do immoral things and the Church says ‘No’.]
Archbishop Cordileone wrote the lawmakers back, asking whether they would hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to what they stand for, and who shows them and their party disrespect.”
“My point is: I respect your right to employ or not employ whomever you wish to advance your mission,” said Archbishop Cordileone. “I simply ask the same respect from you.” [Yah, right. That’s going to happen.]
[And now, behold… how liberals and those who pursue immorality work…] Two of the Democrat legislators then called for an investigation of working conditions at the archdiocesan high schools by the California Assembly Labor and Employment Committee and Assembly Judiciary Committee.
A high-profile PR strategist was hired last month by as-of-yet unidentified individuals to counter the archbishop’s efforts in the court of public opinion. It’s not clear whether this week’s petition and related media coverage are a result of that.
Read the rest there.
It’s coming and we will have decisions to make.
Can you imagine how hard it would be to be bishop of, say, Sodom?