Archbishop Cordileone calls for acts of reparation

"Attending to policies and procedures is necessary, by itself it is really superficial"

My Dear People of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, The recent reports of episcopal negligence and malfeasance in the face of clerical sexual abuse, coupled with some reports of bishops themselves guilty of sexual predation, have reopened old wounds and inflicted new ones on victims, their families, the Catholic faithful at large, and indeed, the larger society.  This has been … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone: "It is precisely the hard truths of our faith, those which the culture ignores and even despises, that have the greatest power to move people to conversion and be transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ"

I recently received a letter from a young Catholic husband and father in which he observed: “Peers of mine who are converts or reverts have specifically cited teachings like ‘Humanae Vitae,’ ‘Familiaris Consortio,’ and ‘Veritatis Splendor’ as beacons that set the church apart from the world and other faiths.” What he suggests might seem counterintuitive, but it is borne out by … [Read more...]

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San Francisco archbishop defends ‘Humanae Vitae’

"Leaders in the Church do a grave disservice to our people by misleading them with the false idea of what conscience means"

The promise of the sexual revolution and contraception was total sexual freedom for everyone. “Sex is for fun and now women can have just as much fun without the consequences,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said about the claims of the sexual revolution in a recent talk. “That was the cry of the day, and yet somehow it didn’t work out that way,” he … [Read more...]

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SF Catholics can eat meat this Friday — but there’s a catch

Need to abstain next Wednesday

The following comes from a Feb. 13 posting on the Facebook page of the San Francisco archdiocese. LUNAR NEW YEAR DISPENSATION: Archbishop Cordileone has announced that the faithful who wish to celebrate the Lunar New Year on Friday, February 16, and to eat meat, may transfer their obligation of abstinence to the following Wednesday. Otherwise, the normal Lenten regulations … [Read more...]

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$3000 gets you into the Archbishop’s Circle in San Francisco

Begun in 2016, group helps fund projects like sending seminarians on pilgrimage to Lourdes, stewardship in parishes, a Hispanic School of Leadership, the Rosary Rally, Walk for Life and marriage and family life program

The Archbishop’s Circle began in the spring of 2016 and now consists of nearly 50 households representing about 75 individuals. The Circle is comprised of individuals who donate funds to special projects and initiatives identified by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone. (image from Catholic San Francisco) In the current fiscal year, this includes sending seminarians to Lourdes … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Cordileone reminds Catholics of duty to welcome the stranger

"It is important that our people understand what our Church teaches on this critical and timely topic, which provides the rationale for the sorts of policies for which we advocate"

In the year 2000, the bishops of the dioceses along the border between Mexico and Texas wrote a letter to the presidents of the Mexican and U.S. Conferences of Catholic Bishops. In the letter, they expressed their concern for the loss of life and destruction of family life resulting from existing immigration policies and practices. For myself, ministering in another border … [Read more...]

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Two California bishops played key roles in Sacred Liturgy Conference

Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa and San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone served as 'conference faculty' at event during which Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample proclaimed, “Every priest and seminarian should learn the extraordinary form of the Mass”

Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample received loud applause and cheers when he proclaimed, “Every priest and seminarian should learn the extraordinary form of the Mass.” More than 400 people from around the country descended on Sacred Heart Parish in Medford, Oregon for the 2017 Sacred Liturgy Conference, held July 12-15.  The number of attendees far exceeded that of previous … [Read more...]

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San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone revamps liturgy institute

Benedict XVI Institute will be reimagined as center for promoting Catholic culture, including art, music, architecture and literature

The board of directors of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship has decided to revamp the organization to broaden its focus beyond forming ministers of sacred music and liturgy and to “reclaim the Catholic imagination,” especially through literature. The institute will be reimagined “as a center for promoting Catholic culture,” continuing its emphasis … [Read more...]

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Two California bishops take prisoners’ petitions to Lourdes

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Oakland Bishop Michael Barber placed intentions of San Quentin inmates against the stones of the grotto

A pilgrimage to Lourdes is outside the bounds of possibility right now for the men imprisoned at San Quentin State Prison, but two Bay Area bishops brought their intentions and placed them before Our Lady at the grotto at Lourdes earlier this month. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and Oakland Bishop Michael Barber placed the pieces of paper with the prisoners’ intentions … [Read more...]

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Archbishop blesses San Francisco’s tallest building

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone invited to bless 61-story Salesforce Tower

In a remarkable event for the increasingly secular city of St. Francis, Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff invited Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and other religious leaders to bless the 61-story, Salesforce Tower, being touted as the city’s tallest building. “The invitation to offer this interfaith blessing speaks to the deep faith and commitment to philanthropy of … [Read more...]

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