Tiny heartbeats thunder at Walk for Life West Coast

"The most beautiful sound I ever heard"

In what will go down as the most memorable moment in the history of the Walk for Life West Coast,  seven pregnant women and their unborn children ascended the stage, put microphones to their bellies, and filled San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza with sounds of tiny heartbeats. The heartbeats were a repudiation of the Culture of Death, exemplified by the state of New … [Read more...]

Triumphant premiere for “Mass of the Americas”

December 8 Mass in San Francisco incorporated a 16-voice mixed chorus, the organ, a string quartet, bells and marimba, with parts in Spanish, Latin and English, as well as Nahuatl

It seems that Catholicism reached its liturgical heights in the late 18th century; we ceased to be relevant to wider society when the last Habsburg went into exile. But what if Catholicism could be normal again? That’s the vision Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco had when he founded the Benedict XVI Institute. “We’re trying to revive that integral approach,” he … [Read more...]

“We have to trust the wisdom of our Holy Father”

San Francisco archbishop expresses surprise after USCCB meeting, but says universal Church must act together

The following is an excerpt of a letter from Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone: My Dear People of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, As I write this message to you, I am in Baltimore, Maryland, for the plenary assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  I can tell you I came prepared to work with my fellow bishops to move aggressively forward in dealing with … [Read more...]

Two California bishops elected to head USCCB committees

Bishop Michael Barber chosen to lead Committee on Catholic Education, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone named chairman for Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth

On Wednesday morning, the U.S. bishops voted on a slate of positions and committee chairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The bishops elected Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland to serve as chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education. Barber has previously served as the Director of the School of Pastoral Leadership in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. … [Read more...]

Tense listening sessions in San Francisco archdiocese

Archbishop Cordileone says he doesn't think Pope Francis should resign, but favors "getting to the bottom of whatever was going on with the McCarrick incident”

Tense listening sessions in the archdiocese on the clergy sex abuse crisis continued, as Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone met with several dozen Catholics at St. Mary’s Cathedral Oct. 17 and St. Stephen Church Oct. 18.   During the question and answer section that followed Archbishop Cordileone’s remarks, people brought forward their concerns and comments about the state of … [Read more...]

“Nobody has run it by Archbishop Cordileone”

San Francisco Jesuit church to host ‘Gay Men’s Chorus’

On Friday, October 26, the “San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus” is scheduled to perform at the Jesuit St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco. The concert is part of a three-day event marking the chorus’ 40th Anniversary, one part of which is a “Drag Brunch” with transvestite Donna Sachet at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. This is not the only controversial event to have been hosted at … [Read more...]

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...]

What went wrong?

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...]

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...]

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...]