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Group of San Francisco Catholics Seek Archbishop's Ouster

By    |   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 10:39 AM

A division among Catholics in San Francisco continues to widen after a group of about 100 prominent faithful, including the father of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, published a signed full-page letter in the San Francisco Chronicle urging the Vatican to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

The letter, which appeared Thursday and was described by the paper as "unprecedented," urges the Pope to "please provide us with a leader true to our values and your namesake," the Chronicle reported.

The signers suggest that Cordileone's policies have caused problems for Catholics there and created "an atmosphere of division and intolerance."

His clauses "call for teachers to abide by the church's stance against things like sex outside of marriage and homosexuality," CBS News noted.

Among those who signed the letter were Frank Pitre, an attorney, and his wife Diane. "It seems he is going in a direction that is completely opposite where Pope Francis is going and creating an atmosphere of complete intolerance. Hopefully, this is going to get someone's attention," Frank Pitre told the Chronicle.

Added construction executive Larry Nibbi, who also signed the letter: "The crux of our worry is that the faithful are going to become very disenchanted and stop going to church because they don't like the message, and the message is not the way they lead their lives."

Cordileone, 58, and a native of San Diego, was selected as archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI and installed in October 2012.

The Archdiocese, in a statement, said they welcome ongoing dialogue with members. But, they said the ad was misguided and "a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the archbishop. The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the signers presume to speak for 'the Catholic Community of San Francisco.' They do not."

The letter calls out the church for discriminatory treatment of women, noting that one area church's priest has banned girls as altar servers, the Chronicle reported.

Other charges leveled against Cordileone, said the Chronicle, included that he "disregards the advice of his own priests and retired priests in favor of 'a tiny group of advisers recruited from outside (the) diocese and estranged from their own religious orders.'"

They also alleged that he "threatens the long-term health of the archdiocese by adopting a 'single-issue agenda' against same-sex marriage."

Previously, some California lawmakers had urged Cordileone to remove morality clauses that he had inserted into teacher handbooks, calling them discriminatory.

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