(a perpetual BRICK OF THE DAY):

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has said Catholics opposed to same-sex marriage should limit themselves to even using the term "only sparingly," as the idea, according to him, is an impossibility.

Speaking to the London-based Catholic Herald, Cordileone stated, “Legislating for the right for people of the same sex to marry is like legalising male breastfeeding."

The good archbishop might be interested to know that, in certain, rare circumstances, males can in fact lactate. As my colleague Brian Roewe reported last year, Cordileone also prefers that Catholics do not use the terms "gay" and "lesbian," but instead "persons with a homosexual inclination."

My goodness, what on earth could have upset the good people at the National Catholic Reporter so much they are attacking members of the hierarchy with such disdain and venom? Oh, I know. Perhaps it's this...

(a perpetual BRICK OF THE DAY):

Bishop Robert Finn wrote Friday the National Catholic Reporter is undermining church teachings. He cited coverage of women's ordination, artificial contraception, sexual morality in general, and the "lionizing" of dissident theologies. His remarks appeared in a column titled "The Bishop's Role In Fostering The Mission Of The Catholic Media." It was posted in the online edition of the official diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Key. The bishop praised the work of the Key and went on to write:

In a different way, I am sorry to say, my attention has been drawn once again to the National Catholic Reporter, a newspaper with headquarters in this Diocese. I have received letters and other complaints about NCR from the beginning of my time here. In the last months I have been deluged with emails and other correspondence from Catholics concerned about the editorial stances of the Reporter: officially condemning Church teaching on the ordination of women, insistent undermining of Church teaching on artificial contraception and sexual morality in general, lionizing dissident theologies while rejecting established Magisterial teaching, and a litany of other issues. When early in my tenure I requested that the paper submit their bona fides as a Catholic media outlet in accord with the expectations of Church law, they declined to participate indicating that they considered themselves an "independent newspaper which commented on 'things Catholic.'" At other times, correspondence has seemed to reach a dead end. In light of the number of recent expressions of concern, I have a responsibility as the local bishop to instruct the Faithful about the problematic nature of this media source, which bears the name "Catholic." While I remain open to substantive and respectful discussion with the legitimate representatives of NCR, I find that my ability to influence the National Catholic Reporter toward fidelity to the Church seems limited to the supernatural level. For this we pray: St. Francis DeSales, intercede for us.

Ooh, what a bitch! And what a silly bitch too. No bishop who takes on the NCR is ever going to win. They are an American institution like mom's apple pie and schoolroom massacres. Bishop Finn, if he had any sense would play nice with them and listen to what they have to say. Recent events, such as the reelection of Barack Obama have shown conclusively that the NCR has its finger on the pulse of the American, Roman Catholic laity far firmer than any Benedict appointed puppet bishop. A bishop who insults the NCR insults the majority of their laity and although that laity is well used to ignoring the bishops when they tell them how to vote and what not to do, they may not take so kindly to being insulted. In the USA the Roman Catholic bishops are increasingly spitting in the wind. If they are not careful they are going to end up with another Ireland on the hands. "Look at my words ye mighty and despair, nothing besides remains."



  1. Roman Catholic prelates are all company men who have shed whatever principles and independent thinking they had long ago.

    In the Roman polity they are nothing more than corporate middle-managers who just pass along the Vatican’s orders. They are an affront to the episcopal order.

  2. For this we pray: St. Francis DeSales, intercede for us.

    I’m sure he is praying. I’m sure his prayers strengthen the NCReporter * in their resistance to Popoid control!

    * There’s a Popoid paper w/ the “NCR” initials, too.

  3. Re the SF Godfather: this “don’t say same-sex marriage/don’t say gay” campaign is so much fingers-in-the-ears * “La-la-la-la/Can’t Hear You!/La-la-la-la!” DENIAL.

    * Of course, compared to what Popoid clerics so often have their fingers in… }-X

  4. This one isn’t really anything to do with gay marriage – it’s the fact that the NCR have revealed that Finn knowingly covered up for a paedophile, and the Catholic hierarchy are doing sod all to bring him to account for it. Take a look at the Clerical Whispers blog.