On Thursday October 4, LGBT and allied Californians will protest the installation of the new Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, whom has a long track record of virulently anti-gay political activism (he was one of the major voices in the campaign to pass the discriminatory Proposition 8 in CA). His installation as Archbishop marks a significant moment in the history of the American Catholic Church that prioritizes radical political stances over the pro-equality views of a majority of American Catholics. “This is a slap in the face to the San Francisco LGBT population, but more importantly an affront to all equality-minded Catholics in the Bay Area,” says GetEQUAL, a national civil rights organization fighting for full equality for LGBT Americans, which is organizing the protest of Cordileone’s installation.
“Despite a vast majority of American Catholics affirming the true social justice teachings of Jesus and of the church, Cordileone continues to use right-wing political action to climb the ranks of church hierarchy,” said Billy Bradford, a local organizer with GetEQUAL. “The harm caused to our community, especially to our youth, is irreparable. This man has blood on his hands, and his installation in one of the few communities fully welcoming of LGBT Americans cannot go unchallenged.” Join GetEQUAL and other allied organizations on October 4 from 1:00-4:00 P.M. at St. Mary’s Cathedral (1111 Gough St.) in San Francisco. Join the Facebook event for more information and details.