ST. LOUIS, June 22, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - San Francisco's Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, chairman for the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, is rejecting the U.S. Supreme Court's alleged power to redefine marriage.
With America's highest court widely expected to declare a constitutional right to so-called gay marriage any day now, the Bay Area archbishop told bishops in the country it's more important that they refuse to personally cooperate in the vicious falsehood being endorsed by their government.
He proclaimed, "Regardless of what happens at the end of this month, nothing the court says can change what marriage truly is and we will continue to promote and defend it."
"Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me," His Excellency said. "The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie."
He said, "We may have to suffer this lie about marriage in the law, but we must not participate in it or keep silent about it."
"Those who continue to advocate for the true definition of marriage will be increasingly marginalized in law and society," warned the archbishop, "and depending on the rationale, could be erroneously viewed as proponents of discrimination and will themselves be targeted for discrimination."
Archbishop Cordileone further lamented government attempts to push transgenderism by law, especially by the federal executive branch. His Excellency notes, "[W]e have continued to witness efforts to advance what Pope Francis has referred to critically as 'gender theory' or 'gender ideology.'"
Pope Francis has openly condemned "gender theory" several times within the past year.
San Francisco's pastor, citing the Holy Father, declared, "There is the mistake of the human mind — gender theory — creating so much confusion, and it seeks to cancel out sexual difference."
"The importance of responding to this challenge with truth and compassion remains paramount."
"An essential part of our teaching," he noted, "is and has to be that the difference between man and woman is a positive difference." He added, "It's the difference that makes new life possible, rather than a negative one to be ignored or actively opposed."
Archbishop Cordileone also praised Pope Francis' recent series on marriage and the complementarity of man and woman during his weekly General Audience addresses.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco archbishop continues fighting his own battles at home, as wealthy ideologues attempt to pit him against Pope Francis and have him removed from office because he's trying to reinvigorate the Faith in his archdiocese's schools.