America the Land of Religious Liberty?
Just Ask Archbishop Cordileone!
by Christopher A. Ferrara
March 11, 2015
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has a name that translates from Italian roughly as: Savior Lionheart. An apt name indeed, for as anyone who follows current events even cursorily knows, the courageous Archbishop is under furious attack by the “dictatorship of relativism” (Pope Benedict’s phrase) that runs Sodom and Gomorrah on the Bay and the national media. Why? Because this Catholic prelate insists that Catholic schools teach Catholic morality and that Catholic teachers pledge to do so. Imagine!
As the indispensable LifeSiteNews reports, in an article launching a petition in support of the Archbishop: “Gay activists, politicians and dissident Catholics have launched an all-out media attack campaign against the archbishop after he recently announced that he wants to codify a long-standing, commonsense expectation that Catholic schoolteachers in his diocese uphold and display public integrity regarding Catholic teachings on a wide variety of topics. This includes Catholic teaching on controversial issues like abortion, contraception, chastity, and same-sex “marriage, as well the Eucharist and the teaching authority of the Church.”
On account of this heretical deviation from political correctness, two Bay Area members of the California State Assembly have called for an investigation into “working conditions” at the Catholic schools in the San Francisco Archdiocese: “California cannot become a laboratory for discrimination under the guise of religion,” huffed Assembly members Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) and Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo) in a letter they had the audacity to send to the Archbishop. There is even talk of a lawsuit against him under California’s “civil rights” laws.
But what about the Archbishop’s “religious liberty”? Don’t make me laugh. It is time for Catholics in America to face up to the reality that our “religious liberty” was never anything more than an uneasy truce, devised by the Framers of the Constitution, under which Catholics would be permitted to believe their “Popish religion” in Protestant (now neo-pagan) America provided they kept it to themselves and agreed that it would have absolutely no relevance to public life. The modern version of “religious liberty” — which is certainly not the God-given liberty and divine mission of the Church to be the conscience of civil society, making disciples of all nations — comes at the price of agreeing that our religion will be “sufficiently nothing to live in peace with the rest of the world,” as the great Catholic counter-revolutionary polemicist Louis Veuillot put it.
And now even the realm of “private belief” is being threatened by the dictatorship of relativism. Accustomed to Churchmen turned into marshmallows by the “spirit of Vatican II,” the powers that be are outraged to see at least one Catholic prelate who insists on Catholic orthodoxy. This is completely unacceptable! In the midst of “the Francis Revolution,” with the Pope himself ridiculing traditional Catholics as “legalists” and “Pharisees” almost weekly, it is hardly surprising that one local “human rights” activist, echoing liberal sentiment everywhere, has complained that “The new ‘moral clauses’ proposed … by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone stands [sic] in stark relief to the message of inclusion being promoted by Pope Francis.”
Indeed, what assistance can Archbishop Cordileone expect from the Holy See, given that the controllers of the Phony Synod, all handpicked by Francis, have openly declared their intention — if they can get away with it — to undo in practice, via “pastoral application” of doctrine, the Church’s constant teaching on marriage, procreation, the impossibility of admitting the divorced and “remarried” to Holy Communion, and the intrinsic evil of homosexual acts? Help from Rome is most certainly not on the way.
We, the laity, are called upon to support this Archbishop with the heart of a lion. Sign the petition, and let the Vatican know what you think of its silence in this matter. As it was during the Arian crisis, so it is today: apart from a few good bishops and priests, it will be the laity that takes the lead in defending the faith.
Our Lady of Fatima, intercede for us!