New San Francisco Archbishop’s Views Questioned By Board Of Supes

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco’s new Catholic Archbishop, The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, is getting mixed reaction from the city’s Board of Supervisors over his views on same-sex marriage.

On Thursday, Cordileone takes over the Archdiocese of San Francisco, which also includes San Mateo and Marin counties. San Francisco Supervisor Christina Olague, who is bisexual and was raised Catholic, voiced her criticism of Salvatore at this week’s board meeting.

“It is disappointing that the church has assigned a person here who has shown a great deal of intolerance for our community and was instrumental in the creation of Proposition 8,” said Olague. “He has also made comments that Catholic practitioners from the queer community abstain from Holy Communion.”

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

But Supervisor David Campos, who himself is a gay Catholic, tried to mute those strong words.

“San Francisco has always been a very welcoming place and it is in that spirit that we extend an invitation to the archbishop to work with every member of the Catholic community,” said Campos.

The third gay member of the board, Supervisor Scott Wiener, called past statements by the new archbishop hurtful, but said he’s hoping the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will be able to work with the San Francisco Archdiocese and its new leader in the future.

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