What exactly is going on in San Francisco?
Here’s the quick version, with links to more information:
1. Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco added a clause to the handbook for Catholic high school teachers in four diocesan schools. The clause asked teachers to affirm basic Catholic doctrine and not to publicly contradict Church teaching in order to avoid confusing students.
2.The Archbishop also explained the reasons for adding this clause in a letter to Catholic high school teachers.
Eight state lawmakers in California wrote the Archbishop a letter asking him to remove any requirement that teachers publicly follow Catholic doctrine on the basis of “discrimination.”
3. The Archbishop responded with a letter to these eight lawmakers, saying “would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those that you stand for, and who shows disrespect toward you and the Democratic Party in general?…I respect your right to employ or not employ whomever you wish to advance your mission. I simply ask the same respect from you.”
4. Then, two of the lawmakers demanded an investigation into the “working conditions” in diocesan high schools, a blatant bullying tactic to force him to back down on defending religious liberty.
5. The Archbishop has not backed down. He has announced he would form a committee of theology teachers to help articulate the changes.
Archbishop Cordileone has been courageous in his defense of religious liberty. Show him your support!