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Shining a bright light

March 20, 2015
Irvin G. Rollins Jr.
Redwood City

The leadership of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone shined a bright light on controversial yet traditional beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. While I disagree with his pastoral stance regarding our gay brothers and sisters, civil marriage and his recent efforts to intrude into the private lives of some Catholic high school personnel, we practicing Catholics owe him a debt of gratitude.

The church of the last 2,000 years has changed. Dogma of the past has been modified, set aside or simply ignored but only as a result of controversy. This is not a time for Catholics of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to passively accept the leadership of the archbishop; rather it is our duty to dialogue with the clergy and stand together to insist that the archbishop’s rhetoric be more representative of Pope Francis’ leadership.

The writer is a parishioner at St. Pius Church, Redwood City. 

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