HOLY FATHER we are committed Catholics inspired by Vatican II. We believe in the traditions of conscience, respect and inclusion upon which our Catholic faith was founded.
From Archbishops Alemany, Hanna, Mitty and McGucken, to Quinn, Levada and Niederauer, our Archdiocese has been “an immigrant Church” built on a rich tradition of diversity. The Archdiocese has created a remarkable system of churches, schools, hospitals, homes for the elderly and support services for those in need.
That is why we now respectfully ask you to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. Archbishop Cordileone has fostered an atmosphere of division and intolerance.
Upon threat of losing their jobs, he coerces educators and staff in our Catholic high schools to accept a morality code which violates individual consciences as well as California labor laws.
Teachers, students and parents are overwhelmingly opposed to his divisive proposal. The absolute mean-spiritedness of his required language for the Archdiocesan high school faculty handbook sets a pastoral tone that is closer to persecution than evangelization.
Students, families and teachers have been deeply wounded by this language, yet the Archbishop refuses to withdraw his demands. Instead of your famous words “Who Am I to Judge,” Archbishop Cordileone repeatedly labels the behavior of our fellow brothers and sisters (and their children) as “gravely evil.”
He has selected and installed a pastor for Star of the Sea parish who marginalizes women’s participation in the church by banning girls from altar service and who has inexplicably distributed to elementary school children an age-inappropriate and potentially abusive, sexually-oriented pamphlet.
This priest was recruited by Archbishop Cordileone in spite of a troubled history of questionable judgement as a pastor outside our diocese. The Archbishop has isolated himself from our community. He disregards advice from his priests and has brushed aside the deep reservations expressed by our Retired Priests regarding his actions.
He relies instead on a tiny group of advisors recruited from outside of our diocese and estranged from their own religious orders. The Archdiocese of San Francisco is threatened by Archbishop Cordileone’s single-issue agenda and cannot survive, let alone thrive and grow under his supervision.
Signed, Jason Alonzo,Restaurant Proprietor Bill Barulich,CEO, BiRite Foodservice Distributors Jeanne Barulich,Retired Catholic School Teacher, Board Member, Jeanne and William Barulich Family Foundation Caroline Boitano, Board Member, San Domenico School James Boitano, Professor Emeritus, Dominican University Michael P. Bradley, Partner, Murphy Pearson Bradley Feeney Tom Brady Sr., Principal, Thomas Brady and Associates Inc. Carol Brandi, Member of the Board of Directors, Immaculate Conception Academy Thomas J. Brandi,Attorney, SF Catholic School Alumnus, Volunteer John Paul Bruno,Technology company executive, SF Catholic School Alumnus Jim Buick, SF Catholic School Alumnus, CYO Coach, Retired SF Social Services Director Maureen Buick,Catholic School Alumna, Retired UCSF Director Brian Cahill,Retired Executive Director, Catholic Charities CYO Greg Calegari, Principal, Calegari and Morris Certified Public Accountants Julia Campbell, Principal, Gensler, Parent, SHCP and SS Peter & Paul School students Kate Charlton,R.N., B.S.N., P.B.T., Instructor at San Francisco City College, CYO Coach, Parishioner Francis Charlton, M.D., Physician, Alumnus, SF Catholic Schools, Former Chief of Staff, St. Mary’s Medical Center, CYO Coach Louis Cobos, High School Football Coach, Parishioner, Alumnus, SF Catholic Schools Terrence Coleman, Principal, Pillsbury Levinson, Former President, St. Thomas More Society Dennis Corradi, Developer Erika Corradi,Retired Gail Corridan, SF Business Owner, Alumna, SF Catholic Schools, Parent, three graduates of SF Catholic Schools, Star of the Sea Parishioner Robert Corridan, SF Business Owner, Alumnus, SF Catholic Schools, Parent, three graduates of SF Catholic Schools, Star of the Sea Parishioner Gretta D’Acquisto, Alumna , SF Catholic Schools, Parent, three graduates of SF Catholic Schools, Star of the Sea Parishioner Rodney D’Acquisto, Alumnus, SF Catholic Schools, Parent, three graduates of SF Catholic Schools, Star of the Sea Parishioner Kevin L. Domecus, Attorney, Catholic School Alumnus, CYO Volunteer Alicia Donahue Silvia, Partner, Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP, SF Catholic Schools Graduate and Parent Eileen Donohoe,Elementary School Teacher, Parishioner, SF Catholic School Alumna John Kevin Donovan, J.D., Ph.D., Parishioner, Attorney, Doctor of Theology Catherine Driscoll Cannata,Retired College Counselor, Sacred Heart Atherton, Past Board Member, Little Children’s Aid Auxiliary, Past Member, Archdiocese Board of Education Mike & Stephanie L. Dunne John A. Espiritu, Founding Partner of Highland, Ferndale Partners LLC and Laurel Village Realtors, Real Estate Developer, Parishioner, Lector, Emeritus Board Member, St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation, Current Member of the Boards of The Olympic Club and Mission Dolores Academy MariaR. Espiritu, Parishioner, Volunteer Teacher, St. Ignatius Parish Children’s Faith Formation Charles Geschke, Former Chairman, USF Board of Trustees Louis Giraudo,Alumnus, Parishioner David H. & PatriciaC. Grubb Alice Heard,Catholic Elementary School Teacher Pia Hinkle, Publisher, The FruitGuys, Parent, ARHS and Convent of the Sacred Heart High School Students Marilyn Homitz, Former Department Chair, Mercy HS and Cathedral HS James Horan, Vice President of Reinsurance, SF Catholic School Alumnus, CYO Volunteer Patricia Horan, Parent, Marin Catholic High School, Alumna, SF Catholic Schools John M. Jack, President, The Olympic Club Anne Kearney, Retired Teacher, SFUSD, Parishioner, Volunteer Brian Kearney, Retired, SF District Attorney’s Office, Parishioner Michael A. Kelly, President, Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger, Catholic School Alumnus, CYO Volunteer, Donor Patricia L. Kelly, Parent and Alumna, SF Catholic Schools Katherine King, Former SF Director of Development, Catholic Charities CYO, Alumna, Convent of the Sacred Heart and University of San Francisco, Parent, Star of the Sea and SHCP graduate Stephen E. Leveroni, Insurance Executive, Parishioner Maryon Davies Lewis Stephen Lovette, Retired Vice President, Saint Ignatius College Preparatory Marie K. Lundwall,Alumna, SF Catholic Schools Judith A. Lynch, R.N., Community Senior Services Leader Eileen Malley, Attorney, SF Catholic School Alumna Phil Marineau,Retired CEO, Levi Strauss and Company Sue Marineau, Emerita Trustee, University of San Francisco Janice & Michael Marovich NiallMcCarthy,Attorney, SF Catholic School Alumnus, Parish Volunteer YvonneMcCarthy,Teacher, SF Catholic School Alumna, Parish Volunteer PauletteMcDevitt,Catholic School Educator William G.McDevitt,Attorney and Counselor EdMcGovern,Alumnus, SF Catholic Schools, Past President, Catholic Elementary and High School Parent Organizations, Former Trustee, SF Catholic High School Mairi S.McKeever,Attorney, Parent, Alumna, St. Brendan & St. Rose Academy ValMcKeever, Past President of the Board of Regents, SHCP DoloresMcKeever Donahue, President, The O’Shea Foundation, SF Catholic Schools Alumna and Parent JosephMcMonigle, Partner, Long & Levitt LLP NancyMcMonigle,Teacher, Parish Volunteer ReedMinuth, Financial Advisor, Former Parish Council Member, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, ConfirmationTeacher Maura Morey JamesMurphy, Partner, Murphy Pearson Bradley and Feeney, Attorneys RickMurphy,Attorney, Alumnus, SF Catholic Schools and Catholic High School Coach Theresa L. Nevin, M.S.R.N., Nurse, Parishioner, Community Volunteer James P. Nevin Sr.,Attorney, Parishioner, Lector, Eucharistic Minister Kathy Nibbi, SF Catholic School Alumna Larry Nibbi,CEO, Nibbi Bros. Construction, Alumnus, ARHS, Former Chair Board of Trustee, ARHS, Donor Dorothy O’Callahan, Former member, Archdiocesan Board of Education, Parent, San Mateo Catholic School graduates William T. “Bill” O’Callahan, Past President, Junipero Serra HS Fathers’ Club, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Volunteer, Recipient of the Ozanam Medal John O’Connor,Alumnus, SF Catholic Schools, Non-Profit Administrator Kevin R. Paul, Investment Advisor, Alumnus, SF Catholic Schools Diane & Frank Pitre Diane Powers, Certified Public Accountant William Powers,Alumnus, SF Catholic Schools, Past President, Board of Regents of SF Catholic High School, Former Member, Archdiocese Investment Committee Clint Reilly, Chairman & President, Clinton Reilly Holdings, Former Chair of Board, Catholic Charities CYO Janet Reilly, Parishioner, Non-Profit Co-Founder Maureen Revel, SF Catholic Schools Alumna, Retired Teacher from Star of the Sea School Rene Revel, Retired Battalion Chief, SFFD Frank Rollo, Retired Geotechnical Engineer, SF Catholic School Alumnus George Rush, Head Football Coach Emeritus, City College of San Francisco Jane Rush, Parishioner Dan Ryan, Private Company CFO, Volunteer consultant to SF Catholic organizations, Alumnus, SF Catholic Schools, CYO Volunteer Coach James Ryan,CPA, Former Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, Past President, Board of Regents, SHCP, Parishoner Jeannett Ryan,R.N., Parishioner Monica Schoenberger, SF Catholic School Alumna, Parishioner, Volunteer Richard Schoenberger, Shareholder, Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger, Donor, Volunteer Bruce Scollin,Parishioner, SF Businessman Kathy Scollin, Parishioner, Non-Profit Fundraising Counsel for Catholic Organizations Megin Scully, Physician, Parishioner, Eucharistic Minister Ed Silvia,Retired, UPS, SF Parishioner, SF Catholic Schools Graduate & Parent Robert Simon, Parishioner, St. Patrick’s, Marin Catholic HS Alumnus Gerald R. Sobeck, LCDR US Navy, Ret., Alumnus, SF Catholic Schools, Senior Quality Engineer, Sonic Manufacturing Susie Sobeck, Parishioner, Retired, Headway Technology William G. “Bill” Stewart,Real Estate Professional Brian G. Swift, Former Board of Directors Member, Catholic Charities CYO of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Suzanne B. Swift, Former Board of Directors Member, Catholic Charities CYO of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Jude “Tad” Tassone, Alumnus, SF Catholic Schools Joe Toboni,Chair, The Toboni Group, Past Member, Archdiocesan School Board Mary Toboni, SF Real Estate Professional, Parishioner Gene Valla, Parent, Donor, Volunteer, DeMarillac Academy, ICA, SI, SHCP, Former Member, Archdiocese Finance Council Suzanne Valla,M.F.T., Volunteer Counselor, St. Anthony’s, Good Shepherd School and Catholic Charities A Respectful Appe a l to P ope Fra ncis from the Catholic Community of Sa n Fra ncisco Holy Father, Please Provide Us With a Leader True to Our Values and Your Namesake. 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