Bishop Marc Andrus of the Episcopal Church of the USA wrote a letter to his flock that characterized teachings by the Catholic Church on marriage as “oppression.” Dated October 1, Andrus commented on the recent installation of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to the diocese of San Francisco. Andrus' letter focuses on Archbishop Cordileone's affirmation of Catholic teachings on traditional marriage and for California's Proposition 8, which was a voter-approved measure that defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Even “despite this difference of opinion and support” Andrus affirmed that he wants to work with Archbishop Cordileone in the “building of the Reign of God.” Andrus noted that he had worked with former San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer in fighting poverty in the region. He said he shares common ground with Archbishop Cordileone on immigration policy and poverty.
Bishop Andrus said that the teachings of the Episcopal Church of the USA on lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgendered persons is a “proclamation of God's inclusion.” Andrus opined that Catholic teaching on sexuality serves to “suppress the rights of others who, too, have been created in God’s image.” The Episcopalian cleric added,
“The recognition of the dignity and rights, within civil society and the Church of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgendered people, and of women are as core to our proclamation of the Gospel as our solidarity with the poor, with victims of violence and political oppression, and with the Earth.”
Bishop Andrus claimed that Archbishop Cordileone's appointment has been met with mixed reactions by San Franciscans of “all or no faith tradition,” while he also invited Catholics “less at home” within a diocese headed by the new archbishop to “come to The Episcopal Church.” Bishop Andrus is head of the Episcopal Diocese of California, which covers the greater San Francisco Bay area.
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