Archbishop publishes pastoral letter on abortion


  • Archbishop publishes pastoral letter on abortionSan Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone announced the release of his first pastoral letter on abortion at the Mass for Life at St. Mary’s Cathedral, May 1. (Photo by Dennis Callahan/Catholic San Francisco)

    May 1, 2021Catholic San FranciscoArchbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone today published his first pastoral letter, “Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion and Catholics in Public Life.”

    For text of the pastoral letter and a link to today’s homily, please go to“Abortion is the axe laid to the roots of the tree of human rights…Without protection of the right to life, no other talk of rights makes sense,” Archbishop Cordileone wrote in the teaching document to the priests and laity of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.Archbishop Cordileone publicly announced the letter in the homily of the 8 a.m. monthly Mass for Life at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption.  Afterwards, many walked while saying the rosary to pray at the Planned Parenthood clinic four blocks away.Archbishop Cordileone spoke directly with compassion to pregnant women and those who have had abortions: God loves you. We love you,” he said.Abortion advocates argue that they are empowering women, but in fact the widespread practice of contraception and abortion has created a tremendous burden for a pregnant woman. …Now…. the pregnancy has become ‘her problem’,” Archbishop Cordileone wrote.The Archbishop emphasized Catholic teaching on who is morally responsible for abortion.“The teaching of our faith is clear,” he said. “Those who kill or assist in killing the child (even if personally opposed to abortion), those who pressure or encourage the mother to have an abortion, who pay for it, who provide financial assistance to organizations to provide abortions, or who support candidates or legislation for the purpose of making abortion a more readily available ‘choice’ are all cooperating with a very serious evil.”Reverence for the Holy Eucharist is at the heart of his concerns. Archbishop Cordileone pointed to St. Justin Martyr’s words in the second century A.D. to affirm this ancient and consistent teaching of the Church: “No one may share the Eucharist with us unless he believes what we teach is true; unless he is washed in the regenerating waters of baptism for the remission of his sins, and unless he lives in accordance with the principles given us by Christ.”“To apply these ancient requirements to the present topic,” Archbishop Cordileone wrote, “those who reject the teaching of the Church on the sanctity of human life and those who do not seek to live in accordance with that teaching should not receive the Eucharist.”Archbishop Cordileone spoke directly to Catholics in public life who advocate for abortion: “Please, please, please: the killing must stop,” he wrote. “And please stop pretending that advocating for or practicing a grave moral evil – one that snuffs out an innocent human life, one that denies a fundamental human right – is somehow compatible with the Catholic faith. It is not. Please return home to the fullness of your Catholic faith. We await you with open arms to welcome you back.”The open letter from the Archbishop to the clergy and laity of his diocese was published on the Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker, who is also the patron of the Church and protector of the Blessed Mother and the Child Jesus.Visit  

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  1. Dear Excellency,

    I hope I’m not being an “uppity lamb” among thousands. However…


    Until Cordileone et al publically announce “their” own *implementation of their rhetoric* (e.g. Nancy Pelosi, et al) will not receive the Holy Eucharist in Archdiocese of SF until she has publically repented and reconciled personally with the Archbishop.


    (Hopefully simultaneously) the Abp And All his downline Prelates & Clerics implement *great action measures* to focus *As A Priority* to


    the incredible killing of hundreds of innocent souls *Each Day *in *his* Archdiocese …

    How about a *weekly* physically appearance in rotation at the 7 or so SF abortion businesses, in full ecclesiastical righteousness to perform the overdue public exorcisms? But, he’s probably *too busy* with things not immediately *Life Threatening *

    Don’t these guys GET IT? Boys and Girls are *BEING KILLED *in death camp businesses right here under their noses, in their zip codes, next door to their gorgeous “cathedras’ and their gracious homes (oops, rectories), in their pastorally neglected poverty areas right here in the USA.

    … from the point of view of this sinner (*former* killer & *supporter* of *killing* inconvenient innocent boys and girls via community supported *legal* “choice”)

    Cordileone’s *rhetoric* – only ink on paper – just more blah, blah..

    While he/they *Allow Innocent* blood, running in rivers each day – on the knives, gloves and tables in his ecclesiastical territory..

    Jesus kicked over tables and lashed with a bullwhip. *Stopped* business as usual, at least for that day… (2 or 3 days later HE was arrested, tortured, interrogated and killed). Or don’t these guys *get it*?

    And All, from Cordileone to Bergoglio, et al in between, *Are Very Aware* that each of these legal killings are daily blood sacrifices to the forces of hell. How do they think/believe *Anything* can get better when they *Allow* this devil worship to continue (not in far off continents) in they own jurisdictions???

    From my grain of sand point of view the fact that this *50+** years late (*Ronald Regan, that fair haired brunette darling of conservatives* -Legalized *abortion in CA about *1968*), yet the 2021 rhetoric does not include an *action plan* exhortation to “kick over the tables… .” It’s just more of the same (dare I say) *convenient hyperbole*.

    I do hope these yak, yak documents, speeches and periodic forays of exorcisms in defense of offenses against saints like St J. Serra on the part of Cordileone, and a few others, indicate their *glacial pace progress *toward the bravery and courage needed to actually *DO THEIR JOBS.*

    You have always shown *in action* your leadership, from the beginning of this institutionalized *legal* daily blood sacrifice offered to the evil one(s), the requisite bravery and courage displayed from the beginning of your service as a Successor To The Apostles. As I understand it, that is *the job of a successor to the Apostles.* Do I understand correctly?

    Why Are They Not following Jesus? What about that terrific 12 Steps you published?

    I’m sick of decades late *half measures* being “hailed.” *Better than silence*, sure enough. For *that* I am grateful. However, no gold stars awarded from this grain of sand lamb. I guess they’re *toooo busy* to watch reruns of Ven Abp F J Sheen, to see how it’s done. And that farce, Barron – spare us, Oh Lord.

    I believe it was in large part Venerable’s strong national, regional and local leadership teaching, protecting and leading which taught, protected and lead Catholics, Atheists, Protestants, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, etc, which kept our national conscience strong, for so many decades.

    As I also believe it is your courageous “finger in the dike” that gigantically protects us all today. [After all. You’ve collected way more than the Old Testament 100 good men in the Sodom and Gomorrah days.]

    I know you must be soul tired with the unrelenting fight and responsibility you’ve never shirked, since you were a young, young man. And simultaneously, wrapped in Mother Mary’s Mantle, you carry on.

    You’re my earthly hero, Excellency. Thank you for always taking time to shepherd me with instruction, encouragement and correction. Hope you’ll tell me what the Doc said about your stomach episode. Meantime, beware of rancid oil… the typical, usual culprit.

    May God have Mercy on us all. Most of us surely deserve excruciatingly painful travails that imminently face us, nationally and globally, until the restoration of Holy Mother Church: The Triumph of The Immaculate Heart of Mary!!!

    Thank you for penetentially reading this rant. I’m asking God to give you triple graces because of the terrible eye pain, okus liberate souls from Purgatory because of your sufferings.

    God Bless You, Excellency, and protect you in all ways.

    Yours in Him,

    France StayFree via ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

    On Sat, May 1, 2021, 11:20 AM ABYSSUS ABYSSUM INVOCAT / DEEP CALLS TO DEEP wrote:

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