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My experience at the installation of Archbishop Cordileone

My experience at the installation of Archbishop Cordileone

Bishop Marc Andrus has issued this statement on his bishop’s blog:

A post to clarify my experience at the installation of Archbishop Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco.

I was dropped off at the cathedral at 1:30PM by my assistant. After making my way around protestors and showing my invitation to security guards, I was in the lower level area to which I was directed by 1:40.

The instructions the Archdiocese had given my assistant were that I should be at St. Mary’s by 1:45. The service was scheduled to begin at 2.

I identified myself to an assistant to the archbishop, who spoke to someone through a headset, saying, “Bishop Andrus is here.”

I saw the Greek Metropolitan, a good colleague of mine, who was in the same room with me, several Greek Orthodox priests, archdiocesan employees and security guards. I greeted the metropolitan and we spoke briefly.

An archdiocesan employee attempted to escort me upstairs with the Greek Orthodox group, but was stopped from doing so by the employee to whom I had first identified myself. This person, who appeared to be in a superior role, instructed another employee to stand with me.

At this point no other guests remained in the downstairs area. The employee and I chatted while waiting. I began to wonder about the time holdup. I checked my phone; it was 1:50PM. I asked the employee standing with me if the service indeed started at 2, which she affirmed.

At 2PM, when the service was to begin, I said to the employee, “I think I understand, and feel I should leave.” Her response was, “Thank you for being understanding.” I quietly walked out the door. No one attempted to stop me. No attempt was ever made to explain the delay or any process for seating. I arrived early, before the time given my assistant, and waited to leave until after the service had begun.

My intention for attending the installation was to honor our ecumenical and interfaith relations in the Bay Area.

Oct 5, 2012 12:39:03 AM (Pacific)

See our previous post UPDATED, again: Bishop Marc Andrus denied seating at Catholic archbishop’s installation.


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P Menkin

I am sorry this incident occurred in whatever way it went, and pray that these differences in faith and Church approach, even belief about homosexuality and marriage won’t cause a rift with the Roman Catholic Church by the Episcopal Church in San Francisco’s Bay Area. The event is regretable for all parties. I am an Episcopalian who lives in San Francisco’s Bay Area.

Peter Pearson

This is indeed sad. Love them anyway.

Rod Gillis

I find Sean McConnell’s post very informative.

Clint Davis

Good Lord, there’s not enough perfume in the world that they can spray on this skunk. Maybe the Catholic faithful will run this guy out of San Francisco like they ran that guy out of Seattle…was it last year?


It would be ridiculously bad strategy for the RC church to let the situation play out in the way that Bp. Andrus describes, with the inferences that he makes. Invite someone, and then literally not let them through the door? Am I missing something, or does that just sound incredibly weird?

Ask the folks in the Rainbow Stole mvt, or the prominent RC (forget his name) who publically endorsed Obama in 2008 and was denied holy communion, or the growing number of gay RCs who have been denied communion because knowledge of their marriage became public, or the recent priest who was chastized because (paper reported) he read the Scriptures at his cousin’s same-sex wedding or… (etc, etc, etc, ad nauseum).

The saddest part of this story is how utterly UNremarkable it is. Kyrie eleison.

JC Fisher

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