My experience at the installation of Archbishop Cordileone

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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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Jim Naughton
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Jim Naughton

I trust Bishop Andrus' account, and I think he is capable of drawing accurate inferences from this and the other situations that he encounters in his daily life.

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Erik Campano
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Erik Campano

"I think I understand, and I feel I should leave."

This is ambiguous. "Understand" what?

Wherefore assume the "understanding" here is that the Archdiocese suddenly gave orders to exclude Bp. Andrus? There are a hundred other interpretations of the scene.

(P.S. Maybe I'm too Yankee for S.F. church politics, but how about just directly asking?: "Hey, it's 2 o'clock. Can I go upstairs now? ... because I'd really like to go celebrate.")

Erik Campano

P.S. Now let us wait for the Archdiocese's explanation, and pray that it's honest and conciliatory.

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Bill Dilworth
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Bill Dilworth

Maybe at this point they could use a mediator. Maybe the Greek Metroplitan?

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John B. Chilton
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John B. Chilton

@Rod, just to be clear: Bishop Andrus above is responding to that AP report in which the RC spokesperson says Andrus was late, was going to worked into the seating and left before that happened.

Andrus says in the quote above that he was not late, he was there when he was told to be, he was with the other ecumenical guests and filed out with them only to be stopped and that he did not leave the holding room until the service had begun.

The ball is in the RC spokesperson's court. And the archbishop's for that matter.

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Rod Gillis
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Rod Gillis

Suspect I'm not alone in being unfamiliar with some of the local issues that inform this story. I found this article from Kansas City informative in that regard. Perhaps other readers will as well. The installation flap is referenced near the end.

http://www.kansascity.com/2012/10/05/3848774/sf-prelate-jokes-about-dui-charge.html

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