In San Francisco, Proposition 8 backer to head Catholic Church

By Maria L. La Ganga

Los Angeles Times (MCT)

Published: Monday, Sept. 24 2012 5:03 p.m. MDT

Mass is still celebrated by ordained priests, but Camisa said he feared the new archbishop "will deny us Roman Catholic celebrants. ...I think Cordileone is being placed here to influence City Hall to pass legislation to deny gay people their rights. I think the pope and the pending archbishop want to turn back the clock."

For his part, Cordileone said he does not know if the Vatican was sending a particular message by placing him at the helm of the San Francisco diocese. What he does know is that "there is a need for clear teaching."

"I want to focus on the importance of supporting marriage," Cordileone said. "I always speak about the need to respect everyone's human dignity — regardless of their sexual orientation. I think strengthening marriage is something that benefits everyone."

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