The Vatican on Friday named Salvatore
Cordileone as Archbishop of San Francisco.
Pope Benedict XVI's appointment of
Cordileone, who has served as Bishop of Oakland since 2009, was
announced in a statement released Friday morning.
“I'm humbled by the confidence that
Pope Benedict XVI has placed in me by entrusting to me the pastoral
care of the Archdiocese of San Francisco,” said Cordileone during a
“I am pleased to welcome
Archbishop-elect Cordileone,” said outgoing Archbishop George
Niederauer, who has served in the post since December 2005. “And
to assure him of our prayers, loyalty, support and cooperation, as
well as our friendship and affection.”
Cordileone played an instrumental role
in passage of Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban.
In 2008, Cordileone, then bishop of San
Diego, reached out to help raise $1.5 million to get the measure on
the ballot. He also organized leading evangelical Christian leaders,
such as the Rev. Jim Garlow of Skyline Church, to back the amendment.
After passage, he told a Catholic radio
show that “the ultimate attack of the Evil One is the attack on
Assembly Tom Ammiano, who is openly
gay, told the San
Francisco Chronicle: “This isn't a marriage made in
The gay rights group GetEqual on Sunday
will demonstrate against the appointment in front of Oakland's
Cathedral of Christ, where Cordileone currently serves as bishop.
Benedict elevates anti-gay marriage Timothy Dolan to Cardinal.)