Bishop Names New Archbishop for S.F.

Pope Benedict XVI lays down the gauntlet with his pick for San Francisco's archbishop.

BY Neal Broverman

July 28 2012 6:28 PM ET

Salvatore Cordileone

Salvatore Cordileone, the current Roman Catholic bishop of Oakland and one of the masterminds of California's insidious and resilient Prop. 8, was named archbishop of San Francisco by Pope Benedict XVI.

Cordileone not only helped get the 2008 proposition that snatched marriage rights away from gay Californians on the ballot, he currently heads a subcommittee for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops that is tasked with denying marriage equality. Cordileone raised millions for Prop. 8, gathered a religious army to vote in droves for the measure, and led a rally in San Diego against gay marriage that included people who try to "convert" gay people straight. After Prop. 8 narrowly passed, Cordileone  was quoted as saying, "the ultimate attack of the Evil One is the attack on marriage."  

The San Diego-born Cordileone will take over from San Francisco's current archbishop, who is retiring. Read more here.

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