Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone

Birthday: 5 June 1956

Bachelor’s in Philosophy – University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
Doctorate in Canon Law – Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

Ordination: 9 July 1982
Episcopate: 5 May 2009

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone on the Issues

Viganò testimony

Supports investigating Archbishop Viganò’s claims
  • Archbishop Cordileone said Viganò is a man of “integrity” who served as Apostolic Nuncio with “selfless dedication” and who “fulfilled well” the duty of strengthening his brother bishops in the faith. Cordileone said he could confirm that “some” of his allegations are “true” and that they need to be “taken seriously.” I “join my voice to that of other bishops in calling for such an investigation,” he said. (LifeSiteNews)

Amoris Laetitia

Not enough evidence collected on this issue

Pro-life leadership

Actively engages in pro-life leadership
  • Archbishop Cordileone prayed the rosary with 40 Days for Life volunteers outside a planned Parenthood clinic in San Francisco on March 17, 2018. (Archdiocese of San Francisco)
  • Archbishop Cordileone gave a powerful pro-life sermon during mass held at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral in San Francisco before the 2018 March for Life West Coast on January 27. (National Catholic Register)
  • Archbishop Cordileone spoke at the opening of the 2014 Walk for Life in San Francisco. Approximately 60,000 people attended the walk. (Tradition, Family and Property)
  • Cordileone gave the keynote address to the 2010 Illinois Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Chicago on April 30, 2010. Pro-life leaders and Bishop Thomas Paprocki were present. (Pro-Life Action League)


Upholds Church teaching on homosexuality
  • At the U.S. Bishops spring gathering in 2015, Archbishop Cordileone reminded his brother bishops that gay “marriage” is a “lie” that “we must not participate in…or keep silent about.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • After Minnesota state lawmakers legalized gay “marriage” in 2013, Cordileone issued a statement saying their decision “weakens motherhood and fatherhood, and so strikes a blow to all children who deserve both a mother and father.” At the time, Cordileone was serving as the chair of the U.S. Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. (USCCB)
  • In a 2013 interview with USA Today, Archbishop Cordileone said legalizing gay “marriage” would mean “mothers and fathers are interchangeable or irrelevant, and that marriage is essentially an institution about adults, not children.” (USA Today)

Abortion politics

Upholds Church teaching on abortion politics
  • Archbishop Cordileone said in a 2017 sermon that abortion is a “living reflection of hell” and that abortion has become a deadly epidemic tantamount to a genocide on life in the womb. He added that America “has been soiled by the blood of innocent children.” The sermon was given during a mass when Cordileone consecrated his Archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (LifeSiteNews)
  • After Nancy Pelosi refused to say if an unborn child is a human being during a press conference in 2015, Cordileone told CNS News that both science and Catholic moral teaching affirms that human life begins at conception. “No Catholic can dissent in good conscience” from this teaching, he argued. (CNS News)


Faithful to Church teaching on contraception
  • Archbishop Cordileone defended Humanae Vitae at a symposium hosted at Benedictine College in Kansas in March 2018. Cordileone told attendees that Humanae Vitae is not easy to live out but it leads to the most happiness. He also blasted the devastating impact the sexual revolution of the 1960s has had on marriage and family life. (California Catholic Daily)
  • In a column for his diocese’s newspaper in August 2012, Cordileone said the church is right to claim the HHS contraceptive mandate is an attack on religious liberty. He also said the mandate is an opportunity for the church to educate the faithful about marriage and proper regulation of birth via natural family planning. (LifeSiteNews)

“LGBT” ideology

Upholds Church teaching on “LGBT” ideology
  • Archbishop Cordileone condemned gender ideology and said human beings are born either male or female after Bruce Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine dressed as a woman in 2015. Speaking to a gathering of Catholics in New York, Cordileone said transgenderism was a reversion to paganism and that if the culture rejects basic truths about gender the Catholic faith will be threatened. (New Ways Ministry)
  • At the U.S. bishops’ Spring gathering in 2015, Cordileone criticized gender theory. “An essential part of our teaching is and has to be that the difference between man and woman is a positive difference,” he said. “It’s the difference that makes new life possible.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • In 2013, Cordileone co-wrote a letter on behalf of the USCCB withdrawing its support of the Violence Against Women Act because the Obama administration added language protecting ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ into the law. The added classifications “undermine the meaning and importance of sexual difference,” the letter said. (LifeSiteNews)


Promotes reverent liturgy
  • Archbishop Cordileone said for “progress” to be made in the Church, the “reform of the reform” as spoken about by Pope Benedict needs to happen. Cordileone gave these remarks during a 2016 interview with the EWTN show “Extraordinary Faith.” He also said that “for the church to celebrate the liturgy well, we needed to use the traditional mass as sort of a paradigm against which to measure our liturgical practices.” The two forms of the mass “mutually enrich” each other, he added. “We can’t cut off our past.” (Extraordinary Faith)
  • Star of the Sea parish in San Francisco came under fire by Catholics in the Archdiocese in 2015 for instituting a male-only alter server rule. The Archdiocese received complaints about the decision but Archbishop Cordileone stood by the parish’s decision, though he also said he respects parishes that have altar girls as well. (Catholic San Francisco)
  • During a 2014 interview with Latin Mass Magazine, Cordileone said he is trying to promote Pope Benedict’s vision of the mass and to make the Extraordinary Form of the mass “more easily available for the faithful.” He also said the Roman Liturgy is a useful tool of evangelization. (Latin Mass Magazine)
  • Cordileone said a Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the 2013 Napa Institute gathering in California. The Napa Institute seeks to encourage Catholic leaders to play a role in fighting secularism and building a Christian America. (Traditional Latin Mass of San Francisco)
  • Archbishop Cordileone said a Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the 2012 Napa Institute gathering in California. (Rorate Caeli)
  • On September 20, 2009 – while serving as bishop of Oakland – Cordileone said a Pontifical High Mass for over 500 faithful at St. Margaret Mary church. During his sermon, Cordileone praised the Institute of Christ the King priests who run the parish for establishing a “vibrant” parish that promotes the Church’s traditions. (Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest)
  • In 2009, Cordileone ordained to the priesthood candidates from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, a pro-Latin Mass group of priests founded in 1988. The ordination was conducted according to the 1962 missal. (Una Voce America)

Marriage and Family Life

Upholds Church teaching on marriage and family life
  • Achbishop Cordileone served as the chair of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage from 2011 until 2017, writing and speaking extensively across the country to stop the legalization of homosexual “marriage.” (LifeSiteNews)
  • Archbishop Cordileone told the 2014 March for Marriage in Washington D.C. that the “foundational good of society” is a “united family based on the union of the children’s father and mother in marriage.” (Catholic News Agency)
  • During a 2013 interview with EWTN, Archbishop Cordileone said society should do “what is necessary to favor the situation of the child having the best possible advantage of being connected to their mother and their father growing up.” (USCCB)
  • Archbishop Cordileone spoke to approximately 10,000 attendees at the 2013 March for Marriage in Washington D.C.. He led the march in prayer and said “Marriage is rooted in the natural reality that men and women are different, and thereby complementary, and that children deserve both a mother and a father.” (Catholic News Agency)


Upholds Church teaching on education
  • Archbishop Cordileone serves on the ecclesiastical advisory board of the California-based Napa Institute. The Napa Institute holds conferences, symposiums and events across the U.S. that features faithful Catholics, priests and bishops who encourage Catholic leaders to fight secularism and building an authentically Christian America. (Napa Institute)
  • Archbishop Cordileone faced enormous backlash from liberal Catholics in San Francisco after he sought to institute contract requirements in February 2015 that called on teachers in Catholic schools to uphold Catholic moral teaching. Big time donors to the Democrat party and Nancy Pelosi took out a full page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle attacking Cordileone by accusing him of fostering intolerance. The ad also asked Pope Francis to remove him. The Archdiocese denounced the ad as a misrepresentation of what Cordileone is seeking to accomplish. (LifeSiteNews)
  • On March 30th, 2015, hundreds of protestors marched in San Francisco in opposition to Archbishop Cordileone’s effort to ensure the Catholic identity of schools in his Archdiocese. (LifeSiteNews)