The archbishop of San Francisco discusses the centrality of stewardship in education, vocations, and the Church’s charitable endeavors.
By Jim Graves
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, 59, has served as archbishop of San Francisco since 2012. The archdiocese is home to 90 parishes, 248 diocesan priests, and 450,000 Catholics. It has a rich tradition dating back to California’s Gold Rush days, and is notable for its cool climate, windy bay, progressive politics, and diverse immigrant groups. ...
Archbishop Cordileone: When I arrived, I tried not to bring too many well-defined, set priorities, other than the timeless Church priorities such as catechesis, liturgy, and evangelization. That said, three things come to mind, two of which were decided upon before I arrived.
The first was to develop a ministry to young adults, of which there are many in the archdiocese. We created an office of young adult ministry which is separate from youth ministry.
The second area of concern was marriage, as we’d seen a steep decline in couples marrying within the Church. We wanted to find ways of being more encouraging, welcoming, and accessible to couples, so we established a separate office of marriage and family life under a single director.
Has anyone at the chancery or the young adult ministry office swallowed the red pill?
And a third priority I’ve been promoting since I came is developing a spirituality of stewardship. When people hear the word stewardship, they think of fundraising or responsible administration of resources. But it’s much more than this; I preach on it when I do parish visits.
Difficult to talk about stewardship when those who have the main responsibility to be "stewards" of the parish are men who have been excluded. What has the local Church done to promote patriarchy?