“Sacred Scripture itself confirms that sulfur evokes the stench of the flesh, as it speaks of the rain of fire and sulfur poured upon Sodom by the Lord. He had decided to punish Sodom for the crimes of the flesh, and the very type of punishment he chose emphasized the shame of that crime. For sulfur stinks, and fire burns. So it was just that Sodomites, burning with perverse desires arising from the flesh like stench, should perish by fire and sulfur so that through this just punishment they would realize the evil they had committed, led by a perverse desire. Pope St. Gregory the Great (540-604)
A group of San Francisco Catholics threw a Hail Mary Thursday, asking Pope Francis to fire their archbishop. Among those calling for a replacement of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is the father of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Tom Brady Sr. joined about 100 other Bay Area Catholics in signing a full-page advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle Thursday, in which they ask Pope Francis to remove Cordileone as archbishop because of what they say is “an atmosphere of division and intolerance” in the archdiocese.
“Holy Father,” the ad reads, “please provide us with a leader true to our values and your namesake.” (??!)
Cordileone has been under assault from some Catholics since news broke in February that teachers in archdiocesan-run schools would be required to sign a contract that states they “accept the Church’s teaching that all extra-marital sexual relationships are gravely evil and that these include adultery, masturbation, fornication, the viewing of pornography and homosexual relations.”
The evil thought that proceeds from looks, though it should be rejected, never fails to leave a stain upon the soul. Brother Roger, a Franciscan of singular purity, being once asked why he was so reserved in his intercourse with women, replied, that when men avoid the occasions of sin, God preserves them; but when they expose themselves to danger, they are justly abandoned by the Lord, and easily fall into some grievous transgressions.
But Cordileone’s supporters have stood by his decisions, noting that the clause is common in other dioceses and fully in line with Catholic teaching.
Quarterback Brady was raised Catholic in San Mateo, Calif., where he played high school football for the Catholic Junipero Serra High School, an all boys school run by the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
The elder Brady, who still lives in San Mateo, is now chair of the school’s board of regents, according to its website.
He attended a Catholic seminary for seven years before leaving, and he is still active in his faith.
New England Patriots football quarterback Tom Brady (left) with his father, Tom Brady Sr., at a golf tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif., in 2006.
In a 2007 speech to a Catholic men’s group in Worcester, he cited his Catholic faith as offering “some degree of normalcy in our lives.”
Brady’s son married Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen at St. Monica Catholic Church in 2009, and the couple has baptized their children into the Catholic faith.
But the future Hall of Famer said in a New York Times Magazine profile earlier this year that his family isn’t tied to a single religion, and that he’s unsure what to believe.
When reporter Mark Liebovich asked Brady about a menorah in his home, Brady replied, “We’re not Jewish. But I think we’re into everything. I don’t know what I believe. I think there’s a belief system, I’m just not sure what it is.”
Following the win of his third Superbowl in 2004, Brady speculated that there must be more to life than winning football games.
“Why do I have three super bowl rings and still think there’s something greater out there for me?” he asked on 60 Minutes in 2005. “There’s got to be more than this.”
Tom Brady – There has to be more than this