‘Snub’ at archbishop’s installation9 October 2012
The installation of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone as the new Archbishop of San Francisco was marred by allegations that the city's Episcopal bishop, Marc Andrus, was snubbed at the ceremony.
Bishop Andrus had issued a statement before the installation welcoming Cordileone but reiterating his own support for same-sex marriage, a position Cordileone firmly opposes.
Bishop Andrus said he arrived with other religious leaders before the two-hour liturgy last Thursday at the basement of St Mary's Cathedral, as his invitation instructed him to do. But when the other leaders were led upstairs to join the procession, an usher kept him from joining them. After several minutes he realised the service was beginning and said to the usher, "I think ... I should leave."
A Catholic archdiocesan spokesman said Bishop Andrus had arrived late.
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