In his sermon on Oct. 7, the archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, said the horrors of the last 100 years -- world wars, genocide, religious persecution, abortion, sexual immorality -- are in many ways "a living reflection of Hell" and a "mocking of God." He added that this mockery is even evident in the streets of San Francisco where gay "pride" parades occur and the "exaltation of the vulgar and blasphemous" occurs.
Archbishop Cordileone was appointed to his position as head of the Archdiocese of San Francisco by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. In addition to his duties there, the archbishop is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Defense of Marriage.
Archbishop Cordileone made his remarks on Saturday as he, along with other clergy and thousands of lay people, consecrated the archdiocese to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus. This ceremony was in preparation for the church's worldwide celebration (on Oct. 13) of Mary's appearance in Fatima, Portugal in 1917, a supernatural event that the church says is worthy of belief and to which millions of Catholics are devoted.
Our Lady of Fatima, according to the church, spoke of the reality of Hell and warned of specific events in the 20th century, including the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, World War II, and the spread of communism. In commenting on those horrific events and other atrocities, Archbishop Cordileone said, "Who would dare to say that such barbarity is not a mocking of God?"
He then included abortion among those atrocities and mockeries, reported LifeSite News. "And then there is the attack on innocent human life," he said. "Our own land has been soiled by the blood of innocent children in what has become a deadly epidemic tantamount to a genocide of life in the womb."
In a refeence to euthanasia, he added, "and now we are witnessing the abandonment of our suffering brothers and sisters at the other end of life's journey."
Archbishop Cordileone then said homosexual "marriage" mocks God, and referenced gay pride parades as doing the same.
"Even in our own city of St. Francis," he said, we see "the celebration and even exaltation of the vulgar and the blasphemous, mocking God's beautiful plan in how He created us, in our very bodies, for communion with one another and Himself."
"God is roundly mocked in our very streets, and it is met with approval and applause in our community -- and yet we remain silent," said the archbishop.
These myriad evils over the last 100 years have so polluted society that today's world, "in so many ways," presents itself as "a living reflection of Hell, one that on so many fronts has roundly mocked God," said Archbishop Cordileone.
"If we think about what has transpired in these last 100 years, does it not tell us that the century through which we have just passed was nothing other than an experience of Hell," he said, as reported by LifeSite News.
"The century since the Fatima apparitions [in 1917] has mocked God, but God will not be mocked," said the archbishop, "not because He delights in wreaking vengeance on us, but because turning our backs on God only bounces back to us, leading to our own self-destruction."