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  • Bishop Niederauer, bishop of Salt Lake City Appointed as metropolitan archbishop of San Francisco

    12/15/2005 7:32:37 AM PST · by Knitting A Conundrum · 51 replies · 1,477+ views
    VIS ^ | VIS
    - Appointed Bishop George Hugh Niederauer, bishop of Salt Lake City, as metropolitan archbishop of San Francisco (area 2,620, population 1,744,050, Catholics 425,210, priests 425, permanent deacons 62, religious 1,004), U.S.A. The archbishop-elect was born in Los Angeles, U.S.A. in 1936, he was ordained a priest in 1962 and consecrated a bishop in 1995. Also: Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the archdiocese of San Antonio, U.S.A., presented by Bishop Thomas J. Flanagan, upon having reached the age limit.
  • The New Archbishop of San Francisco is ...

    07/27/2012 7:17:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/27/12 | Mark Brumley
    The Holy Father named Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland to be the ninth Archbishop of San Francisco. A terrific appointment. More to follow as this surprise (to some) appointment--he moves across the Bay from Oakland to San Francisco--begins to hit the email stream. Although obviously there are plenty of details that soon-to-be Archbishop Cordileone needs to master, it is not exactly as if he comes to the appointment without a clear sense of the situation in the City of St. Francis. A press conference at 10 AM at the cathedral will be streamed here. Bishop Salvatore CordileoneYou can bet this...
  • Archbishop of San Francisco says Obama ruling strikes at religious freedom

    02/08/2012 7:59:52 AM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 2/8/12 | Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau
    Catholic Archbishop George Niederauer of the Archdiocese of San Francisco has written a letter that will be distributed at all Masses this weekend about the Obama administration’s decision to require Catholic institutions to administration would require Catholic institutions such as hospitals and universities to provide contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act. See Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ statement here. The ruling has raised a huge row with many Catholics, who make up 27 percent of the electorate and constitute a large share of independents. They are also concentrated in the battleground states that will decide the presidential election....
  • Kudos from Rainbow Sash Movement [for Abp Niederauer]

    12/01/2011 12:19:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Radical homosexual group ‘encouraged’ by archbishop’s inaction at Most Holy RedeemerThe Rainbow Sash Movement, a homosexual-rights group known for disrupting Masses across the world on Pentecost Sundays, says San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer’s failure to police activities at the notoriously ‘gay-friendly’ Most Holy Redeemer parish “should be applauded.” In a Nov. 22 news release -- the same day California Catholic Daily published a story about the scheduled appearance of retired Episcopal Bishop Otis Charles at Most Holy Redeemer -- Rainbow Sash said it “wishes to congratulate the people and pastor” of the parish for inviting Bishop Charles, noting he had...
  • A reflection on canon 915

    10/15/2007 5:25:26 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 5 replies · 33+ views
    On the admission of unworthy persons to Holy Communion ."Can. 915 - Ad sacram communionem ne admittantur excommunicati et interdicti post irrogationem vel declarationem poenae aliique in manifesto gravi peccato obstinate perseverantes. Can. 915 Those upon whom the penalty of excommunication or interdict has been imposed or declared, and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin, are not to be admitted to holy communion.Folks, in light of the recent improper--to put it mildly-- administration and reception of Holy Communion that took place in California, where the Archbishop of San Francisco administered the Blessed Sacrament to an unworthy communicant--for which...
  • Jesuit Priest Professor Says Archbishop Was Correct in Giving Communion to Transvestite 'Nuns'

    10/18/2007 6:51:48 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 29 replies · 16+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | October 17, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    SAN FRANCISCO, October 17, 2007 ( - The story of the "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence" receiving Communion from the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco has been major news since the occurrence on October 7.  However, despite the fact that the story made it to Fox News' O'Reilly Factor, the local San Francisco media refused to cover it until today.    (see the O'Reilly coverage: ) In a separate segment, O'Reilly railed at the local media for failing to cover the story.  And it seems the verbal spanking had a salutary effect.  However, the San Francisco Chronicle which published a story...
  • Archbishop Niederauer to be Mocked by Homosexuals for His Support of Marriage

    06/24/2009 4:35:48 AM PDT · by tcg · 19 replies · 933+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 6/24/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Readers of Catholic Online are familiar with the group which calls itself the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.” They claim international membership. One of their most active chapters is located in San Francisco, California. They summarize their mission as “Defining San Francisco Values Since 1979” on their outlandish San Francisco web site. In an editorial in 2007 entitled “Scandal in San Francisco”, I wrote an account of their sacrilegious activities during Holy Mass on October 7, 2007 at the Most Holy Redeemer Parish in San Francisco, California. They hate the Catholic Church because she stands for the truth concerning the dignity...
  • Pro-Obama Catholics need to ‘step up’ and respond to president’s policies, official says

    03/27/2009 7:33:25 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 17 replies · 519+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Mar 27, 2009
    San Francisco, Calif., Mar 27, 2009 / 06:46 am (CNA).- Pro-Obama Catholics and Catholic organizations should “step up” and respond to the pro-abortion “rights” president’s policy decisions, George Wesolek, the Director of Public Policy and Social Concerns for the Archdiocese of San Francisco said in a recent article. In an essay titled “The Honeymoon is Over,” Wesolek described how he has observed President Barack Obama’s actions with “a mixture of admiration and hope,” and that he had been encouraged by Obama’s advocacy of health care access and his expressed desire to reach out to the Arab world. “My sense of...
  • Following Meeting with Pope, News of Secret Meeting between Pelosi and her Bishop on Abortion

    02/19/2009 7:35:38 AM PST · by NYer · 80 replies · 1,763+ views
    LifeSite ^ | February 18, 2009 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SAN FRANCISCO, February 18, 2009 ( - In the wake of House Speaker Pelosi's closed-door meeting with Pope Benedict XVI last weekend, news has erupted that earlier this month Pelosi secretly met with her own bishop, Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco, to discuss her stance on abortion.  Pelosi had publicly accepted an invitation to meet with Niederauer after the Speaker attempted to justify abortion in light of Catholic teaching last year during an interview on NBC's Meet the Press. Michael Voris of Real Catholic TV broke the news today that the promised meeting took place Sunday, February 8 in...
  • San Francisco Set to Tax Catholic Church Millions in Suspected Prop 8 Retaliation

    01/18/2009 9:00:03 PM PST · by TaraP · 71 replies · 3,548+ views
    Life Site News ^ | Jan 16th, 2009 | Kathleen Gilbert
    SAN FRANCISCO, January 16, 2009 ( - A San Francisco assessor has called for the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco to hand over $15 million in taxes because of an internal restructuring of the archdiocese, a move that some are describing as "retaliation" for the Church's opposition to Proposition 8. Assessor Phil Ting concluded that the Catholic Church owed the city taxes after the archdiocese was restructured and its property, which is almost all used by parish facilities, was consolidated seven months ago. "Because we knew the accusations (of unfair treatment) could be out there, we worked to look at...
  • Suspected Anti-Prop 8 vandals strike San Francisco church

    01/07/2009 1:45:10 PM PST · by Red Reign · 5 replies · 502+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/06/2009 | CNA
    San Francisco, Jan 6, 2009 / 05:49 am (CNA).- Opponents of Proposition 8 are suspected to have vandalized Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in San Francisco over the weekend, spray-painting on the church black swastikas and the words “Ratzinger” and “Niederauer,” the respective last names of the Pope and the Archbishop of San Francisco. Most Holy Redeemer parish, located in the predominantly homosexual Castro District of San Francisco, has been billed as a “gay-friendly” church. It has previously participated in the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade and reportedly leased parish space to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of...
  • The Catholic church does not like Newsom. Surprise!

    01/07/2009 4:42:29 PM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies · 620+ views
    SFGate: City Insider ^ | 1/7/9 | Erin Allday
    When vandals covered the walls of the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church with swastikas and other graffiti last weekend, Gavin Newsom condemned the attack, as any mayor should. But according to some Catholics, the mayor (and the Board of Supervisors) is partly to blame for the vandalism. "Both Newsom and the board have shown nothing but contempt for the First Amendment rights of Catholics," said a statement released by the Catholic League the day after the graffiti was discovered. "When crucifixes are sold as sex toys and Catholic sensibilities are assaulted by naked men in the street at the annual...
  • Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Perpetually Juvenile

    10/24/2007 7:47:50 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 33+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/24/7 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    While the famously liberal city of San Francisco is known for its anti-military shenanigans, it's the anti-Christian and, in particular, anti-Catholic sentiment emanating from activist elements of the city's gay population that's been getting all the attention as of late. Most notably, it's been coming from the Fox News Channel, where "The O'Reilly Factor" host Bill O'Reilly, a practicing Catholic, is sick and tired of those who target his religion not only for ridicule, but outright hostility. The latest instance of such sentiment originated with an all too familiar source: San Francisco's notorious Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The "sisters" are...
  • Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Perpetually Juvenile

    10/25/2007 6:43:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies · 21+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/24/07 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    While the famously liberal city of San Francisco is known for its anti-military shenanigans, it's the anti-Christian and, in particular, anti-Catholic sentiment emanating from activist elements of the city's gay population that's been getting all the attention as of late. Most notably, it's been coming from the Fox News Channel, where "The O'Reilly Factor" host Bill O'Reilly, a practicing Catholic, is sick and tired of those who target his religion not only for ridicule, but outright hostility. The latest instance of such sentiment originated with an all too familiar source: San Francisco's notorious Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The "sisters" are...
  • Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence now teach theology

    10/20/2007 7:18:24 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies · 38+ views
    Spero News ^ | October 20, 2007 | Joni Durling
    Well, the “Sisters” finally speak. After receiving Holy Communion from Roman Catholic Archbishop George H. Niederauer on October, 6, 2007 at Most Holy Redeemer Church in San Francisco, the cross-dressing Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence issued a statement on October 17, 2007. See: KNTV news story. They must have been tired of being upstaged by the fury directed at the archbishop. The highlights are as follow: “While at Mass the Sisters joined other parishioners in respectful and sincere worship and received Communion from the Archbishop.” Somebody might want to inform the “Sisters” that one doesn’t respect by dressing as drag queen...
  • San Francisco Archbishop Responds After Caught on Video Giving Communion to Gay Men Dressed as Nuns

    10/10/2007 4:31:54 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 221 replies · 3,299+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/10/07 | John-Henry Westen
    SAN FRANCISCO, October 10, 2007 ( - Last Sunday, October 7, San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer said Mass at a Catholic church in the heart of the 'gay district' of Castro.  Most Holy Redeemer parish has a lamentable reputation of having caved in to demands of homosexual activists.  One group of homosexual activists which until recently operated regularly out of the parish was called "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence", men who wear makeup and dress as Catholic nuns.  Archbishop Niederauer was filmed giving two members of this group Holy Communion Sunday. The "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence", whose motto is "go...
  • Archbishop Niederauer blaming filmers and bloggers

    10/21/2007 8:47:47 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies · 250+ views
    Spero News ^ | October 21, 2007 | Joni Durling
    The Archdiocese of San Francisco is finally speaking out about the debacle at Most Holy Redeemer where Archbishop George Niederauer gave Communion to two Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. The problem is, the Archbishop and priest of the diocese aren’t focusing their heat on MHR, they’re taking shots the people who caught the incident on video and who are writing about it on the internet. For some reason they can’t manage a little humility for their mistake. They’ve now resorted to attacking the faithful that are offended that the source and summit of their faith has been defiled. These are the...
  • San Francisco’s “Gay Parish” Pastor Says Reaction to Sacrilegious Communion “Overblown”

    10/23/2007 2:45:12 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies · 58+ views
    Lifesite ^ | October 23, 2007 | Hilary White
    SAN FRANCISCO, October 23, 2007 ( – On October 7, two homosexual men, dressed in costumes meant to mock the traditional habits of Catholic sisters, were filmed receiving Holy Communion from San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer. Reaction to the incident forced Niederauer to apologise publicly for what he called his “mistake.” Now Father Stephen Meriwether, pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Parish where the Mass was held, has told the Catholic San Francisco, the archdiocesan newspaper, “This incident has been blown way out of proportion.” The two men are members of an anti-Catholic homosexual activist group condemned by faithful Catholics,...
  • Gays Vandalize San Francisco [Catholic] Church (Gays Angry Over Prop 8 Paint Swastikas On Church

    01/06/2009 6:56:41 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 47 replies · 1,443+ views
    Spero News ^ | 1/5/2009 | William Donohue
    San Francisco Mayor Newsom and the Board of Supervisors have shown nothing but contempt for the First Amendment rights of Catholics. Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, in the heart of San Farncisco's gay Castro community, was vandalized over the weekend by opponents of Proposition 8, the California resolution passed by voters in November that rejected gay marriage. Swastikas were painted on the church and the names Ratzinger (referring to Pope Benedict XVI) and Niederauer (the San Francisco Archbishop) were scrawled besides the Nazi symbol. In the wake of Proposition 8, innocent persons have been assaulted, churches have been vandalized, a...
  • Catholic leader sought Mormon help on Prop 8

    12/22/2008 1:00:15 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies · 420+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco's Roman Catholic archbishop says he invited leaders of the Mormon Church to get involved in the campaign to pass a gay marriage ban in California this year at the request of his fellow bishops. Archbishop George Niederauer wrote in a column to be published in a diocesan newspaper Friday that he wanted to address the "many misunderstandings and hard feelings" resulting from Proposition 8's adoption. It's the first time the archbishop has commented on how churches organized to help push through the initiative, which overturned the California Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex nuptials. Mormon...
  • USCCB: Church should oppose FOCA 'early and often,' Niederauer (Pelosi's Archbishop) says

    11/11/2008 10:49:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 42 replies · 696+ views
    Nat CatholicReporter ^ | Nov 11, 2008 13:30pm | JOHN L. ALLEN JR.
    USCCB: Church should oppose FOCA 'early and often,' Niederauer says Posted on Nov 11, 2008 13:30pm CST. Print Friendly Version By JOHN L. ALLEN JR.BaltimoreFacing President-elect Barak Obama’s pledge to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would bar legal restrictions on abortion at the state and federal level, Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco today said that the Catholic church needs to make the case against the measure “early and often, both with members of congress and with the new administration.”Speaking with reporters during the Nov. 10-13 meeting of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore, Niederauer suggested that it would be...
  • Pelosi, Archbishop To Meet Over Abortion Dispute

    09/06/2008 4:36:37 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 71 replies · 267+ views
    Fox Reno ^ | 9-6-08
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, under fire from U.S. bishops for comments she made about abortion, accepted on Friday an invitation from the Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco for a private talk. Pelosi said in a letter to Archbishop George Niederauer that she'd "welcome the opportunity for our personal conversation and to go beyond our earlier most cordial exchange about immigration and needs of the poor to Church teaching on other significant matters." The proposed meeting stems from comments Pelosi made Aug. 24 on NBC's "Meet the Press."
  • Speaker Pelosi Summoned by Archbishop

    09/06/2008 5:50:05 AM PDT · by tcg · 41 replies · 580+ views
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is being invited by her hometown archbishop to discuss her erroneous views on the Catholic Church's teaching on abortion. In a statement released today, Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco joined the list of bishops who have responded to Pelosi's misrepresentation of Church teaching, which she expressed during an interview Aug. 24 on NBC-TV's "Meet the Press." Catholic San Francisco, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, published Archbishop Niederauer's text.Pelosi, when asked to comment on when life begins, said that as a Catholic, she had studied the issue for "a long...
  • San Francisco Archbishop addresses recent comments made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

    09/05/2008 7:20:47 AM PDT · by flyfree · 29 replies · 212+ views
    catholic-sf. ^ | Most Rev. George H. Niederauer
    Following is a statement by San Francisco Archbishop George H. Niederauer in response to recent comments on abortion, Catholic teaching on the beginning of life, and other life issues made by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This statement by Archbishop Niederauer was published in the Sept. 5, 2008 issue of Catholic San Francisco, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Last month, in two televised interviews and a subsequent statement released through her office, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a Catholic residing in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, made remarks that...
  • Nothing from Niederauer ( Pelosi's archbishop remains silent! )

    08/27/2008 8:44:49 PM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 321+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | August 27, 2008 | staff
    Prelates around the country react to Pelosi’s abortion comments – but San Francisco archbishop remains conspicuously silent Bishops from New York to Denver have issued official statements from their chanceries and posted them to diocesan web sites in an attempt to set the record straight about what the Church teaches regarding abortion. The flurry of episcopal activity followed an Aug. 24 interview in which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, told Meet the Press that Catholic doctrine on abortion is not clear. [[Egan082708.jpg]]Professing herself to be “an ardent, practicing Catholic,” Pelosi said, “I don't think anybody can tell you when...
  • San Francisco Archbishop to Honor Major Planned Parenthood Donor

    04/10/2008 12:23:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 37 replies · 73+ views
    San Francisco, Apr. 10, 2008 ( - At a Catholic Charities event scheduled for April 11, San Francisco's Archbishop George Niederauer will honor a California financier who has backed Planned Parenthood, opposed parental notification on abortion, and supported embryonic stem-cell research, the California Catholic Daily reports. At an annual banquet, Archbishop Niederauer will present the "Loaves and Fishes" awards to several honorees, including George Marcus, a real-estate investment mogul who will be recognized for "outstanding philanthropic works" that, according to the dinner citation, "epitomize the spirit of the faith traditions of charity and generosity. In a critical report on the...
  • taking sides (Full coverage of ongoing Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence situation)

    10/18/2007 10:13:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 70 replies · 355+ views
    Via Thomas Peters, we learn that the cross-dressing Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, two of whom received communion from the hand of Archbishop George Niederauer on October 7th, have posted a facetious press release concerning the incident, headlined "Sisters Upset Communion Being Turned into Political Issue." The press release quotes the "abbess" of the gay agit-prop group, who calls herself Sister Edith Myflesh. The moniker "Edith Myflesh," it goes without saying, makes reference to John 6:54 (in its King James Version), "Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life." The disdain conveyed by the flip allusion to Jesus'...
  • Text of public apology from Abp. Niederauer

    10/12/2007 10:46:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies · 744+ views
    American Papist ^ | October 12, 2007 | Thomas Peters
    Column by Archbishop George H. Niederauer, to be published Oct. 19th in the Catholic San Francisco: A recent event that greatly concerns me needs some additional explanation -- and with it an apology. On Sunday, October 7, 2007, I celebrated Mass at Most Holy Redeemer Parish here in San Francisco, during my first visit there. The congregation was devout and the liturgy was celebrated with reverence. I noticed no demonstration, no protest, no disruption of the Eucharist. At Communion time, toward the end of the line, two strangely dressed persons came to receive Communion. As I recall one of...
  • San Fran. Archbishop “very happy” about plan regarding homosexual adoptions

    02/08/2007 7:31:56 AM PST · by NYer · 50 replies · 958+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | February 7, 2007
    Archbishop George Niederauer San Francisco, Feb 7, 2007 / 07:25 pm (CNA).- Speaking to a local radio station on Sunday, San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer said he is “really very happy” about a compromise plan that makes it possible for Catholic Charities adoption workers in his archdiocese to refer homosexual couples to adopt children. Wednesday, the California Catholic Daily transcribed an on-air interview the Archbishop Niederauer gave to San Francisco’s KCBS, in which the archbishop lauded a plan which sees Catholic Charities employees working for a subsidiary of Family Builders by Adoption, an agency which provides adoptions to homosexual...
  • Suum cuique - the stylings of Archbishop Niederauer

    02/07/2007 10:02:12 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 247+ views
    Closed Cafeteria ^ | February 7, 2007 | Gerald Augustinus
    Do cities get the bishop they deserve? The following isn't exactly a profile in courage. Archbishop Niederauer of San Francisco was interviewed on KCBS the other day. Here some excerpts (H/T SemperFi) via California Catholic Daily Ed Cavagnaro: ...Is there room for disagreement with Church doctrine by Catholics in your view? For example, can someone believe in a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion and still be accepted by you and have access to all the sacraments? Archbishop Niederauer: I think what’s important is that we make a distinction there. I think that many of us may...
  • Niederauer Installed as Archbishop (...."a gay man can meet the criteria of Vatican document...)

    02/16/2006 7:13:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 39 replies · 556+ views
    Deseret News ^ | 2-16-06
    The former bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, George Niederauer, was installed Wednesday as the archbishop of San Francisco and leader of 425,000 Catholics in the Bay area. Archbishop Niederauer will head a diocese that includes 90 parishes and stretches across three counties — San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. He is one of 49 archbishops in the United States and only the second Catholic bishop from Salt Lake City to be named archbishop. The first was John Joseph Mitty, also named archbishop of San Francisco, in 1932. A receptionist at the Salt Lake diocesan offices said...
  • just what San Francisco needs (Chronicle sends "gay affairs" reporter to interview Archbishop-elect)

    02/13/2006 1:25:48 PM PST · by presidio9 · 17 replies · 800+ views
    Catholic News ^ | 2/13/06
    The San Francisco Chronicle offers a podcast interview of the city's Archbishop-elect George Niederauer. The questions are asked by "Wyatt Buchanan, who covers gay and lesbian news for The Chronicle." Right there is your first clue. The paper's natural choice to interview the incoming leader of the Catholic Church is the journalist who covers gay and lesbian affairs. If you're expecting a confrontation, don't hold your breath. Among other things, the archbishop-elect sings the familiar refrain that we must not blame the sex-abuse scandal on homosexuality, "because when we're talking about pedophilia, we're talking about a sickness, an illness, an...
  • Utah's faithful praise S.F.'s new archbishop - He blends church teachings, everyday issues

    02/08/2006 8:08:13 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 243+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/8/6 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Salt Lake City -- When Monsignor George Niederauer leaves the Catholic Church in Utah to become San Francisco's archbishop next week, he will instantly become a principal decisionmaker, negotiating the intersection of faith, dogma and homosexuality. Gay Catholics have praised Niederauer's appointment to lead the San Francisco church because of his progressive stances on some issues, but local gay and lesbian parishioners will be disappointed if they expect the new archbishop to contradict the church on same-sex relationships. "It is the constant teaching of the church that sexual activity outside of marriage is a serious offense," Niederauer said during a...
  • Homosexual Activists Cheer Appointment of New San Francisco Archbishop

    12/22/2005 2:56:40 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 95 replies · 3,364+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 23 December 2005 | Hilary White
    SAN FRANCISCO, December 22, 2005 ( - Archbishop George Hugh Niederauer, soon to be installed as the new Archbishop of San Francisco, has told a local news outlet that he is opposed to the Vatican’s prohibition of homosexuals in seminaries. “Some who are seriously mistaken have named sexual orientation as the cause of the recent scandal regarding the sexual abuse of minors by priests,” Niederauer said Monday in an interview with the Intermountain Catholic News. Niederauer referred to the “sexual orientation” of homosexual men, what the Vatican document on ordaining homosexual men called “deep seated homosexual tendencies” as merely “a...

    12/15/2005 6:50:32 PM PST · by TaxachusettsMan · 19 replies · 392+ views
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | December 16, 2005 | Rocco Palmo
    From the LA Times, all you need to know from the archbishop-elect's home diocese.... Mahony said today that Niederauer has a reputation as a deeply spiritual priest and bishop, who has made himself available to fellow priests. "The people of San Francisco will be enriched with his wonderful spirituality," Mahony said. At the press conference, I'm told that Niederauer apologized for a letter he wrote a judge in his time as a spiritual director, asking clemency for a priest who had been convicted of abuse. A bishop's apology is a good way to start -- you don't see such things...
  • NEW ARCHBISHOP FOR SF: Tolerant statements toward gays Homosexuals can minister as priests,

    12/16/2005 8:02:28 AM PST · by SmithL · 35 replies · 1,367+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/16/5 | Wyatt Buchanan
    San Francisco's incoming Catholic archbishop, George Niederauer, has spoken boldly in support of gay priests and has praised gay parishioners, leaders of gay Catholic organizations said Thursday. Many in the church hierarchy have blamed the international clergy sex abuse scandal on gay priests, and the Vatican's recent instruction on gays in the priesthood stated new rules on gay clergy were "made more urgent by the current situation." Niederauer disputed those ideas in an interview with his diocesan newspaper in Utah. "Some who are seriously mistaken have named sexual orientation as the cause of the recent scandal regarding the sexual abuse...
  • Restructured Committee

    09/09/2002 5:37:15 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies · 166+ views
    USCCB homepage story ^ | 9-05-02 | USCCB
    Restructured Committee on Sexual Abuse Announced WASHINGTON (September 5, 2002) –- Belleville Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), announced today the restructuring of the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse (AHCSA) and its new membership. At their June 13-15 meeting in Dallas, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as part of their "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People," voted that "the membership of the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse will be reconstituted to include representation" from each of the fourteen episcopal regions into which the nation's dioceses and...