Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's supporters, however, agreed with him that transgender identity is a disorder.
"Bold," "brazen," "courageous," "combative," "timely" and "bombshell" were among descriptions that greeted the appointment of Salvatore Cordileone to San Francisco.
"The religious fabric of the San Francisco archdiocese has been torn, and it did not need to happen. Intentionally or not, it has been wrenched."
"I very much like the fact that he's unafraid to stand up for the church's teaching," one supporter said.
California's 71 abortion-alternative pregnancy medical clinics may be forced to inform pregnant women considering their services that publicly funded programs that provide abortion are available to them if a fast-moving bill becomes law.
The Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act is needed to ensure all women have knowledge and access to a full range of publicly funded reproductive health care options, according to the bill's authors, Democratic Assembly members David Chiu, of San Francisco, and Autumn Burke, of Los Angeles.
Supporters of San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone have moved their May 16 picnic to a different venue in the city.
An independent autopsy by a medical examiner from a neighboring county showed the man was shot six times in the back as he ran from undercover police.
"The church has told us that it honors all civil rights and labor rights. You cannot profess social justice if within your own walls you refuse to practice it."
The signees of an open letter to Pope Francis are the "bedrock of the archdiocese," one of them said at a press conference Thursday morning.
Star of the Sea School in the San Francisco archdiocese has become a kind of war zone between the majority of school parents and Star of the Sea Parish's two priest leaders -- Fr. Joseph Illo, administrator, and Fr. Patrick Driscoll, associate pastor.
The priests began their assignments there last August as part of a plan to establish an oratory, or a kind of fraternity where diocesan priests live in community.