San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was a lead speaker at last year's March for Marriage and at one time was listed as a featured speaker for this year.
Canonical and court documents from 2003 and 2005 about the ministry of Fr. Joseph Illo have further enraged parents at Star of the Sea School.
"I think [Cordileone is] doing a marvelous job under very difficult circumstances. Taking ads out in the local paper against the archbishop only brings discord and divisiveness."
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.
A powerful cross-section of Catholics is asking Pope Francis to replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, saying the archbishop has "fostered an atmosphere of division and intolerance."
During what one participant described as an "explosive" meeting, the San Francisco archdiocese's Council of Priests addressed Fr. Joseph Illo's changes to Star of the Sea parish.
The "turmoil resulting from the archbishop's proposed changes to the [faculty] handbook" has led to "many of our colleagues ... considering other career options."
Viaducts of encouragement are pouring into Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's office from outside the archdiocese, supporting his new language for teacher contracts.
Part two of five: San Francisco's Most Holy Redeemer parishioners take some pride in being a Francis-like parish well before Francis.
Commentary: When church ideologues express disdain for contemporary society, it risks losing a generation of Catholics quite unlike anything has before.