Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he has been surprised by the uproar generated by the handbook insertion.
A NCR investigation of websites and online publications found that roughly 52 percent of Latin-rite archdioceses and dioceses have begun to gather information in some capacity.
Updated: The San Francisco archbishop has exchanged accusations with eight California lawmakers over language included in a new faculty handbook.
More than 400 students, teachers and parents sang, prayed and, as the sun went down, silently held their lit candles along both sides of the blocks surrounding the cathedral.
As San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone "pointed out and as every lawyer knows, what happens in any particular case depends on the particular circumstances of the case."
The clash seems to be a standoff between those who embrace Catholic teaching as settled and unchanging and those who insist it is evolving and must do so.
The continuing controversy surrounding San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's attempt to emphasize Catholic teaching on sexuality in the San Francisco high schools under his control is, among other things, about how we understand Catholic identity.
In the context of our secular society, it is good and necessary for a diocesan bishop to focus on Catholic identity.
Students, parents, teachers and others have challenged Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's assurances that the new language does not "target ... any teachers, singly or collectively."
Coredileone indicated openness to altering contract language he is seeking that would classify employees in the four schools as "ministers."
NCR Today: The language of the handbook suggests that if employees are discreet, then no harm, no foul. This is a clumsy, inept Catholic version of "Don't ask, don't tell."