Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he has been surprised by the uproar generated by the handbook insertion.
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 Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions convened Tuesday for a hearing on the current crisis of falling immunization rates among children in the United States in the wake of a recent measles outbreak that has, so far, affected 121 people in 17 states and the District of Columbia.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said in his opening statement that what recent outbreaks have truly pointed out is a breakdown in what is called "herd immunity."
Students, parents, teachers and others have challenged Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's assurances that the new language does not "target ... any teachers, singly or collectively."
The new section puts teachers and faculty on notice about heightened demands regarding adherence to Catholic teaching, particularly on sexual issues.
Pope Francis faces criticism from those who say Serra -- called "the Columbus of California" -- abused Native Americans and pressured them to convert.
California legislators have introduced assisted suicide legislation modeled on Oregon's assisted suicide law, energized by the heartbreaking story of Brittany Maynard, a young woman with brain cancer, who moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Oregon to end her own life Nov. 1.
Before her suicide, Maynard, 29, created videos asking for assisted suicide legislation that drew tens of millions of views, and her mother and husband are now campaigning for legalization.
"If the Catholic Church ordained women, altar girls would make sense, but the Catholic priesthood is a male charism."
With inequality soaring, what does it take to mobilize historically diverse groups of low-wage Americans under one economic banner?