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.
Fr. Joseph Illo has introduced several changes to Star of the Sea School since his arrival, including banning girls from serving at the altar during Mass.
The "turmoil resulting from the archbishop's proposed changes to the [faculty] handbook" has led to "many of our colleagues ... considering other career options."
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."
The new section puts teachers and faculty on notice about heightened demands regarding adherence to Catholic teaching, particularly on sexual issues.
Hundreds of Catholic school students, parents and other supporters joined a school choice rally Sept. 25 at a Chicago building that houses Illinois state government offices.
The rally was aimed at demonstrating the need for more families to be able to enroll their children in the schools they choose, whether they are Catholic schools, other private schools, charter schools or other public schools.
In most cases, speakers said, the main barriers to school choice are economic.