The Catholic Church is full of contradictions. Jesus is both fully human and fully divine. Women and gays are both God's creations, worthy of love, but neither are fit to be priests, and the latter are practitioners of "a strong tendency ordered toward an intrinsic moral evil."That take on gays was ... More >>
The Catholic Church has long had a reputation for its socially conservative doctrines. This tradition, though, has apparently not kept pace with the beliefs of its American followers, particularly when it comes to gay marriage. According to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, 62 percent of Americ ... More >>
In 1998, a gay writer named Alfredo Ormando knelt in St. Peter's Square and lit himself on fire. His self-immolation was a protest against the Church's strict stance against gay marriage and homosexuality in general. Now, over a decade after Ormando's death, the Pope is resigning in the midst of t ... More >>
Next Thursday, Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone will be installed as the San Francisco Archdiocese's Archbishop. Over the course of his career -- which began at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Calexico, a border town 122 miles east of San Diego, with a population that's 97 percent Latino -- Cord ... More >>
Salvadore Cordileone, Archbishop-elect of the San Franicisco archdiocese who was arrested on suspicion of DUI over the weekend, was driving his mother and some friends home when he reached a sobriety checkpoint near San Diego State University. He was one a 11 people were arrested on suspicion of dru ... More >>
The Vatican today named Salvatore Cordileone, one of the creators of California's notorious Proposition 8, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, a jurisdiction that spans from Hawaii to Salt Lake City, Utah. Cordileone, bishop of the Oakland Diocese since 2009, will replace ... More >>
We'll leave the debates over why the Irish are such champions of the written word -- Is it the island's strong oral traditions surrounding the seanchai, or storyteller? The rich vein of Celtic folklore? The really awesome beer? -- to folks who are much smarter and more sober. The Irish count four No ... More >>
Photo courtesy Tyrone CefaluMother Teresa, pictured with Donald McGuireWe've been getting quite a range of reaction to yesterday's cover story on Mother Teresa's links to convicted pedophile priest Donald McGuire. Documents obtained by SF Weekly indicate that the "Saint of Calcutta" might have ur ... More >>
Patron saint of predators?That's the subject of the latest SF Weekly cover story, which examines Jesuit records suggesting that Mother Teresa of Calcutta, founder of the international Missionaries of Charity order and winner of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, asked Catholic Church officials to overlo ... More >>
Cardinal William LevadaVictims of clergy sex abuse have named a top Vatican official with roots in San Francisco as part of a small group of Catholic Church officials who should be investigated for crimes against humanity in a formal complaint lodged this week with the International Criminal Cour ... More >>
A Menlo Park priest placed on leave following improper conduct with a 17-year-old parishioner has been relocated to a "private" location in San Francisco while an internal investigation of the incident moves forward, according to the Archdiocese of San Francisco.Father William Meyers, pastor of S ... More >>
It was impossible to know, back when Rattle and Hum or The Joshua Tree came out, what Bono would one day turn into. He's been making it incredibly difficult to like him for about 15 years now, but -- woomp, there it is -- he just found a way to put a cherry on top of all that annoying behavior: He a ... More >>
In this week's cover story, SF Weekly takes a look at the voluminous paper trail left behind by Donald McGuire, the defrocked Jesuit priest who is currently serving a 25-year federal prison sentence for transporting minors across state lines to sexually abuse them.Since he was a member of th ... More >>
Heresy: The business of S.F. government?The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a lawsuit brought by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights against the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, essentially settling the question of whether the supervisors were out of line when they passed ... More >>
If you're anything like us, Dear Reader, you've been following the messianic rumblings of The Odyssey That Is Charlie Sheen with some interest. Who better than this self-described "High Priest Vatican Assassin Warlock" to lead the ranks of us feeble, workaday souls against the army of fools and t ... More >>
So this was the week that Charlie Sheen went on an extensive media tour to prove to the world that he was a "Vatican Assassin Warlock" -- which, according to our dictionary, means "gigantic mentalist." He has also announced to the world that he's "tired of pretending like [he's] not special." Well, ... More >>
'Vatican assasin warlock' Charlie SheenWe wrote earlier this week about a totally awesome play date that took place at bad-boy actor Charlie Sheen's house with San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson and some other baseball greats.Well, some more information on the bromance between these two cel ... More >>
If you thumbed through yesterday's edition of The New York Times, you may have chanced across a 1,500-word essay on the fashion of San Francisco. It's always fun and a little maddening to see what the Gray Lady makes of Bay Area culture, and this latest offering is worth a read -- if for no other ... More >>
As long as the pedophile is online, Kamala Harris is there to protect youMatt Smith's column this week revealed how District Attorney Kamala Harris is essentially protecting Catholic pedophiles in her refusal to turn over the San Francisco Archdiocese files on clergy abuse. Oddly, she's also come ... More >>
District Attorney Kamala Harris is going too far in protecting Catholic pedophiles.
Nobody expects Phil Ting!Tomorrow morning, assessor Phil Ting will be arguing in front of the San Francisco Appeals Board that the Catholic Church owes San Francisco up to $15 million in transfer taxes -- one of the largest tax bills in the city's history. The hearing will be held at 1 South Van Nes ... More >>
Doubt wags the finger of moral relativism.
Against the odds, an Oakland theologian -- most famous as a critic of Pope Benedict XVI -- takes his inclusive notion of Christianity global
Week of Wednesday, April 13, 2005
A visit with Honduran Cardinal Rodriguez, who is often mentioned as a contender to become the next pope. For good reason.
Week of Wednesday, February 9, 2005
S.F. Archbishop William Levada doesn't want the public to know about decades of alleged sexual misconduct by his clerics. But why are district attorneys in San Mateo, Marin, and San Francisco helping him keep secrets?
The "asylums" depicted in The Magdalene Sisters undermine both the Catholic Church and the popular image of Ireland
Lawyers for hundreds of sex-abuse victims have California's Catholic dioceses in a dire financial bind. Can church leaders finagle an escape, or are they ...
Sex-abuse victims may be no-shows at Archbishop Levada's upcoming public apology to them.
S.F. Archbishop William Levada styles himself as a leading advocate for openness among Catholic leaders on the clergy sex-abuse issue. So why doesn't he practice what he preaches?
Catholicism isn't the only religion with sexual abuse scandals. Three S.F. women are working to expose cases within the Orthodox Church.
A wayward soul marches through temptation in Priest; Risk stumbles on the road to romance