changes in San Francisco

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 15, 2005

George Niederauer, Bishop of Salt Lake City, has been named Archbishop of San Francisco. SF cornerback Ahmed Plummer will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery (left ankle) to remove bone chips.

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  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Dec. 19, 2005 8:38 PM ET USA

    from a CNA report: "He published one book: “Precious as Silver: Imagining Your Life with God” at Ave Maria Press in 2003. His personal hobbies are classical music, stamp collecting, reading and film appreciation."

  • Posted by: - Dec. 17, 2005 12:52 PM ET USA

    Here is a link to Bp. Niederauer's interview in his diocesan newspaper regarding the Vatican instruction: He ignores the parts of the doc that do not suit his spin, even in response to a direct question. As I read it, he would have no problem with gay priests as long as they are "affectively mature." That's not what the doc says, and it is lost on him that his position is self-contradictory.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2005 9:48 PM ET USA

    PLEASE, GOD! We pray this isn't a preview of coming attractions. Here in Rochester, NY...we hang on in the hope that (a) Matthew Clark is converted (and we mean that and pray for that) or (b) Matthew Clark retires soon. Very soon. But...if we get a guy like SF got, what's it all about. By the way, kudos for the terrific way to related the story of changes in S.F.

  • Posted by: Meg Q - Dec. 16, 2005 7:18 PM ET USA

    I dunno about that Chronicle article - they don't even report what he actually said in the comment on the Instruction, just paraphrase the diocesan paper in a way that is open to lotsa interpretation. The Chronicle article seems to be aimed more at Niederaurer (i.e., "Welcome, Abp, here's what we out here expect") than at the actual reader, IMO. Soooooo . . . what DID he say on the Instruction? Hmmmm.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2005 6:00 PM ET USA

    San Francisco is in big trouble. The new AB is already spinning the gay doc to mean that a man with continuing same-sex attraction can be ordained. The Vatican's gay doc says those tendencies must be clearly overcome before ordination to the diaconate. His remarks (Salt Lake City Tribune): "The Catholic Church is seeking priests who are emotionally mature and able to handle the challenges of celibacy, whatever their attractions might be." I can't find that criterion in the gay doc.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2005 12:13 PM ET USA

    As a San Franciscan, all I can say is if this news report is true, we are in BIG TROUBLE: How could Rome do this to us? Is the corruption at the top even worse than we imagined?

  • Posted by: - Dec. 16, 2005 11:29 AM ET USA

    This may prove to be an excellent move....He's not going in there perceived as an antagonist, and would have a real chance to begin effecting necessary changes.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2005 5:30 PM ET USA

    Oh my, even the same seminary and ordination class as Cardinal Mahony. I don't have a single funny thing to say.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2005 11:25 AM ET USA

    If my Italian serves, the new Archbishop was a long-time spiritual director at the college seminary, and only briefly rector at the major seminary. This could be good news, since the college seminary there has enjoyed a good reputation for orthodoxy even while the house of theology was a heterodox shambles.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2005 10:05 AM ET USA

    I would like to know more. Will he capitulate to the City's gay establishment, or will he hold fast to the Faith? Will he enforce discipline, or walk a tightrope to avoid "offending" anyone? Is he a tough man for a tough job, or a USCCB nebbish? May the Holy Spirit show him the Way.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 15, 2005 9:18 AM ET USA

    A member of the Camarillo mafia, I see.