Part one of five: San Francisco's Most Holy Redeemer Church has a reputation for being an accepting parish. But it's also one of the nation's most distinctive.
Faith & Parish
Part two of five: San Francisco's Most Holy Redeemer parishioners take some pride in being a Francis-like parish well before Francis.
Part three of five: What does it mean to be identified as a predominantly "gay" parish like San Francisco's Most Holy Redeemer? Apparently, it's a double-edged sword.
Part four of five: The AIDS support group at San Francisco's Most Holy Redeemer is not what the parish is best known for locally today.
Part five of five: Each Monday evening, while the nightlife blossoms down the street on Castro, a unique Most Holy Redeemer Church witness unfolds.
We say: In the civil rights struggle, sacrifice is inevitable, but "there are degrees of martyrdom volunteers must offer."
The notion of America as a mostly white, mostly Christian country is rapidly becoming a fact for the history books.
"The U.S. religious landscape is undergoing a dramatic transformation that is fundamentally reshaping American politics and culture," said Dan Cox, research director for Public Religion Research Institute.
Commentary: When church ideologues express disdain for contemporary society, it risks losing a generation of Catholics quite unlike anything has before.
Cardinal Edward Egan was best known for administrative acumen that helped solidify the finances of the sprawling New York archdiocese.
About 80 percent of the faculty and staff of the four high schools have signed a petition asking Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to leave the current handbook text in place.