The court also found that U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa, who ruled in the archdiocese's favor, should have stepped aside because of a conflict of interest.
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.
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.