Apparently, Pope Benedict allowed Archbishop William Levada to pick his own successor because Archbishop-elect Niederauer of San Francisco sounds more like Levada than some of the more recent episcopal appointments the Pope has made for the US.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Niederauer is already making gay friendly statements.
San Francisco’s incoming Catholic archbishop, George Niederauer, has spoken boldly in support of gay priests and has praised gay parishioners, leaders of gay Catholic organizations said Thursday.
… “Some who are seriously mistaken have named sexual orientation as the cause of the recent scandal regarding the sexual abuse of minors by priests,” Niederauer said in the interview with the Intermountain Catholic News, which was published Monday.
He’s also already backpedaling on the Instruction, contradicting the clear text of the document to say that there’s nothing wrong with a priest being gay.
Niederauer said gay men committed to Christ and the church can effectively minister as priests, and he said sexual orientation was “a structure of human personality.” In contrast, the Vatican instruction states that men “who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called ‘gay culture’ ” are unfit for priesthood.
When you have DignityUSA praising your stance on homosexuality, you know you’re on the wrong side.
Didn’t Niederauer go to St. John’s in Camarillo with Levada and Cardinal Roger Mahony? Boy, that school just pumps out great bishops.