In response to:

The Pope Strikes a Blow for San Francisco

eddie again Wrote: Aug 01, 2012 12:31 PM
easy there rockinrich. the catholic bishops primary responsibilty is to shepherd their diocesan flocks. as a result, they do not often come in contact with men of "bad will". in some sense, many of the catholic bishops are naive about the ways of the world because they have been insulated from it by the nature of their vocations. that is why i am asking you to be a little more generous in your judgment toward the catholic bishops. it is intrinsic to the catholic faith that its members give all sinners the benefit of the doubt.

To find the heart of San Francisco, you need to head south of Market Street, not to the Castro District teeming with people who very publicly define themselves by the perverse acts in which they engage, but to the Mission District.

Here is where the most beautiful of American cities was founded -- not by 49ers, beatniks, hippies or homosexuals, but by devout and dedicated Spanish Franciscans who crossed half the world to bring their faith to a new land.

Mission Dolores is not just the heart of San Francisco, she symbolizes its soul. The Franciscans founded the mission...