AS A Catholic priest in voluntary exile from the
Diocese of Oakland since March 15, 2005, I decided a year ago to stand in public
solidarity with those being hurt the most by my church. Every Sunday I stand
outside Christ the Light Cathedral in Oakland with a sign that reads:
"Structural reform now! Include the Excluded: Women, Abuse Survivors, Gay
One recent Sunday a young man approached, read my sign
and said to me: "I have a better wording for your sign: (explitive) the pope."
Another passerby said to me, "Why reform the Catholic Church? Why not just shut