Edit: amid a flurry of positive, even enthusiastic comments, one poster bleats sorrowfully that this appointment will be "divisive". Is divisive a code word for Catholic? From the National Catholic Dissident:
WASHINGTON -- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop George H. Niederauer of San Francisco and named Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., to succeed him.
Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment and resignation Friday in Washington.
Niederauer, 76, had led the San Francisco Archdiocese since 2005. A priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, he also served as bishop of Salt Lake City for 10 years.
Cordileone, a 56-year-old native of San Diego, was an auxiliary bishop in that diocese from 2002 until his 2009 appointment as bishop of Oakland.
NCR will have more on this story as the day progresses.
San Francisco archbishop retires; Bishop Cordileone to succeed him