This should cause great wailing and gnashing of teeth:
San Francisco will try to collect up to $15 million in taxes from the Archdiocese of San Francisco, which is refusing to pay certain taxes on properties the church is transferring from one Catholic nonprofit organization to another.
That tax bill would be the second largest of its kind in San Francisco history. But the archdiocese has appealed the charge, saying the church should be exempt from property transfer taxes for a variety of reasons – primarily because the properties are being moved among groups that all are a part of the same overarching organization: the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
The church, as you can probably guess, has decided to take the position that it is being persecuted for it’s involvement in stripping the gay and lesbian community of California of their civil rights.