Women weren't allowed within the sacristy at that time, and a layperson wouldn't have been asked to go in and prepare the altar linens, so the ploy at the end of the episode would not have worked.
Bishops don't wear a huge button-fixed cross on their civvies.
Stone: What is a street priest like him doing here on the staff?
Msgr.: Frankly it was an effort to tame him down—all those arrests for civil disobedience... street protests and all.
James J. Sweeney won an Edgar Allan Poe Awards "Edgar" in the Best Television Episode category for his work on this episode.
Filming Locations: the cemetery scene was filmed in the Mission Dolores graveyard; the church where the bishop is shot is St. Paul's Church on Church Street