Archives for September 2012

Fight for souls waged in California parishes

This email was sent to California Catholic Daily on September 24 from the San Jose diocese. I was surprised to find out that a member of the “Interfaith Council” (not a diocesan Office, but a third-party secular organization, perhaps part of the Valley Interfaith Project) was authorized by Bishop McGrath to speak at SJ Diocese Catholic parishes this past weekend. At Holy … [Read more...]

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Newly uncovered Michael Jackson song tackles abortion

The following comes from a Sept. 21 story on LifeSiteNews.com. The King of Pop is dead, but he has a message from beyond the grave about life: unborn life. This past week, Sony released a 25th anniversary edition of Jackson’s album Bad, which includes several brand new songs that had previously never made it past the cutting room floor. One of these, “Song Groove (a.k.a. … [Read more...]

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New administrator named for Oakland

The following appeared on the internet version of the Oakland diocese paper the Catholic Voice, September 21. Archbishop Brunett will serve in the interim after Archbishop-designate Salvatore Cordileone begins his new post as the archbishop of San Francisco on Oct. 4 and before the appointment of his successor. “Part of my job is to prepare (the diocese) for another … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood celebrates

Planned Parenthood and its allies feted Gov. Jerry Brown over the weekend after he signed two bills opposed by California’s bishops – one that extends a controversial “pilot program” that allows non-physicians to perform abortions and another that permits non-physicians to provide hormonal contraceptives to patients Brown is a self-identified Catholic who, as a young man, … [Read more...]

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Three California schools make the list

On September 20, the winners of the 2012-2013 Catholic High School Honor Roll competition were announced by The Cardinal Newman Society. Since 2004, the Honor Roll has recognized excellence in Catholic identity, academics and civic education at Catholic high schools across the United States. The top 50 schools are recognized for overall excellence, and other schools receive … [Read more...]

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More on California’s newest bishop

Since the September 21 story on California Catholic Daily about the new bishop of Orange, the Orange diocese has released the following statement. Bishop Vann has distinguished himself during his seven year tenure as Bishop of Fort Worth and in prior assignments as priest, pastor and member of important Church committees and panels. He is recognized for innovative … [Read more...]

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Headhunters

The following essay by Father Robert Barron, rector of Mundelein Seminary, appeared September 17 on RealClearReligion. I first came across the term "hookup culture" in Leonard Sax's thought provoking and disturbing 2005 book, Why Gender Matters. But the phenomenon itself I found beautifully depicted in a novel published a year earlier: Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte … [Read more...]

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Mass distractions

The following comes from a September 16 story on the website of the Catholic News Agency. The ring of a cell phone, cry of an infant parishioner, or medical emergency are unintended distractions that can often drive away the focus from the holy sacrifice of the Mass. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “to set about hunting down distractions would be to fall … [Read more...]

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What’s wrong with the Vatican press office?

  The following story by Robert Royal appeard September 17 on the Catholic Thing. The Vatican hired Greg Burke in June, an experienced journalist at Catholic and secular outlets, as a special consultant to help with press communications. Given the multiple stumbles and misfires in recent years, it seemed that – finally – Rome understood the need for a very … [Read more...]

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BREAKING NEWS — new bishop for Diocese of Orange

The following was provided to CalCatholic by A Shepherd’s Voice, the blog of Fr. John Malloy in San Francisco. This morning in Rome the Holy Father named Bishop Kevin Vann, Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Orange. Bishop Vann will replace Bishop Tod Brown, who has reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. Bishop Vann is … [Read more...]

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