Archives for January 2014

Homosexual advocate pleads guilty in child porn case

  The following comes from a Jan. 21 story in the San Francisco Chronicle. Veteran gay rights advocate and former San Francisco Human Rights Commission staffer Larry Brinkin pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing child pornography. Brinkin, 67, changed his plea in a deal with the district attorney's office that will result in a sentencing recommendation of six … [Read more...]

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Gay-friendly parishes in California

  The following list published on the website of the New Ways ministry was sent by a reader to Cal Catholic on Jan. 16. Wikipedia: "In 1999, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then under the leadership of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, condemned [New Ways’s] positions on homosexuality and ordered co-founders Sr. Gramick and Fr. Nugent to cease pastoral … [Read more...]

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3D babies

The following comes from a Jan. 19 item in American Thinker. One of the reasons abortion is losing support among the American people is the improvement in fetal imaging. The ability to see the "clump of cells" or "tissue mass" on a screen is enough to convince many people that a real human being lives inside the womb. It is now possible to use 3-D printers to create a … [Read more...]

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German judge bars homeschoolers from going to France

The following comes from a Jan. 9 story on Christian News Network. A judge in Germany has barred a family in Darmstadt from immigrating to another country where homeschooling is legal and refused to return custody of the children to their parents. As previously reported, approximately 20 social workers, police officers and special agents swarmed the home of Dirk and Petra … [Read more...]

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So long Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton

The following comes from the Winter 2014 edition of the City Journal. In 2011, the University of California at Los Angeles decimated its English major. Such a development may seem insignificant, compared with, say, the federal takeover of health care. It is not. What happened at UCLA is part of a momentous shift in our culture that bears on our relationship to the past—and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis, without the politics

The following comes from a Jan. 2 story by Father Robert Sirico in the Detroit News. ….For commentators accustomed over the past 30 years of explaining the meaning of dense theological and philosophical magisterial texts which were the norm prior to this pontificate, the simplicity and spontaneity of Pope Francis’ style can be confusing and somewhat deceptive. Whereas his … [Read more...]

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Does your iPhone believe in God?

The following comes from a Jan. 14 item on the Huffington Post. My iPhone can do almost anything. But could it help me find God? An interview with Siri, the virtual assistant inside many Apple products, reveals that the spiritual teacher you've been looking for may have been in your pocket all along. After watching the excellent Spike Jonez movie, "Her," over the weekend, … [Read more...]

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‘Catholic gays have been taught self-hate’

The following comes from a Jan. 14 story in the Valley Catholic. Always Our Children, the 1997 document of the U.S. bishops, formed the basis of a Faith Formation workshop, Pastoral Message to Ministers and Parents of Homosexuals. The workshop was sponsored by the diocese of San Jose Office of Pastoral Planning Resource Committee and was facilitated by Father John Curran, … [Read more...]

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A quality policy conversation

The following comes from a Jan. 17 story in the Tidings, archdiocese paper for Los Angeles. Incremental increases to poverty reduction programs in Governor Jerry Brown’s $155 billion proposed budget for 2014-15 don’t begin to meet the cuts sustained during the state’s recent Great Recession, said the top official at the bishops’ California Catholic Conference. Although an … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

Name of Church St. Sharbel Address 1804 SE 16th, Portland OR 97214 Email saintsharbel@saintsharbel.com Website www.saintsharbel.com Liturgy times (also called Holy Mysteries) Sundays, 10:30 a.m. (in English, Arabic and Aramaic). Be prepared for a liturgy that runs a few hours. Music The liturgy is sung. Confessions Sundays, 8 – 9 a.m. Names of priests … [Read more...]

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