Archives for May 2016

Statues turned to face wall, candles flipped in Hanford church

Tabernacle carried across the street from Immaculate Heart of Mary

The following comes from a May 30 story on ABC News, Fresno. Leaders and parishioners of a Catholic church in Hanford are devastated after learning their place of worship was set on fire and vandalized Sunday night. Wine was spilled, windows and pictures were smashed, holy robes and other items burnt and broken. And an entire congregation is shocked and saddened by what … [Read more...]

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SF archdiocese appoints mentor for new priests

Archbishop Cordileone: "One's being is changed"

The following comes from a May 24 story by Valerie Schmalz in Catholic San Francisco. Saying that “it is a very critical stage in a priest’s journey,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone has instituted a new position focused on mentoring priests for the first five years after ordination. Archbishop Cordileone appointed longtime Immaculate Heart of Mary pastor and former … [Read more...]

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The golden era of California mission music

Loud drumming, women, and children singers within adobe walls

The following comes from a May 29 story in the Catholic Sentinel, a publication of the Oregon Catholic Press. …. Steven Ottományi, a California liturgical music composer and musicologist, has been studying the music sung two centuries ago in those mission churches, where Spanish Franciscans melded medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, classical and native music customs to help … [Read more...]

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Calif. Congresswoman screams at University of San Diego professor

“You’re an ignorant bigot!”

  The following comes from a May 27 post on LifeSite News. A California Democrat screamed at a law professor who opposes opening public school restrooms and showers to members of the opposite sex, shouting “You're an ignorant bigot!” Rep. Zoe Lofgren began by reading a statement submitted by U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Gail Heriot, who is also a professor … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood co-opts state legislature to suppress free speech

How far can they go?

The following comes from a May 26 email sent by the Life Legal Defense Foundation. Planned Parenthood is sponsoring legislation in California to criminalize the publication of evidence of its business practices, which include harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies. Assembly Bill 1671 would make it a crime to publish confidential conversations with certain … [Read more...]

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Holy Child image to stop in Santa Paula

Thousands expected to descend upon the town

  The following comes from a May 25 story in the Ventura Star. Thousands of people from across California and beyond are expected to converge on Santa Paula over the next week and a half to pay their respects to a tiny statue dressed in blue. Known as El Santo Niño de Atocha, or the Holy Child of Atocha, the statue is a sacred image of the Christ child and is … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Sarah: Face east from Offertory on

Prefect for Worship says start with cathedrals

  The following comes from a May 26 story in the Catholic Herald (U.K.). The Vatican’s liturgy chief has called on priests to celebrate Mass facing east. In an interview with the French Catholic magazine Famille Chrétienne, Cardinal Robert Sarah said that the Second Vatican Council did not require priests to celebrate Mass facing the people. This way of … [Read more...]

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