Archives for September 2016

Another priest killed in Mexico

Fifteen priests have been murdered in Mexico in less than four years

The following comes from a September 26 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: Less than a week after two Catholic priests in Mexico were found murdered after having been abducted from their parishes, the body of a third slain priest, Fr. José Alfredo López Guillén, has been found. Fr. López Guillén, pastor of Janamuato in Mexico’s central state of Michoacan, was … [Read more...]

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Confessionals required in every parish

Sacramento diocese reminds parishes they must "provide a fixed grille between the penitent and the confessor"

The following is from the Diocese of Sacramento, posted last week on the diocesan website: Liturgy Reminders: Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal Re: Sacrament of Reconciliation: the Confessional Confessionals should be built so as to give penitents the option making their confession from behind a screen or ‘face-to-face’. Penitents cannot be … [Read more...]

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Bishop orders Christ Cathedral renovation to stay within budget

Eliminates several "wish list" items

The following comes from a September 18 OC Catholic article by Meg Waters: In 2011, the Diocese of Orange was blessed with the opportunity to purchase what is now called Christ Cathedral. According to Cathedral Rector and Episcopal vicar Father Christopher Smith, “We hope that everyone who comes to this campus will experience the love of God in their lives, by how they are … [Read more...]

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Vatican tightens rules for verifying miracles

Supermajority now required for a cause for sainthood to continue to the next step

The following comes from a September 23 Catholic News Agency article by Hannah Brockhaus: Changes to the regulations for confirming alleged miracles during the causes of saints aim to preserve the scientific rigor of the examination and maintain its distinction from matters of theology, it was announced Friday. The changes, which were approved by Pope Francis Aug. 24, … [Read more...]

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The campaign to repeal the Hyde Amendment

The amendment, passed 40 years ago, prohibits federal funding of abortions, but the Democratic Party now wants to repeal it

The following comes from a September 20 OC Catholic article: The Hyde Amendment is 40 years old this year. It undoubtedly has saved many lives. But the Democratic Party officially wants to repeal it, against the wishes of pro-life Democrats and almost everyone else. Named for the late Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois, who was a strong pro-life congressman, the amendment had … [Read more...]

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Don’t you want to hold my hand?

Hand holding during Our Father isn't explicitly prohibited, but it comes from a Protestant tradition

The following comes from a July 6 Aleteia article by Father Henry Vargas Holguín: The practice of holding hands while praying the Our Father comes from the Protestant world. The reason is that Protestants do not have the Real Presence of Christ; that is to say, they do not have real and valid sacramental Communion that joins them among themselves and with God. Therefore, … [Read more...]

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Cloistered nuns attracting vocations in San Francisco archdiocese

Considerable rise in the contemplative orders defies metrics

The following comes from a September 19 Catholic San Francisco article by Valerie Schmalz: Each of the four monasteries of contemplative nuns in the Archdiocese of San Francisco is attracting new vocations – young women who are choosing to embrace an enclosed life and lifetime of prayer, fasting, penance, and work in a small community of women religious behind the walls of a … [Read more...]

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Pleasant Hill parish hosts dissenting speakers

Agenda not in line with Church teaching coming to Christ the King

The following is a California Catholic Daily exclusive story by Anna Rose: The dissenting speakers have not ceased at Christ the King parish in Pleasant Hill. On October 1, a self-identified Christian Meditation organization called the Hesed Community has invited the ever-dissident Sr. Joan Chittister to speak at the parish. In addition, other problematic speakers are … [Read more...]

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Make way for married priests

Idea of ending mandatory celibacy in areas with priest shortages reported to be gaining ground in Vatican

The following comes from a September 21 Chiesa article by Sandro Magister: Pope Francis received in audience a few days ago the Brazilian cardinal Cláudio Hummes, accompanied by the archbishop of Natal, Jaime Vieira Rocha. Hummes, 82, former archbishop of São Paulo and prefect of the Vatican congregation for the clergy, is today the president both of the commission for … [Read more...]

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Stockton diocese’s plan to exit bankruptcy

Diocese files consensual Plan of Reorganization

The following is a September 20 press release from the Diocese of Stockton: Today, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton filed with the bankruptcy court a proposed consensual plan of reorganization. The proposed plan will provide $15 million to survivors of sexual abuse as well as non-monetary commitments which are important aspects of any healing process. The plan … [Read more...]

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