Archives for September 2016

Amoris Laetitia does not allow Communion for remarried, says Bishop of Phoenix

Bishop Thomas Olmsted said conscience must be formed in accordance with 'God’s word and the authoritative teaching of the Church'

The following comes from a September 22 Catholic Herald article: Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona, has said the divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion, and that the teaching of St John Paul II and Benedict XVI still stands. The Church has traditionally taught that the remarried cannot receive Communion unless living “as brother and sister”. The teaching, … [Read more...]

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“It is time for us to end the death penalty”

Archbishop Jose Gomez explains why Church now favors abolition of the ultimate punishment for crime

The following comes from a September Angelus article written by Archbishop Jose Gomez: On the ballot this Nov. 8 in California is Proposition 62. This proposition would repeal the death penalty in our state and would make life in prison without parole the maximum punishment that could be imposed for crimes of murder. My brother bishops and I in the California Catholic … [Read more...]

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LA parish offers succor to Syrian refugees

Father David Bedrosian, pastor at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Armenian Catholic Church, had to flee Syria himself 17 years ago

The following comes from a September 27 Catholic News Agency article by Casey McCorry: The needs of Father David Bedrossian’s parish are unique. While many priests grapple with budgetary concerns and a desire to fill pews, Father Bedrossian is wondering where he’s going to find the resources to house the next Syrian refugee who shows up on the church steps. Father … [Read more...]

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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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