Archives for January 2017

What is the Catholic response to the rise of nationalism?

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy, writing in America magazine: nativist element of our culture must be purged from the national debate

As a new administration and Congress begin, the merger of populism and nationalism at work in the cultural and political currents of the United States compels us to explore deeply the nature of both nationalism and patriotism and to evaluate them in the light of our identity as disciples of Jesus Christ. The recent election campaign was deeply marred by exclusionary rhetoric … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

St. Dominic’s Church, Benicia

Name of Church St. Dominic Address 475 East I Street (corner of East 5th and East I), Benicia, CA 94510 Phone number (707) 747-7220 Website www.stdombenicia.org Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish-English), 5:30 p.m. (for youth and young adults). First Sunday, 3 p.m. (Vietnamese). Monday - Friday, 7 a.m., … [Read more...]

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Chinese New Year to be celebrated at Christ Cathedral

Mass will be followed by a traditional ancestry veneration ceremony

Orange County Chinese Catholics will celebrate the Chinese New Year on Sunday, Jan. 29. The 10:30 a.m. Mass will be led by Bishop Kevin Vann and will be followed by a traditional Chinese ancestry veneration ceremony. A colorful lion dance will be performed in the plaza of the Christ Cathedral campus to share the New Year joy and the symbolic good fortune act with the public. … [Read more...]

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White House confirms VP Pence to speak at March for Life

Expected to be an unprecedented turnout

Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the March for Life, a senior White House official confirmed to the New York Times this morning. This is the first time a Vice President of the United States will attend in the Washington, D.C. March's 44-year history. When March for Life organizers released the list of speakers last week, they mentioned a “surprise VIP guest … [Read more...]

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California bans state-funded travel to Kansas

A 2016 Kansas law enables religious groups on college campuses to require their members to adhere to their religious beliefs, which California says discriminates against LGBT people

California has banned state-funded travel to Kansas after determining that the Sunflower State is one of four in the nation with laws that it views as discriminatory toward gay people. The policy could prevent public universities in California from scheduling sporting events with Kansas teams and raises the question of whether teams will travel to Wichita in 2018, when the … [Read more...]

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San Diego bishop calls for federal parental notification law

Bishop Robert McElroy: "We have tried that in our state time after time and failed. Federal legislation can achieve that for us."

San Diego Catholic Bishop Robert McElroy delivered the following comments at the Fifth Annual San Diego Walk for Life, at Balboa Park, before an estimated 3,000 participants: “It is a great joy to join with you all here today because what we’re doing is the work of God. What we’re doing is witnessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this great nation. What we’re doing is honoring … [Read more...]

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National director of SNAP resigns

Announcement that David Clohessy has stepped down comes a week after he and other SNAP leaders were named in a lawsuit alleging kickbacks for referrals to attorneys in sex-abuse cases

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests announced Tuesday that its longtime national director, accused by a former SNAP employee of referring potential clients to attorneys in return for financial kickbacks to the group, resigned at the end of last year. The announcement that David Clohessy, of St. Louis, left the Chicago-based organization comes a week after he and … [Read more...]

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