Archives for February 2017

‘Glitter ashes’

LGBT advocacy group promotes use of ashes mixed with glitter on Ash Wednesday

Proclaiming "the need for progressive Christian witness has never been more urgent," a New York-based LGBTQ advocacy group with roots in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has launched "Glitter+Ash". Parity characterizes glitter ash as a way for churches observing Ash Wednesday to incorporate pro-LGBTQ advocacy into the beginning of the 40-day Lenten season. Formerly known as … [Read more...]

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New schools superintendent named for San Francisco archdiocese

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has appointed Pamela Lyons to lead Catholic school system

The Archdiocese of San Francisco announced that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has appointed Pamela Lyons as Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1.  She replaces Dr. Nina Russo who served as interim superintendent for the past two years. Dr.  Russo is retiring after seven years in Archdiocesan leadership and a 36-year career in education. Last fall the Archbishop … [Read more...]

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California bishop praises President Trump’s travel ban

Bishop Bawai Soro of St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon writes column defending administration's travel ban, says "radical Islamic terrorism is the clear and present danger facing America"

The following is by Bishop Bawai Soro. Soro is a bishop with St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon. Critics have objected to President Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban travel to the U.S. by refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries, alleging 1) their human rights are compromised, and 2) this ban is a Muslim ban. As an Iraqi-American, I would like to … [Read more...]

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Fear, uncertainty and terror

LA Archbishop José Gomez criticizes Trump administration's immigration policy at World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto

Fear, uncertainty and terror are part of the immigrant experience in Los Angeles, Archbishop José H. Gomez said Feb. 17 during a panel on immigration at a Vatican-sponsored conference. The fear has continued to spread since the election of President Donald Trump, he said, reporting that many children at archdiocesan Catholic schools are afraid they’ll go home one afternoon … [Read more...]

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Bishop Robert McElroy preaches progressivism

At the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto, San Diego bishop makes call for lay Catholics to "disrupt"

On February 18, Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego delivered a speech at the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements during a panel discussion on the barriers marginalized people face in housing and work. The following are excerpts: Global Warming skepticism fueled by conspiring forces (just like like tobacco companies) One of the most striking elements of … [Read more...]

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The woman behind Roe v. Wade dies at 69

Norma McCorvey, who was 'Jane Roe' in the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right to an abortion, later changed her views and became pro-life

Norma McCorvey, better known as Jane Roe from the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, passed away on Feb. 18 after spending decades at the heart of the abortion debate. Norma McCorvey, who was 22, unwed, mired in addiction and poverty, and desperate for a way out of an unwanted pregnancy when she became Jane Roe, the pseudonymous plaintiff in the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court … [Read more...]

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How old were the patriarchs, really?

Msgr. Charles Pope suggests we should accept their extraordinary life spans at face value

I occasionally get questions about the remarkably long lives of the patriarchs who lived before the great flood. Consider the ages at which these figures purportedly died: Adam – 930 Seth – 912 Enosh – 905 Jared – 962 Methuselah – 969 Noah – 950 Shem – 600 Eber – 464 Abraham – 175 Moses – 120 David – 70 How should we understand these … [Read more...]

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