Archives for May 2017

It doesn’t look like a Catholic Church

Tijuana's archbishop rejects modern design for city's new cathedral

Tijuana’s new archbishop has rejected the design of a cathedral that has been under construction since 2006. In an undated press release posted on the new cathedral’s website, Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón said, among other things, “That in eagerness that it be modern, the project does not look like a Catholic church, much less a cathedral.” The archbishop has … [Read more...]

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Lots of money but not enough patients

Planned Parenthood of Northern California closing three locations

Planned Parenthood Northern California is set to close three locations, including Vacaville, Pittsburg, and central Richmond, on June 30th, according to local pro-life leaders and confirmed by a Planned Parenthood spokesperson. These California closures follow closely after Planned Parenthood’s recent announcement of closing ten locations in Iowa, New Mexico, Wyoming, and … [Read more...]

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Trump administration plans to eliminate contraceptive mandate for religious institutions

No more bullying by the federal government

Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted a rule to roll back a federal requirement that many religious employers provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans. The mandate for free contraceptive coverage was one of the most hotly contested Obama administration policies adopted under the Affordable Care Act, and it generated … [Read more...]

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Jesus warned frequently about hell

Msgr. Charles Pope: "No 'heresy' of our day is more widespread or pernicious than the denial of hell, its existence, and its sad frequency"

Many people today put Hell in opposition to the love of God, but Jesus combines them. Here is an important truth: No one loves you more than Jesus Christ, yet no one spoke of or taught on Hell and Judgment more than He did. He gave warning after warning and told parable after parable, practically shouting about judgment and the reality of Hell. No “heresy” of our day is more … [Read more...]

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Abandoning Latin changed liturgical music for the worse

"Singing 'If I Had a Hammer,' 'Get Together,' and 'Day by Day' at Mass never me feel holier"

A century ago, Pope St. Pius X took on the reform of liturgical music in a big way. Late nineteenth-century liturgical music had largely pushed Gregorian chant aside, and the patrimony of the Roman Rite’s most distinctive musical form was in danger of fading away. His 1903 motu proprio on sacred music “Tra Le Sollecitudini” sought to reclaim chant and minimize the damage that … [Read more...]

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Not just for Protestants anymore

Long the realm of fundamentalist Christian churches, vacation Bible schools now being offered at increasing number of Catholic parishes in Diocese of Orange

Catholic parents seeking summer activities for their children should look no further than their parish, because a growing number of vacation Bible schools are offered at Catholic parishes throughout the Diocese of Orange. Long the realm of fundamentalist Christian churches, vacation Bible schools typically offer a weeklong program of daily activities structured around … [Read more...]

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Children consecrated to Mary on Fatima centennial

About 80 children and teenagers placed themselves under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a prayer of consecration at the Church of the Visitation in San Francisco

About 80 children and teenagers placed themselves under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a prayer of consecration at the Church of the Visitacion on the 100th anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Mother at Fatima May 13. Among the children were teens who were confirmed the next day by Bishop William J. Justice, children in the parish religious … [Read more...]

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