Archives for August 2017

Where’s the hate?

Southern Poverty Law Center labels the Ruth Institute a hate group

People like me who have had the “hate” label pinned on them face a dilemma: we can defend ourselves and say, “I don’t hate anyone. I just don’t agree with you.” In my experience, this strategy goes nowhere. The more we attempt to defend ourselves, the more we appear, well, defensive. Hence, not believable. Our other choice is to say, “The heck with it. I know I’m not a hater, … [Read more...]

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First grader sent to office for ‘misgendering’ fellow student

Five-year-old classmate had gender transition ceremony only a week before

A first grader at a California charter school was sent to the principal’s office this week after she accidentally “misgendered” a classmate in what’s being called a “pronoun mishap.” The incident occurred at Rocklin Academy, a school roiled by controversy after a kindergarten teacher led an in-class discussion on transgenderism that included a “gender reveal” for a little boy … [Read more...]

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Bishop Robert McElroy: Racist beliefs and actions are blasphemies against God

San Diego bishop spoke at meeting of interfaith leaders following Charlottesville incident

Denouncing racist beliefs and actions as “blasphemies” against God, Bishop Robert W. McElroy joined with several local interfaith leaders to speak out against bigotry. The San Diego Organizing Project (SDOP) brought together dozens of interfaith leaders, including Bishop McElroy, for a press conference Aug. 18 in the courtyard of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. The event was … [Read more...]

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San Anselmo Catholic school creates stir by removing religious statues

San Domenico is facing a backlash from parents after officials took down Catholic statues -- including one of Mary and baby Jesus -- over concerns that they were “alienating” prospective students

Removal of a number of statues and other smaller Catholic icons from the campus of San Domenico School in San Anselmo has raised concerns among some parents. In an email to the school’s board of directors, Dominican Sisters of San Rafael and the head of school, parent Shannon Fitzpatrick objected to the removal of the statues and other steps the school has taken in an effort … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

St. Andrew’s Church, Pasadena

  Name of Church St. Andrew’s Church Address 311 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103 (in Old Town Pasadena) Phone number (626) 792-4183 Website www.saintandrewpasadena.org Mass Schedule Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. Sundays, 6:30 a.m. (Spanish), 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. (Spanish), 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. (Spanish), 5 p.m. Weekdays, Monday – Saturday, 8:15 … [Read more...]

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St. Patrick’s Seminary installs Reverend George E. Schultze as 17th president-rector

Seminary begins school year with 20 new seminarians, the largest class since 2013

On Monday, August 21, 2017, St. Patrick’s Seminary & University celebrated the installation of Reverend George E. Schultze, SJ, as the institution’s 17th President-Rector. The Mass was celebrated by The Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, who also delivered the homily and performed the Rite of Installation before a gathering of an estimated … [Read more...]

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More street evangelizers coming to San Diego?

Six teams of Catholics take non-confrontational approach to spreading the Gospel

Steve Dawson, founder of Saint Paul Street Evangelization, wasn’t intending to start his own international apostolate when he began handing out Miraculous Medals to strangers. He was only trying to respond in his own way to the Church’s call for all baptized Christians to spread the Good News. “It’s not optional,” Dawson said of evangelization, citing Paragraph 1816 of the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Liturgical reform is irreversible

Speaking to participants of the 68th Italian National Liturgical Week, pontiff says "the mentality of the people must be reformed as well”

Pope Francis gave an important address on the liturgical reform on Thursday, speaking to participants of the 68th Italian National Liturgical Week. The liturgical reform, he said, did not “flourish suddenly,” but was the result of a long preparation. It was brought to maturity by the Second Vatican Council with the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, … [Read more...]

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California bishops support SB 54 to resist “brutish nativist polemic”

Measure prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from using resources to assist in immigration enforcement

Statement from Bishop Jaime Soto, Sacramento, and president of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops: The California Catholic Conference of Bishops supports SB 54, the California Values Act. In the nation today, some are displacing trust and cooperation with fear and hatred. In our estimation, the majority of Californians, as well as the nation, desire rather to … [Read more...]

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“The sin of racism”

U.S. bishops create ad hoc Committee Against Racism

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops today announced the establishment of an Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism. Initiated by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the USCCB, the committee will focus on addressing the sin of racism in our society, and even in our Church, and the urgent need to come together as a society to find … [Read more...]

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