Archives for August 2017

“A Mighty Outpouring of the Holy Spirit”

Charismatic renewal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to meet for its 20th conference on Sept. 23 at St. Mary’s Cathedral

In the hollow of the 50th anniversary of the charismatic renewal and the church’s current renewal of its dedication to Our Lady, the charismatic renewal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco meets for its 20th conference Sept. 23 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. “A Mighty Outpouring of the Holy Spirit,” a daylong event commencing at 8:30 a.m. and finishing with a 7 p.m. Mass, begins with … [Read more...]

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It’s a culture war, stupid

And a Church that takes social justice seriously must fight it

Those who persist in denying that the Church is engaged in a culture war, the combatants in which are aptly called the “culture of life” and the “culture of death,” might ponder this June blog post by my summer pastor in rural Québec, Father Tim Moyle: “Tonight I am preparing to celebrate a funeral for someone (let’s call him “H” to protect his privacy) who, while suffering … [Read more...]

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Abortionist with mental health history sends 5th patient to hospital this year

On August 19, woman was loaded onto gurney outside Family Planning Associates

Despondent over a divorce, Donald Clyde Willis, walked over to a park near his Oregon home on the night of September 20, 1993, put a revolver to his head and pulled the trigger. The next morning, a passerby found him and called 911. Willis claimed in a 1996 medical board case that he never lost consciousness after he attempted suicide. He underwent surgery to remove bone and … [Read more...]

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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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