Archives for September 2017

California school board won’t let kids opt out of transgender lessons

Rocklin Academy school board rejects proposal that would have allowed parents to review sensitive material before it hits the classroom and to opt their children out of controversial lessons

The California charter school board rocked by controversy over a five-year-old boy who transitioned to a “girl” in kindergarten has unanimously voted not to let children opt out of lessons on transgenderism. After a five-hour, highly charged meeting attended by more than 500 people Monday night, the Rocklin Academy School board rejected a “model parental rights” proposal put … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis establishes new theological institute for marriage and family

Motu proprio changes the legal status of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, making it a theological institute charged with studying marriage and the family from a scientific perspective

On Tuesday Pope Francis issued a new motu proprio changing the legal status of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, making it a theological institute charged with studying marriage and the family from a scientific perspective. The motu proprio, titled “Summa Familiae Cura,” meaning “Highest Care of Families,” was published Sept. 19 and officially established … [Read more...]

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San Diego bishop says attacks on Fr. James Martin driven by homophobia

Writing in America magazine, Bishop Robert McElroy accused Fr. Martin’s critics of a “campaign of distortion,” says a “cancer of vilification is seeping into the institutional life of the Church”

Much of the criticism of Fr James Martin and his book Building a Bridge is part of a “cancer of vilification” in the US Church, a bishop has claimed. Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego said the criticism was often based on “homophobia”, and also served as a “veiled attack” on Pope Francis. Two talks by Fr Martin were cancelled last week, while an address to Cafod in the … [Read more...]

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Where to get your animals blessed in Oakland diocese

Pictures of pets and stuffed animals may also be brought for a blessing

Oct. 4 is the feast day of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. A tradition to observe his feast day is the blessing of animals. Here are dates and locations of event sponsors that responded to The Catholic Voice's request for information about animal blessings. Pictures of pets and stuffed animals may be brought for a blessing. All animals must be on a leash or in … [Read more...]

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Sex in accord with reason

What the Aka and Ngandu people of the tropical forests of central Africa can teach us

An article published in 2012 in The Atlantic described the sexual practices of the Aka and Ngandu people who live in the tropical forests of central Africa. Researchers Barry and Bonnie Hewlett, anthropologists from Washington State University, found that married Aka and Ngandu men and women consistently reported having sex multiple times in a single night. They also discovered … [Read more...]

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Los Gatos retreat center closing after 60 years

Presentation Sisters cite fewer sisters available for full-time ministry, rising operational expenses and substantial improvements required to maintain a safe and attractive infrastructure as reasons for the closure

The Presentation Sisters, who taught widely at schools in the East Bay, including the former Presentation High School in Berkeley, have closed their 272-acre Los Gatos center. In a statement, the Sisters said: "Presentation Center has struggled to maintain fiscal stability while simultaneously honoring its mission to provide a place for affordable opportunities for prayer, … [Read more...]

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A save and a turn-around in September

Happiness and relief for two couples expecting children

Dear Pro-life friends, Because certain people are trying to block the efforts of sidewalk counselors to save mothers and babies from the horrors of abortion, we are keeping the dates, times, and locations of where we are counseling confidential. The notes below may come from one or more locations during the week. Some specifics have been omitted to protect the identity of … [Read more...]

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