Archives for September 2017

How to argue on the internet

Bishop Robert Barron spoke to Facebook employees Sept. 18 at the company's Menlo Park headquarters about how to debate religion

People need to learn how to argue better on the internet, especially about religion, Catholic media personality and Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron said in remarks at Facebook's headquarters on Sept. 18. “Seek with great patience to understand your opponent’s position,” he advised, adding that it can be “very tempting just to fire back 'why you’re wrong.'” Instead … [Read more...]

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‘Poverty Simulation’ offered by San Bernardino Catholic Charities

In make-believe scenarios, you might be a single mother of two children, or an elderly pensioner living alone, or part of a family living in a homeless center

Many call it a life-changing experience—being part of the gritty reality of poverty. This is what happens when you are part of a Poverty Simulation.  You can be part of such an exercise on Saturday, October 16 at Serrano High School in Phelan, or six weeks later on November 28 at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Riverside. A month in the life of someone experiencing … [Read more...]

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40 Days for Life starts tomorrow

41 locations in California

Dear Pro-life friends, 40 Days for Life is perhaps the most attended pro-life event at the parish level in the country. It is an opportunity for everyone in the pews to take a stand for life. It is simple: come out to peacefully pray in front of one of the 41 abortion centers in California where 40 Days for Life has a campaign starting this week.  Pray for the women going in, … [Read more...]

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Filial correction

Sixty-two scholars and priests issue letter to Pope Francis saying his words and actions risk leading Catholics into false doctrines

Sixty-two scholars and priests have issued a “filial correction” of Pope Francis, saying that his words and actions risk leading Catholics into false doctrines. The signatories emphasise that they do not accuse the Pope of committing the personal sin of heresy, or the canonical crime. But they claim that the publication of Amoris Laetitia, and the Pope’s subsequent words and … [Read more...]

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Chicago cardinal extends invite to Fr. Martin amid cancellations

He will speak March 22 and 23

After a series of speaking appearances were canceled in recent weeks, Jesuit Fr. James Martin received a fresh offer Friday from Cardinal Blase Cupich to address his Chicago archdiocese over two nights during the coming Lenten season. The Windy City invite caps a turbulent week where Martin defended himself — as did two bishops and multiple Catholic commentators — against … [Read more...]

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Tragedy that begs an answer

Fresno Bishop Armando Ochoa struggles to explain recent natural disasters

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Words cannot adequately express the sorrow and sadness I feel in response to the back-to-back tragedies that have struck Mexico, the Caribbean, Texas, and Florida these last couple of weeks. The immense loss of human life and the destruction of whole cities and island counties are hard to imagine or emotionally comprehend. Yet a few … [Read more...]

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Largest crowd ever at St. Patrick’s Seminary gala

More than 500 honor Walk for Life West Coast

California Catholic Daily Exclusive. On Saturday, September 9, St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park hosted its 10th annual Four Pillars Gala. The event is the school's primary yearly fundraiser. The seminary serves a number of dioceses, and this year is forming seminarians from the diocese of Agana, Guam (3); Honolulu Hawaii (7); Monterey (1), Oakland (1), Sacramento (8), … [Read more...]

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Families pull children from California school that forced transgender lesson on 5-year-olds

Forty-one families have pulled 73 children from the elite Sacramento-area Rocklin Academy charter schools as the board continues to defend a kindergarten transgender lesson

Forty-one families have pulled 73 children from the elite Sacramento-area Rocklin Academy charter schools as the board continues to defend a kindergarten transgender lesson several parents say traumatized their 5-year-olds and that parents weren’t told about beforehand. A mother who pulled her son from Grade 6 and daughter from Grade 3 at Rocklin Academy Gateway, where the … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

Mary Star of the Sea, San Pedro

Name of Church Mary Star of the Sea Address 870 W. Eighth Street, San Pedro, CA 90731 Phone number (310) 833-3541 Website www.marystar.org Mass Schedule Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. (Spanish), noon, 1:30 p.m. (Croatian), 4 p.m. (Italian), 5:15 p.m. (Latin/English sung Mass). Confessions Thursday and … [Read more...]

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Knowing the basics

When was the last time you brushed up on your knowledge of the faith?

Often it is the converts to Catholicism that make the best Catholic apologists. Most “cradle” Catholics’ religious education consists of elementary instruction and ends at the sacrament of Confirmation. Adult converts have the good fortune to learn the “grownup” version of Catholicism, and have more opportunity to delve into the rich theology and rationale for the many tenets … [Read more...]

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