Archives for October 2017

Pope Francis’ approach to appointing bishops

Persistent rumor says that Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego might be at the top of the list to replace Cardinal Donald Wuerl in Washington, D.C.

Among the most lasting aspects of a Pope’s leadership is his appointment of bishops. To understand a Pope, it’s important to understand how he makes decisions about episcopal leadership. With that in mind, Pope Francis’ approach to the selection and appointment of bishops is worth considering. When diocesan and auxiliary bishops turn 75 years old, they are required to submit … [Read more...]

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Junipero Serra impasse at Stanford University

Committee formed in 2016 stalls in effort to make recommendations on renaming a street and three campus buildings named after St. Junipero Serra

After repeated delays, a committee assembled by the University in early 2016 to establish principles for renaming campus buildings and landmarks expects to release its conclusions by the end of fall quarter. However, in what the committee chair describes as an effort to move an unexpectedly challenging process along, the group’s mandate has changed. At the request of … [Read more...]

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Seven Oakland schools will become Lumen Christi Academies in fall 2018

"A robust academic setting permeated with Catholic values"

Seven schools in the Diocese of Oakland will become Lumen Christi Academies in fall 2018. They are Queen of All Saints, Concord; St. Anthony, Oakland; St. Catherine of Siena, Martinez; St. Cornelius, Richmond; St. Elizabeth, Oakland; St. Paul, San Pablo; and St. Peter Martyr, Pittsburg. "Our beloved Catholic schools have always been places of hope, inspiration and success; … [Read more...]

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Where priests get their clothes

On the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, near the gritty but gentrified neighborhood of Echo Park, nuns sit at sewing stations making garments for the clergy

Rev. Brendan Busse broke into a sweat the first time he shopped for a clerical shirt. He had nine years to go before he would become a priest, and the idea of wearing the black collar and white tab that would prompt strangers to call him “father” unnerved him. He recognized that those “clothes are not just about me,” as he wrote in a 2012 Jesuit Post essay. “They are about my … [Read more...]

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Bringing virtue back to dating

Five Culture Project missionaries will be in San Francisco archdiocese for seven weeks to counter effects of promiscuous hook-up culture

The term “hookup culture” has entered the lexicon for just about anyone out in the dating world. That’s because hookups, which skip dating and forego the values of chastity and commitment, are so accepted that an advice book for young girls explains how to “be a lady” after a third-date hookup. “Something is not functioning right. People really don’t know how to date anymore,” … [Read more...]

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In Orange diocese, more Catholics in jail than in parishes

“The largest collective Catholic population in O.C. is in our local adult jail system and juvenile facilities”

At first glance, this question seems to be a no-brainer: Out of the Diocese of Orange’s 57 parishes and five Catholic Centers, which locale serves the greatest number of the county’s 1.3 million Catholics? That would be Christ Cathedral, right? Wrong. “The largest collective Catholic population in O.C. is in our local adult jail system and juvenile facilities,” says Fred … [Read more...]

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Orange County parish plans $10.5 million expansion

Our Lady Queen of Angels parish in Newport Beach has grown tenfold in last 50 years

It’s a good problem to have—growth so miraculous that a parish is in need of expanded facilities. That’s the situation facing Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach.  Since 1961, OLQA has seen its congregation grow from 400 families to more than 4,500 today. To better serve its parish and school families, the church has launched a capital campaign to raise funds for a $10.5 … [Read more...]

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