Archives for October 2017

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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Speech by Fr. Greg Boyle draws protesters in Orange diocese

About 30 demonstrators pray rosary outside as dissident priest speaks at Mater Dei High School

At the Catholic diocese of Orange Diocesan Ministries Celebration, the event's keynote speaker was Fr. Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest who dissents from Church teaching.  Faithful Catholics protesting Fr. Boyle's speech distributed flyers to attendees as they arrived early on Saturday morning at Mater Dei High School in Orange County. They then hosted a Rosary rally across the … [Read more...]

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U.S. Department of Justice settles lawsuits over HHS contraceptive mandate

Plaintiffs will not be forced to provide health insurance coverage for “morally unacceptable” products and procedures, including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs

A week after issuing new religious freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with more than 70 plaintiffs who had challenged the controversial HHS contraceptive mandate. The Oct. 13 agreement was reached between the government and the law firm Jones Day, which represented more than 70 clients … [Read more...]

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Self-declared critic of Catholic Church gets post at Santa Clara

Comedian W. Kamau Bell named Frank Sinatra Chair, once said: "You’re not going to find a bigger critic of the Catholic Church than me"

Comedian and CNN host W. Kamau Bell has been named the Frank Sinatra Chair in the Performing Arts at Santa Clara University for 2017-18. The Jesuit university’s website says, “Bell will mentor and engage with students, faculty, and the Santa Clara University community.” Bell is a self-declared critic of the Church, as well as a supporter of same-sex marriage and … [Read more...]

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Pro-life organization becomes target of vandalism, theft

Posters put up around Bakersfield by Right to Life of Kern County were slashed, broken and stolen

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - One local pro-life organization was the recent target of vandalism and theft. The pro-life advocacy and education organization, Right to Life of Kern County, is picking up the pieces after their banners around town were found slashed, broken and a third was stolen. Marylee Shrider, a representative from Right to Life, said the group recently … [Read more...]

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