Archives for 2017

Rare win for Daleiden in 9th Circuit

Three-judge appellate panel finds lower court’s order blocking access to public information about researchers associated with the University of Washington’s Birth Defects Research Laboratory was too broad

Anti-abortion activist David Daleiden has scored a victory in the Ninth Circuit, with judges finding a lower court’s order blocking his access to public information about researchers associated with the University of Washington’s Birth Defects Research Laboratory was too broad. The proposed class, potentially 600 people, wanted their personal identifying information redacted … [Read more...]

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Cistercian monastery church built from 800-year-old stones

Construction on church at the Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux in Vina began 25 years ago and may be completed by year's end

Worship services could begin early next year inside the new church at the Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux in Vina. Construction, which began 25 years ago, is nearly completed on the church at the 600-acre spiritual oasis one mile west of Highway 99 in Vina. More than 800-year-old medieval stones were used in the construction. Four years ago, Master Mason Frank … [Read more...]

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New chancellor named for Diocese of Orange

Bishop Kevin Vann has appointed Pia de Solenni, currently theological consultant to the bishop, to top administrative post

The Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, has appointed Pia de Solenni, SThD, and current theological consultant to the Office of the Bishop, to serve as Chancellor of the Diocese of Orange. As chancellor Dr. de Solenni will serve as the most senior lay administrative leader. Her duties will include serving as lead administrator/secretary of the Curia, official archivist … [Read more...]

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Retired priests in Oakland diocese struggle to make ends meet

As of Jan. 1, there were 57 retired priests in the diocese, not including religious order priests, who are provided for separately by their respective congregations

Just as "Baby Boomers" reflect the aging of the U.S. population, so too more of the diocese's priests are entering retirement age and living longer. They face the same high cost of living and housing in the Bay Area, so sustaining an adequate retirement income becomes more challenging. To help meet this challenge, a second collection specifically to benefit the Priest … [Read more...]

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The extent of my religious education: ‘Love God, draw a rainbow’

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber: "Students should be able to articulate the answers to three questions when they leave your school: 'Why do I believe in God?' 'Why do I believe in Jesus Christ?' 'Why do I believe in the Catholic Church?'"

The following is by Most Rev. Michael C. Barber, SJ: As we begin the new school year, I'd like to recognize the principals and presidents of our Catholic elementary and secondary schools. Catholic educators have a unique role in one of the primary missions of the Church: To form missionary disciples. You will be a success if your students leave your school — and your classroom … [Read more...]

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First Steubenville NorCal Catholic Youth Conference draws nearly 1000 teens

Priests of Oakland diocese report they heard confessions until 11:30 p.m. the night before

About 1,000 teenagers — the official count was 995 — and their chaperones rocked the bleachers of Cal State East Bay's gym at a Saturday morning hour when most would expect to find 13- to 18-year-olds still sleeping. They were wide awake, singing along with Christian rock musicians as they waited for Mass to begin. Their wakefulness was all the more astonishing, given reports … [Read more...]

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U.S. bishops explicitly reject ‘racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism’

In second statement within 24 hours, U.S. bishops condemn events in Charlottesville

After a statement on Saturday denouncing the “abhorrent acts of hatred” in Charlottesville, Viriginia, but not identifying responsible forces by name, America’s Catholic leadership on Sunday spoke out again, this time specifically condemning “the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism.” In this case, the statement was issued jointly by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of … [Read more...]

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