Archives for May 2018

The horror

"South California makes it easy for our business"

California Catholic Daily exclusive. Early this week (May 22) I was calling a Southern California business that recruits young women to carry fertilized eggs to birth. The woman I was calling had a name like Amber, but she spoke with a Chinese accent. She apologized for the accent. I told her not to worry about the accent, but that I, owner of a small company, could not … [Read more...]

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Tragedy of historic proportions

Irish voters pave way for legal abortion in once-Catholic country

Pro-life campaigners in Ireland have described a vote that paves the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks as “a tragedy of historic proportions.” After all 40 constituencies reported, the official result is that 66.4 percent of citizens opted to remove the strongly pro-life Eighth Amendment from the Constitution, while 33.6 percent voter to retain it. Voters chose to … [Read more...]

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Los Angeles event planned to honor the “Rosary Priest”

Pope Francis declared Father Patrick Peyton to be Venerable on December 18, 2017; Prayer Celebration for Families on June 10 will honor him with Eucharistic Procession, rosary prayer and Mass

Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., was known around the world for encouraging families to pray the Rosary and his devotion to Mary.  Families in Los Angeles can be a part of this historic event honoring the “Rosary Priest” as he moves closer to sainthood during A Prayer Celebration for Families on Sunday, June 10, at Holy Cross Family Ministries in North Easton.  The celebration … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Arinze: We cannot share Communion with non-Catholics like beer or cake

Former Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments says that if Protestants wish to receive Holy Communion in Catholic churches then they should become Catholics

Holy Communion is exclusively for Catholics in a state of grace and not something to be shared between friends like beer or cake, said a former senior adviser to two popes. Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze said any moves to give greater access to Communion to divorced and remarried Catholics and to non-Catholic spouses of Catholics represented “serious” challenges to the … [Read more...]

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Carmelite brother chose to become homeless

Brother Michael, a postulant with the Carmelite Order, voluntarily embraced homelessness as part of a one-man ministry to those living on the streets

From just looking at Brother Michael Ignatius, one wouldn’t suspect it. But the 61-year-old Carmelite is homeless. For several months, his bed was a bench on a bike path near San Diego International Airport. Later, he discovered that he could get a few hours of sleep every night by taking a round trip on the San Diego Trolley’s Green Line. And there were times when he was so … [Read more...]

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“If you have even the slightest doubt it’s better not to let them enter”

Report: Pope Francis affirms Church practice against admitting gay men to seminary

In a closed-door speech to Italian bishops on Monday, Pope Francis spoke about the number and quality of seminary candidates, including concerns about their sexual orientation. At the start of his May 21 audience with Italian bishops, Pope Francis voiced three areas of concern for the Church in Italy, the first of which was the lack of vocations. Francis' brief remarks on his … [Read more...]

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Appeals court won’t overturn ruling blocking California’s assisted-suicide law

California's Fourth District Court of Appeals has refused to stay last week's decision by the Riverside County Superior Court that state lawmakers should not have passed the law during a special session on health care funding

An appeals court has let stand a lower court ruling overturning a California law that allows physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to the terminally ill. California's Fourth District Court of Appeals on Wednesday refused to stay last week's decision by the Riverside County Superior Court, which ruled that state lawmakers should not have passed the law during a special … [Read more...]

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Bring a friend to Mass Month

Legacy of the late Msgr. James Tarantino, former pastor of St. Mark Parish in Belmont, launched just weeks after his April 25 death

One of the many legacies of the late Msgr. James Tarantino, former pastor of St. Mark Parish, is a parish hospitality outreach program launched just weeks after his April 25 death. In May, parishioners of the Belmont parish were urged from the pulpit, on the website and in print to invite neighbors, friends, co-workers, family members and others to Mass to experience a … [Read more...]

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Wounded veterans seek healing and peace at Lourdes

Recent pilgrimage to Lourdes sponsored by the Archdiocese for Military Services and the Knights of Columbus drew more than 200 pilgrims

American veterans in search of healing attended a recent pilgrimage to Lourdes, through the Archdiocese for Military Services and the Knights of Columbus. Among the pilgrims was Charles Baldinger, a West Point-educated infantry officer who had to retire due to Stage 4 brain cancer. “We came for physical healing with my right side and speech. We got spiritual healing and … [Read more...]

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Trustees of small Catholic university in Belmont approve cuts

Board of Notre Dame de Namur University approves cutting programs in musical performance, fine arts, graphic design and liberal arts because of budget woes caused by dwindling enrollment

Notre Dame de Namur University will cut several programs and eliminate five full-time faculty positions in an attempt to cut costs, the Catholic school announced Monday. The school, which serves about 1,600 students, will get rid of programs that have low student enrollment, including in musical performance, fine arts, graphic design and an evening liberal arts program. The … [Read more...]

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