Archives for June 2018

$190 billion budget awaits action by governor

California Catholic Conference: Budget includes gains for several priority issues, including immigration, human dignity and family life, but falls short on education

Governor Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have agreed on significant items in a $190 billion dollar budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  Lawmakers voted to approve the budget bill late Thursday, which will now go to the Governor who has until June 30 to sign. Though it is largely approved, the Governor still has the authority to reduce or eliminate any appropriation … [Read more...]

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“In this atmosphere it’s much easier to hear God’s call”

Why 1 in 10 new priests in the US come from homeschooling families

Statistics suggest that faith-based homeschooling has a crucial role in producing vocations. Data from a 2017 survey by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (Cara) at Georgetown University shows that nearly one in 10 young men in formation for the priesthood in the US were homeschooled. That’s a staggering number, considering there is only one homeschooler for … [Read more...]

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Critics plan rival conference to World Meeting of Families

Parallel conference will feature Bishop Athanasius Schneider and Cardinal Raymond Burke

Critics of the Vatican-backed World Meeting of Families have announced a parallel conference to be held at the same time. The World Meeting of Families is set to be held in Dublin in August, and the alternative series, the Conference of Catholic Families, will be held in nearby Ballsbridge. The National Catholic Register says the two-day conference, sponsored by the Lumen … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says abortion reflects a Nazi mentality

"We do the same as the Nazis to maintain the purity of the race, but with white gloves,” pontiff says in June 16 remarks

In a speech to a family association Saturday, Pope Francis again stressed that God's vision of the family is between a man and a woman, and compared the abortion of children who are sick or disabled to a Nazi mentality. “I've heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first few months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has … [Read more...]

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Ex-gays and ex-trans rally against California’s LGBT therapy ban

30 former gay and transgendered people took to a podium outside the California statehouse to oppose a proposed law banning therapy for those who seek escape from LGBTQ+ identities and lifestyles

In an amazing show of force, 30 former gay and transgendered people took to a podium outside the California statehouse to oppose a proposed law banning therapy and printed resources helping those who seek freedom from LGBTQ+ identities and lifestyles.   Known as AB2943, the California Assembly Bill would essentially criminalize most if not all faith-based efforts to counsel … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

St. Mary’s Basilica, Phoenix

Name of Church St. Mary’s Basilica Address 231 North Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004 Phone number 602-354-2100 Website www.saintmarysbasilica.org Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 & 11 a.m. Monday – Friday, 12:05 p.m. Confessions Fridays, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 p.m. Names of priests Franciscan Fathers Michael Weldon, pastor & … [Read more...]

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“The good news is the AMA did not change their position”

At June 11 meeting, American Medical Association’s House of Delegates rejects report recommending that the association continue its opposition to physician-assisted suicide

The American Medical Association voted this week to return to committee a report recommending continued opposition to physician assisted suicide - a move that commentators have called a missed opportunity to stand up for the value of human life. “For more than two decades the nation’s most prominent and largest association of physicians vocally opposed physician-assisted … [Read more...]

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Debate over ‘Faithful Citizenship’ at meeting of U.S. bishops

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy: 'Faithful Citizenship' “doesn’t reflect the full-bodied teachings of Pope Francis,” document undermines current thinking in the Church "by its tendentious use of ‘intrinsic evil"

What some expected would be a brisk vote turned out to be a lengthy discussion at the USCCB general assembly meeting on Thursday, covering the future of the bishops’ guide to political engagement, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. At the end of the vigorous discussion, when the bishops eventually voted on the action item June 14 in Ft. Lauderdale, 77 percent … [Read more...]

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Sacramento teacher under fire for teaching class about abortion

Sutter Middle School teacher in hot water for showing videos depicting how abortions are performed during various stages of pregnancy

A Sutter Middle School teacher who recently aired graphic abortion videos (below) to students during a sex-education class is in hot water with the Sacramento City Unified School District. The district launched an investigation following complaints from parents whose children had seen the videos, which depict how abortions are performed during various stages of pregnancy. The … [Read more...]

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Berkeley City Council calls for ‘humane population control’

Declares 'climate emergency,' invokes Pope Francis' comment that humanity is on the verge of global suicide and that God's creation is at stake

The Berkeley City Council on Tuesday night declared what it called a "climate emergency" with more global significance than World War II, and demanded an immediate effort to "humanely stabilize population" and "reverse ecological overshoot." The resolution, which invokes the global conflict between the Axis and Allies, charges that Americans bear an "extraordinary … [Read more...]

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