“A modernist and subjectivist way of interpreting the Catholic faith”

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, rejects idea of ‘paradigm shift’ in Catholic doctrine

Cardinal Gerhard Müller rejects the notion of a “paradigm shift” in Church teaching, in an essay for First Things. In an unusual public disagreement among prominent cardinals, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith takes issue with the use of a term (“paradigm shift”) that was used by the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, with … [Read more...]

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A place for sex-trafficked children

Claire's House, a safe haven in Oakland for young women who have been forced into the sex trade, could be open as soon as May, says CEO of Catholic Charities of the East Bay

A tortuous path to establish a safe haven for young women who have been forced into the sex trade may be nearly completed. Chuck Fernandez, CEO of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, speaking to the February Catholics at Work breakfast said that he hopes to see Claire's House in operation as soon as May. But Fernandez cautioned he makes no guarantees. The project has been … [Read more...]

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“Either not smart or intentionally deceitful”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker corrects five errors in Fr. James Martin’s latest tweet about homosexual marriage

Fr James Martin SJ has tweeted his rage against the firing of a gay teacher from a Catholic School. The story is here in the New York Times. It concerns a female Catholic school teacher who “married” her girlfriend and was then dismissed from her job. Fr Martin tweets: Again, where are the comparable firings of straight employees who do not follow Catholic church teaching? … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Roger Mahony cancels Pennsylvania appearance

Pope Francis appointed Mahony to be his special envoy to the Catholic Diocese of Scranton’s 150th anniversary Mass, but after threat of protests says he’ll be unable to attend

Pope Francis appointed disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony to be his special envoy to the Catholic Diocese of Scranton’s 150th anniversary Mass. But after uproar, the diocese removed the announcement of Mahony’s visit from their website and told LifeSiteNews the cardinal informed them “late last week” that he’ll be unable to attend. On January 13, the Diocese of Scranton issued a … [Read more...]

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Christ Cathedral construction update

Construction has been under way for 7 months and is scheduled to finish in 2019

Construction continues at Christ Cathedral, as the iconic structure transforms into a welcoming, versatile worship space for Catholics across the Diocese of Orange. Construction has been underway for 7 months and is scheduled to finish in 2019. The average current work force on site is 90 workers each day. The Diocese of Orange purchased the 78,000-square-foot cathedral in … [Read more...]

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Documentary explores the disappearance of dating

“The Dating Project" seeks to find out why young prefer hook-ups to traditional way of getting to know partners

It was about 10 or so years ago when Kerry Cronin, a professor at Boston College, noticed something was up with the way her young students were dating – or, rather, not dating. It was the end of the year and she was talking to a group of bright, charismatic students who were full of plans for their future. Cronin asked her students if graduation meant some difficult … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis reconstitutes Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

Pontiff has nominated sixteen members to the commission after failure to name new members since December raised concerns

Pope Francis has renewed the membership of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM), confirming Cardinal Seán O’Malley as President of the Commission, and adding nine new members to the advisory body. Seven more nominees are returning to the Commission after their terms had expired in December. Among the new members are several experts from … [Read more...]

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Confessions heard every Wednesday evening in Lent, in all 54 San Jose parishes

The Light Is On For You campaign has reached an estimated 10,000 people since it began 4 years ago

In what is becoming a tradition of the season in the Diocese of San Jose, The Light Is On For You campaign returns for a fourth year. “This Lenten initiative is a wonderful way for all of us to celebrate God’s limitless mercy and compassion. We celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, because it is a celebration of God’s unconditional love,” said Father John Hurley, CSP, … [Read more...]

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Bay Area group working to provide funding for film about Mother Mary Lange

She founded the Oblate Sisters of Providence, first order for women of color in the United States

The Oblate Sisters of Providence have one photo of their founder, Mother Mary Lange. It's a tintype that's been refurbished. They have two letters; one was likely dictated by her. But the work of the founder of the first order for women of color in the United States continues to this day. The school she founded in Baltimore in 1828 to serve girls of color — primarily children … [Read more...]

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‘Time to reconsider our tactics on DACA’

To win hearts and minds, Dreamers should do less disrupting and more listening and talking with Americans who disagree, says Isaac Cuevas

The following is from an Angelus article by Isaac Cuevas, associate director of immigration affairs for Los Angeles archdiocese: Recently, I found myself in a car with two DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program recipients driving from central L.A. to Camarillo to speak to seminarians about our country’s broken immigration system. We each shared our immigration … [Read more...]

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