Government vs. God

People are less religious when government is bigger, research says

Researchers call it an exchange model of religion: If people can get what they need from the government (be it health care, education or welfare) they’re less likely to turn to a divine power for help, according to the theory. But are people actually more likely to drop religion in places where governments provide more services and stability? In a new paper, psychology … [Read more...]

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Orange County Board of Education: Parents can’t pull kids from new sex ed classes

School board's lawyer says “parents do not have a constitutional right to excuse their children from portions of the school curriculum that they find objectionable”

California is about to implement new abortion- and homosexuality-promoting sex education lessons, and one school district has told parents they have no choice but to expose their children to them. California enacted the California Healthy Youth Act in 2015, but only now are its controversial provisions starting to take effect in classrooms. Under the auspices of health, the … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

St. Margaret Mary Parish, Oakland

Name of Church Saint Margaret Mary Address 1219 Excelsior Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 Phone number 510-482-0596 Website www.stmargmaryoak.org Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. (ordinary form); Sundays, 7 a.m. (Low Mass, extraordinary form), 8:30 a.m. (ordinary form), 10:30 a.m. (ordinary form, Missa Cantata), 12:30 p.m. (extraordinary form, Missa Cantata); … [Read more...]

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Monument featuring St. Junipero Serra will stay put in San Francisco

City's board of appeals unanimously reverses earlier decisions by two municipal commissions to remove statue criticized for allegedly celebrating the subjugation of American Indians

People seeking the removal of a controversial statue in San Francisco’s Civic Center that critics say celebrates the subjugation of American Indians have suffered a major setback as the city’s Board of Appeals sided with a Petaluma man opposed to taking it down. The “Early Days” statue depicts a conquering vaquero and a missionary standing over a fallen and nearly naked Indian … [Read more...]

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More than 1,000 expected for V Encuentro regional gathering in Visalia

Bishops from California, Nevada and Hawaii to lead "historic ecclesial gathering" of Hispanic Ministry leaders April 27, 28 and 29

Archbishop of Los Angeles José H. Gomez will join bishops from throughout California, Nevada and Hawaii to lead delegations of Catholic leaders for the regional V (Fifth) gathering at the Visalia Convention Center (303 E Acequia Ave, Visalia, CA 93291) on April 27, 28 and 29, 2018. The regional V Meeting will convene a historic ecclesial gathering of more than 1,000 Hispanic … [Read more...]

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Vatican reportedly rejects German bishops’ proposal for intercommunion of spouses

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reportedly rejected a proposal by the German bishops' conference permitting non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive the Eucharist in some limited circumstances

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reportedly rejected a planned proposal by the German bishops' conference to publish guidelines permitting non-Catholic spouses of Catholics to receive the Eucharist in some limited circumstances. Austrian news site kath.net has reported that Vatican sources say the CDF, with papal approval, has suspended the German bishops' … [Read more...]

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California set to vote on banning books about treating unwanted homosexual attraction

The California State Assembly is slated to vote on legislation that has been interpreted as broad enough to ban the sale of books that address helping people overcome unwanted same-sex attractions.

The California State Assembly is slated to vote on legislation that has been interpreted as broad enough to ban the sale of books that address helping people overcome unwanted same-sex attractions. AB 2943 adds “[a]dvertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual” to the state’s list of illegal “unfair methods of … [Read more...]

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‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope

“God is the one who says who goes to heaven,” the pope explained

After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighbourhood’s children. Question-and-answer sessions with youngsters are a standard part of Pope Francis’ parish visits. And, at St Paul of the Cross parish on April 15, there were the usual questions like, “How did you feel when you were … [Read more...]

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Father of Alfie Evans meets with pope, pleads for asylum in Italy

In his statement to Pope Francis, Evans said that Alfie “is sick but not dying and does not deserve to die"

A private meeting took place early Wednesday morning between Pope Francis and Tom Evans, the father of two-year-old Alfie Evans, who is currently at the center of a legal battle to keep him alive. Tom Evans said that in the April 18 meeting, which took place at the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican, he asked the pope for asylum in Italy for his family so that Alfie can be … [Read more...]

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Oakland priest reflects on getting old

84-year-old priest says daily rituals and routines key to facing life's demands, avoiding depression

The following is by Rev. David K. O'Rourke, OP, special to The Catholic Voice: I am an old man. And I am depressive by temperament. I don't know what that means, but whatever it is, it means that I've got to work at keeping going. So I do. And it works. So that is what I want to talk about. What I do, and on a regular basis every day. How I go about it. Why I set up these … [Read more...]

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