More than 10,000 sign petition to stop Fr. James Martin from speaking at World Meeting of Families

Letter accompanying petition: "We believe that sowing error and confusion should have no place at the World Meeting of Families;" sponsors of event say they plan to make no changes to speaker lineup

Over 10,000 people have signed a petition to withdraw an invitation to Fr James Martin from the World Meeting Of Families. The petition, started by the Irish branch of Tradition, Family, Property, opposes Fr Martin’s attendance on the grounds that he “supports trangenderism for children,” and “favours homosexuals kissing during the mass.” Included with the petition is a … [Read more...]

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Fresno bishop’s letter to judge who sentenced priest convicted of embezzlement

Bishop Armando Ochoa requests no jail time for Fr. Ignacio Villafan, expresses hope that errant priest will someday return to active ministry "under direct supervision with no access to funds"

August 9, 2018 Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno, on August 8 spoke at the sentencing hearing for Rev Ignacio Villafan.  Fr. Villafan was sentenced to five years probation.   To The Most Honorable Judge Gary Peden Your Honor, I want to express my appreciation for the opportunity to personally address the Court in the wake of the … [Read more...]

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Hollywood groups want more transgender inclusion in movies

More than 45 groups, talent agencies, and production companies have released an open letter demanding that the film industry depict transgender characters more often and in more flattering ways

A coalition of more than 45 groups, talent agencies, and production companies released an open letter Tuesday demanding that the film industry depict transgender characters more often and in more flattering ways. A joint project of the gay lobbying group GLAAD and the Time’s Up group’s 5050by2020 initiative, the letter’s signatories include the American Civil Liberties … [Read more...]

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A.W. Richard Sipe, influential voice on clergy sex abuse, dies at 85 in La Jolla

He warned San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy about depth of the problem in 2016 letter

[Editor's note: We have deleted the link to the Bishop Brom information in the Sipe letter. Jim Holman, one of the editors of California Catholic Daily: "I spent time in the 90s with Mark Brooks and Bishop Brom going over the charges against the bishop, especially the ones from Minnesota, and I did not find them credible."] A. W. Richard Sipe, a researcher, psychotherapist … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, San Francisco

Name of Church National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi Address 610 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA 94133-3917 Phone number (415) 986-4557 Website www.shrinesf.org Hours The main church is open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Lady Chapel (La Porziuncola Nuova) a replica of the church St. Francis built 800 years ago, is open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. It contains a rock … [Read more...]

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Assisted suicide on steroids

California Senate approves bill making it legal to encourage others to commit suicide

The California Senate rushed through AB 282 through on the first day that the legislature returned from recess. The bill legalizes aiding, advising, or encouraging assisted suicide. The bill was passed August 7. Lifenews writes that the law “grants complete legal immunity to anyone who wants to facilitate the death of someone who is defined as “terminally ill” under … [Read more...]

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“It was a diabolical masterpiece”

LA Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron says clerical abuse scandal restored his belief in the devil, suggests Vatican-appointed lay panel to investigate McCarrick scandal

The following is by Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron: When I was going through school, the devil was presented to us as a myth, a literary device, a symbolic manner of signaling the presence of evil in the world. I will admit to internalizing this view and largely losing my sense of the devil as a real spiritual person. What shook my agnosticism in regard to the evil … [Read more...]

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Can Council of Cardinals still deliver on reform?

Pope Francis may be fast running out of credible collaborators

By most accounts, Pope Francis was elected with a mandate to reform the Roman Curia- the complex network of dicasteries, commissions, and councils charged with the central administrative work of the Catholic Church- a network that, even to insiders and experts, more often resembles a rabbit warren than a well-defined system of governable offices with clear … [Read more...]

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Tulare priest gets probation for stealing $300,000 from parish

Fresno Bishop Armando Ochoa says diocese using "restorative justice" approach for Fr. Ignacio Villafan, who remains on administrative leave

Catholic priest Ignacio Villafan, 52, was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation for stealing over $300,000 from the Tulare church where he served as the pastor in charge, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office said. The sentence by Judge Gary Paden is too lenient because Villafan is not going to jail, District Attorney Tim Ward said. “To think that a person could … [Read more...]

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FDA seeks “fresh” aborted baby parts

"The objective is to acquire Tissue for Humanized Mice,” says an FDA “presolicitation notice” for the contract

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration signed a new contract on July 25 to acquire “fresh” human fetal tissue to transplant into “humanized mice” so that these mice will have a functioning “human immune system,” according to information published by the FDA and the General Services Administration. “The objective is to acquire Tissue for Humanized Mice,” said a June 13 FDA … [Read more...]

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