Dude, what’s that on your forehead?

Lent turns us from ourselves

When I was in college I was not yet baptized and I was very curious about Catholic customs. One Wednesday I noticed my friend, Kevin, sporting a black smudge on his forehead. I asked him, “Dude, what’s that on your forehead?” “Ashes,” he said. Of course, I thought, why not keep a smudge of ashes on your forehead for everyone else to see. Then I noticed that several other … [Read more...]

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Did San Diego bishop McElroy boost Trump among Catholics?

Unintended consequence of rebuking pro-life Father Perozich

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, calling for disruption of Trump’s America, suggested during a conference in Modesto in mid-February that establishing a $15 minimum wage is part of “our work (as) co-creators with God.” McElroy claimed that “the tradition of Catholic social teaching is unequivocally on the side of strong governmental and societal protections,” and also … [Read more...]

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Watch for the Democrats to quote Bishop McElroy

The “imperialism” of the free market

  The following comes from a Jan. 11 article in the National Catholic Reporter. [National Catholic Reporter] Editor's note: This talk, titled "Three Kinds of Erroneous Autonomy," was delivered Jan. 10 at the symposium "Erroneous Autonomy: The Dignity of Work" organized by the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of … [Read more...]

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Will only Catholics get the satire?

Hell is Hot, Heaven is Not - new curriculum in San Diego

In the December 15 issue of the San Diego Reader, an "almost factual" story appears headlined “McElroy’s Mission: Local bishop seeks to raise environmental awareness among the faithful. The satirical piece begins, “San Diego’s Roman Catholic bishop Robert McElroy has said that he regards abortion and global warming as the two most crucial issues facing his bishopric. But … [Read more...]

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To vote pro-life in California

State and national candidates endorsed by Sacramento group

  The California Prolife Council, Sacramento’s branch of National Right to Life, has published a list of congressional and state legislative candidates to vote for, endorsement of presidential candidate, and a special recommendation on three state initiatives to vote against. No surprise that the council has endorsed Donald Trump and Mike Pence for national … [Read more...]

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Why do the young walk out?

Bishop Barron: I blame teachers and catechists

The following comes from an Aug. 31 column by Bishop Robert Barron on the L.A. archdiocese news site, Angelus. After perusing the latest Pew Study on why young people are leaving the active practice of Christianity, I confess that I just sighed in exasperation. I don’t doubt for a moment the sincerity of those who responded to the survey, but the reasons they offer for … [Read more...]

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Mercy San Juan Hospital stands by Catholic doctrine, sort of

But they grease the skids for transgender surgery at Methodist hospital

The following comes from an Aug. 30 story in the Sacramento Bee. Tuesday was supposed to be a big day for Evan Michael Minton. The Fair Oaks resident packed his bags for the hospital, said a prayer and counted down the hours until he would undergo the hysterectomy that would take him one step further in his transition from female to male. Instead he spent the day on … [Read more...]

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