“The end of our great national tradition”

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy joins other bishops in denouncing decision by attorney general to put a stop to asylum claims based on domestic abuse, gang violence: "We have truly lost our moral compass as a country”

A decision to deny appeals for asylum in the United States based on claims of domestic abuse or gang violence has been deplored by Catholic leaders from coast to coast. San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy called a ruling by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reject such claims “a denial of our heritage.” “For the whole of our history, the United States has been a refuge for … [Read more...]

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What to expect when US bishops head to Florida beach this week

There are two issues likely to spark some debate in Fort Lauderdale -- new installments in long-standing discussions about sexual abuse and Catholic healthcare

The bishops of the United States will meet in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., this week, less than one mile from A1A-Beachfront Avenue, the Florida road made famous by a 1974 Jimmy Buffett album, and the peerless 1990 Vanilla Ice single “Ice, Ice Baby.” The spring meeting’s agenda is typically light; in fact the meeting is replaced by a retreat every three years. While most of the … [Read more...]

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“Welcome, Your Majesty”

Text of homily by Oakland Bishop Michael Barber at Ordination Mass

(The following is an excerpt from Bishop Barber's homily from the May 25 Ordination Mass.) There are lots of nice people in the Oakland diocese. You see the fire of Faith in their eyes — the reflection of the presence of God. As a priest: They will shower you with love, respect, even reverence. I visited a parish recently, and was welcomed by some nervous parishioners … [Read more...]

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Oakland bishop leads rosary procession to Planned Parenthood in Walnut Creek

Bishop Michael Barber: When we're told that the baby in a mother's womb is not a human being, that's a lie

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, led a group of about 100 people in a 40 Days for Life-sponsored rosary procession from St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church to Planned Parenthood's office in Walnut Creek. This was the second time a large group had rallied for life outside the Planned Parenthood offices, an easy walk from St. Mary Church and School, said Linda Mertes, … [Read more...]

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Marc Trudeau ordained LA’s newest auxiliary bishop

Episcopal Ordination Mass for Msgr. Marc Trudeau took place on June 7 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and was presided by Archbishop José H. Gomez

Standing before more than 20 bishops, dozens of priests and more than 2,000 of his “closest friends,” Los Angeles native Msgr. Marc V. Trudeau was ordained as the newest auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles just a few miles down the freeway from where he was born.   The Episcopal Ordination Mass took place June 7 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and was … [Read more...]

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Ordination Mass for Bishop Robert F. Christian

Dominican consecrated San Francisco’s 18th auxiliary bishop on June 5 at San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral

The episcopal ordination of Bishop Robert F. Christian, OP, as San Francisco’s 18th auxiliary bishop on June 5 at San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral cast the role as one of service over honor and achievement. Priests and deacons numbering almost 300 including some 100 Dominicans and more than 20 bishops joined with family, friends and women religious for the ordination of … [Read more...]

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“A welcome and notable change is the increase in funding for mental health services”

California Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state's bishops, issues statement on governor's revision to 2018-2019 budget

On May 11, Governor Brown released the May Revision to his proposed 2018-2019 state budget, which includes billions more in revenues than he originally projected in January. Citing strong economic growth and a low unemployment rate, the Governor is now allocating an additional $8 billion to build up the state’s “rainy day” fund, pay down debt, and invest in infrastructure, … [Read more...]

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“We will return to the practice of kneeling after the Agnus Dei”

Archbishop of Portland announces new Eucharistic rules in reverence of the Eucharist, distribution of Holy Communion on weekdays in a parish church during a “Communion service” no longer permitted

Our liturgical and sacramental practices far too often do not reflect the profound understanding and faith in the Real Presence. The story is told of a Protestant minister who was invited to attend Mass. Afterward he was questioned on what he thought. He replied that he did not think that the congregation really believed in the Real Presence. When asked why he thought this, he … [Read more...]

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California bishops not taking sides on 2018 primary ballot initiatives

California Catholic Conference instead offering "a succinct analysis of each of the propositions – along with relevant Catholic teaching"

In 1911, in an effort to wrestle control of the legislature away from the railroads, California was one of the first states to introduce the initiative process.  Allowing citizens to place policy directly on the ballot with an initiative is an “experiment” in direct democracy that the citizens of the Golden State still seem to hold dear. The system has its pluses – citizens … [Read more...]

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“Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church”

California Catholic Conference posts job opening announcement for new executive director

The California Catholic Conference (CCC) seeks a dynamic, faith-filled Catholic leader as its Executive Director.  Major responsibilities include: Assuring the representation of the interests of the Catholic Church in California to the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the State and Federal government.  Managing the overall operation of the CCC and the … [Read more...]

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