Sacramento bishop laments pervasive culture that has belittled women

In homily on Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Bishop Jaime Soto says, "Daily are the new revelations about the harassment of women in the workplace by men in power in Hollywood, the Silicon Valley, Washington and the halls of the state Capitol"

In a homily during Mass in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, Bishop Jaime Soto addressed the current social climate surrounding sexual harassment. "This is not a time to lecture, but it is an opportunity to learn how to regard one another in the world of work, as well as the many other social settings of which … [Read more...]

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San Jose bishop issues Christmas message

Bishop Patrick McGrath: "As 2017 draws to a close, we entrust ourselves and all peoples to the Lord, knowing that He is particularly close to those who continue to seek refuge from 21st Century Herods"

Dear Brothers and Sisters, During Advent, we celebrate the in-breaking of the Lord into human history – anticipating His Coming at the end of time as we reflect upon His Birth long ago. As we approach Christmas, we remain watchful that, while looking to the events of Bethlehem long ago, we may not overlook the many ways God is present today in our world and in our lives. When … [Read more...]

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Dominic Luong, first Vietnamese-born Roman Catholic U.S. bishop, dies at 77

Luong was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Orange diocese by Pope John Paul II on April 25, 2003; he died from a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Dec. 6

The Most Rev. Dominic Luong, who held the distinction of being the first native-born Vietnamese Roman Catholic bishop in the United States and made his mark ministering to refugee and immigrant communities nationwide, died from a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Dec. 6. He was 77. Luong was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Orange by Pope John Paul II on April 25, … [Read more...]

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CA bishops: Urge Congress to enact the Conscience Protection Act

Legislation would clarify federal law and ensure that those who provide health care and health coverage can do so without being forced by government to help destroy innocent unborn children

Now is the time to contact your members of Congress and advocate for the protection of life and freedom of conscience.  The Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 644) has been included in appropriations legislation that must pass this year to keep the government operating. The Conscience Protection Act is common-sense legislation that will clarify federal law and ensure that … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Naumann elected US bishops’ pro-life committee chair

Seen as endorsement of St. John Paul II's “culture of life” approach

Urgent appeal from California Catholic Daily staff Dear California Catholic Daily reader, This coming year, we hope to bring you even more original stories and videos about the Church in California. We intend to do this as part-time staff spread throughout the state — on a limited budget. However, in order to stay afloat, we need more of our readers to donate. You … [Read more...]

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San Diego bishop says gun control is a social justice issue

Bishop Robert McElroy: “The notion that to restrict automatic and semi-automatic weapons is a restriction on personal rights that should be given to society, to me, seems unacceptable”

Gun control is a social justice issue of concern to America’s Catholic bishops, according to Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, who was recently at a Vatican conference to talk about the contributions the Catholic Church can make regarding nuclear disarmament. “One of the problems is the organized opposition to gun control, taking the position that any limitation against guns … [Read more...]

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Keep the welfare programs and remove tax cuts for rich, says USCCB

"This proposal appears to be the first federal income tax modification in American history that will raise income taxes on the working poor while simultaneously providing a large tax cut to the wealthy"

Proposed tax legislation under consideration in Congress needs many changes to avoid further harming the poor, the U.S. bishops have said. “Doubling the standard deduction will help some of those in poverty to avoid tax liability, and this is a positive good contained in the bill,” they said. “However, as written, this proposal appears to be the first federal income tax … [Read more...]

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San Bernardino bishop: “A year before I was to be ordained a priest, I was kicked out”

Bishop Gerald Barnes recounts his difficult road to priestly ordination: "In the Church at that time, you didn’t question authority so I was seen as kind of a rebel"

Hundreds of youth from across the Diocese enthusiastically gathered at St. Junipero Serra House of Formation in Grand Terrace on October 14 to celebrate Bishop Gerald Barnes’ 25th Episcopal Anniversary.  Youth and young adult Catholics bonded with each other through prayer, music and worship and also participated in several activities throughout the day, including a game of … [Read more...]

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“It’s something that’s going to change the Church”

San Bernardino Bishop Gerald Barnes one of 12 bishops at confab on 'Amoris Laetitia,' reports that only about ten percent of the discussions at the two-day event focused on the 'internal forum' issue

Bishop Gerald Barnes was one of 12 bishops from around the world invited to participate in a two-day reflection and discussion of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) at Boston College. The bishops gathered with a group of theologians on Oct. 5-6, listened to the presentation of papers on the document and had a chance to ask questions and … [Read more...]

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They’re dedicated to the principles of the Second Vatican Council

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath explains why he's now sending seminarians to Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois

The second Thursday of October meant Bishop Patrick J. McGrath’s annual “State of the Church” Address before those gathered at the Catholic Professionals monthly breakfast meeting at Three Flames Restaurant in San Jose. Before an attentive crowd, the Bishop outlined some of the events that have happened in the Diocese of San Jose (DSJ) since he last spoke to the group in … [Read more...]

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