Archbishop Cordileone calls for acts of reparation

"Attending to policies and procedures is necessary, by itself it is really superficial"

My Dear People of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, The recent reports of episcopal negligence and malfeasance in the face of clerical sexual abuse, coupled with some reports of bishops themselves guilty of sexual predation, have reopened old wounds and inflicted new ones on victims, their families, the Catholic faithful at large, and indeed, the larger society.  This has been … [Read more...]

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Why the Assumption makes the holy day cut

This Wednesday is a holy day of obligation: the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when we celebrate the fact that Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven at the end of her earthly life

According to the Code of Canon Law, there are 10 holy days of obligation in the universal Church, though very few countries or dioceses actually require the faithful to observe all 10. Certain areas have holy days other than those on the Canon Law list. In most of the U.S. there are only five (in addition to every Sunday, of course): Mary the Mother of God, the Assumption, All … [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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Path to vocation varies, especially when sisters start out non-Catholic

Sister Makrina Finlay grew up in Yuba city as an evangelical Christian

Raised in an evangelical Christian family, a young California woman ventures abroad to study among the “dreaming spires” of Oxford University — and is introduced to a whole new world of faith. Exposed to the traditions of the Catholic and Orthodox churches by monks and nuns studying and living in local English communities, she realizes that she is moving toward an irrevocable … [Read more...]

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A summer day at St. Francis’ shrine

Visitors to North Beach holy site drawn by faith, mystery, curiosity

An estimated 25.5 million people travel to the city of St. Francis each year and for the last 20, an unmeasured number of them have made their way to the national shrine bearing his name. The National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in North Beach was designated a pilgrimage site in 1999 by retired San Francisco archbishop Cardinal William J. Levada and the U.S. Conference of … [Read more...]

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Can your laundry room become a sacred space?

San Francisco parish offers workshop on "Creating Sacred Spaces in Your Home”

Can your laundry room become a sacred space that helps you feel closer to God? You bet, according to the presenters of a workshop at St. Dominic Parish July 17 aimed at helping Catholics convert “places of frustration into places of solace. “Ways of Prayer: Creating Sacred Spaces in Your Home” was the first presentation in a new Tuesday night summer series on prayer … [Read more...]

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Not the bloodstains of a man who was crucified?

Study questions authenticity of Shroud of Turin

A study on the Shroud of Turin based on bloodstain pattern analysis used to investigate crime scenes has sparked fresh debate on what is believed to be Christ's burial cloth, saying the marks left by the blood flow are not authentic. The study, “A BPA Approach to the Shroud of Turin,” was published July 10 in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. In comments to CNA, the leading … [Read more...]

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Papal confidantes denounce ‘distorted American dream’ of Prosperity Gospel

"A theological justification for economic neoliberalism"

The “prosperity gospel” that US President Donald Trump and many of his advisers and followers seem to espouse does not promote solidarity for the common good, but sees God as giving his blessings to the rich and punishing the poor, said an influential Jesuit journal. The philosophy “is used as a theological justification for economic neo-liberalism” and is “a far cry from … [Read more...]

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Lake Forest parish plans 4th annual Camino de Santiago

Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church, believed to be the only church in the world that shares the same name as Santiago de Compostela in Spain, expects more than 1000 for event modeled after famous namesake

‘El Camino de Santiago’, or The Way of St. James, is the oldest and most important pilgrimage route in all of Europe. All Camino routes ultimately lead to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, the final resting place of apostle, James (St. James, the Greater). Following the discovery of the tomb of Santiago in the region of Galicia, Spain in 814 AD, a small village named Campus de la … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sets two teenagers on path to canonization

Alexia González-Barros, 14, offered her sufferings from a malignant tumor for the Church; Carlo Acutis, 15, used his computer skills to catalogue Eucharistic miracles before his death from leukemia

Pope Francis has issued decrees advancing the Causes of two teenagers who heroically lived the Christian virtues. At a meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, the Pope signed a decree recognising the heroic virtues of Alexia González-Barros, who offered her sufferings from a malignant tumour for the Church. González was born … [Read more...]

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