A place for sex-trafficked children

Claire's House, a safe haven in Oakland for young women who have been forced into the sex trade, could be open as soon as May, says CEO of Catholic Charities of the East Bay

A tortuous path to establish a safe haven for young women who have been forced into the sex trade may be nearly completed. Chuck Fernandez, CEO of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, speaking to the February Catholics at Work breakfast said that he hopes to see Claire's House in operation as soon as May. But Fernandez cautioned he makes no guarantees. The project has been … [Read more...]

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Pray the Stations of the Cross with the students of Thomas Aquinas College

Video features “The Franciscan Way of the Cross” read by students, accompanied by the music of Chrysostomos, a student choir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=25&v=F5jx8hNijhs This Lent, include the Stations of the Cross among your daily devotions. Thomas Aquinas College is making available to all its friends the above five-minute video, that features “The Franciscan Way of the Cross” (text) as read by the College’s students, accompanied by the music of Chrysostomos, a student choir. … [Read more...]

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Why nuns are fighting the government

Sister Regina Marie Gorman, vicar general of the Carmelite Sisters, writes op-ed piece in San Diego newspaper explaining "the government does not actually need nuns to distribute morning-after pills"

A new year has begun, and yet the struggle of American nuns to serve the poor without government harassment persists. This time, the harassment comes at the state level thanks to a recent lawsuit filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is trying to force the U.S. government to fine the Little Sisters of the Poor. To make matters worse, he argued that the … [Read more...]

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The Napa Valley of pot

"Not a good message"

The following comes from a Dec. 14 story by Valerie Schmalz in Catholic San Francisco. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted 5-to-0 to allow commercial marijuana farming in greenhouses and nurseries in the areas zoned agricultural, located almost entirely in the Half Moon Bay region along the Pacific Ocean. “The pot growers see this allowing greenhouse … [Read more...]

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Dean of Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University dismisses ‘war on Christmas’

In video, Fr. Kevin O’Brien says, “I don’t think Jesus would care much about whether we say Merry Christmas or not,” and counsels respect for other faith traditions

A website that agitates for pro-abortion and LGBT causes has produced a video by a Jesuit priest who dismisses the notion that there is a “war on Christmas,” and tells  viewers ,“I don’t think Jesus would care much about whether we say Merry Christmas or not.” Fr. Kevin O’Brien, dean of the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, claims that Jesus “was not … [Read more...]

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What’s in your church bulletin?

No apology after San Dimas Catholic church publishes images of gay couples to celebrate Mother's Day

The following is an email we received this week from one of our readers. The links have been verified. California Catholic Daily: Attached you'll find a copy of a past bulletin (May 14, 2017) from Holy Name of Mary Catholic parish (San Dimas, CA). The controversy pertains to page 1 of the bulletin. There you’ll find an assortment of photos, one apparently of a … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sides with Benedict, says Christ shed his blood ‘for many’

"For many," not "for all," is the best way to render for whom Christ shed his blood, since it captures the idea that in this life human beings have to make a choice

Pope Francis on Friday appeared to wade into one of the most contentious liturgical debates in Catholicism in recent years, siding with his predecessor Pope emeritus Benedict XVI by insisting that Christ died “for many,” instead of using the phrase “for all.” “The ‘many’ who will rise for eternal life are to be understood as the ‘many’ for whom the blood of Christ was shed,” … [Read more...]

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Pro-abortion California politicians invited to Vatican

Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, is part of a large state delegation at the Vatican climate conference that also includes Gov. Jerry Brown

Rep. Scott Peters is part of a large California delegation at the Vatican climate conference that also includes Gov. Jerry Brown and Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher V. Ramanathan. Peters, D-San Diego, is encouraged that the Roman Catholic Church is speaking out about the impacts of climate change and to continue to press the moral responsibility of facing and … [Read more...]

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Dear Cal Catholic readers…

A widow’s mite is mighty

Dear Cal Catholic reader, We’re here for you every day, posting the latest stories on the Church in California, reading and posting your comments. Our plans for the coming year are: 1. more original stories by California writers 2. videos of live events in the state 3. YouTube links for the best liturgies and homilies from the previous Sunday 4. links to the … [Read more...]

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US bishops fire doctrine consultant for criticizing Pope Francis

Former chief of staff for U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine resigns as consultant to the same committee after making public a letter accusing the pontiff of sowing “chronic confusion” and teaching in an “intentionally ambiguous” manner

A member of the Vatican’s International Theological Commission has been asked to resign from his position as a consultant to the USCCB’s Committee on Doctrine, following the publication of a letter written to Pope Francis asking the Pope to correct the “chronic confusion” of his pontificate, which he says “fosters within the faithful a growing unease.” Father Thomas Weinandy, … [Read more...]

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