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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Life-size marble casting of Michelangelo’s Pietà placed at Inglewood parish

One of only 100 Pietà marble castings from a mold derived from the original Pietà

St. John Chrysostom Church and Arte Divine, in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, have placed a life-size marble casting of Michelangelo’s ‘Pietà’ at St. John Chrysostom Church in Inglewood. “We are so blessed to have an exact casting of one of the greatest works of religious art ever created, placed here at St. John Chrysostom,” said Father Marcos Gonzalez, … [Read more...]

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Interfaith prayer service Oct. 18 in Orange diocese

Normally scheduled in mid-January during Christian Unity Week, this year's event is set to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

The Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs is holding its annual Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Arboretum on the campus of Christ Cathedral. The event, normally scheduled in mid-January during Christian Unity Week, is this year set to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.   According to Fr. … [Read more...]

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Palm Springs parish to host venerated Marian statue

Statue of Saint John of the Lakes, the second most popular image of the Virgin Mary in Mexico, will be at Our Lady of Solitude Church Oct. 19-22

Our Lady of Solitude Church in Palm Springs invites all to celebrate the visit of Our Lady of Saint John of the Lakes to the parish Oct. 19-22.  The statue of Saint John of the Lakes, is the second most popular image of the Virgin Mary in Mexico, second only to our Lady of Guadalupe. In the early years of the 17th century, the Holy Franciscan missionary Fray Miguel de Bolonia … [Read more...]

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Where to get your animals blessed in Oakland diocese

Pictures of pets and stuffed animals may also be brought for a blessing

Oct. 4 is the feast day of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals. A tradition to observe his feast day is the blessing of animals. Here are dates and locations of event sponsors that responded to The Catholic Voice's request for information about animal blessings. Pictures of pets and stuffed animals may be brought for a blessing. All animals must be on a leash or in … [Read more...]

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