Famous Catholic commentator to speak at SF’s “Vocation Parish”

George Weigel to speak at Star of the Sea Church

California Catholic Daily exclusive. On Thursday, July 27, the well-known author, columnist and television personality George Weigel will make a special appearance at Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco. Mr. Weigel, one of the best known lay figures in the English-speaking Catholic world, is in the Bay Area for the Seventh Annual Napa Institute Conference. The conference … [Read more...]

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Bishop Robert McElroy delivers homily at vigil for Archbishop John Quinn

"John Quinn was unceasingly a man who combined continuity and transformation, and in that identity lay his greatness as a leader in the Church in the United States"

Homily for the Vigil of Archbishop John Quinn July 9, 2017 Bishop Robert W McElroy For two generations of priests, religious, lay leaders and deacons in the archdiocese of San Francisco and across the United States, a retreat led by Archbishop John Quinn on the theme of discipleship and baptismal vocation would always end with the reading we have just heard from the … [Read more...]

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Senate Bill 421, scheduled for hearing tomorrow, would allow over 10,000 sex offenders to be removed from registry

Mom of victim says bill gets rid of many sex offenders by simply removing names from list

Editor's note:Senate Bill 421 is scheduled for a hearing tomorrow (11/11) in the Assembly Public Safety Committee. A mom whose daughter was kidnapped, molested, and murdered is sounding a warning about a proposed California law that she claims would eventually “obliterate" the state sex offender registry. Erin Runnion’s 5-year-old daughter, Samantha, was found tortured … [Read more...]

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“It’s kind of like World Youth Day for adults, without the pope”

Despite the expense and lofty rhetoric of the July 1-4 "Convocation of Catholic Leaders" sponsored by the U.S. bishops in Orlando, it's hard right now to assess its long-term impact

I’ve not seen the budget for the July 1-4 “Convocation of Catholic Leaders,” a basically unprecedented gathering of almost 3,500 bishops, clergy, religious and laity, including five of the six residential cardinals in the country, hosted by the U.S. bishops and featuring delegations from more than 80 percent of the dioceses in the county and all 50 states, but I do know this: … [Read more...]

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Lawsuit against California’s assisted suicide measure can go forward

Riverside County judge rejects motion by Attorney General Xavier Becerra to toss out challenge to End of Life Option Act

A Superior Court judge ruled June 16 that a civil rights lawsuit challenging California’s assisted suicide law will go forward. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Ottolia denied California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, which had asked the judge to decide the case against the plaintiffs without a trial. Five California … [Read more...]

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Daleiden lawyers want judge disqualified for bias

Attorneys say U.S. District Judge William Orrick was a board member for a charity that let Planned Parenthood place a clinic on its property and that wife has publicly endorsed Planned Parenthood

A San Francisco federal judge stepped aside Thursday, at least temporarily, from the case of antiabortion activists who posted secretly taped recordings of abortion providers’ meetings after the activists accused him of bias because of his former work for a charity associated with Planned Parenthood. U.S. District Judge William Orrick III had scheduled a hearing next Wednesday … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis, President Trump meet at Vatican

Private discussion between the two lasted about 30 minutes

After months of anticipation, Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump finally met at the Vatican Wednesday in a friendly encounter which included an emphasis on protection of life and freedom of conscience. According to a May 24 Vatican communique, Pope Francis and Trump expressed satisfaction "for the good existing bilateral relations between the Holy See and the United … [Read more...]

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