Monument featuring St. Junipero Serra will stay put in San Francisco

City's board of appeals unanimously reverses earlier decisions by two municipal commissions to remove statue criticized for allegedly celebrating the subjugation of American Indians

People seeking the removal of a controversial statue in San Francisco’s Civic Center that critics say celebrates the subjugation of American Indians have suffered a major setback as the city’s Board of Appeals sided with a Petaluma man opposed to taking it down. The “Early Days” statue depicts a conquering vaquero and a missionary standing over a fallen and nearly naked Indian … [Read more...]

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‘Is my dad in heaven?’ little boy asks pope

“God is the one who says who goes to heaven,” the pope explained

After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighbourhood’s children. Question-and-answer sessions with youngsters are a standard part of Pope Francis’ parish visits. And, at St Paul of the Cross parish on April 15, there were the usual questions like, “How did you feel when you were … [Read more...]

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Oakland priest reflects on getting old

84-year-old priest says daily rituals and routines key to facing life's demands, avoiding depression

The following is by Rev. David K. O'Rourke, OP, special to The Catholic Voice: I am an old man. And I am depressive by temperament. I don't know what that means, but whatever it is, it means that I've got to work at keeping going. So I do. And it works. So that is what I want to talk about. What I do, and on a regular basis every day. How I go about it. Why I set up these … [Read more...]

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‘Summer in the Forest’ opens in LA April 6

Motivated by his Christian faith, Jean Vanier founded L’Arche communities for people with disabilities

In 1964, Canadian-born Jean Vanier visited a psychiatric hospital near Paris. That encounter would change his life, as well as the lives of thousands with intellectual and physical disabilities, and inspire a beautiful and critically acclaimed new film, “Summer in the Forest.” Vanier was deeply touched by the plight of the people he found in the hospital, who were … [Read more...]

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Why does Archbishop Gomez tolerate this festival of dissent?

Father Chris Ponnet of LA archdiocese tells parochial school teachers: "I try to figure out how to say a Catholic mass without the word Jesus"

Year after year the Religious Education Conference (REC) in Los Angeles produces a new raft of horror stories: accounts about speakers who gleefully dismiss the established teachings of the Church, cheered on by an audience composed largely of people who are paid, by one American diocese or another, to instruct young people in the Catholic faith. Why does Archbishop Gomez … [Read more...]

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Catholic Online website owner convicted of tax evasion

Convicted in Fresno federal court; could face years in prison and a $100,000 fine

The following is an update of a story California Catholic Daily ran on March 21, "Operator of popular Catholic website facing charges of tax evasion": A jury in California convicted the man who owns the website catholic.org of tax evasion on Wednesday. Michael Galloway owned and operated the site, which went by Catholic Online, and was accused of using money raised for … [Read more...]

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A leading voice of fidelity in the Church

Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s visit to Bay Area draws people from across California and the country

By Roseanne T. Sullivan California Catholic Daily exclusive Every year, the publishers of Latin Mass Magazine hold a conference in Monterey. At this year’s conference on February 24 and 25, attendance doubled from the usual 100 to 200. The much higher attendance was attributed to great interest in the featured speaker: Bishop Athanasius Schneider. Californians came … [Read more...]

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Parents protest graphic sex ed in San Diego public schools

Board of education told that pornography, abortion and the full gamut of adult sexual behavior are being promoted to children

California Catholic Daily exclusive By Eric Francis Concerned Parents of San Diego Unified rallied at the San Diego Unified School District on February 27 to tell the board of education their sex education program is “too much too soon.” The “Rally4Kids” drew people from all corners of San Diego to confront the school board. They said pornography, abortion and the full … [Read more...]

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“Underhanded tactics”

Was Bishop Kevin Vann behind cancellation of Michael Voris speaking engagement that forced last minute change of venue?

California Catholic Daily exclusive By Eric Francis Despite a last minute change in venue following the cancellation of a planned speaking engagement at a Maronite Catholic Church in the city of Orange, Michael Voris of Church Militant says there was “great turnout” at the re-scheduled event. Voris spoke at the Business Expo Center in Anaheim on Sunday, February 11. It was … [Read more...]

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Will California outlaw ‘gay cure’ therapy?

Bill by Assemblyman Evan Low would declare conversion therapy a fraudulent practice even when sought by adults

California lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it illegal for therapists to attempt to "cure" homosexuality. Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Cupertino) recently introduced Assembly Bill 2943 to declare conversion therapy a fraudulent practice in the state of California. Conversion therapy is considered a practice that aims to change a patient's sexual orientation through … [Read more...]

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