Conference commemorating 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae coming to San Bernardino diocese

“Faithful to God’s Design” will be held at the Ontario Convention Center July 27-28, attendees expected from around the country

The 50th Anniversary of the Papal Encyclical Humanae Vitae will be commemorated at a national conference held in the Diocese of San Bernardino on July 27-28. Written by Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae emerged from discussions that began in 1960 after the invention of the new birth control pill. It prompted an articulation of the Church’s teaching on the regulation of birth and … [Read more...]

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Live Action report: Planned Parenthood protects sexual predators

In 2010, Planned Parenthood performed an abortion on a 13-year-old California girl who had been repeatedly raped by her father

In 2011, after undercover footage appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials failing to report suspected sex abuse of minors, the organization pledged to do more to train employees to recognize signs of abuse and trafficking. But according to Ramona Treviño, a former Planned Parenthood manager from Texas, this training did not happen. Instead, Treviño says that she was … [Read more...]

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No vocations this year in San Francisco archdiocese

Meanwhile, three to be ordained in Oakland

The Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese of San Francisco has announced Holy Hours June 10, 3 p.m., at churches in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. “There will be seminarians and probably some discerners at the various Holy Hours, but it is open to everyone to come and pray for vocations to the priesthood in response to ‘Jesus’ command to pray to the Harvest … [Read more...]

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There should be an image of Mary in every home

Archbishop José Gomez: "I will be personally blessing and offering an image of our Blessed Mother for every family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles who wants one"

We are getting ready to celebrate the new Marian feast instituted by Pope Francis. The memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church that we will celebrate on the Monday after Pentecost, this year on May 21, marks an important — I would even say prophetic — rediscovery of an ancient devotion. The first Christians understood Mary to be the perfect symbol of the … [Read more...]

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California’s other prison problem

Former inmates say poor nutrition in the state's penitentiaries caused myriad of serious illnesses

Wearing a red jacket on an overcast March morning, Gary Thomas is the first to speak in the rough circle at the Partnership for Re-Entry Program (PREP) headquarters. “Absolutely, my health went down because of the poor nutrition we got in prison. I developed coronary artery disease. I got a total of 15 stents before I had a heart bypass and 11 after the bypass. One of my … [Read more...]

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The implications are staggering

Bishops want faithful to contact legislators in opposition to bill that would prohibit sexual orientation counseling as a form of consumer fraud

AB 2943 would add the vague phrase “sexual orientation change efforts” to the section of the Civil Code which otherwise permits lawsuits for misrepresentations made in connection with the sale of items like furniture, repair services, rebates and discounts.  The bill is inappropriate, too broad and unnecessary.  Urge your representative to OPPOSE AB 2493. AB 2943 would take … [Read more...]

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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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