Don’t you want to hold my hand?

The following comes from a July 6 Aleteia article by Father Henry Vargas Holguín: The practice of holding hands while praying the Our Father comes from the Protestant world. The reason is that Protestants do not have the Real Presence of Christ; that is to say, they do not have real and valid … [Read More...]

Cloistered nuns attracting vocations in San Francisco archdiocese

The following comes from a September 19 Catholic San Francisco article by Valerie Schmalz: Each of the four monasteries of contemplative nuns in the Archdiocese of San Francisco is attracting new vocations – young women who are choosing to embrace an enclosed life and lifetime of prayer, fasting, … [Read More...]

Pleasant Hill parish hosts dissenting speakers

The following is a California Catholic Daily exclusive story by Anna Rose: The dissenting speakers have not ceased at Christ the King parish in Pleasant Hill. On October 1, a self-identified Christian Meditation organization called the Hesed Community has invited the ever-dissident Sr. Joan … [Read More...]

Make way for married priests

The following comes from a September 21 Chiesa article by Sandro Magister: Pope Francis received in audience a few days ago the Brazilian cardinal Cláudio Hummes, accompanied by the archbishop of Natal, Jaime Vieira Rocha. Hummes, 82, former archbishop of São Paulo and prefect of the Vatican … [Read More...]

Stockton diocese’s plan to exit bankruptcy

The following is a September 20 press release from the Diocese of Stockton: Today, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton filed with the bankruptcy court a proposed consensual plan of reorganization. The proposed plan will provide $15 million to survivors of sexual abuse as well as non-monetary … [Read More...]

Select panel seeks charges against StemExpress

The following comes from a September 21 Christian Newswire article: The Select Congressional Panel created to investigate Planned Parenthood voted unanimously today to recommend that Congress hold StemExpress and its CEO, Cate Dyer, in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with … [Read More...]

Rosary Rally in San Francisco

The following comes from a September 20 Catholic San Francisco article: The Archdiocese of San Francisco’s annual rosary rally is Oct. 8 at United Nations Plaza in San Francisco. The event begins with 10 a.m. Mass celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 … [Read More...]

Gay-rights group pulls endorsements

The following comes from a September 20 LA Times article by Patrick McGreevy: A prominent group advocating for LGBT rights has withdrawn its endorsement of six state Assembly members because they abstained or voted against a bill aimed at protecting gay and transgender students from … [Read More...]

Over 500 scholars affirm Church teaching on contraception

The following comes from a September 20 Catholic Culture article: More than 500 scholars have signed a statement of support for the Catholic Church's teaching on contraception. At a press conference held at the Catholic University of America on September 20, the scholars unveiled an … [Read More...]

A Phoenix bishop’s plea to voters and politicians: no votes for abortion

The following comes from a September 20 Catholic News Agency article by Kevin Jones: Catholics should be consistent in public life and need to make protecting innocent life a serious political priority, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix has said in the latest edition of his booklet on the … [Read More...]

San Diego bishop: forget about intrinsic evils when voting

The following comes from a piece written by Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego published September 19 in The Valley Catholic:  Many widely circulated independent Catholic voter guides propose that the concept of intrinsic evil provides an automatic process for prioritizing the elements of the … [Read More...]

Archbishop Cordileone urges death penalty repeal

The following comes from a September 20 statement by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone in Catholic San Francisco: Three years ago at this time I was part of a delegation of California bishops who paid a pastoral visit to San Quentin State Prison. While there, we had the opportunity to meet with … [Read More...]