“Un-American, un-Christian and inhumane”

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath denounces separation of families at US-Mexico border

The following comes from Bishop McGrath’s “Message on Separated Families”:

 Dear Brothers and Sisters, We are hundreds of miles from the border, yet what has happened along the US-Mexico border over the past few weeks has a direct impact on many of our own people. Images of crying children, separated from their mothers, and the anguish of mothers whose infants have been … [Read more...]

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San Jose bishop issues Christmas message

Bishop Patrick McGrath: "As 2017 draws to a close, we entrust ourselves and all peoples to the Lord, knowing that He is particularly close to those who continue to seek refuge from 21st Century Herods"

Dear Brothers and Sisters, During Advent, we celebrate the in-breaking of the Lord into human history – anticipating His Coming at the end of time as we reflect upon His Birth long ago. As we approach Christmas, we remain watchful that, while looking to the events of Bethlehem long ago, we may not overlook the many ways God is present today in our world and in our lives. When … [Read more...]

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San Jose bishop issues statement on Charlottesville fracas

Bishop Patrick McGrath: "The hate-driven speech and actions of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK are rooted in a racism that can find no home in this country or our world"

Tolerance is one of founding principles of the United States.  It is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, which declared: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Sadly, we have not always lived up … [Read more...]

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San Jose diocese won’t send seminarians to St. Patrick’s anymore

Bishop Patrick McGrath says seminarians will instead be sent to the University of Saint Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago

In a brief letter to priests of the San Jose diocese dated Feb. 10, Bishop Patrick McGrath announced that he had "decided to transfer current seminarians and send our future seminarians to the University of Saint Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago." The letter does not mention St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park, about a … [Read more...]

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San Jose bishop issues pre-Christmas message

Bishop Patrick McGrath: "I am writing to those among us who live in fear – fear of discrimination, of deportation, of having their families torn apart"

The following is a November 23 message from Bishop McGrath of San Jose: Dear Brothers and Sisters, I address myself today to all Catholics and people of good will, here in Santa Clara County.  In a special way, I am writing to those among us who live in fear – fear of discrimination, of deportation, of having their families torn apart. There is a great deal of … [Read more...]

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San Jose bishop blasts Trump

Bishop Patrick McGrath, without naming names, says suggesting election will be rigged "borders on the seditious"

The following is an October 24 statement from Bishop McGrath on Election 2016 from the Diocese of San Jose website: Dear Friends, Since 1796, when John Adams succeeded George Washington as President, a founding principle of our great nation has been the orderly transfer of power, as an expression of the will of the people. The notion of a democracy relies upon this. As … [Read more...]

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San Jose trads split in two

The following letter from Bishop McGrath of San Jose was passed on by a Cal Catholic reader on Dec. 16 To the People of the Diocese of San Jose Dear Brothers and Sisters, In late 2006, I was pleased to bring into communion with the Church members of the faithful who had been celebrating Mass and the sacraments according to the traditional Latin forms at a small church … [Read more...]

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