“Unconscionable tactics to drive asylum seekers deep into the desert”

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath tells large crowd at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph that he is "profoundly disturbed and disheartened" by U.S. immigration policy

The Catholic diocese of San Jose held a prayer service for immigration reform and reunification of migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday night at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. Bishop Patrick McGrath presided over the service and began with, “pray for those who can’t come to public service such as this” to an almost-packed church. The prayer … [Read more...]

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An evening of prayer and solidarity for migrant families and immigration reform

Bishop Patrick McGrath calls on Catholics to join vigil for immigrants at Cathedral Basilica of San Jose on July 17

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In light of the recent developments on the US ~ Mexico border with families being separated, I am calling all Catholics from our Diocese to join me in an evening of prayer and solidarity for migrant families and immigration reform. This vigil will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of San Jose on Tuesday, July 17th, from 7-8 PM. There will be … [Read more...]

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“The answer is not more guns, not arming teachers with Oozies or AK-47s”

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath addresses students at Archbishop Mitty High School before 17-minute walkout to protest gun violence

March 14, 2018 I must begin my brief words by thanking you for this observance and for inviting me to be part of it. There is absolutely no place I would rather be than to stand here in solidarity with you as you stand in solidarity with young people across our nation, and perhaps around the world. The tragedy at Parkland is not even the latest of far too many shooting … [Read more...]

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San Jose bishop plans ‘town hall’ with young adults

Bishop Patrick McGrath will field questions at St. Martin of Tours parish on Aug. 2

All young adults in the Diocese are invited to a Summer Discussion Night, featuring Bishop Patrick McGrath at St. Martin of Tours church. Bishop McGrath has graciously offered to make himself available for an evening to listen to ideas and answer questions from young adults. Therefore, we will be presenting this discussion night as a Town Hall style (Q&A) session focused … [Read more...]

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San Jose Catholic church publicizes employee’s gay marriage on parish website

"John and his husband Willie are the parents of twin third graders at St. Clare School"

A parish in the San Jose diocese in California is openly employing a gay married man, who is an active member of the parish council. Saint Clare parish in Santa Clara has posted on its parish website brief biographies of their parish council members. On a page titled "Meet the St. Clare Parish Council," the biography of parishioner John Sullivan ends with the following: "John … [Read more...]

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“We will not refuse sacraments or Christian Burial to anyone who requests them in good faith”

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath re-asserts diocese's pro-gay stance

A California bishop has written a letter instructing clergy and religious in the diocese to be compassionate and inclusive when it comes to pastoral care, a direct repudiation of last month’s alienating directives from an Illinois bishop. Bishop Patrick McGrath Bishop Patrick McGrath of San Jose sent the letter on June 29, 2017. While it doesn’t specifically mention … [Read more...]

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San Jose diocese says gay is ok

LGBT ministry will not "elaborate" on Church teaching on sexual morality

The following comes from a July 28 Church Militant article by Rodney Pelletier: The diocese of San Jose is saying its LGBT ministry will not "elaborate" on Church teaching on "sexual morality, conscience, and personal sin," while claiming that gay people can't change their sexual orientation. The document "Guidelines for the Catholic LGBT Ministry Council" bears the name … [Read more...]

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