US bishops’ vote likely to be seen as referendum on Pope Francis

Some see upcoming USCCB elections as barometer of how U.S. prelates feel about the pontiff

The following comes from an October 21 Crux article by John L. Allen Jr.: As it turns out, the Trump v. Clinton showdown isn’t the only election of interest to American Catholics this fall. The U.S. bishops are also going to be voting for their own new leaders in mid-November, and in some ways their choices are almost certain to be read as a referendum on how the … [Read more...]

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Who wants to be a bishop?

Cardinal Ouellet says more priests say no

The following comes from a February 2 Catholic News Service article: Speaking yesterday about the annual course his office sponsors for new bishops, Cardinal Ouellet was asked about rumours that more and more priests are saying they do not want to be a bishop and declining an appointment even when the Pope, on the recommendation of Cardinal Ouellet’s office, has chosen … [Read more...]

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Heroes of the week and other news

Calif. Parental Notification updates – 19 weeks to go

The following two features come from the website of Californians for Parental Rights, sponsors of the Parental Notification initiative now collecting signatures in California. At least 585,405 signatures must be gathered by March, 2016 to put on the measure on the November 2016 ballot. Sponsors hope to collect most church signatures by mid-December to avoid having to pay … [Read more...]

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Could a strong reaffirmation of Church teaching save institution of marriage?

Cardinals, bishops and 500,000 faithful ask Pope Francis to reaffirm Church teaching at synod

The following comes from a August 21 TFP Student Action news release: Ahead of the upcoming Synod on the Family in Rome, dozens of organizations are collecting petitions to Pope Francis, asking him to reinforce Church teaching on marriage and family.  Today, the worldwide petition surpassed 500,000 signatures, including those of 5 cardinals, 117 bishops and hundreds of … [Read more...]

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Catholic hospital will tie your tubes after all

Pregnant lawyer threatens to sue, Dignity Health changes its mind on sterilization procedure

The following comes from an August 24 SF Gate article by Bob Egelko: Facing a possible sex-discrimination lawsuit, a Catholic hospital in Redding reversed its position Monday and agreed to let a woman’s doctor sterilize her after she gives birth next month. Mercy Medical Center, owned by Dignity Health of San Francisco, the state’s largest private health care company, had … [Read more...]

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In defense of holy days of obligation

Have we lost sight of what is fundamental?

The following comes from an August 13 Crisis Magazine article by Christian Brown: With the approach of the Solemn Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, American Catholics can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to the work of the USCCB. For this year, the Assumption, a holy day of obligation, falls on a Saturday. Ordinarily, this would mean—horrors!—that the … [Read more...]

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Calif. minimum wage will rise to $10 an hour

      The following comes from an Oct. 30 story in the Willits (CA) News. Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 10 increasing the California minimum wage from $8 per hour which it has been since 2008, to $9 on July 1, 2014 and to $10 per hour on January 1, 2016…. Support for the bill came from a number of union organizations; the Catholic Conference … [Read more...]

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