To understand Pope Francis, you have to understand the Jesuits

“You’re always looking for what is the spirit of the law: why does the law exist, what it is, what is it trying to do?”

Discernment is one of the words Pope Francis repeats most, especially when speaking to priests and seminarians. He often expresses his desire for greater formation in discernment – a concept that may seem obscure without an understanding its importance to the Pope's Jesuit formation. “When a Jesuit says 'discernment,' they’re employing a term that has a very rich spiritual … [Read more...]

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Some saints ‘were probably gay’

Faithful Catholics may be in for a surprise when they “get to heaven to be greeted by LGBT men and women,” according to newly appointed Vatican advisor Fr. James Martin, S.J.

Faithful Catholics may be in for a “surprise” when they “get to heaven to be greeted by LGBT men and women,” said a controversial Catholic priest who was appointed by Pope Francis last month to the Vatican’s communications office. Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin, editor-at-large of the Jesuit-run America magazine, made the comment on his Facebook page May 5 after posting a link … [Read more...]

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The real drama of “Ignatius”

What will Jesuit-produced movie reveal?

California Catholic Daily exclusive. On March 4 at 6 p.m., San Francisco’s Star of the Sea parish will join other parishes around the country in a screening of the new movie “Ignatius of Loyola.” The film, a treatment of the life of St. Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus, was produced by Jesuit Communications Philippines. From the film’s website: “A modern and … [Read more...]

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Jesuit ministries seek to make impact to help the homeless in Southern California

Auxiliary Bishop Edward Clark will celebrate Oct. 29 mass at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood "to raise awareness of the LA housing crisis and the opportunity to do something about it on Election Day"

The following comes from an October 19 Angelus article by Ellie Hidalgo: Homelessness has many faces in the City of Angels. It’s a harsh reality faced by many veterans, seniors, foster youths, the unemployed, working poor families, immigrants, formerly incarcerated, battered women and their children, and those with mental health struggles. To raise awareness of the LA … [Read more...]

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“Mortal sins are very difficult to commit”

Father Jim Rude doesn't believe that most people have mortal sins on their conscience when they come to confession

The following is from an article published in the September 2016 edition of Central California Catholic Life by Fr. Jim Rude, SJ, Co-Editor: I’m getting to be an old man, brushing the mid eighties, and I find that in these past few years, I have been doing a lot
 of reminiscing, thinking of people, places, events. I remember the theology we were taught in the early days, … [Read more...]

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Jesuit school bans criticism of Tim Kaine

Alumni of Brophy College Preparatory silenced on pro-Kaine Facebook post

The following comes from a September 19 Renew America article by Matt C. Abbott: It appears that officials of Brophy College Preparatory, a Jesuit high school in Phoenix, Arizona and part of the California Province of the Society of Jesus, aren't too bothered by "Catholic" Tim Kaine's support for legalized abortion and same-sex "marriage." But they are bothered by an … [Read more...]

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Ignatian spirituality

Faculty, staff at California's three Jesuit universities sign letter supporting domestic-worker benefits bill

The following comes from an August 11 Ignatian Solidarity article: Informed by the Catholic social tradition of justice for workers, faculty and staff at the three Jesuit universities within the California Province have signed a letter in support of the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights. The bill, originally signed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013, guarantees the … [Read more...]

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