Retrouvaille saving marriages in Oakland diocese

Couple whose marriage was saved by the program offering retreats in late February and in September

The following comes from a February 8 Catholic Voice article by Michele Jurich: In 1989, Jeff and Donna Heusler's marriage was at a crossroads. "My wife and I had separated," Jeff Heusler said. "We were separated for a year and a half." There was the strain of living separately; it was time for a decision: divorce or getting back together? A sister at St. Felicitas … [Read more...]

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New annulment rules for the Catholic Church

Pope Francis' changes took effect this week

The following comes from a December 10 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: With the launch of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis’ reforms to the annulment process have gone into effect, giving more of a role to the local bishop, dropping automatic appeals, and ensuring that the process is free of charge. Among the more significant changes the Pope made were … [Read more...]

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Conservative professor hounded out of his job by LGBT groups

Robert Lopez grew up with two moms - and says the situation was harmful

The following comes from a November 10 Patheos article by Kathy Schiffer: Robert Oscar Lopez grew up with two moms. Lopez, who is now a professor of English and Classics at California State Northridge, was raised by his lesbian mother and her partner. He was loved, but it was hard–he always felt like a misfit in society, and he didn’t learn the relationship skills that would … [Read more...]

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Bishops to vote on formal statement on pornography at November general assembly

"Create in Me a Clean Heart" would be the first formal statement focused exclusively on the issue

The following comes from an October 30 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops news release: WASHINGTON—The U.S. bishops will vote on a proposed formal statement, "Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography," at the annual Fall General Assembly, November 16-19, in Baltimore. The statement's development has been directed by the U.S. Conference of … [Read more...]

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EWTN priest responds to Father Danielson on same-sex ‘marriage’

Homily appeared in Oakland diocesan newspaper proclaiming gay marriages weren't sinful

The following comes from an October 15 Renew America article by Matt C. Abbott: On October 5, The Catholic Voice, a publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, published the text of a homily by Father Dan Danielson, who all but endorses same-sex "marriage." Click here to read it. I asked Father John Trigilio Jr., author, EWTN personality, and president of the … [Read more...]

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I am not a wolf against the Pope

Synod letter leak was intended 'to sow strife', says Cardinal Müller

  The following comes from an October 13 Catholic News Agency article: Cardinal Gerhard Müller spoke with an Italian daily on Tuesday about the synod and about a letter allegedly sent to Pope Francis from a number of cardinals about its process, calling the leak of a private document scandalous. “I'm not saying whether I signed or not. The scandal is that it makes … [Read more...]

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Kim Davis recounts secret meeting with Pope Francis

Davis refused a judge's order to issue marriage licenses, citing her religious beliefs

 The following comes from a September 30 ABC News article: Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis says a private meeting with Pope Francis has inspired her -– and given her a renewed sense of purpose. “I was crying. I had tears coming out of my eyes,” Davis said in an exclusive interview with ABC News. “I'm just a nobody, so it was really humbling to think he would want to meet … [Read more...]

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