‘Poverty Simulation’ offered by San Bernardino Catholic Charities

In make-believe scenarios, you might be a single mother of two children, or an elderly pensioner living alone, or part of a family living in a homeless center

Many call it a life-changing experience—being part of the gritty reality of poverty. This is what happens when you are part of a Poverty Simulation.  You can be part of such an exercise on Saturday, October 16 at Serrano High School in Phelan, or six weeks later on November 28 at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Riverside. A month in the life of someone experiencing … [Read more...]

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Protege of St. Teresa of Kolkata celebrates Mass in Novato

Father Sebastian Vazhakula, the priest who co-founded the Missionaries of Charity contemplative religious institute in 1979, reflected on Mother Teresa's love for Jesus during a Mass at Our Lady of Loretto Parish

The priest who co-founded the Missionaries of Charity contemplative religious institute with St. Teresa of Kolkata in 1979 and later created and mobilized a lay order of the Missionaries of Charity reflected on the new saint’s love for Jesus during a Mass at Our Lady of Loretto Parish community Aug. 17. “St. Teresa of Kolkata became a living, walking tabernacle,” Father … [Read more...]

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US bishops distressed by proposed increase in military spending

President Trump’s budget proposal may make deep cuts to Medicaid and other programs, while increasing military spending and immigration enforcement funding

Leading U.S. bishops have expressed serious concerns with President Donald Trump’s reported budget proposals for the 2018 fiscal year, noting among other fears that the proposals would decrease funding for diplomacy efforts while increasing military spending. “The human consequences of budget choices are clear to us as pastors,” leaders of various committees of the U.S. … [Read more...]

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Evidence mounts on the importance of marriage and biological parents

Marriage more stable than cohabitation, children born to single mothers benefit more by having their biological father join them, single-parent families face greater risk of income inequality

Evidence keeps accumulating about the importance of marriage, and the importance of being raised by your biological parents. This should matter to us if we want to live in a society that is truly pro-child and is not in reality organised around the wishes of adults first and foremost. Three articles have just been published that further point to the importance of marriage and … [Read more...]

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Los Angeles County the capital of U.S. poverty

Only 23 percent of California residents are barely getting by

The following comes from a December 2 CalWatchdog article by Chris Reed: The Census Bureau’s 2012 decision to begin releasing an alternative measure of poverty that included cost of living has appeared to have far-reaching effects in California as politicians, community leaders and residents react to the new measure’s depiction of the Golden State as the most impoverished … [Read more...]

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Go west, old man! Go west!

How do you discourage suicide by assisting suicide?

The following comes from an October 6 Careful! blog post by Michael Cook: Ten percent of Americans now have access to assisted suicide after Jerry Brown, governor of California, approved Assembly Bill 15 yesterday. Assisted suicide had failed in California six times since 1988. But exactly one year ago, on October 6, Compassion & Choices released a superbly-crafted … [Read more...]

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Off to Rome we go

Gov. Jerry Brown, Bay Area mayors head to Vatican for climate-change meeting

The following comes from a July 19 Contra Costa Times article by Josh Richman, Jessica Calefati and Ramona Giwargis: California Governor Jerry Brown and Pope Francis will cross paths this week at a Vatican symposium on climate change and human trafficking. For now, both have discerned that battling climate change is part of that mission. "I'm very impressed with Pope … [Read more...]

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If you care about poverty

You should care about marriage

The following comes from a Nov. 12 story on Catholic News Agency. With marriage in crisis in the modern world, the faithful have a duty to work for its restoration, promoting the ‘culture of encounter’ called for by the Holy Father, said a leading U.S. bishop. “Pope Francis said recently, ‘There is a crisis in the family because it’s beat[en] up from all sides and left … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis, without the politics

The following comes from a Jan. 2 story by Father Robert Sirico in the Detroit News. ….For commentators accustomed over the past 30 years of explaining the meaning of dense theological and philosophical magisterial texts which were the norm prior to this pontificate, the simplicity and spontaneity of Pope Francis’ style can be confusing and somewhat deceptive. Whereas his … [Read more...]

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