Why join a church whose priests are little monsters?

The following comes from a September 28 New York Times op-ed by Matthew Schmitz: When Pope Francis ascended to the chair of St. Peter in March 2013, the world looked on in wonder. Here at last was a pope in line with the times, a man who preferred spontaneous gestures to ritual forms. Francis … [Read More...]

Bishop of Orange appoints theological consultant

The following comes from a September 26 Diocese of Orange press release: The Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, has appointed Pia de Solenni, SThD and associate dean of the Augustine Institute, to serve as the first Theological Consultant to the Office of the Bishop. In this newly … [Read More...]

“Mortal sins are very difficult to commit”

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 … [Read More...]

Amoris Laetitia does not allow Communion for remarried, says Bishop of Phoenix

The following comes from a September 22 Catholic Herald article: Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona, has said the divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion, and that the teaching of St John Paul II and Benedict XVI still stands. The Church has traditionally taught that the … [Read More...]

“It is time for us to end the death penalty”

The following comes from a September Angelus article written by Archbishop Jose Gomez: On the ballot this Nov. 8 in California is Proposition 62. This proposition would repeal the death penalty in our state and would make life in prison without parole the maximum punishment that could be … [Read More...]

LA parish offers succor to Syrian refugees

The following comes from a September 27 Catholic News Agency article by Casey McCorry: The needs of Father David Bedrossian’s parish are unique. While many priests grapple with budgetary concerns and a desire to fill pews, Father Bedrossian is wondering where he’s going to find the resources … [Read More...]

Another priest killed in Mexico

The following comes from a September 26 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: Less than a week after two Catholic priests in Mexico were found murdered after having been abducted from their parishes, the body of a third slain priest, Fr. José Alfredo López Guillén, has been found. Fr. … [Read More...]

Confessionals required in every parish

The following is from the Diocese of Sacramento, posted last week on the diocesan website: Liturgy Reminders: Commentary on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal Re: Sacrament of Reconciliation: the Confessional Confessionals should be built so as to give penitents the option making … [Read More...]

Bishop orders Christ Cathedral renovation to stay within budget

The following comes from a September 18 OC Catholic article by Meg Waters: In 2011, the Diocese of Orange was blessed with the opportunity to purchase what is now called Christ Cathedral. According to Cathedral Rector and Episcopal vicar Father Christopher Smith, “We hope that everyone who comes … [Read More...]

Vatican tightens rules for verifying miracles

The following comes from a September 23 Catholic News Agency article by Hannah Brockhaus: Changes to the regulations for confirming alleged miracles during the causes of saints aim to preserve the scientific rigor of the examination and maintain its distinction from matters of theology, it was … [Read More...]

The campaign to repeal the Hyde Amendment

The following comes from a September 20 OC Catholic article: The Hyde Amendment is 40 years old this year. It undoubtedly has saved many lives. But the Democratic Party officially wants to repeal it, against the wishes of pro-life Democrats and almost everyone else. Named for the late Rep. … [Read More...]

Don’t you want to hold my hand?

The following comes from a July 6 Aleteia article by Father Henry Vargas Holguín: The practice of holding hands while praying the Our Father comes from the Protestant world. The reason is that Protestants do not have the Real Presence of Christ; that is to say, they do not have real and valid … [Read More...]

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