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...]

Cloistered nuns attracting vocations in San Francisco archdiocese

The following comes from a September 19 Catholic San Francisco article by Valerie Schmalz: Each of the four monasteries of contemplative nuns in the Archdiocese of San Francisco is attracting new vocations – young women who are choosing to embrace an enclosed life and lifetime of prayer, fasting, … [Read More...]

Pleasant Hill parish hosts dissenting speakers

The following is a California Catholic Daily exclusive story by Anna Rose: The dissenting speakers have not ceased at Christ the King parish in Pleasant Hill. On October 1, a self-identified Christian Meditation organization called the Hesed Community has invited the ever-dissident Sr. Joan … [Read More...]

Make way for married priests

The following comes from a September 21 Chiesa article by Sandro Magister: Pope Francis received in audience a few days ago the Brazilian cardinal Cláudio Hummes, accompanied by the archbishop of Natal, Jaime Vieira Rocha. Hummes, 82, former archbishop of São Paulo and prefect of the Vatican … [Read More...]

Stockton diocese’s plan to exit bankruptcy

The following is a September 20 press release from the Diocese of Stockton: Today, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockton filed with the bankruptcy court a proposed consensual plan of reorganization. The proposed plan will provide $15 million to survivors of sexual abuse as well as non-monetary … [Read More...]

Select panel seeks charges against StemExpress

The following comes from a September 21 Christian Newswire article: The Select Congressional Panel created to investigate Planned Parenthood voted unanimously today to recommend that Congress hold StemExpress and its CEO, Cate Dyer, in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with … [Read More...]