Laudato si’ leads to clean energy in Monterey diocese

One-third of the parishes, offices and facilities of the Diocese of Monterey have gone solar, and the counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz now draw on 100 percent carbon and nuclear-free energy largely thanks to efforts of local Catholics. The diocesan office and the late Bishop Richard … [Read More...]

An edgy voice for the pro-life cause It’s not your typical pro-life organization that puts out a video with a pregnant woman wearing a pink wig and, at one point, even sporting a pair of purple fairy wings as she mocks talking points made by the “pro-choice” movement. But perhaps that’s why … [Read More...]

Santa Clara University names new president

Santa Clara University today announced that Kevin O’Brien, S.J., a theologian, Jesuit priest, and educator, will become the 29th president of Santa Clara University on July 1, 2019. O’Brien, 52, succeeds Michael Engh, S.J., who announced in June 2018 that he will be concluding his presidency at the … [Read More...]

Holy Family School in Citrus Heights will not close this year

The following was posted on the Diocese of Sacramento website on March 17, 2019: Dear Holy Family Community: We are pleased to announce that Holy Family School is staying open. After strong efforts from parents, the parish, and the diocese, we are moving forward to register students for the 2019- … [Read More...]

Poll analysis finds Catholic approval of Trump has declined

Two years into his presidency, President Donald Trump still enjoys high approval ratings from white evangelical Protestants, while Catholic support has declined. A new analysis released on Monday by the Pew Research Center examining 11 surveys conducted throughout the president’s 26 months in … [Read More...]

Is this the movie the pro-life cause has been waiting for?

Lila Rose, the young charismatic founder of Live Action, took a short break from investigating corruption at Planned Parenthood clinics to help her friend, Abby Johnson, with her latest venture, the feature film “Unplanned.” Rose has an acting cameo in the film, which is based on Johnson’s 2010 … [Read More...]

More Catholics, fewer priests

The Vatican releases an annual compendium of figures that offers insight into changes in the worldwide Church. Known as the Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae, it is compiled by the Central Office of Church Statistics in Rome. The 2019 edition, published last week, presents the figures for 2017 – the … [Read More...]

Stolen sacramental records returned to San Francisco parish

The records of generations of Catholics who received the sacraments of baptism, Communion, confirmation and marriage at St. Dominic Parish in San Francisco are back in the hands of the Dominican parish three days after the safe in which they were kept at the priory was stolen in an early morning … [Read More...]

Cerritos College: I’m a flexible Catholic

Interview with Cody, who is studying kinesiology, took place next to the Cerritos College Library on February 20, 2019. Do you consider yourself religious? Cody: Yeah. I believe in a God and that He has a lot to do with our world and what’s happened to us and what we’re planned to do in life. … [Read More...]

Cardinal DiNardo suffers ‘mild stroke’

The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference was hospitalized March 15 after suffering a mild stroke, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, which has been led by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo since 2006. “It is expected that Cardinal DiNardo will remain hospitalized for a … [Read More...]

Sisters of Mercy leaving El Cerrito school

Father Michael Ryan faced quite a dilemma: He had built a brand-new school at St. John the Baptist Parish in El Cerrito but he had no Sisters to run it. In 1955, this was a big problem. No Sisters, no school. No nearby order could take on another school. In that summer of 1956, Father Ryan was … [Read More...]

Two turn-arounds at the abortion center

Dear Pro-life friends, Because certain people are trying to block the efforts of sidewalk counselors to save mothers and babies from the horrors of abortion, we are keeping the dates, times, and locations of where we are counseling confidential. The notes below may come from one or more locations … [Read More...]

Why build suicide nets?

Yesterday I was riding across the Golden Gate Bridge with a friend. “They’ve begun building the suicide net,” I said, pointing over the left side of the roadway. We stopped our bikes to have a look. Amazingly, an entire superstructure had appeared beneath the bridge, suspended 230 feet above the … [Read More...]

Poll: increasing number of Catholics questioning their faith

As the Catholic church responds to more allegations of sexual abuse of young people by priests, an increasing percentage of Catholics are re-examining their commitment to the religion. Thirty-seven percent of U.S. Catholics, up from 22% in 2002, say news of the abuse has led them to question whether … [Read More...]