Pope Francis: Those always accusing the Church are ‘relatives of the devil’

ROME— Those who spend their lives accusing the Church are the “friends, cousins and relatives of the devil,” Pope Francis said on the eve of the Vatican clergy sex abuse summit. The statement comes as the world’s media is focused on the Vatican as it tackles accusations of clergy sexual abuse, … [Read More...]

Chant workshop comes to Stanford

The following comes from the Benedict XVI Institute. On Feb. 23, Benedict XVI Institute’s Mary Ann Carr Wilson, an experienced teacher of chant and also a children’s chant specialist, will team up with Stanford Prof. William Mahrt to offer workshops in Gregorian Chant. Learn this ancient and … [Read More...]

California bill would require priests to report sins revealed in confession

The following comes from a Feb. 21 story by Catholic News Agency. Sacramento— Senator Jerry Hill of California introduced Bill 360  on Feb. 20, which would seek to force priests to violate the sacramental seal of confession in suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. Clergy are already … [Read More...]

Question for L.A.’s Bishop Barron

The following comes from a Feb. 20 posting on the stmarycoldcase blog. I ran into this piece in City Journal by Heather MacDonald, one of the more thoughtful writers in the past two decades:   The Jussie Smollett case, in which a young black, gay actor has apparently concocted a tale of … [Read More...]

Court allows Catholic bishops to bury aborted babies

The following comes from a Feb. 19 story on Life Site News. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a lawsuit brought by a Texas abortion provider against Catholic bishops who had offered to bury aborted babies free of charge. In Whole Woman’s Health v. Texas Conference of Catholic … [Read More...]

Watch the ghost of McCarrick in Blaise Cupich

The following comes from a Feb. 18 story in Crisis magazine. Theodore McCarrick the ex-cardinal has now been defrocked—just in time for the media coverage swirling around Pope Francis’s sex abuse summit this week.  But McCarrick the kingmaker, McCarrick the narrative-spinner, still lives on—a … [Read More...]

Four Thomas Aquinas grads talk about vocations to L.A. Archdiocese

The following comes from a Feb. 8 posting on the Thomas Aquinas College website. On Wednesday four alumni who are studying for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles returned to their alma mater to give a vocations talk to the College’s students. The late-afternoon session began and … [Read More...]

The real problem lies with our Catholic community

The following comes from a Feb. 18 story in the Milwaukee Catholic Herald by Archbishop Jerome Listecki. A couple of weeks ago, the state of New York passed legislation that allowed the extinction of a human life up until the moment of birth. As some have explained, even if the attempted abortion … [Read More...]

Why the Cardinal McCarrick laicization matters

The following comes from commentary written by George Weigel on Feb. 19 in First Things. On Saturday, February 16, the Holy See announced that the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore Edgar McCarrick, had been “dismissed from the clerical state”—laicized—for the grave ecclesiastical crimes … [Read More...]

Cypress College: You got me

California Catholic reporter Mary Rose visits a California college each week and ask students about God, good, and evil.  Interview with Anthony, who is studying kinesiology, next to the pond in the center of the Cypress College campus. February 6 Do you consider yourself … [Read More...]

Alhambra Carmelites celebrate Mother Luisita book

Yesterday, Feb. 17, the Carmelites in Alhambra hosted a book signing of In the Face of Darkness: the Heroic Life and Holy Death of Mother Luisita by Sister Timothy Marie, OCD. The celebration consisted of signing advance copies of the book by Sister Timothy Marie, plus a mariachi band and singing … [Read More...]

Mario and Andrew Cuomo exposed by America magazine

The following comes from a Feb. 12 story by Kenneth Woodward in America magazine. Woodward was the religion editor for Newsweek for 38 years. Reading Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York Times op-ed in defense of New York State’s new and perversely titled Reproductive Health Act, I was reminded of his … [Read More...]

Ignatius Press – where it stands in Catholic America

The following comes from a Feb. 12 story by Father James Schall, S.J. in Catholic World Report. In a celebration in St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco this past November, the founders, staff, and several authors recalled the many books and initiatives that have poured forth from that dynamic … [Read More...]

Archbishop Viganò: Abuse summit doesn’t address homosexuality

The following comes from a Feb. 15 story on LifeSiteNews. Archbishop Carlo Viganò said he is “praying intensely” for the success of the abuse summit happening next week at the Vatican, but he fears that there is "no sign” that Pope Francis, along with organizers, is willing to “attend to the real … [Read More...]