Archives for February 2012

Carmel Mission

Honored with stamp by post office News release from U.S. Postal Service CARMEL (Feb. 28, 2012) -- The U.S. Postal Service honors nearly 250 years of California history with the issuance of the $18.95 Carmel Mission Express Mail stamp today. Often described as one of the most beautiful mission churches in the state, Carmel Mission is known for its dome-shaped bell tower … [Read more...]

“Poisoned Water to the Thirsty”

Bishop Vasa scheduled to speak at March healthcare conference in San Francisco Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa will be the featured speaker at a “special banquet” on March 30, part of a three-day conference in San Francisco on Catholic healthcare. The bishop’s talk is entitled, “Giving Poisoned Water to the Thirsty.” The March 29-31 conference -- “Make Straight the Pathway” … [Read more...]

Gay or Straight?

California asks judges to reveal sexual orientation The following are excerpts from a Feb. 24 article on the blog of The Weekly Standard. A link to the full story is provided below. In order to make sure gays and lesbians are adequately represented on the judicial bench, the state of California is requiring all judges and justices to reveal their sexual orientation. The … [Read more...]

From the Front Lines

Early reports on Parental Notification signature gathering The California bishops have unanimously urged signature gathering for the Parental Notification initiative. The following are some reports from churches. The turn-in of signatures to the counties is April 30, which means only six-seven weeks remain to get your church done. Call (855) 263-2254 to get petitions and for … [Read more...]

Behind the scenes at CalCatholic

What’s involved in bringing you the news Late on the night of Feb. 16, California Catholic Daily’s lone full-time employee waited at his computer as the hour approached midnight for a story to be filed by a volunteer correspondent in the Bay Area about a protest by Catholics of President Obama’s visit earlier that evening to San Francisco. The dedication of the correspondent … [Read more...]

Taking it to the streets

Thousands expected to protest contraception mandate at nationwide demonstrations on March 23 News release from Citizens for a Pro-Life Society and the Pro-Life Action League Chicago -- The controversy over President Obama’s HHS Mandate is now pouring out onto the streets. On March 23, concerned citizens in over 50 cities -- including Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, … [Read more...]

“To veil or not to veil?”

Diocesan blog discusses current norms regarding covering statues and crosses during Passiontide From the website of the Diocese of San Jose Prior to the 1970 revision of the Roman Missal (Sacramentary), crosses and images were covered with veils during Passiontide, which is the last two weeks of Lent, starting from the end of the Mass for Saturday of the Fourth Week of … [Read more...]

Will they still be ‘Catholic’ hospitals?

Bishop writes his flock about CHW name change The following is a Feb. 14 letter by Monterey Bishop Richard Garcia about how the dissolution of Catholic Healthcare West will affect Catholic hospitals in his diocese. My dear Brothers and Sisters: As you probably heard, the Board of Directors of Catholic Healthcare West made the decision to change its name to Dignity … [Read more...]

Ash Wednesday desecration

Vandals spray ‘satanic symbols,’ deface statues at Union City parish The following are excerpts from a Feb. 22 story published in The Argus, a newspaper serving Union City. A link to the full story is provided below. UNION CITY -- Vandals desecrated a Catholic church, destroying a cross, defacing statues and spray-painting graffiti with satanic symbols -- acts discovered … [Read more...]

In 1968, something terrible happened in the Church

Cardinal reflects on how dissenters to Humane Vitae tore the Church apart – and how rift left scars that remain to this day. (Editor’s Note: We first ran this in summer of 2008 but wanted to re-run in the midst of the current contraception talk. This article was made available to us courtesy of Catholic News Agency, and is a piece written by Cardinal James Stafford at the … [Read more...]