Archives for February 2012

Best selling Catholic book worldwide?

New Youth Catechism The following comes from a February 23 story by the Catholic News Agency The co-creator of the Church’s catechism for young people has revealed that it's now the top selling Catholic book in the world. “The latest figures show that Youcat has sold 1.7 million copies worldwide. It’s been a great success in nearly every country where it has been … [Read more...]

Targeted three times

Churches make easy prey for metal thieves Another Catholic church – this one in Southern California – has become the victim of copper thieves, a growing and expensive security problem for parishes across the state. "Investigators said that in a span of two months the air conditioning units of four churches in Ramona have been vandalized and recyclable items have been … [Read more...]

A Lie is a Lie

Newman and Obama The following essay was sent to Cal Catholic Daily to commemorate Newman’s birthday on February 21 by Father Juan Vélez, a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, who resides in San Francisco. He is author of Passion for Truth, the Life of John Henry Newman, and co-author with Mike Aquilina of Take Five, Meditations with John Henry Newman. Religious freedom … [Read more...]

The Chirpy Priest

Clerical Narcissism and Lent The following excerpt is from a story by George Weigel on the First Things website February 22. Since the introduction of the new liturgical texts this past November, I’ve attended Mass in Australia, California, New York, Rome, Washington, and Phoenix, and in none of these venues have I detected any of the calamities confidently predicted by … [Read more...]

Old Mission Santa Inés, Solvang

  Name of Church Old Mission Santa Inés Address 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang CA 93464 Phone number 805-688-4815 Website Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Spanish); Sundays, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), 5 p.m. ; Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m.; Holy Days, 7 p.m. vigil (the night before), 8 a.m. and … [Read more...]

Will the Mandate Cut Costs?

Pharmacists Say No The following excerpts come from a February 22 Catholic News Agency story. A new survey reveals that pharmacy directors across the country do not believe that a mandate requiring insurance companies to offer free contraceptives will cut costs as the Obama administration has predicted. “It was interesting that no one thought the mandate would offset … [Read more...]

Former Friend

SF Archdiocese Official off the Reservation Brian Cahill, former executive director of Catholic Charities of San Francisco, wrote the following in the February 21 San Francisco Chronicle. The recent compromise by the Obama administration on its proposed mandate of contraception was an appropriate response to legitimate and widespread Catholic concerns about religious … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of

Benedict XVI The following comes from a February 20 Catholic News agency story. Pope Benedict XVI, at age 84, never goes to sleep before 11:00 p.m., prays the Rosary every day, gets up at 5:00 a.m. and uses a cell phone only accessible by his closest advisers. In an article published online at on Feb. 17, Italian journalist Aldo Maria Valli … [Read more...]

“Simply absurd”

Prop. 8 defenders appeal to full 9th Circuit News release from Alliance Defense Fund SAN FRANCISCO -- Defenders of marriage in California asked a full panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Tuesday to review a smaller panel’s 2-1 decision against the state’s constitutional amendment that protects marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Seven … [Read more...]

He ‘shared stage’ with archbishop

Homosexual activist and longtime foe of Church welcomed at San Francisco cathedral On Saturday, Jan. 28, San Francisco’s Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption hosted an interfaith service and press conference in support of AB 1081, a measure challenging the federal “Secure Communities” program. The event was organized by the San Francisco Organizing Project and … [Read more...]