Archives for July 2012

NEWS FLASH: Bombshell appointment

  In a significant departure for the archdiocese of San Francisco, the Holy Father today named Bishop Salvatore Cordileone as the ninth archbishop of the archdiocese of San Francisco. Bishop Cordileone succeeds Archbishop George Niederauer, who was appointed in 2005. The event has truly been described as “a bombshell.” Best known as the chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad … [Read more...]

Churches worth driving to

Name of Church St. Dominic Address 475 East I Street (corner of East 5th and East I), Benicia CA 94510 Phone number (707) 747-7220 Website Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish-English), 5:30 p.m.  First Sunday, 3 p.m. (Vietnamese).  Monday - Friday, 7 a.m., Monday – Saturday, 8:15 a.m. … [Read more...]

Doing the things that come to hand

The following appeared on a July 24 posting on the Fossey Faithbook blog. Richard Fossey is editor of Catholic Southwest. His account of a miracle worked through the intercession of Dorothy Day appears here. I finished reading Loaves and Fishes this week, Dorothy Day's account of the Catholic Worker movement. I had read the book several years ago. Reading it again, I was … [Read more...]

The propaganda has been successful

The following column by Howard Kainz appeared July 19 on The Catholic Thing blog site. The well-known story of the Dutch boy who put his finger in a dyke to prevent flood waters from surging into his town was a piece of fiction devised by the American author, Mary Mapes Dodge (in her 1865 novel, Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates), and has no relationship to any identifiable … [Read more...]

Dr. Horatio Storer and the medical roots of the pro-life movement

Probably no single thing has done more to advance the pro-life cause in America than the sonogram. These pictures offer the clearest possible evidence that the unborn child is nothing more nor less than a little human being.  But what the sonogram has made clear to any lay person, namely, that the unborn child is a little human being, has long been known by medical … [Read more...]

Chiming a hymn every hour

The 92-year-old bell atop the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in downtown Tijuana rang out again on Sunday, July 22, following more than a decade of silence. The clock, imported from Holland around 1920, stopped working about 15 years ago but the Archdiocese of Tijuana did not have the money to fix it. Funds for the repairs were raised by the non-profit group Cultura Sin … [Read more...]

The CARE scandal

The following comes from a July 25 story on Catholic World News. Days after Catholic Relief Services —the US bishops’ relief and development agency—issued a statement that referred to the National Catholic Bioethics Center in its defense of a controversial 2010 grant, the bioethics center president John Haas revealed that he had urged the Catholic Relief board not to approve … [Read more...]

Not an evil

From the June issue of North Coast Catholic, newspaper of the Diocese of Santa Rosa. My Dear People of God: Summer is a time in which many seek to indulge themselves in a variety of recreational pursuits. These pursuits are not, in any way, separated from our daily living of our Catholic faith. A paragraph from The Spiritual Life is very instructive: “Pleasure in itself … [Read more...]

Come tour the campus

The following is an announcement which appeared on the diocese of Orange website this week. Now is your chance to tour the renowned Crystal Cathedral designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee as well as other architectural treasures by Richard Neutra and Richard Meier. The campus has been purchased from the Crystal Cathedral Ministries by our diocese. Crystal Cathedral … [Read more...]

California Democrats push national Democrats

The following comes from a July 19 story in the Los Angeles Times. California Democrats are set to officially join the call for their party to include marriage equality on its convention platform, with a majority of the state’s Democratic congressional delegation already on board with the plan. Thirty of the 34 delegates back the initiative, including House Minority … [Read more...]