Archives for February 2013

News from the trenches

It was the first Saturday of the Spring 40 Days for Life campaign, and there was a steady supply of people praying on the sidewalk throughout the morning. One of the first cars to arrive at Family Planning Associates was a young African American woman who came with her aunt. The young woman was courteous and open to what the counselor had to say. The counselor told her about … [Read more...]

Churches worth driving to

Name of Church Mission San Xavier del Bac Address 1950 W. San Xavier Road, Tucson, AZ 85746-7409 Phone number 520-294-2624 Website Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8 & 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m.  Tuesday – Friday, 8:30 a.m.  Communion Service on Mondays, 8:30 a.m.  (These are the winter hours; during the summer the Masses are moved … [Read more...]

Goodbye to the Pope who loves good music

The following comes from a February 19 story by Monsignor Daniel Gallagher in the online version of Catholic World Report. The last weeks of Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate will be filled with many “lasts.” Ash Wednesday was his last public Mass. February 14 was his last meeting with priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Rome. February 24 will be his last Angelus. His … [Read more...]

St. John’s seminarians to pray for conclave

The following comes from a February 22 report on Southern California Public Radio. In anticipation of the papal conclave assembling to elect a new pope next month, St. John's seminary in Camarillo, Calif., is finding its own way to participate in the process. When the Roman Catholic Church's 117 cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel – which could be as early as March 10 — … [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood – record number of abortions, record money from U.S. government

The following comes from a February 26 story on the Catholic News Agency website. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have requested a report from the government on the use federal funds given to Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide abortions. “Planned Parenthood showed in its most recent annual report that they are providing fewer health … [Read more...]

Father Aloysius of Los Angeles considered for sainthood

The following comes from a February 25 release from Christian Newswire. A petition for a cause of sainthood of Father Aloysius Ellacuria, CMF (+1981), has been presented to Archbishop Jose Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California. This petition for Father Aloysius’ sainthood is timely. "From my perspective, the Catholic Church urgently needs examples of heroic … [Read more...]

Whitman pivots on Prop 8

The following comes from a February 26 posting on the Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert site. Former  GOP gubernatorial hopefully Meg Whitman has changed course on California's ban on same-sex marriage, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. Whitman, who supported Proposition 8 and vowed to defend the voter-approved law against legal … [Read more...]

California Catholic Conference – a history

In 1976, Raymond Hunthausen, Seattle's archbishop, formally instituted the Washington State Catholic Conference. Hunthausen was investigated by the Vatican in 1983 over doctrinal issues and was relieved of some of his duties as archbishop a few years later. In 1987 -- the same year the Vatican dispatched a coadjutor bishop to the archdiocese as a consequence of that controversy … [Read more...]

Tom Cruise as jailer

The following piece by Austin Ruse appeared February 22 on The Catholic Thing website. As you read this, somewhere in America hundreds, perhaps thousands, of our fellow citizens are packed into private prisons. These prisoners are packed thirty and forty into rooms made for far fewer. They are fed from slop buckets, leftovers from their jailers. They eat without … [Read more...]

How to choose the Pope

From Father Z's blog of February 25: Another amusing video on choosing a new Pope (this one from funny Lutherans) Posted on 25 February 2013 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf And its from Lutherans … who are more Catholic than readers of the National Schismatic Reporter!  They are certainly much funnier. Funny Lutherans!  Gotta get my head around that. But they sure nailed … [Read more...]