Archives for April 2013

All Souls pastor, parishioners rally against proposed clinic

    The following comes from an April 24 story by Valerie Schmalz in Catholic San Francisco. (To see the April 6 Cal Catholic story on the Planned Parenthood clinic, click here.) A South San Francisco pastor and his parishioners are rallying to block Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s plans to open a clinic on the city’s main thoroughfare, a block from All … [Read more...]

Latin Mass goes above ground in San Francisco

The following came from an April 23 email sent by our San Francisco correspondent. If you enjoy the Traditional Latin Mass (as I do), it will soon be celebrated on a weekly basis at Star of the Sea. From the Archdiocesan intranet: At the request of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will begin to be celebrated at Star of the Sea … [Read more...]

San Francisco does not have enough children

The following comes from an April 21 posting on the blogsite of Father John Malloy.   On Saturday, April 21, Heather Knight, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have declared 2013 to be the "Year of the Child." Knight commented "It seemed a bit ironic considering San Francisco is plagued by family flight … [Read more...]

San Francisco names 2013 Year of the Child

The following comes from an April 21 posting on The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is famous for passing legislation that sounds sweeping and significant, but really does nothing. Tuesday’s example was a unanimous vote proclaiming 2013 the Year of the Child in San Francisco. It seemed a bit ironic considering San Francisco is plagued by family flight and … [Read more...]

Eating disorders – help for priests

The following appeared in the April 12 edition of the L.A. archdiocesan newspaper, The Tidings. ….Among all developed nations, the United States has the highest rate of obesity, which has been linked to an increase in type II diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Since 1962, the rate has jumped from 13 to nearly 36 percent of the population, according to the … [Read more...]

Should Catholics accommodate to American culture?

The following comes from an April 12 posting on the Catholic World Report. In general, I am wary of mixing history and contemporary analysis, but in American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America (Ignatius, 2013), Russell Shaw does it superbly well. Shaw exhibits his brilliance as an investigator of Church history and an … [Read more...]

Learn the arguments on gay marriage

The Institute for American Values, founded in 1987, built a solid social conservative reputation until June, 2012, when its president, David Blankenhorn, droopped his opposition to gay marriage. Rusty Reno, editor and successor of Father John Neuhaus of First Things magazine, was invited to debate Blankenhorn on March 25. See the debate here. Blankenhorn says he changed his … [Read more...]

57 percent oppose over-counter sales of morning-after pill to young

The following comes from an April 16 story on Rasmussen Reports. A federal judge earlier this month ruled that the morning-after birth control pill should be available over the counter to children 16 and younger without a prescription.  Most Americans think that’s a bad idea and that parents should be involved in a contraceptive decision for children that young. A new … [Read more...]

Abortion pill RU486 reversal

The following comes from recent excerpts from the Culture of Life Family Services website. For accurate information regarding RU486 or to speak with a medical professional or Nurse, please call 877-558-0333 or email Debbie right away. We are here to listen and help. If you have taken RU486 and have decided you want to carry your baby to term instead, you will receive … [Read more...]

Who is Jorge Bergoglio?

The following biographical sketch, written by Joseph Matthews, a freelance writer in Dublin, was emailed to Cal Catholic on April 14. Early life Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born on December 17, 1936 in the middle class district of Flores in the centre part of Buenos Aires City. He was one of the five children of an Argentinian born housewife and an immigrant railway worker … [Read more...]