Archives for April 2013

Benedict converted me at the Sky Harbor airport

The following comes from an April 16 story on Catholic World Report. Groucho Marx once said, “I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have a guy like me as a member.” So began my witness testimony at the Easter Vigil on April 7, 2007, when my wife Barbara and I entered the Catholic Church. For a New York Jew, who’d detested the name “Jesus” for as long as he could … [Read more...]

San Jose diocese encourages ‘deconstructing the faith’

The following comes from an April 16 posting on the Diocese of San Jose website. As young adults, we have questions about the faith. Things we just don't understand. And some of these things keep us away from church. That's normal. To truly understand our faith and make an educated decision about what we believe, we need to deconstruct it. Take it apart. Then put it back … [Read more...]

Palo Alto urged not to fund Catholic Charities

The following comes from an April 17 story on Palo Alto Online. With Catholic Charities facing allegations of discrimination from gay-rights advocates in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., Palo Alto officials found themselves debating on Tuesday night whether the organization's local chapter should continue to draw grant funding from the city. On Tuesday … [Read more...]

Cardinal on the subway

The following comes from an April 18 posting on Catholic World Report. ….The new pope taught for a long time. In his style of instruction, the encounter with the person is an essential element. In the book El Jesuita, Bergoglio offers an example of this approach. I remember that in the early nineties, while I was an assistant priest in Flores, a girl from a secondary … [Read more...]

Pro-life movie, The Great Stippings, in the making

 The following interview came via email to Cal Catholic in early April. Tell us about your feature film script The Great Stippings –  the setting, characters and story line. Tim Maschler (Producer):  The setting is a million dollar California enclave much like Laguna Beach or Montecito. The central character, Dr. Rodger Stippings lives at the end of the cul de sac, his … [Read more...]

Nuns on the Bus leader answers Pope Francis

The following opinion piece by Simone Campbell, leader of Nuns on the Bus, was published April 19 on the Washington Post website. I would be lying if I wrote that I was not hurt by the reaffirmation of the censure of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and by extension of NETWORK, the Catholic social justice lobby that I lead. I had hoped that the censure … [Read more...]

California bill would pay for creating eggs for human cloning

The following comes from an April 16 story by Wesley Smith on Smith blogs at Secondhand Smoke. Human cloning is in the wind! Researchers are working diligently to learn how to accomplish such asexual reproduction, as can now be done in many animals, including monkeys. Once that happens, expect the debate over the legality and ethics of human cloning to make … [Read more...]

Courage for priests in Sacramento

The following comes from a flyer put out in the Sacramento diocese. Courage Workshop for priests and deacons Wednesday, April 24, 10 am to 3 pm Diocesan Pastoral Center, 2110 Broadway, Sacramento The clergy study day will address questions surrounding homosexuality from four perspectives: - Theological anthropology - Personal witness - Psychological … [Read more...]

University of San Diego hosts 2nd drag show

The following comes from an April 22 release from the Cardinal Newman Society The University of San Diego’s decision to allow the Pride student group to host the Supreme Drag Superstar drag show on campus last year sharply divided students, donors and alumni. The University is again allowing the event to take place. This year, Supreme Drag Superstar 2  takes place … [Read more...]

Homosexual youth events this week at California State Capitol

The 2013 Gay Straight Alliance Advocacy and Youth Leadership Academy are scheduled for Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28. This will be followed by Queer Youth Advocacy Day on Monday, April 29, Students trained at the gay academy will fight to protect and advance the rights of homosexual students and allies. It culminates in Queer Youth Advocacy Day, where students use … [Read more...]