Archives for May 2013

Pope Francis shoots down bishops who want Summorum Pontificum overturned

  The following comes from a May 29 posting on Father Z’s (Fr. John Zuhlsdorf) blog. Recently there was a news item about some Italian bishops griping (that’s not news) to Pope Francis (ditto) about Summorum Pontificum (as before). They think it should be extirpated (more of the same). Francis shot them down. That’s news. I am having days filled with museums … [Read more...]

U.S. Immigration officials want to pay for abortion

The following comes from a May 28 release from the Family Research Council. Liberals are more than happy to welcome illegal immigrants to America--it's their unborn children they object to. Last week, Democrats tried to defend taxpayer-funded abortion as part of the long list of "perks" that detainees enjoy in Homeland Security's federal detention centers. The issue … [Read more...]

Churches worth driving to

Name of Church St. Monica Address 4301 88th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, Washington 98040 Phone number (206) 232-2900 Website Mass Schedule Saturday vigil, 5 p.m.  Sundays, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., noon.  Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m.; Fridays during the school year, 9 a.m.  There is also a 2 p.m. Sunday Mass in the Ge’ez rite (African). Confessions Saturdays, … [Read more...]

Should we bring back young marriage?

  The following comes from a May 24 story in Catholic World Report. Marrying young isn’t for everyone, but there are good reasons it should be considered. How controversial is the idea of marrying young? Just ask Julia Shaw. When her essay on early marriage, “Marry Young: I got married at 23. What are the rest of you waiting for?” appeared at Slate April 1, not … [Read more...]

Ray Dennehy to receive Smith award for pro-life scholarship

By Gibbons J. Cooney From May 31 to June 1, the University Faculty for Life will hold their twenty-third annual conference, Life and Learning, at the University of San Francisco. The group’s mission statement reads, in part, “University Faculty for Life was founded in 1989 to promote research, dialogue and publication by faculty who respect the value of human life from … [Read more...]

Parents worry about forcing their children to go to religious events

The following is adapted from an interview that Archbishop Gomez gave recently to the magazine, The Franciscan Way. How would you describe the state of vocations today? There has been a crisis for some time now in vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Now, however, that’s true not just of the priesthood and consecrated life, but also of vocations to the … [Read more...]

Commencement 2013 at Catholic colleges

The following comes from a May 21 posting on the website of the Cardinal Newman Society. Commencement 2013 at Catholic colleges and universities included many of the Church's leaders, a handful of inappropriate speakers, and a scandal that resulted in a Cardinal's withdrawal at Boston College. The Cardinal Newman Society counted at least nine bishops and Cardinals who … [Read more...]

Arizona bishops hope for Supreme Court ruling

The following comes from a May 25 story on the Catholic News Agency website. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against an Arizona law banning abortions after 20 weeks, but backers of the measure are hopeful that the case will result in a favorable Supreme Court decision. “The decision from the Ninth Circuit was expected, but is nonetheless disappointing,” … [Read more...]

The atheist orthodoxy that drove me to faith

This comes from a May 24 article in the Catholic Herald (UK). Last Easter, when I was just beginning to explore the possibility that, despite what I had previously believed and been brought up to believe, there might be something to the Catholic faith, I read Letters to a Young Catholic by George Weigel. One passage in particular struck me. Talking of the New Testament … [Read more...]

First Latin Mass at Star of the Sea, San Francisco

By Gibbons J. Cooney On Trinity Sunday, May 26, Father Mark Mazza celebrated the first Traditional Latin Mass at San Francisco’s Star of the Sea parish in 50 years. The church was packed: ushers counted 270 of the faithful in the pews. Celebration of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form at Star of the Sea was requested by San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone as part … [Read more...]