Archives for July 2013

Attention Cal Catholic commenters

After a period of tolerance, the volunteer editors of Cal Catholic are finally cracking down. Comments that exceed 250 words (approx. 20 lines) will not be approved, starting 9:00 a.m. PDT, August 1.     … [Read more...]

Bishop Vasa: Pope’s comments on gays in line with Catholic teachings

The following comes from a July 29 story in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Comments made by Pope Francis in his first press conference were widely regarded as conciliatory toward gays. But Bishop Robert Vasa of the Santa Rosa Catholic Diocese said Monday that the Pope's words were in line with existing Catholic teachings, which call for compassion for gays, reject … [Read more...]

Mass restrictions only for the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

The following comes from a July 30 story on the Catholic News Agency website. The Vatican Congregation for Religious, with the approval of Pope Francis, has appointed a commissioner to oversee the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and has restricted their celebration of the traditional Latin Mass, touching off a storm of speculation about the reasons and broader … [Read more...]

I need to watch Francis closely

The following comes from a July 24 interview of Cardinal Dolan by John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter. You were one of the cardinals who elected Francis, and presumably you had some idea of what kind of pope he would be. To what extent has it turned out the way you expected? In some ways, it's been exactly what I expected. One of the things we looked for was a … [Read more...]

San Bernadino looks at five new building projects

The following comes from a July 26 story in the Inland Byte, the web version of the San Bernadino diocese paper. While the great recession made it more difficult to raise money for new church construction over the past five years, the need for more worship space in many parishes has only increased. Now, with early signs of economic recovery in the region and a new … [Read more...]

Calif. public employees retirement fund enrolls gay couples

The following comes in a July 24 story in the Sacramento Bee. In response to last month's historic gay-marriage rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, CalPERS' health plan is holding a special open-enrollment period for same-sex couples who were previously married. The enrollment period, which began this week, is for gay couples who had gotten married before the court … [Read more...]

The substance of Pope Francis

The following comes from a July 29 story by Michael Sean Winters in the National Catholic Reporter. In the four months of Pope Francis’ still young pontificate, and throughout the past week during World Youth Day in Rio, there has been a great deal of commentary on the new pope’s style. It is now obvious that the style is the substance. Pope Francis is known for his … [Read more...]

Father Benioff follows JPII, Archbishop Gomez, Father Robert Barron

The following comes from a July 26 story in the Tidings, Los Angeles archdiocesan paper. Father Edward Benioff knows very well what happens to youth who stay away from the Church — since he was once one of those young people himself. And, as director of the new archdiocesan Office of New Evangelization, the 42-year-old priest is confident he can help bring those who have … [Read more...]

Catholic Relief Services and the devil’s work

The following comes from a July 23 story by Randy Engel on the Renew America website. It's time the American bishops applied the "three strikes and you're out" rule to Catholic Relief Services, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' international relief program, which has become a laundering mechanism for millions of Catholic parish donations and tax-dollars into … [Read more...]

Reflections on World Youth Day 2013

The following comes unedited from July 24 and July 28 postings on the Sacramento diocese website. Wed., July 24 Globalization and the technological innovations driving it raise many moral questions and pastoral challenges. This was experienced before. The invention of the printing press centuries ago pushed the Church into the difficult period of the Reformation. It … [Read more...]