Archives for September 2013

Marian procession celebrates founding of Los Angeles

The following comes from a Sept. 20 story in the Tidings, Los Angeles archdiocese’s  newspaper. Guadalupe Hernandez, 12, came all the way from Downey with her mom and two sisters. She wanted to be part of the third annual Grand Marian Procession, Rosary and Votive Mass honoring Our Lady of the Angels, followed by a fiesta. The multicultural event, which drew more than 400 … [Read more...]

Bishop Silva of Honolulu: there is just discrimination

The following letter was forwarded to us by one of our readers on Sept. 30. Hawaii’s Governor Abercrombie on Sept. 9 called for special legislative session on Oct. 28 to pass same-sex marriage. Office of the Bishop 1184 Bishop Street, Honolulu HI 96813–2859 808.585.3347 August 22 ,2013 URGENT LETTER TO ALL CATHOLICS IN THE … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez on the Pope’s interview

The following comes from a column by Archbishop Gomez published in the Los Angeles archdiocese newspaper, the Tidings, on Sept. 27. Everybody is talking about the Pope this week. All over the world, the interview he gave to some Jesuit journalists has been the constant subject of headlines, talk shows, editorials and conversation. But in our media culture, we have to watch … [Read more...]

How a Catholic church should look

By: Msgr. Charles Pope The following comes from a Sept. 23 posting on the Washington D.C. archdiocese website. Catholics have often endured the charge that we are an unbiblical Church. Strange accusation, really, for the Church that collected the Scriptures, determined the canon of Scripture and preached it for 1,500 years before there ever was a Protestant denomination. … [Read more...]

Depo Provera – the poor woman’s poison

The following comes from a Sept. 25 posting by Lisa Correnti on the Turtle Bay and Beyond website. A recent congressional briefing examined the lethal side effects of the long-acting contraceptive injectable Depo Provera and the targeting of Black and Latina women to receive it. Congressman William Lacy Clay and the Congressional Black Caucus held a briefing to examine a … [Read more...]

San Francisco, the Gay Rome

The following came from a reader in a Sept. 26 email. September in San Francisco (dubbed The Gay Rome by USF student Julie Henderson at a 2007 seminar at Most Holy Redeemer Church) is dominated by the Folsom Street Fair. As fair organizers boast, “Only in San Francisco will you see leather pride banners lining the grand thoroughfare of Market Street…” and it is true:  the … [Read more...]

Catholics see rise in number of seminarians

The following comes from a Sept. 24 story on Religion News Service. After decades of glum trends — fewer priests, fewer parishes — the Catholic Church in the United States has a new statistic to cheer: More men are now enrolled in graduate level seminaries, the main pipeline to the priesthood, than in nearly two decades. This year’s tally of 3,694 graduate theology … [Read more...]

Bishop Vasa on sexual sinners: I don’t judge them

The following comes from a Sept. 20 story in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Santa Rosa Catholic Bishop Robert Vasa said Friday that Pope Francis has challenged him and other church leaders to become more “pastoral” in their work, but is not asking them to abandon the Church's moral teachings about the sins of homosexuality, abortion and birth control. Vasa's comments came … [Read more...]

Prominent Stockton priest announces he’s fathering a child

The following comes from a Sept. 24 story on Channel 10 ABC News in Stockton. Dean McFalls, a well-known priest in the Stockton Diocese, has resigned after telling parishioners he's about to become the father of a baby boy. "I definitely have disappointed many people," McFalls said. "That's why I've talked about it openly, so they won't be left guessing about what's going … [Read more...]

Bishop Vann announces Christ Cathedral architects

The following comes from a mid-Sept. posting on the website of the Diocese of Orange. …Today, at the eighth annual Orange County Catholic Prayer breakfast held within the inspiring glass façade of the Christ Cathedral, the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, bishop of Orange, announced the selection of two architectural firms to collaborate on the renovation and development of the … [Read more...]