Archives for February 2014

Bishop Barber and the young Marine with cancer

The following comes from Bishop Michael Barber's homily for the World Day of the Sick Mass on Feb. 8, published in the Feb. 17 edition of the Oakland Catholic Voice. When I was chaplain to the 23rd Marine Regiment in San Bruno, there was a Marine who was being inspected one day. The Marines were lined up in formation, and the inspecting officer was going through the ranks. … [Read more...]

One ugly church bites the dust

The following comes from a Feb. 26 story by Nicholas Hahn III on RealClearReligion. Christian Scientists have won their long, twilight struggle against brutalism -- so says a wrecking ball at the corner of 16th and I streets in Washington, D.C. For what seemed like an eternity, members of the Third Church of Christ, Scientist fought with architecture historians and city … [Read more...]

U.S., Canada among the world’s top 4% most permissive nations on abortion

The following comes from a Feb. 25 story on The United States and Canada's “ultra-permissive abortion policies” make them extreme outliers on the world stage when it comes to abortion, according to a new report from the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Only five other nations, including China and North Korea, are in the same league. “The United States is one … [Read more...]

Calif. publisher develops app for every Catholic parish

The following comes from a Feb. 25 release from “Churches must adapt to the new realities of “mobile Catholicism” or be left to question whether it makes sense to even have a website,” said Wally Arida, publisher of ParishWorld, the Simi Valley-based developer of the new app, ParishWorld for Catholics…. The newly-released app is now ready to use by any … [Read more...]

A call to bishops on behalf of unborn

The following comes from an address to the Catholic leadership organization Legatus at its annual summit in Orlando on Feb. 8 by John Smeaton, executive director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (U.K.). ….Dear members of Legatus, when our Catholic bishops show courage in defending our families, not least in the face of the new homosexual rights agenda … [Read more...]

Saddleback and Orange diocese to sponsor mental health event

The following comes from a Feb. 25 story in the Aurora (CO) Sentinel. A year after his son’s suicide, popular evangelical pastor Rick Warren is taking on a new mental health ministry inspired by his personal tragedy. Warren, founder of Saddleback Church and a best-selling author, will team with the Roman Catholic diocese of Orange and the National Alliance on Mental … [Read more...]

Overflow crowd watches Catholic Answers debate on God’s existence

The following comes from an email sent by Kerry Beck of Catholic Answers. Wednesday, February 12 is remembered by academics and atheists as Darwin Day, a day to recognize Charles Darwin’s contributions to science and to promote science in general. Whether or not the organizers knew that going in, it seemed an appropriate choice for a debate between a Catholic apologist … [Read more...]

Pro-abort state laws stymied

The following comes from a Feb. 25 story on Abortion advocates at the Guttmacher Institute and other pro-abortion institutions say they are “fighting back,” introducing more legislation to expand access to abortion than in any year in recent memory. But pro-life advocates say that public opinion, and the tide of history, is turning decisively against … [Read more...]

NFL threatens Arizona

The following comes from a Feb. 25 op-ed piece in the Washington Examiner. Call it what you want -- anti-gay or religious rights -- but if Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs a controversial bill, you might not be calling Arizona the home of the 2015 Super Bowl. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, S.B. 1062, is the current controversy du jour out of Arizona, and the National … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’s money man

The following comes from a Feb. 25 story by Samuel Gregg of the Acton Institute on Real Clear Religion. A tall, somewhat imposing figure with a lifetime of intellectual achievement, pastoral work, and a forceful engagement in the public square behind him, Cardinal George Pell doesn't fit most people's image of a financial administrator. The 72 year-old ecclesiastic has, … [Read more...]