Archives for February 2015

The archbishop has not repealed anything

Response to the S.F. Chronicle

The following comes from a Feb. 24 release from the San Francisco archdiocese. In response to the San Francisco Chronicle’s story this evening regarding the meeting today between the Chronicle's editorial staff and Archbishop Cordileone, Fr. Piderit, Vicar for Administration and Moderator of the Curia, who was present at the meeting today, said: “The Archbishop has not … [Read more...]

What now?

Church needs to resist totalitarian gay regime

The likelihood that the Supreme Court next June will announce its discovery of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage raises an obvious question for the Catholic Church: What do we do now? First, press for strong legal protections for individuals and institutions conscientiously unable to cooperate with a legal regime that requires sweeping concessions to the LGBT … [Read more...]

Francis promotes Benedict

Lenten homilies from the past

Eight days ago Pope Francis promulgated a Homiletic Directory to reeducate the clergy of the whole world in preaching: Homiletic Directory And on Thursday February 19 he will dedicate precisely to the art of preaching the traditional meeting at the beginning of Lent with the priests of his diocese of Rome. Pope Francis cares deeply about the homily. In the agenda-setting … [Read more...]


Ventura Community College backs off new sign policy

University and college campuses are prime locations to advocate for life, both because college-age women are an abortion-vulnerable population, and because young people in general tend to be more receptive to the pro-life message. Yet college administrators often seem to be hard-wired to restrict pro-life speech, viewing it as offensive or too controversial. Over the last few … [Read more...]

Harris approves sale of Catholic hospitals- with conditions

Does her decision jeopardize healthcare for poor Californians?

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris on Friday approved the hotly debated sale of a chain of six struggling Catholic hospitals — including two in Los Angeles County — but imposed strict conditions on how they will be managed. Prime Healthcare Services Inc. of Ontario said it would need days to review Harris’ ruling before deciding whether to proceed with the … [Read more...]

Hey Washington Post editors: Santorums are (still) Catholic

Is it so rare that Catholics in politics actually vote according to Church teaching?

A decade ago, the editors of Time magazine decided – during one of the many "Who the heck are these born-gain people?" moments in the recent life of the mainstream press – to do a cover story focusing on the 25 most influential evangelical Protestants in American life. It was an interesting list. However, one name in particular raised many eyebrows – Sen. Rick Santorum. … [Read more...]

Abortion clinic hits buzz-saw in Imperial Valley

Moving testimony by El Centro residents

Nearly one hundred individuals filled the El Centro Council chambers Tuesday evening, February 17 creating standing room only. The majority came to let the council know they did not want an abortion clinic in town. Another 50 to 100 stood outside the chamber. There is a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic being constructed on Fourth Street in El Centro just south of the … [Read more...]

Obama tells Catholic Charities they have to provide abortion referrals

Staff must be trained in LGBTQI

The Obama administration is getting ready to issue new rules requiring charities to provide abortions to child refugees entering the US without their parents. Faith-based groups say this is a contravention of the rights of parents and a violation of the conscience rights of faith-based groups helping resettle the children. The public has until Monday to comment on the … [Read more...]

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Tempe AZ

Name of Church Our Lady of Mount Carmel Address 2121 S. Rural Road, Tempe AZ 85282 Phone number 480-967-8791 Website Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. Sunday, 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. & 8 a.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. Confessions Saturdays, 3 p.m. Names of priests Father John Bonavitacola, pastor. Frather … [Read more...]

A sordid piece

Even by standards of Silicon Catholicism

The following came in a Feb. 19 email from one of our readers: “An ex-priest, who I believe was a longtime Santa Clara University staffer, put out an ugly screed against Archbishop Cordileone on Ash Wednesday.  Instead of wearing ashes, readers of the San Jose Mercury News were treated to the bitterness of an ex-priest who must have slept through his seminary moral theology … [Read more...]