Archives for May 2015

San Francisco protesters redefine Catholicism

Anti-Cordileone teachers’ position represents dissent, not doctrinal development

The following comes from a May 26 Crisis Magazine article by Nicholas Senz: The dispute between Catholic high school teachers and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone continues. Jim McGarry, an organizer of the group Concerned Parents and Students, has written an open letter addressed “to the administrators at the Catholic High Schools in the San Francisco Archdiocese” which was … [Read more...]

Why a priest should wear his Roman collar

23 reasons that probably didn't cross your mind

The following comes from a May 25 Cristianesimo Cattolico article by Msgr. Charles M. Mangan & Father Gerald E. Murray. The Roman collar is a sign of priestly consecration to the Lord. As a wedding ring distinguishes husband and wife and symbolizes the union they enjoy, so the Roman collar identifies bishops and priests (and often deacons and seminarians) and manifests … [Read more...]

Miracle baby

I wondered if this would work... or was it already too late?

The following comes from a May 9 story in the LA archdiocese's newspaper, The Angelus: This is my story about how I was given a light, a way and a chance that saved my son’s life. When I found out I was pregnant, I was fearful and uncertain. My friends asked, “Are you going to keep it?” Obviously, I had a choice. I had eight months to go before I graduated nursing … [Read more...]

How a picture can save a life

Sign of hope from outside the abortion clinic

The following comes from a May 24 email from Helpers of God's Precious Infants San Diego: Dear Pro-life Friends, At around 8:45 in the morning, a couple drove into the parking lot and parked, staying in their car for a few minutes. A counselor approached the vehicle. After motioning them to put down the window, they did so and listened to the counselor, who gave them … [Read more...]

Denver’s Archbishop Aquila restores sacraments to original order

Youth groups have new purpose other than confirmation preparation

The following comes from a May 23 Catholic News Agency article: In an unprecedented change for an archdiocese, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver announced that the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion – will be restored to their original order. “In an increasingly secular world, the reality is this: the souls of our children are the … [Read more...]

Cardinal Mahony’s take on economics

Praises recent decision by LA city council to raise minimum wage to $15/hr

The following comes from a May 21 blog post by Cardinal Roger Mahony:  The Los Angeles City Council has voted to increase the minimum wage in the City to $15 per hour by the year 2020. Thirty years ago when I first became Archbishop of Los Angeles, I would never have thought it necessary to take such an enormous leap in low-end worker salaries. Not any more. There are … [Read more...]

Pope Francis praises Chilean mother who chose life for baby

Reiterates the Christian commitment to "life in any circumstance in which it is found"

The following comes from a May 20 Lifesitenews article by Dan Zeidler: On May 13, the very day of her son Jose’s funeral, Bernardita Vial received a letter from Pope Francis. The Pope had learned about little Jose when he was still in the womb and not expected to survive very long after birth because he had been diagnosed during pregnancy with anencephaly, a condition … [Read more...]

Liberation theology, 30 years later

The Sandinista Revolution became the perfect opportunity to create a “popular church”

The following article was posted May 15 on Catholic News Agency. The author, Alejandro Bermúdez, serves as Executive Director of CNA and ACI Prensa. Mr. Bermúdez, a Peruvian journalist, received his training in Social Communications from the University of Lima. In addition to serving as head of CNA and ACI Prensa, he is also the Latin American correspondent for Our Sunday … [Read more...]

What is real compassion?

Spokane's new archbishop reminds us that it means suffering

The following comes from a Mountain Catholic post:  The Diocese of Spokane received its new shepherd, Bishop Thomas Anthony Daly of San José, California, a couple months ago, and honestly it was like an early Christmas present. Not having a bishop for all of Lent and the better part of 4 months was a bit of a bummer, so the long-awaited news was like music to my ears for … [Read more...]

Abortionist Phillip Rand dies

The obituary and the stories

The official story The following comes from an obituary published May 19 in UT San Diego. Phillip Rand MD, 94, peacefully passed away May 16th at Mercy Scripps Hospital surrounded by loving family and friends.… After being stationed in the Navy in San Diego, he married Florence 'Tamara Teacher and remained there for the rest of his life. He loved practicing medicine and … [Read more...]