Archives for 2016

Will President Trump restrict embryonic stem cell research funding?

Tom Price, the president-elect's nominee to head HHS, has opposed embryonic stem cell research on moral grounds

For the first time in nearly a decade, biomedical scientists and companies are confronting a fundamental question: Will the government pay for research that involves human embryonic stem cells? Since the mid-2000s, research has dramatically expanded on stem cells, including those not derived from human embryos. There are currently more than 1,300 clinical trials on stem … [Read more...]

The Cathedral of St. Eugene, Santa Rosa

Name of Church The Cathedral of St. Eugene Address 2323 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 Phone number (707) 542-6984 Website Mass times Saturday vigil, 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (Spanish); Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. (Latin High Mass), 5:30 p.m. Weekdays, 6:45 & 8 a.m. & Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. (Latin, low … [Read more...]

U.S. bishops support proposed law protecting some immigrant students

Chairman of USCCB's Committee on Migration urges passage of bill that would provide temporary relief from deportation for young people enrolled in DACA

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) spoke out in support of the BRIDGE Act, legislation that would provide temporary relief from deportation for young people without documentation currently enrolled or able to enroll in the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Addressing U.S. Senators in a letter dated December 22, … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan will pray at Trump inauguration

The New York archbishop is among six clergy members who will offer prayers or scripture readings for the incoming president

Six prominent clergy members — including a Catholic cardinal, black and Hispanic Protestant leaders and a rabbi — will pray at Donald Trump’s inauguration. The inaugural committee told The Post on Wednesday that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Rev. Franklin Graham, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Pastor Paula White will all give readings … [Read more...]

Why I wear the habit

A nun’s reflection on religious life

As Pope Francis’s year dedicated to consecrated life concluded at the start of 2016, one nun shared her thoughts on how her religious garb serves as a “visible sign” that God exists and loves every person. Though the official Year for Consecrated Life concluded earlier this year, it’s actually “the beginning of helping people get reacquainted with religious life,” said … [Read more...]

Bishop Blaire hopes for retirement soon

Diocesan leader celebrated 75th birthday on Thursday

Sister Ann Venita Britto began pacing at about 10:45 a.m. Thursday. The seniors who enjoy her regular holiday lunches at St. Anthony's Catholic Church were settling in for their Christmas feast, but the guest of honor had yet to arrive. The event couldn't go on without Bishop Stephen Blaire, who turned 75 on Thursday. A birthday celebration was planned, and he arrived about … [Read more...]

Bishop Barnes calls for prayer and fasting before inauguration

San Bernardino bishop asks parishes to participate in a one-day fast in response to 'divisions that emerged from the presidential campaign'

The following comes from a December 19 Inland Catholic Byte article: In response to divisions that emerged from the presidential campaign and in support of healing and hope for the country, Bishop Gerald Barnes is asking parishes of the Diocese to participate in a one-day fast during the final 18 days leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of … [Read more...]

Intercommunion: the next theological ambiguity

Cardinal Walter Kasper suggests that sharing the Eucharist with non-Catholics solve pastoral problems

The following comes from a December 28 Crisis article by John M. Grondelski : A recent issue of the Italian daily Avennire suggests the next possible front in the effort to accommodate the sacraments to “pastoral” problems (at least as Cardinal Walter Kasper sees them): intercommunion. The December 9 issue features a brief interview in which Kasper reflects on Pope … [Read more...]

No public ‘correction’ of Pope Francis, according to Cardinal Brandmüller

One of the four cardinals who submitted dubia to the pope has said that any correction of the pontiff would be done privately

The following comes from a December 27 Catholic Culture article: Cardinal Walter Brandmüller—one of the four cardinals who submitted dubia to Pope Francis regarding the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia—has said that any “correction” of the Pontiff would be done privately. Cardinal Brandmüller was responding, in an interview with Vatican Insider, to published remarks by … [Read more...]

The pro-life issues facing President Trump

Many social conservatives were ecstatic at the election of Donald Trump, but whether they’ll still be ecstatic a few months down the line remains to be seen

The following comes from a December 27 Angelus article by Russell Shaw: Many social conservatives, though by no means all, were ecstatic at the election of Donald Trump. Whether they’ll still be ecstatic a few months down the line cannot be predicted—and by no means is this uncertainty entirely of Trump’s making. Start with the Supreme Court. During the campaign, … [Read more...]