Archives for May 2016

Statues turned to face wall, candles flipped in Hanford church

Tabernacle carried across the street from Immaculate Heart of Mary

The following comes from a May 30 story on ABC News, Fresno. Leaders and parishioners of a Catholic church in Hanford are devastated after learning their place of worship was set on fire and vandalized Sunday night. Wine was spilled, windows and pictures were smashed, holy robes and other items burnt and broken. And an entire congregation is shocked and saddened by what … [Read more...]

SF archdiocese appoints mentor for new priests

Archbishop Cordileone: "One's being is changed"

The following comes from a May 24 story by Valerie Schmalz in Catholic San Francisco. Saying that “it is a very critical stage in a priest’s journey,” Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone has instituted a new position focused on mentoring priests for the first five years after ordination. Archbishop Cordileone appointed longtime Immaculate Heart of Mary pastor and former … [Read more...]

The golden era of California mission music

Loud drumming, women, and children singers within adobe walls

The following comes from a May 29 story in the Catholic Sentinel, a publication of the Oregon Catholic Press. …. Steven Ottományi, a California liturgical music composer and musicologist, has been studying the music sung two centuries ago in those mission churches, where Spanish Franciscans melded medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, classical and native music customs to help … [Read more...]

Calif. Congresswoman screams at University of San Diego professor

“You’re an ignorant bigot!”

  The following comes from a May 27 post on LifeSite News. A California Democrat screamed at a law professor who opposes opening public school restrooms and showers to members of the opposite sex, shouting “You're an ignorant bigot!” Rep. Zoe Lofgren began by reading a statement submitted by U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Gail Heriot, who is also a professor … [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood co-opts state legislature to suppress free speech

How far can they go?

The following comes from a May 26 email sent by the Life Legal Defense Foundation. Planned Parenthood is sponsoring legislation in California to criminalize the publication of evidence of its business practices, which include harvesting and selling the body parts of aborted babies. Assembly Bill 1671 would make it a crime to publish confidential conversations with certain … [Read more...]

Holy Child image to stop in Santa Paula

Thousands expected to descend upon the town

  The following comes from a May 25 story in the Ventura Star. Thousands of people from across California and beyond are expected to converge on Santa Paula over the next week and a half to pay their respects to a tiny statue dressed in blue. Known as El Santo Niño de Atocha, or the Holy Child of Atocha, the statue is a sacred image of the Christ child and is … [Read more...]

Cardinal Sarah: Face east from Offertory on

Prefect for Worship says start with cathedrals

  The following comes from a May 26 story in the Catholic Herald (U.K.). The Vatican’s liturgy chief has called on priests to celebrate Mass facing east. In an interview with the French Catholic magazine Famille Chrétienne, Cardinal Robert Sarah said that the Second Vatican Council did not require priests to celebrate Mass facing the people. This way of … [Read more...]

Sacred Heart Maronite Monastery, Castle Rock WA

Churches worth driving to

Name of Church Sacred Heart Maronite Monastery Address 2308 Delameter Road, Castle Rock WA 98611 (One hour north of Portland on I-5) Phone number (503) 690-4425 Website Divine Mysteries (Mass) times The Maronite Monks of Jesus, Mary and Joseph currently live in a home in Beaverton, Oregon.  Visitors are not allowed in the monks’ home, but … [Read more...]

Religious liberty on the rocks in California

Thomas Aquinas students to lose Cal Grants?

  The following comes from a May 25 story in the Weekly Standard. Before Memorial Day, the California state legislature is expected to vote on two bills restricting religious liberty. One, AB 1888, would cut off public grants to all colleges and universities without policies specifically protecting gay, lesbian and transgender students from any form of … [Read more...]

16,433 aborted babies in a dumpster

Cal Catholic exclusive -- Rocky Top Pictures to tell story of gruesome discovery

By Kristina Garza In 1982, the remains of 16,433 aborted fetuses were found in a repossessed storage container in Los Angeles. The storage container had been purchased by Malvin Weisberg, who originally housed the storage container at his Woodland Hills home. Two years later, S. Rickly Christian, former editor of the Saturday Evening Post, and his friend Karen Linamen, … [Read more...]