Archives for October 2016

Was the last ‘witch’ of Boston actually a Catholic martyr?

Ann Glover was convicted of being an “idolatrous Roman Catholick” and a witch

The following comes from an October 31 Catholic News Agency article by Mary Rezac: The last person hanged for witchcraft in Boston could be considered a Catholic martyr. In the 1650s, Ann Glover and her family, along with some 50,000 other native Irish people, were enslaved by Englishman Oliver Cromwell during the occupation of Ireland and shipped to the island of … [Read more...]

California restaurants launch statewide transgender employment program

State grant will pay for the first 60 hours of a new hire's wages as an incentive for business owners

The following comes from an October 25 Fox News story: The state of California has officially backed a new program aiming to assist transgender people find jobs in the restaurant industry. The new California Transgender Workplace Project says it wants to reduce workplace discrimination and stigmas associated with transgender individuals-- while combating the historically … [Read more...]

Are Vatican, China close to agreement on bishop selection?

Proposed compromise could draw fierce protests from Chinese Catholics

The following comes from an October 30 Wall Street Journal article by Francis X. Rocca And Chun Han Wong: VATICAN CITY—Negotiators for the Vatican and Beijing reached a compromise on who selects Catholic bishops in China, said people familiar with the matter, potentially marking a major step toward ending six decades of estrangement. If Pope Francis and Chinese leaders … [Read more...]

Sister Simone blames Reagan

Speaking at a San Jose parish, left-leaning nun blames country's economic woes on policies instituted by former president

The following comes from an October 26 Valley Catholic article by Liz Sullivan: On October 12, at Our Lady of Refuge Parish in San Jose, homeless advocates, including representatives from Working Partnership USA, People Acting in Community Together (PACT), Women Religious of the South Bay and San Francisco area and the Diocese of San Jose Social Justice Project joined Sister … [Read more...]

Pope makes complete overhaul of Vatican liturgical congregation

"A distinctly more liberal character"

The following comes from an October 28 Catholic Culture article: In a stunning move, Pope Francis has replaced all of the members of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship, the body in charge of liturgical questions. It is routine for the Roman Pontiff to appoint a few new members to each Vatican congregation, rotating out members who have served for several years. … [Read more...]

St. Paul the Apostle, Pismo Beach

Name of Church St. Paul the Apostle Address 800 Bello Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449 Phone number 805-773-2219 Website Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m. Sundays, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Latin Tridentine), 5:30 p.m. Weekdays, 8 a.m. Holy days, 8 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 7 p.m. Confessions Monday-Friday before 8 a.m. Mass. Saturday, 4-5 … [Read more...]

Where are the Christians?

Federal appeals judge wants to know why 10 percent of the Syrian population is Christian and “yet less than one-half of 1 percent of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States this year are Christian”

The following comes from an October 27 Daily Signal article by Hans von Spakovsky: In an otherwise unremarkable opinion over the federal Freedom of Information Act, a federal appellate court judge has issued a sharp rejoinder to the Obama administration over an issue that has been discussed in the news—the almost complete lack of Syrian Christian refugees being brought over to … [Read more...]

A suicide survivor’s miraculous witness

Brandi Moore speaks to thousands at OneLife LA about the value of human life

The following comes from an October 25 Angelus article by Casey McCorry: Six years ago, 17-year-old Brandi Moore lay in a hospital bed after a 30-foot fall over a highway overpass onto concrete — an unsuccessful attempt at suicide. The woman who had found her sat in a chair beside Moore in the hospital. When Moore woke, the woman handed her a teddy bear smiling brightly and … [Read more...]

Vatican: Cremated bodies may not be scattered

Ashes may not be kept at home or preserved as mementos; burial still preferred for remains

The following comes from an October 25 Catholic News Agency article by Hannah Brockhaus: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released an instruction Tuesday regarding burial and cremation, reiterating the Church's teaching that cremation, while strongly discouraged, can be permissible under certain restrictions – and that scattering the ashes is forbidden. Ad … [Read more...]

To vote pro-life in California

State and national candidates endorsed by Sacramento group

  The California Prolife Council, Sacramento’s branch of National Right to Life, has published a list of congressional and state legislative candidates to vote for, endorsement of presidential candidate, and a special recommendation on three state initiatives to vote against. No surprise that the council has endorsed Donald Trump and Mike Pence for national … [Read more...]