Archives for 2017

Crux looks back on US Church in 2017

Tension in the time of Trump

NEW YORK - When Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, offered a prayer at the inauguration of President Donald Trump last January, he stressed that his role at the event was not political, but rather, pastoral. “Many people may have reservations of the president-elect and I certainly do, as with any incoming president,” Dolan told reporters before the inauguration. … [Read more...]

US bishops’ blog offers ‘racial examination of conscience’

USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development recommends we ask ourselves a series of questions to find out if we're closet racists

The following is a “racial examination of conscience” put together by Mark Schmidt for the USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development. Mark Schmidt is Director of the Office of Respect Life and Social Justice in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa. 1. Do I interact with people who are different from me outside of work or school? 2. Do I read books or stories … [Read more...]

Churches worth driving to

St. Francis Chapel, Marin Catholic

Name of Church St. Francis Chapel Address 675 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Kentfield, CA 94904 Phone number (415) 464-3800 Mass times Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. Confessions None regularly scheduled, but they are held on occasions such as Advent and Lent. Names of priests Msgr. Robert Sheeran. Msgr. Sheeran served as president of Seton Hall University in New … [Read more...]

Relevant Radio dropping Catholic Answers Live on Jan. 1

Catholic Answers could not come to an agreement with Relevant Radio, which sought exclusive broadcast and branding rights for the top-rated Catholic radio show in the U.S.

As of January 1, 2018, radio stations owned by Relevant Radio® will no longer carry Catholic Answers Live, for years the top-rated Catholic radio show in the U.S. In 2017, Relevant Radio merged with the West Coast-based Immaculate Heart Radio, a network that had carried the two-hour call-in show live 3-5 p.m. Pacific Time. Catholic Answers, which for twenty years has produced … [Read more...]

Parents can’t opt kids out of mandatory LGBT-inclusive texts in California

California has rejected textbooks from publishers that don't mention the homosexual preferences of historical figures

California has become the first state in the union to mandate the use of LGBT-inclusive textbooks in elementary schools and have given parents no way to opt out. The choice has been made for them. It’s the law. That law requires a “fair, accurate, inclusive, and respectful” treatment of homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and lesbian Americans despite the historical … [Read more...]

God is not watching us from a distance

Orange diocese Bishop Vann's Christmas Eve homily

The following comes from a Dec. 25 posting on the website of the Diocese of Orange. These days for me – as for most of us – bring a flood of memories from the realms of our lives and Christmases past. I was thinking of my maternal grandparents a lot these days, and how we would always go there on Christmas Eve – usually in bad weather – and would proudly receive a new set of … [Read more...]

Watercolors of Central Coast missions found

On view at San Juan Bautista through March

The following comes from a Dec. 16 story by Frank Perez on Benitolink.com. Tucked between pages of a hardbound book shelved in the family home or filling a sketchbook stored in the attic, the watercolor paintings of Central Coast missions remained hidden from public view, their location only known to the artist, the late Nancy Burtch Hauk of Pacific Grove. A new exhibition … [Read more...]

Robert Klein wants more stem cell money

More proof of his failure

The following comes from a Dec. 15 story on Capitol Weekly. Directors of the California stem cell agency on Thursday virtually endorsed a plan to stave off its financial death, pinning their hopes on a possible $5 billion bond measure and a private fundraising effort to bring in an additional $222 million. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, as the agency … [Read more...]

Daughters of St. Paul need another miracle on Middlefield

Redwood City building wants renovation

The following comes from a Dec. 14 story by Mary Sullivan on the site of Catholic San Francisco. Since 1966, the Daughters of St. Paul have maintained a bookstore in the Bay Area where their ministry is evangelization through the media. Currently, Pauline Books & Media in Redwood City is the only Catholic bookstore in the Bay Area run by the order. Increasingly high … [Read more...]

So many other footsteps in Joseph and Mary

Pope Francis' Christmas Eve homily at St. Peter's

The following comes from a Dec. 24 posting on Whispers in the Loggia. HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD – MASS IN THE HOLY NIGHT ST PETER'S BASILICA 24 DECEMBER 2017 Mary “gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn” (Lk 2:7). In these plain and clear words, … [Read more...]