Archives for January 2017

Bishop Jaime Soto speaks on Amoris Laetitia

No clarification on the Chapter 8 controversy

California Catholic Daily exclusive. The Sacramento Catholic Forum, which kicked off its year on January 25th, was founded to provide formation, fellowship, and networking opportunities to Catholics in the Diocese of Sacramento. Their first breakfast meeting of the year – held at their new location, Christ the King Retreat Center in Citrus Heights – was attended by over … [Read more...]

“We need to stop the hemorrhaging now”

Five schools to close, seven troubled schools gain new life in Oakland diocese

The face of Catholic education in the Diocese of Oakland will change with a plan that will close five schools, and move seven schools into a separate network charged with bolstering the educational and faith formation experience by sharing teaching specialists and administrative services. The five schools that will close at the end of the 2016-17 school year are: Sts. Jarlath, … [Read more...]

Sad tale of a child sex slave

Duñia Zelaya and ex-labor slave Bishan Kumar share their stories during the L.A. Freedom Walk

“I knew my life wasn’t normal,” Duñia Zelaya said of her childhood. She vividly remembers the night her mother and stepfather dressed her in strange clothes and did her makeup before driving her to a bar to work as a sex slave. She can’t remember her age, but she was probably 7. Her mother gave her a drink to “give her courage.” Her two sisters, who were older though still … [Read more...]

“A shameful moment of abandonment”

San Diego bishop denounces President Trump's immigration restrictions

Bishop Robert McElroy, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, issued a statement this afternoon critical of a controversial executive order signed by President Trump restricting the flow of travelers and refugees into the United States, as well as creating a new religious test for entry. “For the Catholic community, the Gospel mandate to ‘welcome the stranger’ is a … [Read more...]

Except for Planned Parenthood, bishops’ spokesman lauds California governor

"We stand ready to help Gov. Brown and our elected officials where we can to protect the vulnerable, enhance the common good and promote respectful engagement amongst all Californians”

Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, issued this statement today following California Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State speech this morning: “Solidarity with our immigrant neighbors, compassion for the less fortunate, respect for one another and care for “Our Common Home,” as Pope Francis calls it, are values all of us as … [Read more...]

Pope orders review of liturgical translations

Some liturgists favor a more creative interpretation of the language of the Mass

Pope Francis has ordered a new review of the principles that guide translations of the liturgy, America magazine has confirmed. The Pope reportedly formed a commission to review Liturgiam Authenticam, the document issued by the Vatican in 2001 that called for liturgical translations that adhered closely to the Latin of the Roman Missal. That document, which led to a new and … [Read more...]

Sacramento bishop says sanctuary cities won’t solve the problem

Bishop Jaime Soto: "we need a public discussion among elected officials about immigration reform as a reasonable alternative to the prevailing hysteria on the issue"

Immigrant families in Sacramento and around the country are trembling. They worry their families will be broken up, that their homes, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods will be recklessly invaded and that as many as 2 million people in California may be deported. Some concerned leaders have invoked the term “sanctuary,” seeking to shelter immigrants and their families from … [Read more...]

What is the Catholic response to the rise of nationalism?

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy, writing in America magazine: nativist element of our culture must be purged from the national debate

As a new administration and Congress begin, the merger of populism and nationalism at work in the cultural and political currents of the United States compels us to explore deeply the nature of both nationalism and patriotism and to evaluate them in the light of our identity as disciples of Jesus Christ. The recent election campaign was deeply marred by exclusionary rhetoric … [Read more...]

St. Dominic’s Church, Benicia

Name of Church St. Dominic Address 475 East I Street (corner of East 5th and East I), Benicia, CA 94510 Phone number (707) 747-7220 Website Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish-English), 5:30 p.m. (for youth and young adults). First Sunday, 3 p.m. (Vietnamese). Monday - Friday, 7 a.m., … [Read more...]

Chinese New Year to be celebrated at Christ Cathedral

Mass will be followed by a traditional ancestry veneration ceremony

Orange County Chinese Catholics will celebrate the Chinese New Year on Sunday, Jan. 29. The 10:30 a.m. Mass will be led by Bishop Kevin Vann and will be followed by a traditional Chinese ancestry veneration ceremony. A colorful lion dance will be performed in the plaza of the Christ Cathedral campus to share the New Year joy and the symbolic good fortune act with the public. … [Read more...]