Archives for May 2017

It doesn’t look like a Catholic Church

Tijuana's archbishop rejects modern design for city's new cathedral

Tijuana’s new archbishop has rejected the design of a cathedral that has been under construction since 2006. In an undated press release posted on the new cathedral’s website, Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón said, among other things, “That in eagerness that it be modern, the project does not look like a Catholic church, much less a cathedral.” The archbishop has … [Read more...]

Lots of money but not enough patients

Planned Parenthood of Northern California closing three locations

Planned Parenthood Northern California is set to close three locations, including Vacaville, Pittsburg, and central Richmond, on June 30th, according to local pro-life leaders and confirmed by a Planned Parenthood spokesperson. These California closures follow closely after Planned Parenthood’s recent announcement of closing ten locations in Iowa, New Mexico, Wyoming, and … [Read more...]

Trump administration plans to eliminate contraceptive mandate for religious institutions

No more bullying by the federal government

Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted a rule to roll back a federal requirement that many religious employers provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans. The mandate for free contraceptive coverage was one of the most hotly contested Obama administration policies adopted under the Affordable Care Act, and it generated … [Read more...]

Jesus warned frequently about hell

Msgr. Charles Pope: "No 'heresy' of our day is more widespread or pernicious than the denial of hell, its existence, and its sad frequency"

Many people today put Hell in opposition to the love of God, but Jesus combines them. Here is an important truth: No one loves you more than Jesus Christ, yet no one spoke of or taught on Hell and Judgment more than He did. He gave warning after warning and told parable after parable, practically shouting about judgment and the reality of Hell. No “heresy” of our day is more … [Read more...]

Abandoning Latin changed liturgical music for the worse

"Singing 'If I Had a Hammer,' 'Get Together,' and 'Day by Day' at Mass never me feel holier"

A century ago, Pope St. Pius X took on the reform of liturgical music in a big way. Late nineteenth-century liturgical music had largely pushed Gregorian chant aside, and the patrimony of the Roman Rite’s most distinctive musical form was in danger of fading away. His 1903 motu proprio on sacred music “Tra Le Sollecitudini” sought to reclaim chant and minimize the damage that … [Read more...]

Not just for Protestants anymore

Long the realm of fundamentalist Christian churches, vacation Bible schools now being offered at increasing number of Catholic parishes in Diocese of Orange

Catholic parents seeking summer activities for their children should look no further than their parish, because a growing number of vacation Bible schools are offered at Catholic parishes throughout the Diocese of Orange. Long the realm of fundamentalist Christian churches, vacation Bible schools typically offer a weeklong program of daily activities structured around … [Read more...]

Children consecrated to Mary on Fatima centennial

About 80 children and teenagers placed themselves under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a prayer of consecration at the Church of the Visitation in San Francisco

About 80 children and teenagers placed themselves under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a prayer of consecration at the Church of the Visitacion on the 100th anniversary of the appearance of the Blessed Mother at Fatima May 13. Among the children were teens who were confirmed the next day by Bishop William J. Justice, children in the parish religious … [Read more...]

Cardinal Francis Arinze: Fatima reveals Hell is real

"Hell is not something that was invented in the Vatican,” says Nigerian prelate

People who disregard Hell as a place “invented” by the Church to scare people into acting a certain way need to listen to the message from Our Lady of Fatima, said Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria. She showed three shepherd children that Hell exists, and is not empty, he added. “There are people who don't want us to talk of Hell. But Hell is not something that was invented … [Read more...]

What Bishop McElroy told theology school graduates

San Diego bishop addressed 55 graduates at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, telling them "a vibrantly transformed branch of Catholic theology" has emerged over last three years

Pope Francis teaches us that theology must "attend to the concrete reality of human life and human suffering," San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy told theology graduates at a commencement speech May 20. "There has emerged in the last three years a vibrantly transformed branch of Catholic theology which is rightfully claiming its place as a central element of Catholic doctrine and … [Read more...]

Diving deeper into the faith through reading

First meeting of recently formed OC Catholic Book Club discusses “Father Benedict: The Spiritual and Intellectual Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI”

Book club is in session. The first meeting of the new OC Catholic Book Club took place at Christ Cathedral’s Freed Theater recently—where all were invited to learn and discuss the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI, just over a week after his 90th birthday. “How can we take what we discuss here back to our communities, families, and parishes? That’s the goal of this inaugural book … [Read more...]