Archives for July 2017

Vatican scuttlebutt: ‘Summorum Pontificum’ may be in danger

Pope Francis said to be considering plan to offer traditional Latin Mass only through SSPX, but only after Benedict XVI dies

Sources inside the Vatican suggest that Pope Francis aims to end Pope Benedict XVI’s universal permission for priests to say the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), also known as the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. While the course of action would be in tune with Pope Francis’ repeatedly expressed disdain for the TLM especially among young people, there has been no open discussion of … [Read more...]

Parish shopping

Researchers: More than 30 percent of parishioners and 40 percent of millennials attend Mass at a parish they choose, rather than the church closest to them

In San Francisco, many Catholics travel miles past their local church to find a parish where they feel most at home, part of a national movement that observers attribute to a mobile society and a church structure that no longer requires Catholics to attend church within their parish boundaries. “Today’s Catholic experience is not governed by where you live. That’s just a … [Read more...]

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone revamps liturgy institute

Benedict XVI Institute will be reimagined as center for promoting Catholic culture, including art, music, architecture and literature

The board of directors of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship has decided to revamp the organization to broaden its focus beyond forming ministers of sacred music and liturgy and to “reclaim the Catholic imagination,” especially through literature. The institute will be reimagined “as a center for promoting Catholic culture,” continuing its emphasis … [Read more...]

President Trump bans transgender people from military service

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” says the president

President Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will no longer “accept or allow” transgender people in the United States military, saying American forces “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory” and could not afford to accommodate them. Mr. Trump made the surprise declaration in a series of posts on Twitter, saying he had come to the decision after … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez calls on Congress to pass Dream Act

“We are talking about people who have grown up in this country since they were young children. America is all they know”

Too many young people are threatened with deportation because their parents brought them to the U.S. without documentation, and Congress needs to pass the Dream Act to help them, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has said. The proposed legislation “would permanently lift the threat of deportation that right now hangs over the heads of more than one million young people who … [Read more...]

Neurologist: Jahi McMath is alive

In sworn affidavit, Dr. Alan Shewmon tells court that videos demonstrate that girl declared dead three years ago is alive and her condition is improving

It’s been more than three years since 13-year-old Jahi McMath was declared dead after something went terribly wrong following throat surgery at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Her family has never accepted the declaration and has kept her on life support ever since — and in a new twist, a prominent neurologist says recent videos of the girl show she is alive, with a partially … [Read more...]

San Francisco Planning Commission approves Planned Parenthood flagship clinic

Unanimous vote came despite testimony from pro-life opponents

Despite testimony from pro-life opponents, the San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously approved a Planned Parenthood Northern California proposal for a central “flagship” clinic on Bush Street near Van Ness Avenue. Operations at the two-story clinic in a former auto body shop at 1522 Bush would include surgical and medical abortions, contraception and other family … [Read more...]

Famous Catholic commentator to speak at SF’s “Vocation Parish”

George Weigel to speak at Star of the Sea Church

California Catholic Daily exclusive. On Thursday, July 27, the well-known author, columnist and television personality George Weigel will make a special appearance at Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco. Mr. Weigel, one of the best known lay figures in the English-speaking Catholic world, is in the Bay Area for the Seventh Annual Napa Institute Conference. The conference … [Read more...]

Could a California bill make Catholic conduct codes illegal?

AB 569, pushed by pro-abortion groups like NARAL, would prohibit employers from requiring codes of conduct that interfere with 'reproductive health care' choices

Pro-abortion groups are lobbying for a California law that Catholic leaders warn would open employers like Catholic schools to lawsuits for asking teachers to follow their codes of conduct. “The bill unmistakably targets religious organization employers in the state, and goes further, inviting expensive litigation that could take years to sort out,” the California Catholic … [Read more...]

Vatican article says main obstacle for Pope Francis is bishops, priests

Antiquated image of priesthood and old theology are responsible for hostility towards pope

On the heels of one controversial Vatican article alleging an “ecumenism of hate” between conservative Evangelicals and Catholics in America, another potential eyebrow-raiser emerged Saturday claiming that the “main obstacle” to implementing Pope Francis’s vision is “closure, if not hostility” from “a good part of the clergy, at levels both high and low.” The term “high and … [Read more...]