Archives for October 2017

‘What we have in common is far more than that which still divides us’

Catholics, Lutherans look toward Christian unity in Reformation statement

The Reformation anniversary gives us a renewed impetus to work for reconciliation, said a statement released jointly Tuesday by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Lutheran World Federation. “We recognize that while the past cannot be changed, its influence upon us today can be transformed to become a stimulus for growing communion, and a sign of hope … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County steps in to aid homeless parents

Baby seen as sign of hope and a chance for redemption, but shelter told couple it didn't allow children and the couple needed to leave after the baby was born; Catholic Charities: "It sounded a lot like the Holy family”

Ricardo Lopez calls her the “miracle baby.” Born to homeless parents sleeping in a temporary church shelter, Serenity Michelle’s future looked grim. The church shelter didn’t allow babies, and her parents, Lopez and Bernadette Ortiz, feared the birth of their child would mean living on the streets again. But their story, an example of the poverty that exists in the shadows of … [Read more...]

Does it violate free speech?

U.S. Supreme Court weighs challenge to California law forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortion

The Supreme Court is weighing whether to hear an anti-abortion group’s challenge on free speech grounds to a California law that requires “crisis pregnancy centers” — which advocate alternatives to the procedure — to also advise clients that the state offers free or low-cost contraception and assistance in ending their pregnancy. The justices could announce as early as Monday … [Read more...]

Jury selection begins in lawsuit over sale of former convent in Los Feliz

Legal action pits Los Angeles archdiocese and singer Katy Perry against a businesswoman they allege meddled with a contract to sell the property in 2015

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in a trial of a lawsuit pitting the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Katy Perry against a  businesswoman they alleged meddled with a contract to sell a former convent in Los Feliz to the singer in 2015. The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges Dana Hollister knew she did not have the written authority of the … [Read more...]

Burbank Catholic high school to take yearlong hiatus

Higher operating costs and a decade-long decline in enrollment led to decision to restructure Bellarmine-Jefferson High School operations

When students at Bellarmine-Jefferson High School (Bell-Jeff) in Burbank break for summer vacation next year, the school’s operations will officially take a yearlong hiatus to allow administrators to focus on restructuring the school’s education program for the fall of 2019. Higher operating costs and a decade-long decline in enrollment led to the decision to restructure the … [Read more...]

Significant victory in veto of AB 569

California bishops' spokesman: "We thank Governor Brown for vetoing this unnecessary, highly questionable effort to harass religious employers who provide valuable services in the public domain”

The last moment for Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto bills was Sunday, October 15, at midnight and he waited to the very end to act on several bills the California Catholic Conference tracked this past Legislative Session. Most notable was the Governor’s veto of AB 569 (Gonzales-Fletcher, D-San Diego), the bill that targeted religious employers and would have created … [Read more...]

What does it mean to be a missionary disciple?

The first step for each of us is to daily deepen our relationship with Christ through prayer and the sacraments, says Orange Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Freyer

Earlier this summer our Diocese was able to send a delegation to the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America. This historic event gathered more than 3,000 delegates from 159 dioceses. As we focused on the Encyclical of Pope Francis, “The Joy of the Gospel,” and how we can apply it to our reality in the United States, one thing became clear: We cannot … [Read more...]

‘Required reading for those who wish to evangelize the next generation’

The least religious generation in U.S. history, a reflection by Bishop Robert Barron on Jean Twenge's book “iGen”

Jean Twenge’s book iGen is one of the most fascinating—and depressing—texts I’ve read in the past decade. A professor of psychology at San Diego State University, Dr. Twenge has been, for years, studying trends among young Americans, and her most recent book focuses on the generation born between 1995 and 2012. Since this is the first cohort of young people who have never known … [Read more...]

Long Beach library hosts Drag Queen Story Hour

Appearance of transvestite at Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library generates controversy

A photograph showing a horned drag queen reading a picture book to children at a Long Beach public library event is one of the latest images to generate controversy. The person shown in the image is Xochi Mochi, who posted the photo on her Instagram account on Saturday afternoon, the same day Long Beach Public Library’s online calendar shows an event called Drag Queen Story … [Read more...]

Halloween is for Catholics

Halloween marks a church-approved opportunity to thumb your nose at the devil and let him know you’re not afraid of a bully

Far from sympathy for the devil, Halloween is a hodge-podge of Catholic devotion, Protestant hostility and a Papal decree. All Hallows Eve is a windup to the bigger celebrations of All Saints day and All Souls day. In fact, Halloween marks a church-approved opportunity to thumb your nose at the devil and let him know you’re not afraid of a bully. Contrary to popular fiction, … [Read more...]