Archives for October 2017

They’re dedicated to the principles of the Second Vatican Council

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath explains why he's now sending seminarians to Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois

The second Thursday of October meant Bishop Patrick J. McGrath’s annual “State of the Church” Address before those gathered at the Catholic Professionals monthly breakfast meeting at Three Flames Restaurant in San Jose. Before an attentive crowd, the Bishop outlined some of the events that have happened in the Diocese of San Jose (DSJ) since he last spoke to the group in … [Read more...]

Annual LA archdiocesan Our Lady of Guadalupe pilgrimage under way

Began at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ojai on Oct. 21, full schedule to be released in early November

In celebration of the 486th anniversary of the miraculous apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego, this year “La Peregrina,” a pilgrim image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, began its annual archdiocesan pilgrimage at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ojai on Oct. 21. The images of La Peregrina and St. Juan Diego will visit 20 churches in all five pastoral regions of … [Read more...]

San Diego synod fails to produce hoped for blueprint

Bishop Robert McElroy: “It became clear after three months or so there was going to be no model, because the reality from parish to parish is so different”

Last October, Bishop Robert McElroy held his own diocesan synod as a response to two global synods on the family called by Francis that took place in Rome in 2014 and 2015. One year later, he described it to Crux as a “stunning success,” as it both united the 100 parishes that make up the diocese and also reflected the diversity of its many communities. While the original … [Read more...]

Where does the statue controversy end?

The San Francisco Arts Commission has voted to consider removal of the “Early Days” sculpture of the Pioneer Monument near Civic Center

The San Francisco Arts Commission voted unanimously Oct. 2 to consider the removal of the “Early Days” sculpture of the Pioneer Monument near Civic Center. One of the three figures on the sculpture is a Franciscan priest. The timing of the push to remove the statue coincided with the removal of Confederate statues in the South; anti-Columbus Day news, when many were celebrating … [Read more...]

“I wish someone had been here when I had my abortion. I wouldn’t have done it.”

Sharing God's mercy with a post-abortive woman

As we enter the last two weeks of the international 40 Days for Life, 287 babies have already been saved from abortion. Find your nearest 40 Days for Life location and sign up, help women and save lives. A young woman rolled down her window at 2322 Butano Drive, the location of our Sacramento 40 Days for Life. She reached out to take the packet of information, which includes … [Read more...]

Bishop of Orange blesses future Lady of La Vang shrine site

Hundreds attend Oct. 21 Mass and blessing of site on campus of Christ Cathedral that will be home to a $25-million shrine for Our Lady of La Vang, venerated by Vietnamese as a symbol of strength and resilience

Hundreds of Vietnamese Catholics visited the campus of Christ Cathedral Saturday, Oct. 21, to participate in a Mass and witness the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, bless the site that will house a shrine for the Lady of La Vang. A Marian apparition that graced and blessed persecuted Catholics in 1798 in Central Vietnam, the Lady of La Vang is viewed as a symbol … [Read more...]

The war against Cardinal Sarah

Campaign to discredit this quiet and long-suffering churchman motivated because he is seen as having the makings of a pope

Now that Cardinal Gerhard Müller has been removed from his post at the Vatican, the main target of the circle around Pope Francis is Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. Their latest coup is the release of a letter of “correction” aimed at Cardinal Sarah and signed by Francis. Published on Sunday, the letter was celebrated as a just humiliation … [Read more...]

Priests and their chalices

Students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Redwood City chronicle stores of 20 priests in “Chalice: A Most Personal Grail,” written and produced with their teacher

Father Dave Ghiorso’s chalice and paten were crafted by his father and a close friend who was a police officer. Father Andrew Ginter was bequeathed his chalice by his mentor Father Kevin Gaffey, who had died a few months before the young priest’s ordination. Father Peter Zhai received his chalice from the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Redwood City. Twenty priests’ … [Read more...]

Intentional illumination

Archaeologist at Cal State Monterey Bay says earliest Catholic churches in the Americas may have been built using geometry and sunlight to highlight liturgical and religious events

Early American Catholic churches may have been built using geometry and sunlight to highlight liturgical and religious events. Ruben G. Mendoza, an archaeologist and chair of the School of Social, Behavioral and Global Studies at California State University Monterey Bay, contends these "illuminations" were intentional, perhaps part of an evangelization effort by New World … [Read more...]

‘Progressive’ archbishop in the running to head U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee

Cardinal Blasé Cupich of Chicago will face Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City next month in an election to chair the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities

 Cardinal Blase Cupich, regarded as one of the “progressives” in the Catholic Church hierarchy, is in the running to head the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee. Cupich will face Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, next month in an election to chair the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities. The USCCB will vote on the pro-life … [Read more...]