Archives for February 2018

Pray for the Chair of St. Peter

Bishop Kevin Vann reflects on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter: "Anyone who knows some Church history knows that we Christians, from the very beginning... have disagreed on many things"

On Feb. 22, we celebrated the feast of the Chair of St. Peter. When I was living in Rome, this was one of my favorite occasions to visit the Vatican. I always made it a point to visit St. Peter’s Basilica every year on this beautiful day when, the chair sculptured by Bernini (said to contain a chair that belonged to St. Peter himself) would be lit up with candles–only on this … [Read more...]

San Bernardino bishop invites parish input on his successor

With his mandatory retirement just two-and-a-half years away, Bishop Gerald Barnes tells faithful: “You have a say. I’m proposing that before I send anything to Rome, that I consult with the parishes"

With his mandatory retirement just two-and-a-half years away, Bishop Gerald Barnes used this year’s Combined Vicariate meetings to ask the leadership and staffs of diocesan parishes to ponder this question. As part of his keynote talk, Bishop Barnes explained the formal process of how a new bishop is chosen for a diocese when the existing one retires. While the ultimate … [Read more...]

Forty arrested at Catholic-led DACA protest

About 100 people -- including Franciscan friars, religious sisters, and laity -- gathered in rotunda of Russell Senate Building in Washington on Tuesday, and were led away in flex cuffs in a planned act of civil disobedience

A group of about 100 people--including Franciscan friars, religious sisters, and laity--gathered in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Building in Washington on Tuesday, and were led away in flex cuffs in a planned act of civil disobedience. The protest was intended to pressure Congress to take action on “Dreamers,” or people who were brought to the United States illegally as … [Read more...]

A baby saved at the abortion center

"I know you don't want to do this"

Dear Pro-life friends, Because certain people are trying to block the efforts of sidewalk counselors to save mothers and babies from the horrors of abortion, we are keeping the dates, times, and locations of where we are counseling confidential. The notes below may come from one or more locations during the week. Some specifics have been omitted to protect the identity of … [Read more...]

“They swept us aside like we were trash”

Mother of 5-year-old who was given lesson on transgenderism at Rocklin Academy, an elite charter school in a Sacramento suburb, tearfully recounts effect on her child A mom whose five-year-old daughter was in a California kindergarten classroom when a teacher read a book on transgenderism and her classmate switched from a boy to a “girl” broke down describing the incident at a board meeting earlier this month. “I thought that they would take my religious beliefs, my, I mean, … [Read more...]

Maria Shriver to speak on opening day of LA Religious Education Conference

Catholic and former First Lady of California is openly pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, pro-women's ordination, pro-birth control and pro-communion for divorced and remarried

On March 16, 2018, the opening day of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, journalist and former First Lady of California will be featured in a “Conversation with Maria Shriver.” Shriver, a member of the Kennedy political dynasty, is a life-long Catholic, but she has publicly departed from official Church teachings on several issues. In 2008, Shriver … [Read more...]

Why young people and women leave the Church, and how to bring them back

The first step to bringing people back into the community of the Church will always be an invitation, offered in the context of a relationship

At a recent Sunday Mass, the priest preached on the Gospel passage where Jesus beckons to his soon-to-be disciples: “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  The priest then asked us to consider the following questions: What kind of “bait” do I use to draw people to Jesus? Do I attract people to the Faith by the way I live? By how I speak? Do I throw stones at … [Read more...]

San Diego diocese gets first woman chancellor

Bishop Robert McElroy appoints María Olivia Galván to replace Rodrigo Valdivia, who was named Vice-Moderator of the Curia; appointment follows a trend of the Church embracing more women in leadership roles

In a groundbreaking decision, San Diego Catholic Bishop Robert W. McElroy appointed María Olivia (Marioly) Galván as the diocese’s first woman chancellor. In addition, she will serve in a new position, director of Pastoral Ministries, overseeing and supporting seven departments. The offices are the Diocesan Institute, Family Life and Spirituality, Liturgy and Spirituality, … [Read more...]

When scandal comes to your parish

As with all the various trials we face in our lives, it seems as though prayer may be the only way forward

We packed up the moving van and headed up the freeway, transplanting our family from Southern California up to the San Francisco Bay Area. We were excited about the future, sad about what we were leaving behind, and anxious about starting a new life in a new place.  One of our biggest worries was if we’d be able to find a Catholic parish that felt like home. We were leaving a … [Read more...]

Where Catholics go after leaving the Church

The greatest shifts among believers have occurred within Christianity, not away from it

Much of the switching in religious identity in the United States over the past several years occurred among the “nones,” specifically Americans who identify as agnostic or as “nothing in particular.” But the Christian landscape hasn’t remained static in the meantime. Though academics have long wondered whether the US will follow the secularizing trend found in most of Europe, … [Read more...]