Archives for June 2018

Girl at center of debate over brain death has died

Jahi McMath lived more than four years after Alameda County coroner issued a death certificate

In the years since Jahi McMath was declared brain dead, she sometimes showed signs of life: a twitch of her finger, the wiggling of a toe. Those moments, and their Christian faith, invigorated Jahi’s family in their fight to keep the girl on life support. “Jahi wasn't brain dead or any kind of dead,” her mother, Nailah Winkfield, told the Associated Press. “She was a girl … [Read more...]

Churches worth driving to

St. Anne, Columbia

Name of Church St. Anne Location Kennebec Hill in Columbia, California. It is located just outside of Columbia State Historic Park, east of Stockton and a few miles north of Sonora. During the summer, volunteers offer tours of the church on weekends, noon to 2 p.m. School groups are especially welcome. The church is normally locked, so make an appointment to see it. Email … [Read more...]

“The pastoral cannot be eclipsed by doctrine”

Bishop McElroy preaches that pastoral action does not immediately demand a change of life; sinners must first be given love and healing

The following is an excerpt from the keynote address given by Bishop of San Diego Robert McElroy to the United States Association of Priests on June 26, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico: We are living in a wonderful moment in the life of the Church. The authentic renewal of the Second Vatican Council remains the foundation and the challenge for those who seek to deepen the … [Read more...]

California Catholic Conference announces new executive director

Andrew Rivas was onetime executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference and most recently served as director of the Office of Government and Community Relations for the Los Angeles archdiocese

The Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento and President of the California Catholic Conference (CCC), announced today that Andrew Rivas has been named Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference.  He will assume his position in August at the end of the legislative session.  “Andy stood out in an exceptionally qualified field of candidates,” said Bishop Jaime … [Read more...]

A critical tipping-point

Pope Francis' appointees will hold a solid plurality of electors in future conclave

Even if every new intake to the Pope's "Senate" is significant, some Consistories nonetheless have more meaning than others – and as Francis' fifth class of new cardinals, 14 in all, receive the red hat Thursday afternoon, the group represents a critical tipping-point. Once the designates take their gilded red silk seats among their elders in the College, for the first time, … [Read more...]

Latin Mass finds permanent home in Los Angeles archdiocese

St. Vitus Catholic Church in San Fernando will be first parish in Los Angeles run by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter; Archbishop José Gomez dedicated the church according to the Latin liturgy

The smell of incense and drywall mingled while more than two hundred people attended the dedication of St. Vitus Catholic Church in San Fernando. This church is the first in Los Angeles to be operated by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), an order of priests dedicated to traditional liturgy, specifically the Latin Mass. As the FSSP is dedicated to the Latin Mass, so … [Read more...]

Pro-lifers express hope after Justice Kennedy’s retirement from Supreme Court

Will Roe v. Wade be overturned?

The retirement announcement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has led pro-life advocates to voice hope that his successor could help overturn Roe v. Wade in coming years. Kennedy submitted his formal resignation on Wednesday, in a letter to President Donald Trump. Kennedy has served on the court for 30 years, since being appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. He … [Read more...]

Was it a crime?

Police say pregnant woman had boyfriend punch her in the stomach repeatedly to kill unborn child, district attorney unsure if the couple violated the law

A baby died May 24 at Kern Medical after being pulled from the womb with a fractured skull. Police believe the baby girl's parents are to blame, but the case has presented a legal conundrum eliciting strong opinions about how to proceed. The mother is believed to have been 30 weeks into her pregnancy when she arrived at the hospital, according to a search warrant affidavit … [Read more...]

Property sales reduce outstanding Christ Cathedral acquisition debt

Sale of former pastoral center, St. Callistus parish properties leave long-term debt on the property of about $20 million

In 2012, the Diocese of Orange purchased the internationally acclaimed Crystal Cathedral, which was in bankruptcy, for $57.5 million. The purchase represented a providential opportunity for the Diocese to establish a center for its diverse and expansive Catholic community of 1.5 million and to build a center of Catholic evangelization that will enliven the faith for generations … [Read more...]

Pope Francis makes unexpected change to College of Cardinals

Pope’s new appointments break with custom established in canon law

Pope Francis made an unexpected change Tuesday in the structure of the College of Cardinals, adding some curial officials to the rank of “cardinal bishops,” the highest rank within the college. The College of Cardinals is structured in three orders, or ranks: the order of “cardinal deacons,” the order of “cardinal priests,” and the order of “cardinal bishops.” There are … [Read more...]