Archives for July 2018

Not a gay resort

Honduran bishops deny culture of homosexuality at national seminary

The Honduran bishops' conference on Monday denied there exists a homosexual culture at the national seminary, as suggested by a recent report from the National Catholic Register. “With complete certainty and truth, we affirm there does not exist, nor has there existed, nor ought there exist in the seminary an atmosphere as presented by the aforementioned National Catholic … [Read more...]

Department of Justice creates Religious Liberty Task Force

Archbishop Kurtz: governmental policies have made it hard for religious organizations to operate

The announcement of a Religious Liberty Task Force being created at the Department of Justice drew praise from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, who said that religious freedom is vital to the common good of the U.S. “As Americans we intuitively understand that individuals should be free to live in accordance with what they believe to be true, that is, in accordance one’s … [Read more...]

Chant camps popping up in San Francisco archdiocese

Instruction in Gregorian Chant will be extended to children and teens, courtesy of Benedict XVI Institute

An initiative in the Archdiocese of San Francisco to form the Catholic imagination through beauty will next month host a workshop on how to teach “chant camps,” in which children and teens are educated in Gregorian chant. The Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, founded by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in 2014, is holding a Teaching Children's Chant … [Read more...]

The Rosary Runners

Parishioners at St. Peter and Paul Parish in Alta Loma gather on Saturdays to combine exercise with prayer

While you’re nestled in bed next Saturday morning thinking about coffee, parishioners of St. Peter and Paul in Alta Loma are lacing up their sneakers and thinking about prayer. These dedicated “Rosary Runners” gather each weekend to exercise both their bodies and their faith. “I get to be with God. I get to be with my friends. Everything about it is right,” says ministry … [Read more...]

A summer day at St. Francis’ shrine

Visitors to North Beach holy site drawn by faith, mystery, curiosity

An estimated 25.5 million people travel to the city of St. Francis each year and for the last 20, an unmeasured number of them have made their way to the national shrine bearing his name. The National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in North Beach was designated a pilgrimage site in 1999 by retired San Francisco archbishop Cardinal William J. Levada and the U.S. Conference of … [Read more...]

U.S. bishops announce novena ahead of Supreme Court confirmation battle

Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life will be prayed each Friday between August 3 and September 28

A Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life is being led by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Catholics are being encouraged to take part ahead of the Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The novena will be prayed each Friday between August 3 and September 28. The initiative is part of the USCCB’s … [Read more...]

Federal appeals court upholds ban on prayer at Chino school board meetings

Chino Unified School District board defended its opening prayer as a sign of respect for religious diversity, but 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagrees

A federal appeals court decided Wednesday that Chino Valley school board meetings may not include prayers, proselytizing or the citing of Christian Scripture. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2016 injunction against the religious practices, which the court said dated back to at least 2010. In its appeal, the Chino Valley Unified School … [Read more...]

Cardinal McCarrick resigns from College of Cardinals

Pope Francis accepted the resignation and directed Cardinal McCarrick to observe “a life of prayer and penance in seclusion” until the end of the canonical process against him

Saturday Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals, and suspended him from the exercise of any public ministry. Pope Francis accepted Cardinal McCarrick’s resignation from the cardinalate July 28 and applied a suspension a divinis, which according to canon 1333 in the Code of Canon Law, prohibits him from acts of the … [Read more...]

Churches worth driving to

Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater, Vancouver WA

Name of Church St. James the Greater Address 218 West 12th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660 Phone number (360) 693-3052 Website www.protocathedral.org Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. (Vietnamese). Tuesday through Friday, 12:10 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Mass is “ad orientem,” or “facing God,” as Fr. Harris says, and those … [Read more...]

“You gave us something to think about”

A third baby saved this month from abortion

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...]