Archives for August 2018

14,000 women to pope: “Your words are inadequate”

Letter from Catholic Women’s Forum calls on Pope Francis to issue a “direct response” to Archbishop Viganò’s claims

A Catholic women’s group has called for Pope Francis to issue a “direct response” to Archbishop Viganò’s claims, condemning his response to date as “inadequate”. The 750-word letter, published on August 30 by the Washington DC-based Catholic Women’s Forum (CWF), has gained 14,000 signatures so far. “Our hearts are broken, our faith tested, by the escalating crisis engulfing … [Read more...]

Critics want Gov. Brown to veto bill requiring abortion drugs at campus health centers

Measure mandating that all student health centers at University of California and CalState campuses provide abortion drugs passed state Senate on Aug 30 and now heads to the governors desk

California Gov. Jerry Brown should veto a bill that mandates abortion drugs at state university campus health centers, said pro-life advocates, citing both financial and ethical objections.   “California politicians put the interests of the abortion industry ahead of the needs of both students and the colleges and universities with this shortsighted vote today,” Kristan … [Read more...]

San Jose diocese $247 million in debt

Apparently leaked document "a complex financial document that was for internal use only"

Bishop of San Jose Patrick McGrath drew praise from charity groups and parishioners Tuesday for his quick decision amid public outcry to sell a $2.3 million house bought with diocesan funds for his retirement. But other Catholics were dismayed it took public outcry to change his mind. McGrath acknowledged in a statement late Monday that he “erred in judgment” in buying the … [Read more...]

Tuesday: report on state of Church in California

California Catholic Daily will publish its first annual report on Catholicism in the Golden State

On September 4, California Catholic Daily will publish an in-depth report on the following: Yearly statistics by diocese  California bishop statements of note Anti-Catholic incidents Personnel changes Vandalism at California churches Dark news Positive signs The extensive report is based on stories from California Catholic Daily from September 1, 2017 … [Read more...]

California taxpayers paid $28 million for abortions in 2014

California paid for 83,485 abortions through Medi-Cal Fee-For-Service (FFS) and Managed Care plans

Taxpayers are footing the bill for more than half of all abortions committed in states where Medicaid pays for abortions. The most recent Medi-Cal funded induced abortion report (2014), shows that taxpayers in California paid for 83,485 abortions through Medi-Cal Fee-For-Service (FFS) and Managed Care plans. In just the Medi-Cal FFS plan, taxpayers financed 53,907 … [Read more...]

Vouching for Viganò

Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco, Bishop Vann of Diocese of Orange, and Bishop Olmstead of Phoenix all release statements describing Archbishop Viganò as man of integrity and truthfulness

Letter from Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco: August 29, 2018 Dear Faithful of the Archdiocese, Last Sunday witnessed what many are calling a “bombshell” in the Church: the publication of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s “Testimony,” alleging corruption and coverup at all levels of the Church based on his long and extensive personal knowledge. I came to know … [Read more...]

Specific instructions

Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa issues Pastoral Guide for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

The following is excerpted from a July 2018 pastoral guide for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion from Bishop Vasa of Santa Rosa: The goal of this booklet and other liturgical directives is to assure that we always approach Sacred things with a clear and considered respect. The terms I like to use are: Reverence, Attention and Devotion. The General Instruction of the … [Read more...]

LA Archbishop Jose Gomez leads parade celebrating city’s 237th birthday

The archbishop celebrated a votive Mass to honor the Patroness of the City of Los Angeles followed by a procession to La Placita Church and a fiesta in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Angels, for whom the City is named

Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrated a votive Mass to honor the Patroness of the City of Los Angeles on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Following the Mass, hundreds representing the city's multicultural communities joined the Archbishop to celebrate the 237th birthday of the City of Los Angeles with a procession to La Placita … [Read more...]

Roman Catholic priest on ‘inactive leave’ charged in teen sex case

Charles Mayer, dean of students for a Banning middle school

A Banning school administrator who pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to lure a minor to have sex is on “inactive leave” as a Roman Catholic priest, the Los Angeles Archdiocese said Thursday. Charles Patrick Mayer, 55, of Menifee, is “not in ministry and living privately, since September of 2000 due to a failure to adhere to Archdiocesan policies concerning … [Read more...]

Crossed off the list?

Bishop Robert McElroy had been reported as a frontrunner to succeed Cardinal Donald Wuerl as Archbishop of Washington, D.C., but the San Diego prelate now faces questions regarding accountability and transparency surrounding abuse reports

The Bishop of San Diego has explained why he did not respond to a 2016 letter alleging sexual misconduct on the part of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and other Catholic clerics.   The letter was sent to Bishop Robert McElroy by psychotherapist Richard Sipe. McElroy has been reported as a frontrunner to succeed Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC. Calls in recent weeks … [Read more...]