Archives for September 2018

McCarrick has begun life of prayer, penance at Kansas friary

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick is now at St. Fidelis Capuchin Friary in Victoria, Kansas; elementary school and high school in close vicinity

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick has begun his life of prayer and penance at St. Fidelis Capuchin Friary in Victoria, Kansas, according to statements from the Diocese of Salina and the Archdiocese of Washington. McCarrick was sentenced to a life of prayer and penance by Pope Francis July 28, pending the completion of a canonical process against him, after he was credibly accused … [Read more...]

Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem meeting in Orange diocese

2018 annual meeting of order's Western Lieutenancy under way in Garden Grove; 600 members expected to participate

Bishop Kevin Vann will serve as Honorary Chair of the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Western Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem taking place Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. More than 600 Knights, Ladies and Clergy from the Diocese of Orange will attend the event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Garden Grove. The theme of the annual meeting, “Pilgrims Together,” … [Read more...]

Pope faces a trust deficit

Francis is dealing with two groups for whom a plea of “trust me” from any Church leader, even him, is especially hard to swallow

Five days after announcing a landmark deal with China over the appointment of bishops, Pope Francis released a letter to Chinese Catholics on Wednesday. The gist of it amounts to, “Trust me.” Specifically, Francis asked the roughly 13 million Catholics in China to “place your trust ever more firmly in the Lord of history and in the church’s discernment of his will.” The idea … [Read more...]

San Francisco archbishop to meet with faithful on sex-abuse scandals

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone schedules five meetings in different cities "for people in our archdiocese to meet with me and speak to me directly"

The following is an excerpt of a letter from Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco: September 21, 2018 Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle Dear People of the Archdiocese of San Francisco,  In my letter to you of August 17, 2018, I explained that I would consult the Presbyteral Council of the Archdiocese and my Cabinet in order to determine how I would designate an act … [Read more...]

40 Days for Life campaign begins in over 400 cities

According to its own figures, 40 Days for Life outreach has helped save over 14,600 lives from abortion

The 40 Days for Life 2018 fall campaign began on Wednesday, claiming groups in a record 415 cities are taking part.   “The momentum in the pro-life movement is ours to keep or lose,” Shawn Carney, president of 40 Days for Life, said Sept. 23. “We are going all in this fall.”   “We have received more media coverage, conducted more leader training, and offered more free … [Read more...]

Archbishop Vigano issues new letter on Pope Francis and McCarrick

Letter responds to Pope Francis’ refusal to answer the charge that he knew of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual abuse

The following is the full English text of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano's second letter regarding clerical abuse by Cardinal McCarrick and its coverup within the Vatican. To read the first letter from Archbishop Vigano, click here.                  Tit. Archbishop of Ulpiana Apostolic Nuncio Scio Cui credidi (2 Tim 1:12) Before starting my writing, I would first of all like … [Read more...]

Study: Millennials staying married at a higher rate

“The good news is: the divorce rate is falling, particularly among millennials. The bad news is less people are getting married, especially poorer people."

A recent study from the University of Maryland has shown that members of the generation born in and after the mid 1980s are divorcing at a lower rate than older cohorts. Philip Cohen, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland, released an analysis Sept. 15 which drew on census data to show that the divorce rate in the United States had dropped by 18 percent between … [Read more...]

Pope turns down request by U.S. bishops for apostolic visitation

USCCB will now consider proposal for lay-led investigation of four dioceses where former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick served: New York, Metuchen, Newark, and Washington, DC

On the one month anniversary of explosive charges against Pope Francis’ handling of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s history of abuse, it has become clear that the U.S. bishops’ request for a Vatican-led investigation will not move forward, leading the prelates to ponder what comes next. Last month, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò alleged in an 11-page “testimonial” that Pope … [Read more...]

HHS dumps contract with fetal parts company

Will keep experiments using humanized mice

In response to pressure from Congress and pro-life groups, including Operation Rescue, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has terminated a contract with Advanced Biosciences, a company that procures aborted baby remains from abortion facilities and sells them. According to a press statement released late yesterday, “HHS is now conducting an audit of all … [Read more...]

Sacramento diocese gets new vicar general

Fr. Michael Vaughan, currently Pastor of St. Peter and All Hallows in Sacramento, has been appointed Vicar General for the Diocese of Sacramento, effective October 1

To: Priests and Deacons From: Bishop Jaime Soto Date: September 25, 2018 Subject: Vicar General Announcement I am appointing Fr. Michael Vaughan, Vicar General for the Diocese of Sacramento, effective October 1, 2018. Fr. Vaughan currently serves as the Pastor of St. Peter and All Hallows in Sacramento. He will continue to serve in this position until January 13, 2019, … [Read more...]