Too many converts in the U.S. church?

One of fairy tales American bishops must face in February

The following comes from a Jan. 9 story in First Things by George Weigel, biographer of Pope John Paul II. The Vatican is a hotbed of rumor, gossip, and speculation at the best of times—and these times are not those times. The Roman atmosphere at the beginning of 2019 is typically fetid and sometimes poisonous, with a lot of misinformation and disinformation floating around. … [Read more...]

President pledges to veto any pro-abortion legislation

“When we look into the eyes of a newborn child, we see the beauty and the human soul"

The following comes from a Jan. 18 story in the Washington Post President Trump and Vice President Pence surprised thousands of protesters demonstrating against abortion on the Mall in Washington by making unannounced speeches at Friday’s March for Life. Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, strode onstage to the delighted cheers of a roaring crowd carrying antiabortion posters … [Read more...]

Mahony to address 2019 catechist congress

Will he repeat cancellations of 2018 Scranton and Salt Lake City appearances?

The following comes from a Jan. 11 story by Joseph Sciambra on LifeSiteNews. Despite a 2013 statement from Archbishop Jose Gomez, the current head of the largest archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, Cardinal Roger Mahony will speak at the 2019 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. The topic of his March 23rd address will be "Connecting Junior … [Read more...]

Bishop Soto suspends hand holding, shaking hands during Mass

To avoid spread of flu

The following comes from a Jan. 10 notice on the Sacramento diocese website. The California Department of Public Health has reported that the incidence of flu and flu-like illnesses is widespread and has reached a level requiring that we enact preventive measures to mitigate the possibility of infection at Mass. In order to protect the health and well-being of everyone, … [Read more...]

Bishop McElroy denies gay subculture among San Diego priests – and a response

Pastoral reflections on the listening sessions

The following comes from a Jan. 14 story in the Times of San Diego by Chris Stone. Despite voiced parishioner concerns, San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy denies that a gay subculture exists among diocesean priests or seminarians — men studying to be Roman Catholic priests. Writing in the January issue of the diocesan newspaper The Southern Cross, McElroy says he agrees that … [Read more...]

Personhood for pets

San Francisco percentage of children lower than New York's

The following comes from a Jan. 11 story by Anne Hendershott on the website of Crisis. In many of California’s largest cities, pets are replacing people.  In a recent article, “San Francisco Asks: Where Have All the Children Gone?,” the New York Timesreports that the City by the Bay has the lowest percentage of children of any of the largest 100 cities in America. The … [Read more...]

Norbertine nuns work the Poverty Program in Wilmington

Sister Ana Paula was on the “other side of the gate" 

The following comes from a Jan. 10 story in Angelus News. Every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday throughout the year, people within the Wilmington neighborhood line up outside the convent gate in great need of food or clothing. One might wonder why these people, a great number of whom are homeless, would gather outside of a convent, of all places. But attached to the Norbertine … [Read more...]

Dominican Bishop Robert Christian to take reins at St. Patrick Seminary

Served at Angelicum in Rome for past 35 years

The following comes from a Jan. 14 announcement on the website of the San Francisco Archdiocese. The Archdiocese of San Francisco announces that the Most Reverend Robert Christian, O.P., auxiliary bishop of San Francisco, has been appointed rector-president of St. Patrick Seminary, effective January 14, 2019. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said, “I am excited that Bishop … [Read more...]

Vigano writes McCarrick

"You are now in a position to do something..."

The following comes from a Jan. 14 story on the site of the Catholic News Agency. A former papal representative to the U.S. has written an open letter to Archbishop Theodore McCarrick that urges the archbishop to repent publicly of the sexual abuse and misconduct of which he stands accused. “You, paradoxically, have at your disposal an immense offer of great hope for you … [Read more...]

CA federal judge rules against Little Sisters of the Poor

Upholds Obamacare forced contraception

The following comes from a Jan. 13 story on Politico. A federal judge in California blocked a Trump administration rule on contraception just hours before it was to go into effect Monday. It would have allowed virtually any employer to refuse to cover workers' birth control by citing religious or moral objections. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam, Jr. ruled the policy … [Read more...]