Orange diocese bishops pilgrimage to Vietnamese shrine

Bishop Thanh Nguyen recounts his own journey fleeing Vietnam

The following comes from a Feb. 11 story by OC Catholic. La Vang, Vietnam—  Heads bowed, pilgrims celebrated Mass at a small outdoor chapel at the Our Lady of La Vang Shrine in central Vietnam’s Quảng Trị Province.  The shrine pays homage to a Marian vision shared by Catholics fleeing persecution. It is visited by more than 250,000 pilgrims each year.  Among those gathering … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez reflects on society’s loss of God

Perhaps world has not healed from “spiritual wounds” of World War II

The following comes from a Feb. 6 story by Catholic News Agency. Washington D.C.—  Society and humanity have removed God from daily life, and in doing so lost their purpose and sense of self, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez warned at the Hispanic Innovators of the Faith Lecture at the Catholic University of America. In his speech, Gomez offered wide ranging reflections on … [Read more...]

Spokane’s Bishop Daly addresses pro-abortion politicians in his diocese

They "should not receive Communion," says former San Jose bishop

The following comes from a Feb. 2 story posted on the site of the Catholic News Agency. Bishop Daly was auxiliary bishop of San Jose and president of Marin Catholic High School. The bishop of Spokane said Friday that that politicians who publicly support abortion should not receive the Eucharist in his diocese. “Politicians who reside in the Catholic Diocese of … [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan explains Andrew Cuomo thoughts

"We’d be giving our enemies ammo"

The following comes from a Jan. 28 story in the New Boston Post. The archbishop of New York has no plans to excommunicate New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from the Roman Catholic Church for signing a bill making abortion legal in that state up to the moment of birth, saying he thinks it would backfire. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, one of the prominent leaders of the Catholic … [Read more...]

Diocese of San Jose sells bishop’s $2.3 million home

Some funds will go toward housing support for low-income families

The following comes from a Jan. 26 story by John Woolfolk of East Bay Times. San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath has turned what he called an error in judgment into a $50,000 donation to a charity that helps house the poor in Silicon Valley’s pricey real estate market. The goodwill comes after the Diocese of San Jose sold a $2.3 million, five-bedroom home in San Jose’ desirable … [Read more...]

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...]

Grief, shame, raging anger

Bishop releases list with names of the accused

The following comes from a Jan. 14 story by The Press Democrat. Addressing history of sexual abuse in local Catholic Church, Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa told reporters Monday that it was a source of “tremendous sadness and grief and shame and, honestly, a raging anger that these men did what they did.” Critics have believed church leaders allowed abusive priests to take … [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...]

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...]