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Poll: increasing number of Catholics questioning their faith

Gallup Poll finds that 37 percent of U.S. Catholics say news of sexual abuse of minors by priests has led them to question whether they would remain in the Church

As the Catholic church responds to more allegations of sexual abuse of young people by priests, an increasing percentage of Catholics are re-examining their commitment to the religion. Thirty-seven percent of U.S. Catholics, up from 22% in 2002, say news of the abuse has led them to question whether they would remain in the church. These results are based on interviews with … [Read more...]

Traditional Latin Mass returns to Nativity Church, Menlo Park

About 120 people attended the Mass on March 9

On March 9, Fr. Alvin Yu celebrated Mass in the Extraordinary Form (also called the Traditional Latin Mass) at the Church of the Nativity in  Menlo Park – the first of what will be a monthly offering at the parish. A large number of people attended and participated, including many from the parish. Nativity’s pastor, Monsignor Steven Otellini, commented after Mass that a … [Read more...]

“All those rules and regulations”

Why the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist chose to build their new convent in Texas instead of California

Texas attracted another corporate expansion this year, one that could have an impact on a major institution in this state, and one that flew under the radar of state leaders in Austin. The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are growing so rapidly, they had to build a second convent for the nuns. And they chose the Hill Country town of Georgetown. The sisters, … [Read more...]

Bishop Barnes Newman Center opens near CSUSB campus

Dedication ceremony attended by the bishop and school president

Cal State San Bernardino representatives, including President Tomás D. Morales and those from the CSUSB Catholic Newman Club, as well as local community members, joined Bishop Gerald Richard Barnes, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, on March 7 for a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Bishop Barnes Newman Center near the CSUSB campus. The … [Read more...]

Appeals court: body of Fulton Sheen belongs in Peoria

New York archdiocese loses unanimous ruling, could pave way for Archbishop Sheen's beatification

A New York appeals court has unanimously ruled that the earthly remains of Venerable Fulton Sheen should be moved to Peoria, Illinois – a ruling that could pave the way for the archbishop’s beatification unless there is another appeal. A statement from the Diocese of Peoria on Tuesday welcomed the decision and called on the Archdiocese of New York “to end their failed … [Read more...]

Catholics unable to look deeper into Our Father?

Italian bishops latest to submit to modernizing

The following comes from a Dec. 28 story in First Things by Charlotte Allen. On November 15 the Italian Bishops’ Conference announced that it plans to change the wording of the Lord’s Prayer in the Mass liturgy. The bishops want the current Italian equivalent of “lead us not into temptation” to become “do not abandon us to temptation.” The bishops have now petitioned the … [Read more...]

Not magic

Priest brings 150 relics of the saints to three parishes in the San Francisco archdiocese, explains their role in the Catholic faith

Three years ago, Church of the Epiphany parishioners Bea Zamora and husband Deacon Chito Zamora, first approached a priest about bringing his traveling relics exposition to the Bay Area. This December, their hope was fulfilled, as Companions of the Cross Father Carlos Martins visited three parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco with 150 relics of the saints. “It’s a very … [Read more...]

Thousands honor Our Lady of Guadalupe at annual tribute and Mass in Los Angeles

Faithful can see relic of the original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

The pews were packed at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels last night, in a celebration that stretched through the wee hours of morning, to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe.  “On this beautiful night, we thank God for sending his gift of Our Lady of Guadalupe, our mother,” said Archbishop Gomez. “She painted this picture of herself on the tilma because she wanted us to see her … [Read more...]

Mass of the Americas to premiere at San Francisco cathedral

Mass is a simultaneous tribute to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and to Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Mass of the Americas, a newly-commissioned Mass composed by Frank La Rocca, will premiere Saturday for the feast of the Immaculate Conception at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco. “The Mass of the Americas is a simultaneous tribute to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (the patroness of the United States) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (the … [Read more...]

Should priests accused of abuse be denied public funerals?

The idea that a person’s funeral reflects his or her status in life is pretty much a given throughout the world, but Catholics should ask themselves: What is a funeral for?

This idea that a person’s funeral reflects their status in life is pretty much a given throughout the world. The last huge funeral we experienced in Britain was that of the Queen Mother in April 2002: the pageantry was extraordinary, reflecting, one supposes, an extraordinary and long life. The ‘Green Book’ as it is commonly called, which lays out the Catholic funeral rites, … [Read more...]