New forms of persecution

In Mexico, 26 priests have been murdered in the last six years -- most for interfering with organized crime and drug trafficking

With 26 priests murdered in the last six years, Mexico received a prominent mention in the 2018 Report on Religious Freedom in the World, recently published by the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Julieta Appendini, ACN's director in Mexico, explained that although the country is not experiencing “a persecution such as in the Middle East,” where religious … [Read more...]

Episcopal cathedral in San Francisco to host “Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite”

Composer says work is "a radical appropriation of a European, patriarchal tradition, the formal Latin Mass, which we reinterpret through the lens of the marginalized LGBTQ experience"

"Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite" will have its San Francisco premiere on Nov. 16 & 17 at Grace Cathedral. The piece is an evening-length choral work by singer-composer Holcombe Waller, created to honor those who have suffered persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender expression. "Requiem Mass" is presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in collaboration … [Read more...]

San Francisco board votes to remove ‘Early Days’ statue

Board of Appeals had voted in April to keep artwork depicting Catholic missionary, cowboy and Native American, but unanimously reverses itself; critics say statue celebrates subjugation of American Indians by white settlers

A controversial sculpture in San Francisco’s Civic Center depicting a vaquero and a missionary standing over a fallen and nearly naked American Indian could be coming down as early as next week following a unanimous vote by the city’s Board of Appeals Wednesday night. The vote reverses the board’s earlier decision and bookends a decades-long fight to remove what some critics … [Read more...]

Statues turned to face wall, candles flipped in Hanford church

Tabernacle carried across the street from Immaculate Heart of Mary

The following comes from a May 30 story on ABC News, Fresno. Leaders and parishioners of a Catholic church in Hanford are devastated after learning their place of worship was set on fire and vandalized Sunday night. Wine was spilled, windows and pictures were smashed, holy robes and other items burnt and broken. And an entire congregation is shocked and saddened by what … [Read more...]

A skeleton, a Catholic relic, and a mystery about American origins

A newly discovered artifact buried with one of Jamestown’s most prominent leaders suggests he could have been a crypto-Catholic

The following comes from a July 28 Atlantic article by Adrienne LaFrance: After 400 years in the Virginia dirt, the box came out of the ground looking like it had been plucked from the ocean. A tiny silver brick, now encrusted with a green patina and rough as sandpaper. Buried beneath it was a human skeleton. The remains would later be identified as those of Captain Gabriel … [Read more...]

Satanic remarks cover Catholic school

Students told not to come to classes after vandalism was discovered

The following comes from a June 16 NBC Los Angeles story by Irene Moore and Kim Baldonado: Catholic schoolchildren at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Covina were told not to come to school Tuesday, just days before the end of the school year, after someone vandalized their campus. School employees were met with graffiti-covered walls outside several classrooms. … [Read more...]

Guess who’s got Junipero Serra’s back?

Pope Francis: missionary was “a founding father of the United States”

The following comes from a May 2 LA Times article by Harriet Ryan: Pope Francis weighed in on a thorny topic in California history Saturday when he spoke at length at a Rome Mass about Father Junipero Serra, the controversial California mission founder set to become America's first Latino saint later this year. Addressing an audience that included many American priests, … [Read more...]

Where there’s a cross, there’s a lawsuit

Complaint targets continued use of "Christian symbol" in L.A. County seal

The following comes from an April 21 LA Times article by Matt Hamilton:  Lawyers for a group of religious leaders complained to a federal judge Tuesday that Los Angeles County continues to display an official seal that includes a Christian cross, violating a legal agreement reached in February 2014. Attorneys contended that officials had agreed to halt "further … [Read more...]

Scandalous commencement honors announced at eight Catholic colleges

“If you're really anti-gay, you become a Catholic now”

The following comes from an April 22 Cardinal Newman Society article by Kimberly Scharfenberger: At least eight Catholic colleges have announced scandalous speakers or honorees at their 2015 commencement ceremonies, according to The Cardinal Newman Society’s annual review of college graduations. In 2004, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a document … [Read more...]

Drag show at USD, again

California campus steps away from Catholic identity

The following comes from a March 20 TFP Student Action article by Matthew Miller: For a fourth year, basic Catholic teaching and moral decency will be pushed into the closet at the University of San Diego -- a Catholic institution in southern California -- to make way for the aggressive demands of the homosexual agenda.     According to the … [Read more...]