Catholic Church grew faster than global population in past decade

Seminarians up in Africa, Asia, and Oceana; none in Europe and America

The following comes from a March 9 Catholic News Agency article by Ann Schneible: The number of Catholics has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the population, newly released statistics by the Vatican reveal. Over the course of nine years, the number of Catholics worldwide has increased by 17.8 percent, compared to the global population, which increased by 17.3 … [Read more...]

Join the California pro-life hero list

Talk is talk, but signatures will save lives

The following is a list of California churches that have turned in signatures as of December 19 for the Parental Notification initiative now circulating. This initiative will require a doctor to notify at least one parent of an under-18-year-old girl before performing an abortion on her. 598,407 valid signatures must be collected by early March to put this on the … [Read more...]

Catholic Church has mixed results in lobbying California lawmakers

Right-to-die bill seen as next big test

The following comes from a September 24 KCRA article by David Bienick: As Pope Francis spoke to members of Congress on Thursday, some of the issues he raised remained up for debate at California's state Capitol. Supporters and opponents of a bill that would legalize assisted suicide held demonstrations on opposite sides of the state Capitol. Lawmakers approved the … [Read more...]

More than half of young Catholic American families are Latino

Despite recent decline, Hispanic presence in church crucial to its future

The following comes from a July 27 Latin Post article by Nicole Akoukou Thompson: More than half of young Catholic families (53 percent) identify themselves as Latino or Hispanic compared with 32 percent of all Catholics, according to a recent survey. Could the presence of Hispanic families in the Catholic Church indicate Latino congregational growth, or at least the slowing … [Read more...]

Catholic professor says gay sex is loving and natural

Notre Dame teacher: Church doesn't understand God or reason

The following comes from a March 16 LifeSiteNews article:   As San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone faces a coordinated attack on his efforts to promote Catholic identity in his schools, a Notre Dame professor has penned an op-ed in the New York Times urging him to back off because the Church, he says, is “overdue” for revising its views on … [Read more...]

The Benedict bishop bump

Hopeful response to those worried about San Diego

The following comes from a Catholic Vote article by Thomas Peters. Full article here. One of the memes currently circulating is that Pope Francis is in the midst of radically changing the American episcopate in a leftward, “progressive” direction. The two examples cited are the appointments of Bishop Blaise Cupich to Chicago and now Robert W. McElroy as bishop of San … [Read more...]

Poor Archbishop Cordileone

350 Catholic school teachers sign letter against morality clause

The following comes from a March 3 story on CBS (San Francisco Bay Area).   SAN FRANCISCO – More than 350 teachers in high schools administrated by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco signed a letter urging Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to drop proposed morality clauses from the teacher handbook. According to organizers, 80 percent of the faculty and … [Read more...]

Fatima and the conspiracy theories

We consecrated Russia - but did we do it wrong?

The following comes from a February 28 The Catholic Thing article by Howard Kainz. Full-length version in link. The 1917 apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three children at Fátima (ending in October of that year with the greatest historical public miracle before 70,000 observers) offer us without doubt a formidable example of Our Lady’s loving intervention, to warn the world … [Read more...]

Governor Brown vetoes opening of sex abuse window

The following comes from an Oct. 12 posting on Capitol Alert. Invoking a legal tradition of "fairness" dating back to Roman law, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday vetoed legislation that would have extended the statute of limitations for some sex abuse victims. Senate Bill 131, by Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would have opened a yearlong window for sex abuse victims who were … [Read more...]