Lawsuit leads city to remove cross from public park

After standing in Santa Clara for more than six decades, the 14-foot cross was taken down and will be donated to Santa Clara University

The battle over a large iconic cross in the South Bay has come to an end. After standing in Santa Clara for more than six decades, the 14-foot cross was taken down -- by a lawsuit. A Santa Clara man and Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation sued the city last April, claiming the cross violated the separation of church and state because it stood in a public … [Read more...]

120 years of Catholic tradition in Santa Clara

Sociedade do Espírito Santo holds its most important event of the year this weekend

The following comes from a Santa Clara Weekly article by Carolyn Schuk: The Festa do Divino Espírito Santo – festival of the Holy Spirit – is the most important event of the year for Santa Clara’s Portuguese fraternal organization, the Sociedade do Espírito Santo (S.E.S.). But this year’s festa, on May 21 and 22, is even more important. It’s the 120th birthday of the S.E.S., … [Read more...]

Atheist sues Santa Clara over Christian cross at public park

Says it violates the separation of church and state

The following comes from an April 22 Mercury News article by Joe Rodriguez: SANTA CLARA -- A local atheist and a national group that advocates for the strict separation of church and state have sued the city to remove a large, white Christian cross at a public park where an 18th century Spanish Catholic mission once stood. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, resident Andrew … [Read more...]

New Santa Clara theology dean opened IgnatianQ Conference

California Catholic Daily exclusive: Conference creates 'safe spaces' for students at Jesuit institutions who are involved with LGBTQ work

On March 24, CalCatholic published a press release from the Jesuit Santa Clara University announcing the appointment of Kevin O’Brien, SJ, as the new Dean of their School of Theology. Prior to his appointment, Fr. O’Brien had served as the Vice President for Mission and Ministry at the Jesuit Georgetown University. A CalCatholic commenter immediately pointed out: “Last year, … [Read more...]

Carrying the Cross for the Unborn on Good Friday

San Jose’s Way of Cross Enters 37th Year … [Read more...]

“Unknown substance”

Vandals deface statue in front of chapel dedicated to celebrating traditional Latin Mass A small Santa Clara chapel dedicated to offering the traditional Latin Mass was the target of vandals over the weekend. Sometime between Friday evening, March 23, and Sunday morning, March 25, vandals defaced a statue of Madonna and Child in front of the Oratory of Our Mother of … [Read more...]