San Fran Church Official to Union Critic: We Need Teachers Who Are Fulfilled in the Faith

03/17/2015 Comments (100)

The challenge is to really be in dialogue with the culture.  What the archbishop needs is for you to be bridging the gap between what appears to be ancient, awful teachings and where kids are. -- Father Anthony Giampietro, C.S.B. Archdiocese of San Francisco

Last night, various players in the ongoing dispute between Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco and the local Catholic teachers' union and its allies, who oppose the proposed "morality clauses" to be added to the new teacher contracts, got a chance to air their arguments.   

The San Francisco forum, sponsored by City Visions, will serve as a wake up call for anyone who thinks it is still business as usual for Catholic...READ MORE

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The Inner Ring

03/15/2015 Comments (34)

Once there was a sketch on Saturday Night Live featuring the character of an incredibly self-important secretary for some minor star (the sort of star who hosts low-rating game shows). The secretary is utterly oblivious to his client's puny standing in the grand scheme of things and instead, basking in the reflected two-watt glory of his boss, treats every visitor to the office with the utmost snobbery and officiousness. Each person asking to see the star is treated with withering haughtiness and asked: "And you are....?" As the day wears on, half a dozen fabulously famous people stop by the office (including, at last, Jesus Christ) and all are greeted with the same belittling arrogance:...READ MORE

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Is the Synod Secretariat Stacking the Deck Again?

03/14/2015 Comments (120)

The Vatican today announced that the vice president of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family will be a consulter to the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops.

Professor José Granados' appointment, alongside eleven other consulters, means he will be taking part in the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family in October. This is significant because at last October’s synod no faculty member from the John Paul II Institute was represented (although some previous institute presidents did attend, including its founding president, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra).

The synod was criticized for ignoring John Paul II’s teachings on marriage and the family,...READ MORE

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The Family as the Icon of the Holy Trinity

03/14/2015 Comments (20)

My nephew Tom came home from first grade in anguish. At dinner he could barely keep the tears out of his six year old eyes. When his parents pressed him to find out what was wrong, he replied that "this kid at school says I have a funny name." His parents glanced at each other, thinking, "'Tom Shea' is a funny name?" So summoning their best parental wisdom, they told him to ignore the kid and he would go away.

Of course, this didn't work. The kid kept it up for another day or two till Tom was really beginning to worry: maybe he did have a funny name.

Finally, Tom's parents decided it was time to take action. Reasoning that they would have to go talk to his folks, they asked at dinner that...READ MORE

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Hard Sayings, Who Can Listen To It?

03/13/2015 Comments (123)

“This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?”

At an event in Britain, the Telegraph reports, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila "lamented the “harsh words” that the Church used about gay and divorced people in the past, saying it left them feeling “branded.”

The “harsh” and “severe” stance adopted by the Catholic clerics towards gay people, divorcees and single mothers has done lasting harm, one of the most prominent members of the Church’s new generation of Cardinals has acknowledged.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila in the Philippines, said the Church had to learn lessons from changing social attitudes and a greater understanding of psychology and...READ MORE

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Pope to Open '24 Hours for the Lord'

03/13/2015 Comments (2)

Pope Francis will today preside at a penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s basilica at 5pm (noon Eastern), during which he will open the Lenten initiative “24 Hours for the Lord”.

As last year, he is expected to go to confession in public in a gesture aimed at encouraging the faithful to renew their relationship with the Lord through receiving the Sacrament of Penance.

Churches worldwide are encouraged to remain open for 24 hours today and tomorrow. The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, which is organizing the initiative, says it is a “concrete sign of mercy” that aims to underline the need for prayer, contemplation of the Eucharist, as well as a chance to go to...READ MORE

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Pope to Open '24 Hours for the Lord'

03/13/2015 Comments (1)

Pope Francis will today preside at a penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s basilica at 5pm (noon Eastern), during which he will open the Lenten initiative “24 Hours for the Lord”.

As last year, he is expected to go to confession in public in a gesture aimed at encouraging the faithful to renew their relationship with the Lord through receiving the Sacrament of Penance.

Churches worldwide are encouraged to remain open for 24 hours today and tomorrow. The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, which is organizing the initiative, says it is a “concrete sign of mercy” that aims to underline the need for prayer, contemplation of the Eucharist, as well as a chance to go to...READ MORE

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Sooo, Would Pro-Life Abortionists Be OK?

03/11/2015 Comments (62)

Congress is being urged to considering overturning Washington D.C. legislation that could force religious and pro-life employers in our nation's capital to operate their businesses in ways counter to their beliefs.

The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA), says it would protect people from discrimination against from an employer because of their reproductive health choices.

Here's the wording:

To amend the Human Rights Act of 1977 to ensure that individuals are protected from  10 discrimination by an employer, employment agency, or labor organization, based on an individual’s or dependent’s reproductive health decisions.

So, this bill, in short, is an attack on...READ MORE

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