When Pope Francis asked Catholics to pray this September for an end to the death penalty, I in turn asked my flock to join him, stating: “It is well past time that the death penalty be stricken from the books.”
Amidst unnecessary contentions and frequent bad news in the Church, it becomes both essential and gratifying to share good news. Enter Catholic composer Frank La Rocca and the forthcoming CD/album release of his luminous Mass of the Americas. In recent years,
The second story I’d like to begin with is geared toward Beatles fans, of which I am one. Paul McCartney turned 80 years old June 18. He recently published a two-volume work entitled: The Lyrics: 1956-Present, by Penguin Books.
A grizzled old socialist taught the History of Communism course where I went to college. I vividly remember two things he told us. The first was “If you are not a socialist when you are young you have no
This week the USCCB released a report with the bureaucratically self-important title, “National Synthesis of the People of God in the United States of America for the Diocesan Phase of the 2021-2023 Synod.” Essentially, it’s a report from the bishops summarizing the
The California legislature recently passed a bill that would let the state take custody of minors who travel to California for what the bill calls “gender-affirming” medical care. This means that if a child from another state runs away from home
Father Thuan Hoang, longtime pastor of Church of the Visitacion in San Francisco, fled South Vietnam in 1987 after communist rule blocked his dream of becoming a Catholic priest. “I was 19 when they closed the seminary,” he said.
Elizabeth Moreno, visibly pregnant, sat quietly in a San Bernardino parking lot as Father Manuel Cardoza celebrated the Eucharist – the source and summit of life in the Catholic faith. Just a few hundred yards behind her was Family Planning
St. Augustine High School will kick off its centennial year on Friday, Sept. 16, with an 11 a.m. Mass at the all-boys school’s North Park campus. The liturgy will be held in the 55,000-square-foot student activity center, St. Augustine
Planned Parenthood received record taxpayer funding amid an uptick in abortions and a decrease in healthcare services amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to its recently released 2020-2021 annual report. The nation's largest abortion provider released the report earlier this month, showing
Speaking to the faithful ahead of National Migration Week, Archbishop Jośe Gomez of Los Angeles encouraged prayer for a society of “solidarity and compassion” that better serves the “poor and least among us.” “My brothers and sisters, once again we
There are traditionally two options for what to do with a body after death: burial or cremation. In California, a third choice will soon present itself for those who shuffle off this mortal coil. That choice is human composting.