The story search. Editor Bob McPhail begins every morning from his office in Tijuana with a search of California diocese websites and local papers. Stories often sit asleep on a church or secular website.
The original author sees no irony (a recent posting for a yoga workshop on the Oakland diocese site) or urgency (details on the August Our Lady of Guadalupe rally on L.A archdiocesan site).
Or a secular paper buries the real story – a Santa Clara County paper includes a priest’s support of gay marriage down at the article’s end.
Jim Graves, headquartered in Orange County, reports on Churches Worth Driving To. Jeff Grace from Palmdale writes the Faces of the Abortion Holocaust.
A quarter of our stories come from tips and suggestions from readers. Keep those emails coming!
The comment monitoring. This is tricky, because readers’ remarks can be more fiery than original story. We try to exclude purely personal attacks. But strong comments with insight or details add a lot. Particularly interesting is when story subject joins the fray, as did the musician John Michael Talbot or the L.A. archdiocesan PR man Todd Tamberg.
Bob McPhail serves as main comment arbiter, with help from Jim Holman at his office in downtown San Diego. For much of 2011 we enjoyed the help of sharp Anglo-Catholic from her room in a senior citizens home, but she found the referee work daunting.
Ads and calendar. Janet Ross handles the ads and calendar of events from her home office in East San Diego. She finds the help wanted listings often hidden on diocese websites. The ad revenue makes up 10 to 15 percent of our yearly budget.
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Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 7:09 AM By Sandra
I love Cal Catholic Daily. It’s my first stop in the morning to be at the “pulse” of the Catholic faithful. Please support this wonderful online service. I will.
Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:15 AM By JimAroo
That is a tremendous amount of work done for $4,000 a month. Put me down for another $100. Keep up the good work!
Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:25 AM By MD
Thank you CCD. You provide an invaluable ministry in informing CA Catholics on how to be diligent in prayer and education to promote the faith in a time where our very freedom as Catholics is in jeopardy. I do not envy you in weeding through comments. God Bless your work.
Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:59 AM By JLS
Only yesterday it was when I began to wonder when I sent the last check … I’d intended and intend to send one each month. I’ll put one in the mail today. Thanks for this site.
Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 12:53 PM By k
Anglo-Catholic? You had to do that to me, didn’t you? You are probably sitting there laughing, saying “Ha Ha. Made you look it up.”
Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 1:50 PM By Jay S.
What about Ernie Grimm and Matt Lickona? Are they on-board anymore?
Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 2:01 PM By Dana
One never knows how much good you really do, but we who read your posts everyday, certainly know in our own lives. I appreciate the fact that you have to screen alot of obscene and hateful stuff all the time and it’s got to be so tiresome and hurtful, so I try to remember to pray for that sometimes as well. I like making the monthly automatic payments…it’s money I don’t even miss.
Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:37 PM By Maryanne Leonard
I’ll bite, k; what is an Anglo-Catholic?
Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 3:05 PM By WB
— Ernie Grimm and Matt Lickona — once the Movies Talk column ended here they both moved on to other things. Ernie is an editor with the San Diego Reader. He has a Twitter site: #!/sdreader_grimm Matt works there also … still praising terrible movies. :-) I also miss Christopher Zehnder from years back — and I can’t find any evidence of his whereabouts!?
Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 4:13 PM By k
Maryanne Leonard, there seem to be so many variations of it that I would hesitate to say but, generally they are Anglicans who hold Catholic beliefs. There are some groups who are in communion with the Catholic Church, but most are not.
Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012 6:32 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
I had the good Graces of helping an Anglo Catholic visit his dying mother. Here is what he said: “we are catholics without the Pope”. I am working on him becoming a true Anglo Catholic. Pray for his mother and for him. Actually the High Anglican Mass is much closer to the Tridentine than the Novus Ordo. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher
Posted Friday, May 25, 2012 8:33 AM By MacDonald
k & Maryanne Leonard — if I’m not mistaken, NO Anglicans are “in communion” with the Catholic Church. This is why they must make a profession of faith to join the Catholic Church, and this is why their priests and bishops, at converting, are considered lay people until they go through the proper Catholic training and are ordained by the Catholic Church. This is my understanding of the situation, at least. (“Anglo-Catholics” CONSIDER themselves to be Catholics, but we do not.)
Posted Friday, May 25, 2012 11:39 AM By JLS
Ahem, MacD, you must be related to Rip Van Winkle. We now have an Anglican rite for those who shipped over from the Anglican Church … now they are Catholics in complete union with the Pope.
Posted Friday, May 25, 2012 1:45 PM By JLS
Brian S., there has not been any federal govt vetting of obama. There is hard evidence that A. he was not born in the USA, and B. his father was a citizen of another nation, making him a dual citizen, possibly a triple citizen (Kenya, Indonesia, and USA because of his mother). He has spent millions of dollars keeping his vital records from the public (no birth certificate but an admitted forgery, no selective service registration, and a phony social security number). He has not brought forward a single legal document that proves his natural born citizenship. Obama is a fraud.