VATICAN CITY - The cause for canonization of Servant of God Edward Flanagan, the priest who founded Nebraska's Boys Town community for orphans and other boys, advanced Monday with the presentation of a summary of records on his life.
Is humor an underappreciated resource in the Catholic Church, especially in times of trouble? The once-anonymous but now-unmasked New Zealander behind "Catholic Twitter" thinks so. His aim: "Gently affectionate satire," with "a bit of a bite."
NEW DELHI, India - A northern Indian district has launched an investigation into a region in which the birth rate of baby girls is in dramatic decline. Government data has revealed that among 216 babies born across 132 villages in the last three months, not even one of them was a girl.
Bishop Robert F. Christian, OP, was eulogized by a longtime friend and fellow Dominican as a world traveler who “lived for others,” intentionally seeking out new experiences and encounters with others as he moved toward his ultimate destination with God.
Bishop Robert F. Vasa informed the Santa Rosa Diocese July 22 that local pastor Father Oscar Diaz was recovering well from surgery for injuries he sustained in a car accident, but he also had to announce the incident had uncovered the priest's "prolonged history of theft."
WASHINGTON – News that officials in the Trump administration are considering “zeroing out” the number of refugees accepted by the United States brought an immediate outcry from the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee and leaders of Catholic and other faith-based agencies that resettle refugees.
Margaret Anne McGowan was in seventh grade when she began playing the church organ at St. Paul, her family’s parish in San Francisco’s Noe Valley. The weekend before she died on June 20 at age 87 she was still at the organ bench of the church where she was baptized in 1932, married in 1953 and finally mourned on June 25.
Father Carroll O’Sullivan, SJ, a dearly loved chaplain for the Sisters of Mercy in Burlingame, once said, “We pray to become someone, not to get something.” This is the message of Luke’s shorter version of “The Our Father.” In today’s Gospel, one of the disciples sees Jesus praying and asks him “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” In Genesis, Abraham pleaded with God to spare the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah - that the good character of a minority be enough to spare annihilation of an evil majority. In Luke the disciple also acts as a representative for others. “Teach us,” not just, “Teach me.” The first quality of a person of prayer is self-understanding as a mediator. Praying makes us a bridge-person, a go-between.
The problem in the world and in the churches, Jim Wallis suggests, is that, perennialy, conservatives get it wrong and liberals (over-reacting to conservatives) then don’t get it at all. Nowhere is this truer, I believe, than in how we discern the finger of God in the events of our lives.
Here I present a strong objection to the half-truths in the opinions expressed by Father Tad Pacholczyk, “Securing authentic children’s rights” (July 11). At least three reasons for Father Tad giving half of the truths.
San Francisco is the birthplace of anti-immigration law. In the 1800s, the Chinese were the first targets described as subhuman, unclean, criminal invaders out to steal American jobs. A wave of anti-immigration propaganda followed.
Twenty Sisters of Mercy will celebrate their jubilees Aug. 4, 2019, in the Mercy Chapel in Burlingame. Now members of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community, they will celebrate lives of active and varied ministries.
Thirteen months after his ordination as the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s 18th auxiliary, Bishop Robert F. Christian, OP, died in his sleep on July 11 at his residence at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park. Bishop Christian, named the seminary’s rector-president in January, was 70 years old.