Tag: California

San Francisco archbishop asks city to ease Mass restrictions

San Francisco archbishop asks city to ease Mass restrictions

| September 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco has asked the city’s mayor and health officials to ease attendance restrictions on public Masses the archbishop says are unfair. Currently, Masses may be celebrated only outdoors in San Francisco, with only 12 attendees. According to archdiocesan spokesman Mike Brown, a dozen priests have been celebrating Masses simultaneously […]

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Bishop Cantú: Californians ‘on edge’ as historic wildfires rage

Bishop Cantú: Californians ‘on edge’ as historic wildfires rage

| Rhina Guidos | August 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Some of the few Masses available for Catholics in California’s Bay Area came to a halt the weekend of Aug. 22 as bishops urged parishioners to pray for one another, for firefighters, and to stay home as air quality diminished in some parts of the state because of some of the largest wildfires in California history.

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Canceling Padre Serra

Canceling Padre Serra

| Bishop Robert Barron | July 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

I have just received word that, after voting to remove a large statue of St. Junípero Serra that stands in front of their City Hall, the government of Ventura, California (which is in my pastoral region) is now considering removing the image of Padre Serra from the county seal. This entire effort to erase the memory of Serra is from a historical standpoint ridiculous and from a moral standpoint more than a little frightening.

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With virus spike, California has new round of closures, including churches

With virus spike, California has new round of closures, including churches

| July 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

In keeping with new directives from the state of California to stop the spike in confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced July 13 it will discontinue indoor Masses and other liturgical services, effective immediately.

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Why “What are the bishops doing about it?” is the wrong question

Why “What are the bishops doing about it?” is the wrong question

| Bishop Robert Barron | July 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Recently, the bishops of California made a statement regarding the attacks on the statues of St. Junipero Serra in San Francisco, Ventura, and Los Angeles. While acknowledging that there are legitimate concerns about racism both historical and contemporary, we insisted that the characterization of Serra as the moral equivalent of Hitler and the missions he founded as tantamount to death camps is simply unconscionable.

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Supreme Court rejects appeals to lift restrictions on congregation size

Supreme Court rejects appeals to lift restrictions on congregation size

| Carol Zimmermann | June 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

A divided Supreme Court May 29 chose not to intervene in an emergency appeal by a church in Southern California to lift COVID-19 restrictions that limit congregation sizes.

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Justice Dept. says California’s pandemic plan should open churches sooner

Justice Dept. says California’s pandemic plan should open churches sooner

| Pablo Kay | May 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice is challenging the “unequal treatment of faith communities” in California’s coronavirus reopening plan, warning that continued restrictions on worship services threaten believers’ civil rights to practice their religion.

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L.A. Archdiocese expands fund for Southern California wildfire victims

L.A. Archdiocese expands fund for Southern California wildfire victims

| October 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is expanding a fund established last year for victims of wildfires in California to victims of the current wildfires burning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

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Religion, state of the Church among topics at annual Napa conference

Religion, state of the Church among topics at annual Napa conference

| Elizabeth Bachmann | August 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Under the clear, California-blue skies of Napa Valley, 15 bishops and 100 priests gathered with over 500 lay Catholics and women religious to discuss religion and drink wine, brainstorm solutions and smoke cigars, not to mention celebrate Mass over 100 times in the span of just a few days.

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U.S. bishops stress action after deadly shootings

U.S. bishops stress action after deadly shootings

| Carol Zimmermann | August 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

In response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 3 and 4, several U.S. bishops expressed their support and prayers for victims while also expressing outrage that these tragedies continue to occur.

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With dedication Mass, Orange Diocese’s Christ Cathedral ‘becomes reality’

With dedication Mass, Orange Diocese’s Christ Cathedral ‘becomes reality’

| Orange County Catholic staff | July 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tim Strader believes Christ Cathedral of the Diocese of Orange “will become the most important Catholic cathedral in the United States, other than St. Patrick’s” in New York.

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‘Dangerous’ bill on seal of confession withdrawn before key hearing

‘Dangerous’ bill on seal of confession withdrawn before key hearing

| Pablo Kay | July 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

In a last-minute twist, a California bill that would have required priests to break the sacramental seal of confession was shelved by its sponsor amid a remarkable grassroots campaign mounted by the state’s Catholics, members of other faith groups, and religious liberty advocates from across the country.

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