Pleasure is Part of the Moral life
Priest's New Book Details -- “Reasonable Pleasures,” the latest book from scholar Father James Schall, examines the “valuable but subordinate role” pleasure plays and how it can contribute to a life that is both fulfilled and good.
New Urgency to Celebrate
World Marriage Sunday
SAN FRANCISCO, January 20, 2014 -- The 2nd Sunday in February, is designated World Marriage Day by World Wide Marriage Encounter. It coincides with National Marriage Week (February 7-14). See the Marriage Recognition Kit for parishes provided by CCGI.
SF Supervisor Issues Resolution
Opposes Walk for Life WC Banners
10th Walk Scheduled for January 25
SAN FRANCISCO, January 17, 2014 -- Our friends at the Walk for Life, West Coast pulled off a wonderful publicity coup by taking advantage of a City policy to let organizations and causes buy banners to be placed on lamp posts along San Francisco main thoroughfare, Market Street. It has drawn a strong reaction from city officials and pro-abortion groups disputing the claim that "Abortion Hurts Women." Some have called it hate speech, to which Walk for Life WC co-organizer, Eva Muntean, responded, "Our opponents seek to censor our message 'Abortion Hurts Women,' not because it is false but because it is true"
Bishops Lament Federal 'Disregard'
for State Marriage Laws-- As the U.S. bishops lamented federal agencies’ decisions to ignore state marriage laws, Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government will recognize the “gay marriages” briefly contracted in Utah.
-- A new survey shows an increase in likely U.S. voters who see marriage as a religious institution, with a majority now holding this view.
Pope's Family Comments
VATICAN, January 7, 2014 -- The Vatican's spokesman says some coverage of Pope Francis’ comment about a child of a same-sex couple is “forced” and a “manipulation” of his primary concern about evangelizing in new cultural environments.
Remember the Humanity
of Jahi McMath
PHILADELPHIA, PA, January 7, 2014 -- As in the case of Terri Schiavo, people with severe brain injuries are treated like second class citizens, often being denied the treatment, care, and love that their humanity demands. Here is a perspective from Bobby Schindler, brother of Terry Schiavo and Mark Mostert a member of the board of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.
Catholic Bioethicist Advises Caution
In Jahi McMath Case
-- The “tragic” case of teenage girl Jahi McMath – now at the center of a legal controversy over brain death – shows the need to determine the facts before making ethical conclusions, says a bioethicist.
CA Secretary of State Told to
Count Voter Signatures
SAN FRANCISCO, January 2, 2013 -- Privacy for All Students reported that a Sacramento Superior Court judge, in a strongly worded tentative ruling, directed the California Secretary of State to count petitions submitted in two northern California counties for a referendum effort to nullify AB 1266, California's co-ed bathroom law. The signature gathering campaign to reverse the law had to go to court, because the Secretary of State had refused to count signatures from Tulare and Mono counties.
May Describes Vital Need to
Rebuild a Marriage Culture to
Family Life International New Zealand
AUCKLAND, October 20, 2013 – Do we need a civil institution that unites children with their Mums and Dads? That was the key question American marriage advocate William May put to delegates at Family Life International’s Rise Up in the Service of Life Conference in Auckland on September 28-29.
Humility Is Necessary for Fruitfulness
VATICAN CITY, December 19, 2013 -- “Humility is necessary for faithfulness,” said the Pontiff on Dec. 19. “The humility to say to the Lord, ‘Lord, I am barren, I am a desert’ ...come to give us life, come to save us, because only You can. Alone, I cannot!”
Opinion: What President Obama Missed in His Inequality Speech
CHARLOTTE, NC, December 5, 2013 -- President Obama covered a large number of important topics in his speech yesterday. He concentrated on America’s stagnant economy, high degree of inequality, and low level of social mobility and touted many policies aimed at addressing those problems.
‘Evangelii Gaudium’: Pope Francis’
Blueprint for Evangelization
LOUISVILLE, KY, December 3, 2013 — Pope Francis is moving fast to advance his “dream of … a missionary impulse, capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world.”
Do Courage and EnCourage
Teach Virtue or Intolerance?
NEW YORK, November 25, 2013 -- Pope Francis famously made headlines over the summer when he said in an interview, "If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?" His words made me grateful for the church's ministry, called Courage, which assists and supports people with a same-sex attraction to live virtuous lives, and EnCourage, dedicated to the spiritual needs of parents and relatives of those with same sex attraction.