"Without a vibrant Catholic character, culture and mission, Catholic high schools have no compelling reason why parents should consider enrolling their sons and daughters."
After more than four years of negotiations, the Catholic cemeteries of the Oakland diocese have reached a 10-year agreement with Local 265 of the Service Employees International Union representing their 23 groundskeepers. The agreement includes a no-layoff provision, a buyout of the union-managed pension, and health care with no lifetime cap. It was ratified by a 22-1 vote.
Opponents and supporters of the pending sale of six Catholic hospitals to Prime Healthcare Services escalated their actions and their rhetoric this week as the February deadline nears.
The Napa Institute is a remarkable mix of religious retreat, networking opportunity, strategy session, wine-tasting vacation and glimpse at the U.S. traditionalist Catholic superstructure.
A Vatican court has "definitively determined and ruled" that no allegations of sexual misconduct of any kind alleged against Msgr. Richard Loomis, a Los Angeles priest, have been proved.
The ruling was announced in a statement issued Saturday by Office of the Vicar for Clergy of the Los Angeles archdiocese.
The ruling came "after 10 years of exhaustive investigation and canonical trial," it said, adding that Loomis "has always professed his innocence."
In playing with the gender characteristics of religious icons usually depicted as feminine, artist Alma Lopez asks us to reconsider our ideas of religion, beauty and gender.
Religious groups are battling the state of California over whether employee health insurance plans require them to pay for abortions and some forms of contraception that some find immoral.
So is the state forcing churches to pay for abortions? It depends on who you ask.
The California Catholic Conference has filed a federal civil rights complaint protesting a state ruling mandating the inclusion of voluntary direct abortion -- including gender selection and late-term abortion -- in California health insurance policies.
"This is a coercive and discriminatory action by the state of California," said Auxiliary Bishop Robert McElroy of San Francisco, who is chair of the Institutional Concerns Committee of the California Catholic Conference, the public advocacy arm of the state's bishops.
Laypeople, religious, nearly two dozen bishops and more than 100 clergy filled San Diego's St. Therese of Carmel Church on Wednesday for the noon funeral Mass of San Diego Bishop Cirilo B. Flores, who died Sept. 6 of cancer.
Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez was the principal celebrant for the Mass, sharing some memories of Flores' last days.
A California-based health care network, believed to be a contender to buy the Daughters of Charity Health System, has filed a lawsuit against a union that opposes the purchase.