‘Faithful America’ Not Faithful to Catholic Teaching

Salvatore J. CordileoneBack in June, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone received some backlash from San Francisco politicians and civic leaders on his decision to speak at the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C..  The Catholic San Francisco recently reported that this backlash was not spontaneous, but planned and well-financed by a group called “Faithful America.”

Faithful America states that it’s mission is to “reclaim Christianity from the religious right” and that it’s members are “sick of sitting by quietly while Jesus’ message of good news is hijacked to serve a hateful and political agenda.”

Catholic San Francisco reports that:

Faithful America is partially funded by three of the country’s top gay rights activists and nonprofit foundation funders of LGBT initiatives, Colorado multimillionaire political activist (Tim) Gill and Michigan billionaire (Jon) Stryker, as well as by progressive billionaire (George) Soros. Gill, Soros and Stryker are not Catholic and do not live in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

The Catholic San Francisco will run a three-part series to “analyze Faithful America, the funding of groups that call themselves Catholic or faith-based and attack Catholic leaders and teaching, and the concept of ‘hate groups’ and ‘hate speech.'”

Read more at the Catholic San Francisco.

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Expectant couple completes ‘bucket list’ of adventures with their unborn baby

JennaAndDanWhen Jenna and Dan Haley, of Philadelphia, learned they were pregnant, they started dreaming of all the places and experiences they would share with their child after he was born.

But just 13-weeks into the pregnancy, their son, Shane, was diagnosed with anencephaly, a birth defect that causes babies to be born without parts of their brain or skull. The life expectancy for babies with anencaphaly is incredibly short, ranging from a few hours to a few days, so the Haleys decided to create a ‘bucket list’ of adventures to share with Shane while he was still in his mother’s womb.

The New York Daily News reports:


Despite the bleak diagnosis, the devout Catholic couple decided that getting an abortion wasn’t an option for them. Instead, the parents have tried their best to turn Shane’s devastating condition into an opportunity to celebrate his short life, embarking on a bucket list of adventures for the unborn child.

The parents have taken Shane on trips to parks, concerts and Phillies games. He was named No. 1 fan at his dad’s baseball games for the Delco League. They’ve taken a stroll down Wildwood’s boardwalk and visited an animal zoo.

Every night before going to sleep, the hopeful mom and dad say an “Angel of God” prayer. They recite the rosary at their local church every Monday night. During those times of spiritual connection, they say Shane is especially active.

“With prayers and through the grace of God all things are possible!” the couple told friends and family on their “Prayers for Shane” Facebook page.

…”It’s the hardest thing in the world but you can make it through. We’re his parents and we’re going to take care of him as long as we can.”

Read the whole story.


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Funeral Set for San Diego Bishop Cirilo Flores

bishop-flores2The funeral arrangements for San Diego’s Bishop Cirilo Flores have been announced, with the Funeral Mass taking place at St. Therese of Carmel Church on September 17th. Bishop Flores passed away on Saturday, September 6th from a cancer of unknown origin, less than one year after being ordained the 5th bishop of the Diocese of San Diego.

Bishop Flores’ body will be received at St. Joseph Cathedral on September 16th, and the faithful are invited to the Visitation from 10:15 a.m. until 6:45 p.m., followed by a Vigil for the Deceased at 7:00 p.m., also at St. Joseph Cathedral.

Please see the Diocese of San Diego web site for more details.

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