Monday, December 4, 2017

St. John Damascene; Priest, Doctor (c.676-749)


Today is the Feastday of the great Saint.

“Listen to me, people of all nations, men, women, and children, all of you who bear the Christian name: If any one preach to you something contrary to what the holy catholic Church has received from the holy apostles and fathers and councils, and has kept down to the present day, do not heed him. Do not receive the serpent’s counsel, as Eve did, to whom it was death. If an angel or an emperor teaches you anything contrary to what you have received, shut your ears.”  –St. John of Damascus, Apologia of St. John Damascene Against Those Who Decry Holy Images.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Walk For Life Honored at St. Patrick Seminary Gala!

It's a twofer! The Walk for Life West Coast, represented by co-chairs Dolores Meehan and Eva Muntean (who were the apples of Fr. Malloy's eye) is/are being honored at St. Patrick Seminary's 'Four Pillars' Gala on September 9. California Catholic Daily has the story:

Prudence requires courage
St. Patrick’s Seminary honors Walk for Life founders
On September 9, St. Patrick’s Seminary will hold its annual Four Pillars Gala. The event is the sole yearly fundraiser for the seminary, which serves the Archdiocese of San Francisco, most of the other dioceses of California, as well as the dioceses of Honolulu, Reno, and Spokane.  The seminary is currently forming 64 men for the priesthood, and this year’s class includes seminarians from as far away as Korea. 
Each year at the gala the seminary honors a person or organization who has contributed greatly to the mission of the Church. Past honorees include the Knights of Columbus and the Serra Club. This year, the seminary honors San Francisco’s Walk for Life West Coast, the second largest pro-life event in the country. Accepting the honor for the Walk will be two of the Walk’s co-founders, who are also the Walk’s co-chairs, Dolores Meehan and Eva Muntean.

Seminarians at the 2015 Walk for Life West Coast
Eva Muntean told CalCatholic: “I’m beyond elated…this is a dream come true. If you had told me in 2005 that we would be honored by the Seminary, a place where the young men who are the future of the Church are being formed, I would not have believed it. And you know, one of our great joys at the Walk every year is the presence of so many seminarians. It’s great for them and it’s great for all the lay people, especially the young, to see them there, standing for the little defenseless lives. This is more than I ever hoped for.”
Read the whole thing...and buy your tickets to support the seminary here! 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust in the Bay Area!

The Survivors are in San Francisco for a boot camp-and they are making their presence known.

Their Facebook page has videos of them spreading the pro-life message to UC Berkeley, Pier 39 in the City, and I heard they were at Justin Herman Plaza at noon today. Bless their brave hearts!!

Check out the videos on their Facebook page.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bishop Paprocki Defends the Church!

Against what Pope Francis calls "cultural imperialism."

Bless his heart, Paprocki I mean, but Pope Francis too!

From Catholic Culture:


Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, has instructed his pastors that they should not administer the sacraments to Catholics who are engaged in same-sex marriages.

That's Bishop Paprocki, top left, with Archbishop Cordileone, Bishop Barber,
and our wonderful 95 year-old Fr. Armand Oliveri after last year's Red Mass, here at Saints Peter and Paul.

In a formal decree circulated to the clergy of the diocese—which promptly leaked to the secular media—Bishop Paprocki said that since the government now offers legal recognition to same-sex marriages, the Church “has not only the authority, but the serious obligation, to affirm its authentic teaching on marriage and to preserve and foster the sacred value of the married state.”

Toward that end, the bishop said, Catholics should not participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies, nor should those events take place in churches or on parish property, the bishop said. Catholics who are legally married to same-sex partners should not be lectors or extraordinary ministers of Eucharist; they should not be admitted to RCIA classes or Confirmation programs; they should not be sponsors or godparents.

The bishop instructed his priests not to administer Communion to people who are engaged in same-sex marriages, nor to allow their funerals, unless there is an indication that the individuals have repented and accepted the Church’s teaching. If informed that a parishioner is involved in a same-sex union, Bishop Paprocki directed his priests to “address these concerns privately with the persons in such circumstances, calling them to conversion.”



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Father Alvin Yu's First Mass at Saints Peter and Paul!

On Saturday, June 10, at St. Mary's Cathedral, Deacon Alvin Antonio Yu was ordained Father Alvin Antonio Yu by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. The next day, Father Yu returned to his home parish Saints Peter and Paul, to celebrate his first Mass at 5:00 PM on Sunday, June 11. Praise God! Here is a photo by Saints Peter and Paul parishioner Patrick Gee, and you can see more on his website. That's how you celebrate a Mass!



Over 20 priests, as well as Bishops William Justice, Ignatius Wang, and Thomas Daly of Spokane concelebrated--and there were many of Fr. Alvin's friends from the seminary on the altar as well, including Fr.Michael Liliedahl, who was ordained with Fr. Alvin at the Cathedral.

Fr. Alvin, who attended Saints Peter and Paul Pre-Kindergarten, K-8 school, the Salesian Boys' and Girls' Club, and was baptized, received First Communion and Confirmation, as well as serving Mass at Saints Peter and Paul, has said publicly what a powerful influence our dear departed Fr. John Malloy had been on him, and you just know Fr. Malloy was beaming down from heaven!

On Sunday, July 2, Fr. Alvin will celebrate his first Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form, also at Saints Peter and Paul. God bless you Fr. Alvin, and all praise to God!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Nice! Italians offer Reparation for Celebration of Sodomy

Church Militant has the story:



Larger turnout than expected

A procession meant to offer reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the offenses of the local gay pride parade was a success. Organized by Committee Bl. Giovanna Scopelli in Reggio Emilia, a lay initiative aimed at repairing the scandal caused by the public celebration of sodomy, about 350 people from all over Italy attended the procession, including dozens of priests, with a notable presence of the young.


The priest leading the procession, Fr. Luigi Moncalero, once again had to explain to the press that they weren't there to hold a counter-protest. "This isn't a protest against the Gay Pride Parade, but a prayer to repair public sin: from the moral point of view, homosexuality is a disorder strongly reprimanded by the Holy Scriptures. To glorify homosexuality means not only to contradict the Bible ... but to invert Nature's natural order."

Friday, August 5, 2016

Thanks, Holy Father....But....

Good Pope Francis (and not for the first time)  nailed the insanity of 'gender ideology' in his address to the Bishops of Poland at World Youth Day:

"In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. And one of these - I will call it clearly by its name – is [the ideology of] 'gender'. Today children – children! – are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex. Why are they teaching this? Because the books are provided by the persons and institutions that give you money. These forms of ideological colonization are also supported by influential countries. And this terrible!

In a conversation with Pope Benedict, who is in good health and very perceptive, he said to me: 'Holiness, this is the age of sin against God the Creator'. He is very perceptive. God created man and woman; God created the world in a certain way… and we are doing the exact opposite."

Thank you, Holy Father, for introducing some sanity into our world. And you are right about the ideological colonization pushed around the world by wealthy and well-connected wackos.

BUT...that same colonization is taking place in Catholic schools. Holiness, these schools are under YOUR authority. The right guidance of those young souls is ultimatly YOUR responsibily. 

See here for just a few examples within the Archdiocese of San Francisco:

'Transgendered' Teacher not the Only Problem at Mercy

Gay Totalitarianism at Schools of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco

'Queer Bohemian' Chairs Theology Department at Woodside Priory School

LGBT Activist Leads Retreat at Notre Dame de Namur

'Our Mother who is within us'

Holiness, our good Archbishop is working to address this problem. You've identified the problem: I humbly beg you to assert your authority in solving it.

Your son in Christ,

Gibbons

Dr. Peter Kreeft in SF Aug. 20: "What I shall do with atheism is refute it!"

San Francisco's Star of the Sea parish (under the wonderful Fr. Joseph Illo) is hosting Dr. Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College, on August 20. Dr. Kreeft's subject will be "Answering Atheism." Dr. Kreeft answers a few questions about the event over at California Catholic Daily.

The good Professor will also speak at St. Apollinaris Church in Napa and at the Religious Education Congress of the Diocese of Santa Rosa.

Visit CalCatholic for full details and registration/tickets.

USF Vice-Provost for Students also Board Chair of Abortion Providers

California Catholic Daily has an edited version of this story.

USF’s New Vice-Provost of Student Life Also serves as Board Chair for Abortion Providers
On July, 28, 2016 the Jesuit University of San Francisco announced the appointment of a new vice-provost of student life. From the press release announcing the appointment:

“The University of San Francisco (USF) has named Julie Orio vice provost of student life. Orio has served as interim vice provost of student life at USF since August 2015, where she has led a team of approximately 140 full-time professionals and 25 graduate students to enliven the university’s Jesuit mission through its co-curricular offices and activities that support the development and success of all students. She will begin her permanent role immediately.”

The release continued:

“Beyond her responsibilities at USF, since 2006 she has been actively involved in the Women’s Community Clinic in San Francisco, serving as board member and chair.”

“Enlivening the university’s Jesuit mission” apparently includes “serving as board member and chair” of an organization that provides birth control, ‘emergency contraception,’ and ‘Medication Abortion.’ The ‘Women’s Health Services’ page on the Women’s Community Clinic’s website page describes ‘Medication Abortion’: “ Medication abortion is a way to terminate an early pregnancy by using medications. It’s often called the ‘abortion pill’, and it’s an option for women during their first ten weeks of pregnancy. Medication abortion works through a combination of two drugs: Mifeprex and Misoprostol. Mifeprex blocks the hormone progesterone, which will stop the growth of the pregnancy; Misoprostol will then cause the uterus to contract and help your body expel the pregnancy.”

The mission statement for USF’s Office of Student Life includes the following: “While each office within Student Life holds a specialized mission, our work is in service to and collaboration with the University's mission to offer ‘the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals, and the values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others.’” How this vision of “the values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others” can be furthered by a person serving as board chair of an organization which describes abortion, the taking of an innocent human life, as “expelling the pregnancy” is perhaps something that only a corrupt Jesuit can understand.

It is not the first time USF and the Women’s Community Clinic have partnered. On Mar8, 2010, in the article ‘Abortionfest at USF’, CalCatholic reported that one of the featured speakers at USF’s 2010 Global Women’s Rights Forum was Dr. Eve Zaritsky, the then-medical Director of the Women’s Community Clinic. From the article “The Women’s Community Clinic ‘Services’ page offers ‘Emergency Contraception,’ which, depending on the timing, can be an abortion. The Women’s Community Clinic does not offer non-emergency contraception abortions, but will refer women to organizations that do.” That lack has obviously since been addressed. The aricle continued “The forum is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, the Sociology Colloquium, the School of Nursing, the Politics Department, the Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, and curiously, the Theology and Religious Studies Department….”

Ms. Orio is far from the only rotten apple at USF. USF Faculty includes the Reverend Vincent Pizzuto. In addition to his work as Professor of New Testament Studies, with “LGBT Hermeneutics and Theology” listed as one of his areas of expertise, Pizzuto is also the Director of USF’s Catholic Studies and Social Thought Minor and the Coordinator of the Ignatian Faculty Forum. His biographical page on the USF website lists another of his areas of expertise: “same-gender marriage.” It does not mention that Pizzuto, born Catholic, and currently a minister of the Episcopal Church, has presided at such counterfeit “marriages.”

The anti-Catholicism at USF goes right to the top. As CalCatholic reported on April 23, 2016 , USF’s president, Fr. Paul Fitzgerald, SJ, attended San Francisco’s the Gay Pride parade, in 2015. The parade is a celebration of the sin of sodomy.

Why San Francisco’s Catholic clergy and hierarchy choose to remain silent is unknown. While USF is objectively no more evil than the University of California or Stanford, its masquerade as an institution in any way connected to the Catholic Church presents a much greater spiritual danger.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Joseph Sciambra Gets It, Accepts It, Preaches It!

The passionate and committed Catholic Joseph Sciambra has a vitally important (one of many, actually) column on his website, also reprinted on LifeSiteNews. All Catholics should listen. Excerpts:

"Yes, the Catholic Church should apologize to gays. But not for the reason you think.

When I was a conflicted and scared boy growing up within the confusing confines of the post-Conciliar Church of the 1970s, I needed someone, anyone, to teach me and to tell me that Jesus wanted to be more than just my friend, that He wanted to be my Savior – that He wanted to save me from myself. I knew, even from a young age, that something was going incredibly wrong within me – I was terrified and I needed help. However, the Jesus they offered was a mere historical figure; a guy who meant well, but who was dead and distant; he was the hippie-Christ from “Godspell” in a Superman shirt – with the Bible as a superhero comic-strip.

When I was teenager, quickly swerving towards homosexuality, a few noticed, but did nothing to help. At school, a sort of pandemic relativism was extolled as an individual rule of life: custom-made for every human person on earth. The detached Jesus from my youth cared little about our daily drudgery or our personal proclivities.

On the verge of accepting my homosexuality, I was told by a Catholic priest that I needn’t worry as every homosexual is born gay; he sent me on my way with a socially responsible warning about the dangers of unsafe sex.

In the near devastation of AIDS, and my own worsening realization that gay wasn’t what I hoped it would be – the sole Catholic presence in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood was the hotly affirmative parish of Most Holy Redeemer. Although the priests who were stationed there kindly buried the lifeless and wasted bodies of our friends, in an age when few were willing to do so, they confused a compassion for the sick and the dead with a total renunciation of any semblance to Catholic teaching about homosexuality. They wanted to be our friends, not our Fathers...."

Mr. Sciambra concludes:

Recently, during one of my several outreaches to the “gay” community in San Francisco, I spoke with a young Catholic “gay” man about my life after homosexuality; we discussed how and why I left gay and the contentment and happiness I experienced when I embraced chastity. He immediately said, “Oh no, but that is not what they tell us at Most Holy Redeemer.”


Therefore – Dear Pope Francis: apologize for bad catechesis, for bad pastoral programs, for bad priests, and for the apathetic Bishops who do nothing to correct them. As for the long dead who passed from this life, far too young, because no one ever bothered to tell them the Truth – no amount of apologizing will ever bring them back."


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

Walk for Life West Coast JANUARY 23!

San Francisco's Walk for Life West Coast, one of the two largest pro-life events in the country, will take place on January 23, 2016 at Civic Center Plaza. Check out the great promo video:



As always, there are many events surrounding the Walk: it's the biggest Catholic weekend (outside of Christmas and Easter, of course) in the Bay Area. At Saints Peter and Paul Church we will have all-night Adoration for Life beginning at 8 PM on Friday, January 22. 

EVERY Catholic, EVERY American who takes the founding principles seriously should be at the Walk.