Letter to the faithful for the memorial of St. Junípero Serra | Angelus News

Letter to the faithful for the memorial of St. Junípero Serra Archbishop José H. Gomez | New World of Faith Jun 29, 2020 • 8 Min Read “Fray Junípero Serra,” Palma, Mallorca, Spain. (Album/Alamy) In the following letter, Archbishop José H. Gomez addresses recent controversies surrounding public monuments to St. Junípero Serra and asks the faithful of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to invoke the saint’s “intercession for this nation that he helped to found.” Ahead of the saint’s July 1 feast day, he urges prayers especially for “an end to racial prejudice and a new awareness of what it means that all men and women are created equal as children of God.” Archbishop Gomez also offers an original spiritual meditation that he composed almost entirely from words drawn from St. Junípero’s sermons and letters.  For an audio version of the Archbishop’s letter, click here, with thanks to our friends, Discerning Hearts. For the Spanish translation of this letter, click here. My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Recently, statues to the Apostle of California, St. Junípero Serra, were torn down in San Francisco and in the plaza outside our first church, Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles, in downtown Los Angeles. Up and down the...

Statement of Bishop Jaime Soto on tearing down of St. Junipero Serra statue in Capitol Park | Diocese of Sacramento

News – July 05, 2020 Bishop Jaime Soto Language: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF) On Saturday evening, the statue of St. Junipero Serra was defaced and torn down from its place in Capitol Park.  The group’s actions may have been meant to draw attention to the sorrowful, angry memories over California’s past, but this act of vandalism does little to build the future. There is no question that California’s indigenous people endured great suffering during the colonial period and then later faced the horror of government-sanctioned genocide under the nascent State of California.  This legacy is heartbreaking.  Yet, it is also true that while Fr. Serra worked under this colonial system, he denounced its evils and worked to protect the dignity of native peoples.  His holiness as a missionary should not be measured by his own failures to stop the exploitation or even his own personal faults.  Holiness, in the end, is more a result of God’s grace and our willingness to cooperate with His mercy.  Archbishop Gomez’s letter of July 1st illustrates some of the Franciscan friar’s efforts to do so: https://angelusnews.com/voices/letter-to-the-faithful-for-the-memorial-of-st-junipero-serra/ Understanding the efforts of Fr. Serra to bring light into the bitter, bleak darkness of colonial ambition is the difficult task...

Mainer v. Pritzker Transcript – Let Liberty Ring

TWO DIFFERENT SCENES BOTH ON MAY 24, 2020 YOU COMPARE: WHO ARE FOLLOWING CIVIC GUIDELINES?  WHO SHOW CONCERN FOR THEIR NEIGHBORS?  THEN READ THE JUDGE’S COMMENT BELOW. USA GOVERNORS: CHURCHES ARE ESSENTIAL – LIFT YOUR UNJUST BANS Mainer v. Pritzker Transcript – Let Liberty Ring SOURCE: https://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2020/05/mainer-v-pritzker-transcript-let-liberty-ring/ BY KIRK ALLEN ON MAY 23, 2020 Illinois (ECWd) – There are no words that would do justice to describe what Judge McHaney said during his ruling.  Maybe one day all our courts will have video media access but for now, we will have to accept the transcript, void of the verbal emphasis, and patriotic presentation of Judge McHaney’s ruling yesterday against Governor Pritzker. From Page 75 starting at line 17- “Since the inception of this insanity, the following regulations, rules or consequences have occurred:” I won’t get COVID if I get an abortion but I will get COVID if I get a colonoscopy. Selling pot is essential but selling goods and services at a family-owned business is not. Pot wasn’t even legal and pot dispensaries didn’t even exist in this state until five months ago and, in that five months, they have become essential but a family-owned business in existence for five generations is not....

Injustice is just that: injustice

While SOME POLITICAL LEADERS and SOME HOSPITAL ADMINISTRATORS in the “health care” industry deem elective surgery as inessential and the ministry of priests to the dying and to their flock as “inessential, dangerous, and a risk of contamination” (through the administration of the Sacraments and the gathering for worship), they allow inessential (to say the very least) major surgeries to continue, certainly fraught with risking great contamination, in Planned Parenthood “clinics” (slaughter houses would be a more appropriate term.) Just where is the logic or the justice in this?  People of God, fight back! Planned Parenthood Keeps Fighting – and So Will We If there were a fire in your house, what would you save? It’s a timeless question, and one that’s been very relevant in COVID-19. State officials have been forced to ask, “If there were coronavirus in our state, what would stay open? What is ‘essential?’” In some states, the answer is “abortion.” And where the state has not deemed abortion essential – requiring the clinic to close – Planned Parenthood has been loud and clear: our doors stay open. I wrote recently about Planned Parenthood’s defiance of state orders by continuing elective abortions. At that point they were even requesting...

Six Common Biblical Fallacies Used to Criticize Devotion to Mary

Anti-Marian Protestants often rely on several biblical fallacies to minimize the significance of Mary and slander Catholics as well as others who are devoted to her. Identifying these fallacies and calling them out for what they really are is an essential part of defending the faith. Here are six common fallacies you’ll often encounter when […] Source: Six Common Biblical Fallacies Used to Criticize Devotion to...

Truth and Tolerance: Why the Church Can’t Change Her Teaching

“The Catholic Church is intolerant.” That simple thought, like a yellow-fever sign, is supposed to be the one solid reason which should frighten away any one who might be contemplating knocking at the portals of the Church for entrance, or for a crumb of the Bread of Life. When proof for this statement is asked, […] Source: Truth and Tolerance: Why the Church Can’t Change Her...