Catholics in San Francisco Respond: Mass Mob Planned at Star of the Sea Catholic Church

When Fr. Joseph Illo, the pastor at San Francisco's Star of the Sea Catholic Church, announced his decision to train only boys to be altar servers, some parishioners and others protested.  Amidst the hullabaloo, the media jumped at the chance to criticize both Fr. Illo and his beleaguered bishop, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.Religion News Service quoted Fr. Illo, who explained his reasons for enacting the policy: The first...is that “boys usually end up losing interest (in altar service) … [Read more...]

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CNN Wants to See More Female Altar Servers?

You’ve gotta hand it to CNN:  If nothing else, they’re consistent. Readers on my Facebook page got into a discussion one day recently about the CNN “Belief Blog.”  The general consensus was that it’s actually more of an “UN-Belief Blog”:  The point of the feature seems to be to identify a particular teaching or practice of the Catholic Church that is unpopular this week, then pontificate [an ironic word!] about why it should be changed.This week’s column by Roland S. Martin on the topic … [Read more...]

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