Blame it on the Boss in Roma

Bully pulpit takes on a new meaning

Vile and Evil – Cassidy Graham Attack



Cassidy Graham eliminates both the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and its subsidies to help modest-income people buy health insurance — and replaces them with a deeply flawed Block Grant.

(A block grant simply turns money directly over to the states, with minimal guidance about how to use it.)

***. From 2020 to 2026, the block grant would total less money than would be provided under the Affordable Care Act.

***. The block grant funds would be skewed in favor of states that failed to take the Medicaid expansion (i.e., “red” states), while making other states even bigger losers.

***. After 2026, the Block Grant would end altogether — turning the bill into pure repeal, with no replace from that point forward.barn-480871__180

According to the well-respected Center for Budget and Public Policy, the bill would

cause millions of Americans to lose coverage;

raise premiums and out of pocket costs for millions of others;

cap and cut Medicaid;

and undercut protections for people with pre-existing conditions.




Homeboy Industries – Father Gregory Boyle- Opus Prize

Fr Greg Boyle – Saint on Earth

Blame it on the Boss in Roma

The Opus Prize is given annually to recognize unsung heroes of any faith tradition, anywhere in the world. This $1 million faith-based humanitarian award and two $100,000 awards are collectively one of the world’s largest faith-based, humanitarian awards for social innovation.

Father Greg is one of the two $100,000 Opus Prize finalists, the other is Sister Rita Pessoa, R.S.H.M. from the Association of Small Rural Producers of Jacare in Filadelfia, Brazil.

The $1,000,000 grand prize winner announced on November 2 at Loyloa Marymount University is Lyn Lusi from Heal Africa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A big congratulations to all three leaders — “unsung heroes who are conquering the world’s persistent social problems, who have dedicated their lives to help tranform others.”


Father Gregory “Greg” Joseph Boyle, S.J. (born May 19, 1954[1]) is a Jesuit Roman Catholic priest. He is the director and founder of Homeboy Industries…

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Thank you, Fr James Martin SJ

4And Thanks to A Beacon of Light  Bishop McElroy  who tells it like it is…

Bravo for coming to stand by the side of the well loved, respected,

esteemed, Fr James Martin 


“Father James Martin is a distinguished Jesuit author who has spent his life building bridges within the Catholic Church and between the church and the wider world. He has been particularly effective in bringing the Gospel message to the millennial generation. When we survey the vast gulf that exists between young adults and the church in the United States, it is clear that there could be no more compelling missionary outreach for the future of Catholicism than the terrain that Father Martin has passionately and eloquently pursued over the past two decades. There are few evangelizers who have engaged that terrain with more heart and skill and devotion.

Last year Father Martin undertook a particularly perilous project in this work of evangelization: building bridges between the church and the L.G.B.T. community in the United States. He entered it knowing that the theological issues pertaining to homosexuality constituted perhaps the most volatile element of ecclesial life in U.S. culture.”           From America Magazine

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“...The concerted attack on Father Martin’s work has been driven by three impulses: homophobia, a distortion of fundamental Catholic moral theology and a veiled attack on Pope Francis and his campaign against judgmentalism in the church.

The attacks on Building a Bridge tap into long-standing bigotry within the church and U.S. culture against members of the L.G.B.T. community. The persons launching these attacks portray the reconciliation of the church and the L.G.B.T. community not as a worthy goal but as a grave cultural, religious and familial threat.

Gay sexual activity is seen not as one sin among others but as uniquely debased to the point that L.G.B.T. persons are to be effectively excluded from the family of the church. Pejorative language and labels are deployed regularly and strategically.

The complex issues of sexual orientation and its discernment in the life of the individual are dismissed and ridiculed.”


I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

Martin Luther King, Jr.




Top 20 Life Tips – Pope Francis


A Gentle Reminder

From Pope Francis

This life will go by fast.

Don’t fight with people, don’t criticize your body so much, don’t complain so much. 

Don’t lose sleep over your bills. Look for the person that makes you happy. If you make a mistake, let it go and keep seeking your happiness.

Never stop being a good parent. Don’t worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home, and don’t kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don’t dedicate yourself to accumulating money.

Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places, give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to get closer. Don’t put away the fine glassware. Utilize the new dinnerware; don’t save your favorite perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear out your favorite sport shoes; repeat your favorite clothes.

So what? That’s not bad. Why not now? Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep? Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas; for Friday; for Reunions; for another year; for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect…look…

Everything perfect doesn’t exist. Human beings can’t accomplish this because it simply was not intended to be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn.

So take this challenge that is life and do it now…love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God’s hands. Amen.


Road Trip: Mission Santa Clara at Santa Clara University

Visit Mission Santa Clara on the Santa Clara University campus


Historic Mission Santa Clara is a consecrated Roman Catholic church situated on the campus of Santa Clara University.

First established in 1777, the Franciscan Order handed the Mission over to the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1851, who then started Santa Clara College, the first institution of higher education in California.  

The Mission has always stood at the center of the campus’ religious and spiritual life, and it continues to welcome Roman Catholic liturgy, spiritual observance, and other activities appropriate to the University’s purpose as a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher learning.  

Mary Daly – Theologian, Boston College Pirate, (2010)

All Hail Mary Daly – Boston College Wonder Woman of the Catholic Church from ( RIP 2010)

The Q and the A Documents


The Q Document – Sharpen your pencils – and use that eraser!

The Q Document…

In the 19th century, New Testament scholars noticed  the Gospels of Matthew and Luke,  displayed  a similarity in word choice,  event placement, share material not found in their generally recognized common source, the Gospel of Mark. Confusion ensued.

Go Figure!


Hallelujah! The Typo Discovery

Oh, Sister!

At the convent, a passel of Antiquity Analysis Sisters were scrutinizing various reports and Biblical interpretations.

A certain passage had stumped them for an interminable amount of time. The much discussed, hot topic was celibacy.

It was the famous scholar, a Dominican nun, Sister Dymphna of California, who made the discovery. Through careful analysis, intensive reseach and hours spent in “the stacks” at the British Museum and the Vatican that Sister Dymphna collected various references and conclued  – the instruction was not to be celibate

but to: Celebrate.

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Thank you, Archbishop John R. Quinn


John R. Quinn Obituary
Archbishop John R. Quinn

John Quinn was born in Riverside, California on March 28, 1929, one of four children born to Elizabeth Constance [Carroll] and Ralph Joseph Quinn. After completing high school, John entered the seminary for the Diocese of San Diego, from which he was sent to Rome to complete his studies, and received his degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Fr. Quinn was ordained to the priesthood in Rome for San Diego on July 19, 1953. He was initially assigned to serve at St. Francis de Sales Church in Riverside.

In the years that followed, he taught systematic theology at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in San Diego, and served as President of St. Francis College Seminary in San Diego. In 1964, he was appointed Provost of the University of San Diego College for Men. He soon organized the merger between the men’s and women’s colleges, leading to the creation of the University of San Diego.

On October 21, 1967, at the age of 38, Fr. Quinn was appointed auxiliary bishop of San Diego. His episcopal ordination followed on December 12, 1967. On November 30, 1971 Bishop Quinn was appointed as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. On December 13, 1972, that diocese was split, and the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City was created. Early in 1973, he became Archbishop of Oklahoma City, and in 1974, was asked by Pope Paul VI to participate in the 1974 World Synod of Bishops.

Archbishop Quinn returned to his roots in California with his installation as the sixth Archbishop of San Francisco on April 26, 1977, succeeding Archbishop Joseph T. McGucken. Within the year he was elected by his brother bishops to a three-year term as President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. On January 27, 1981, Archbishop Quinn oversaw the creation of the Diocese of San Jose. Over the decades that followed, the Archbishop participated in two additional synods in Rome. He served for five years as a consultant to the Congregation for the Clergy, and in 1983, he was appointed by Pope John Paul II as Pontifical Delegate for Religious Life in the United States. As Pontifical Delegate, he was charged with bringing U.S. bishops together with men and women religious, and charged with examining the causes for the decline in vocations. In San Francisco, he focused on social justice among many other responsibilities, quietly working with Catholic Charities to address the challenges faced by the underprivileged and underserved. Together with Catholic Charities, he reached out early with support for those with HIV and AIDS.

After serving the faithful of the Archdiocese of San Francisco for 18 years, Archbishop Quinn retired on December 27, 1995. He took up an appointment as visiting fellow at Campion Hall at Oxford University, and in 1996, he delivered the Campion Hall Centennial Lecture. His lecture was written in response to Pope John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical on ecumenism, “Ut Unum Sint” [“That They May Be One”], which was also the subject of his first book, “The Reform of the Papacy: The Costly Call to Christian Unity,” published in 1999, which won a Catholic Press Award. In 2000 and 2001, the Archbishop was a member of the faculty of the University of San Diego, where he held the John R. Portman Chair of Roman Catholic Theology. He later taught at Santa Clara University and at the University of San Francisco, and was a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America.Gala2010ChapelAngelA

The Archbishop remained an intellectual giant in the wider Catholic Church, writing on many subjects including the role and authority of bishops’ conferences, the appointment and transfer of bishops, the establishment of dioceses, questions of liturgy, and matters of Catholic practice and observance – always within the framework of Catholic communion and unity.

His second book, “Ever Ancient, Ever New: New Structure of the Communion in the Church” was published in 2012. His final book “Revered and Reviled: A Re-Examination of Vatican Council I” was completed last fall and will be published in September. Archbishop Quinn contributed to many publications, including the Jesuit magazine “America,” to which he began contributing in 1968.

He gave a powerful address to the National Federation of Priests’ Council, published by the magazine on May 3, 2010. In his later years, Archbishop Quinn had become internationally known for his scholarly writing and the retreats he gave to bishops, priests and lay persons.

Last November he fell ill in Rome. After two months in hospital in Rome, he returned to San Francisco as a patient at St Mary’s Medical Center for additional intensive care treatment, and just before he died he moved to the Jewish Home of San Francisco for further rehabilitation and specialized care.


Funeral arrangements have been planned at St. Mary’s Cathedral, which Archbishop Quinn called, “…a window on the infinite, lifting the human spirit to the Infinite and Eternal Beauty which is God”


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Pope’s Top 10 Tips – Happiness

8561201931_e1a4d5eeb6_zPope Francis happily shares his Top 10 Tips 




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