• California legislators renew push against Junipero Serra, saint and Hispanic 'founding father'

    A statue of Franciscan missionary and saint-to-be Father Junipero Serra has stood in the U.S. Capitol since 1931, but its future may depend on an upcoming hearing in the California legislature and the success of a “Let's Save Serra” campaign.

  • Racism is a ‘radical evil that divides the human family’

    Archbishop José H. Gomez joined other religious leaders in praying for the  the tragic murder of Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney and the eight members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Alma Backyard Farms

    “Re-claim lives. Re-purpose land. Re-imagine community.” That’s the motto of Alma Backyard Farms, an East L.A. non-profit that teaches recently released prisoners to grow, harvest and market local produce.

  • Superintendent of Catholic schools shares his vision for education

    Kevin Baxter has been appointed the director and superintendent of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He will be responsible for the growth and development of Catholic education for students — from preschoolers to high school seniors.  

    He recently sat down with The Tidings’ J.D. Long-García to discuss his new role in Catholic education.

     

     

  • Health committee yanks assisted-suicide bill from hearing

    After being passed by California’s upper house, SB 128, the bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide, was suddenly pulled by its proponents from a required hearing by the Assembly Health Committee hearing on June 23.  

  • Rev. Eugene Rivers on SB 128 and the meaning of human suffering

    Rev. Eugene F. Rivers is a top advisor to Bishop Charles E. Blake, the presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, a 6-million member, predominantly African-American denomination in the Pentecostal-Holiness tradition. Last week Rivers, a Boston-based activist and Pentecostal minister, spoke with members of the California legislature on SB 128, a measure that would legalize physician assisted suicide. While in Sacramento, he expressed grave concerns that the Black community has about SB 128's implications. His main question to representatives: “How will the passage of this bill effect the poorest of the poor?” Rivers took time out during his visit to speak about the meaning of human suffering, SB 128 and how different cultures handle the end of life.

  • Drought drains farmers

    “Everybody up here is very much on pins and needles within our industry. There’s going to be more acreage cut back unless we get an El Niño and are able to replenish the aquifer. And it’s not going to happen overnight. You know, I mean two or three winters.”

  • Sisters gather to pledge continued witness to Latino communities

    ALHAMBRA — Consecrated women pledged to continue giving their witness of unity, joy and hope during the fourth national Encounter of Hispanic Religious Women (Encuentro Nacional de Religiosas Hispanas).

  • Father Brian’s journey: From parish priest to priest secretary and back again

    As he fondly looks back on his unforgettable experiences as priest secretary to Archbishop Gomez, and excitedly looks ahead to serving his future parishioners, Father Brian Castañeda spoke with The Tidings about his years of service to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles — where he was ordained in 1999 at St. John of God, Norwalk — reflected on his time as priest secretary, and discussed his future plans.

     

  • For Archbishop Gomez, assisted suicide bill is empty compassion

    People suffering from terminal illness deserve true compassion and care – not violence, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said as the California legislature’s assisted suicide bill advances.

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Habitat: Living out the Gospel call

Anne Hansen

The discussion over faith and good works has been going on for centuries:  Is faith alone enough for salvation, or is it necessary to engage in good works as well? The Catholic understanding is that faith and good works go hand in hand — an understanding based in Scripture.

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