editorial

Church’s end-of-life teachings are helpful, hopeful

Catholic Church teachings on care for people at the end of life are helpful to people from any religious tradition.

Political participation is our obligation

The Catholic Church teaches that Catholics are called to form their consciences based on Church teaching and vote in accordance with that well-formed conscience.

Going to the polls or casting an absentee ballot is not optional, folks.

We respect life when we belong

Respect for life and the word "belong" have a lot in common.

Pope Francis cites our "throwaway culture that treats human life as disposable." The elderly are marginalized and the lives of people with disabilities are deemed less worth living. Babies in the womb who are unwanted are aborted.

Editorial | ‘Mercy changes the world’

On World Mission Sunday, Oct. 23, all Catholics of the world join into one community of faith. At Mass that Sunday, we recommit ourselves to our common vocation, through baptism, to be missionaries, through prayer, participation in the Eucharist and by giving generously to the collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Together with our brothers and sisters in the missions we offer our prayers and sacrifices so that others may come to know Jesus — and to experience His mercy as we express our merciful concern for those in greatest need.

Editorial | Respecting life shows we care

The compelling story of Dr. Vansen Wong, told in an article in this issue of the Review, is a reminder of the need to continue the fight against legalized abortion in our nation

For almost seven years, the Sacramento, Calif., OB/GYN performed hundreds of abortions as part of his regular medical practice. He then experienced a conversion and now advocates for pro-life issues, also working as a medical director of the Alternatives Pregnancy Center in Sacramento.

Editorial | Acknowledging the grief of a parish closure

Statues and other items from Visitation-St. Ann Shrine Parish, which closed earlier this year, are being respectfully removed for future use in another sacred space.

When a parish closes, the emotions its congregation feels are akin to losing a family member.

These are the sacred places where the sacraments once came to life: attending Mass as a family on Sundays, baptisms, First Communions, confirmations, recociliations, and weddings.. School days, fall festivals and ice cream socials are forever implanted in the memories of those who called the parish their second home. Those memories often run generations deep.

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