Catholic Voice is the official newspaper of the Roman Catholic
Diocese of Oakland. As a public communication between bishop, clergy and
laity of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, it shares in the Church’s
mission to tell the good news of Jesus Christ in the context of today’s
Its purpose is to help Catholics reach a clearer understanding
of the Church’s mission in the world
through objective reporting, insightful columns and comment, challenging
editorials and emphasizing news about events in the local church community.
By providing a forum for the exchange of views it can also foster lay
participation in the life of the Church.
It seeks to do this by informing, educating and inspiring
its readers and inviting their response. By reflecting the great diversity
within the local Catholic community it reinforces Christian respect for
the dignity and human rights of all people.
The Catholic Voice informs
- By publishing news of Church activity on the international,
national, state and local levels and by reporting those events, issues
and problems which are particularly related to parishes, schools, institutions
and departments within the diocese.
- Beyond relating the news, the Voice provides a
Catholic perspective and insight into events already covered by the
secular press, as well as issues which have an impact on the Catholic
community but have not been adequately addressed in other forums.
- By providing the bishop with a vehicle through
which to communicate his concerns, his priorities, the needs of the
diocese and the assignments, activities and interest of local clergy
and religious as well as the issues with which American bishops are
- By opening the paper as a forum through letters
to the editor and by inviting discussion of topical issues of importance,
whether civic, governmental, educational or religious.
The Catholic Voice educates
- By presenting and explaining the official teaching
of the Church and broadening understanding of such teaching through
national and local analyses and discussion.
- By an honest presentation of controversial issues.
- By helping readers understand how diverse are
the ethnic and racial communities within the diocese.
- By reporting on and proposing solutions to problems
of social justice (actively investigating and presenting problems of
social justice and proposals for their solution).
- By recognition of ecumenical outreach on a local
level as well as throughout the world and by informed reporting on other
The Catholic Voice inspires
- By accounts of the dedicated religious lives
in our midst, by attention to spiritual occasions, books, films and
retreats, and by keeping alive an awareness of prayer, both private
and in community.
- By making visible the vitality of the Catholic
faith to the secular community within the two counties that form this
diocese, clarifying the Church’s relationship to this larger community
through its schools, its charities, its ideals of family life and its
standards of moral and civic responsibility.
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