Archives for January 2016

Pope Francis said to bless human-animal chimeras

Salk Institute scientist says he has papal blessing for his research

The following comes from a January 27 MIT Technology Review article by Antonio Regalado: A Spanish scientist working at the Salk Institute in California told Scientific American that Pope Francis personally blessed his cutting edge research to mix human cells into animal bodies. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a prominent stem cell biologist, is engaged in efforts to grow … [Read more...]

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Elementary school students hold own March for Life

Students will spiritually adopt an unborn baby for the next nine weeks

The following comes from a January 24 Catholic Sun article by Ambria Hammel: It’s never too early to begin marching for life or understanding that God is the only one who can give life and take it away. Those are key messages that children ages 5 to 14 learned during their school’s first March for Life Jan. 22. Most Holy Trinity’s student trek from the church to the hall … [Read more...]

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Bishop Quinn: it’s not psychologically healthy for a priest to be celibate

Former Sacramento bishop would like the church to consider ordaining women as priests, communion for divorced and remarried

The following comes from a January 16 Sacramento Bee article by Marcos Breton: It’s been more than 20 years since 94-year old Francis Quinn was bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. Quinn might have been a journalist. He might have married one of the eighth-grade girls he remembers from his youth in Napa. He might have fathered children. Instead, in a … [Read more...]

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Noted exorcist to speak at San Francisco parish

Father Gary Thomas will be at Star of the Sea this Sunday, January 31

Probably no rite in the Catholic Church has been more subject to misunderstanding than that of exorcism. The reasons are legion: the rite seems ridiculous to many modern people to whom the existence of the devil is an absurd superstition; the rite lends itself to sensationalism, particularly in movies, where it is pretty much a guaranteed money-maker; and the rite seems to … [Read more...]

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How much do you trust Trump’s pro-life conversion?

The Republican candidate has said that his pro-choice sister would make a “phenomenal” Supreme Court justice

The following comes from a January 26 Stream article by Jason Jones and John Zmirak: If you were pro-life in the same way that the head of the NRA is pro-gun rights, would you settle for a candidate who had spent most of his life as a radical anti-gun advocate, supporting the seizure of all private weapons? Well, Donald Trump favored abortion on demand until … some point … [Read more...]

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Bishop Vann to anoint patients during World Day of the Sick Mass

The following comes from a January 25 Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange news release: The Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange will anoint ill patients with holy oil and bless the hands of caregivers with holy water brought from the consecrated grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes, France; February 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Columban Church in Garden Grove. This grotto is … [Read more...]

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Life Legal statement on the indictment of David Daleiden

A Texas grand jury has cleared a Planned Parenthood affiliate of accusations it sold fetal tissue for profit, and instead has indicted David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt

The following comes from a January 26 press release from Life Legal Defense Foundation: As you may be aware, David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress has been indicted by a grand jury in Harris County, Texas, on charges of tampering with governmental records and violating the Texas statute on human organ trafficking for allegedly offering to buy fetal … [Read more...]

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