Archives for February 2017

PP director to Father Linton: “I love prosecuting people like you”

Episcopal priest was arrested last year outside San Bernardino Planned Parenthood while sidewalk counseling

Life Legal Senior Counsel Allison Aranda appeared in court last week on behalf of Father James Linton, an Anglican pastor who was arrested for allegedly trespassing at a Planned Parenthood facility in San Bernardino. For over a year, Father Linton has had a peaceful presence outside the abortion facility, offering information and prayer to women seeking abortions. On Friday, … [Read more...]

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Head reattached to St. Serra statue in Monterey’s Lower Presidio Park

Statue was vandalized more than a year ago, police say they will coordinate a security plan to keep it from happening again

The head of the St. Junipero Serra statue in the Lower Presidio Historic Park in Monterey has been reattached to the rest of its form after being vandalized more than a year ago. City officials and police say they will coordinate a security plan to keep it from happening again. “The consideration now is the physical security of the site itself,” said Jim Laughlin, a Presidio … [Read more...]

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Vandalism at West Covina church investigated as possible hate crime

Using black spray paint, suspect defaced statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Christopher at St. Christopher Catholic Church

Police in West Covina are investigating graffiti that was sprayed on two church statues as a possible hate crime. Surveillance video shows someone in black clothing and a mask walking up to St. Christopher Catholic Church, at 629 S. Glendora Ave., just before 4 a.m. Saturday, according to Cpl. Rudy Lopez, spokesman for the West Covina Police Department. Using black spray … [Read more...]

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Get On the Bus program reunites children with incarcerated parents

Sacramento Auxiliary Bishop recommends supporting program for Lent

My Dear Brothers in Christ, Each year, a program called Get On The Bus rallies Catholic faith communities throughout the state to provide the children of incarcerated parents with a visit with their mother or father – a parent they likely see one day a year thanks to Get On The Bus. This year, over 1,000 children will board buses and travel to prisons hundreds of miles … [Read more...]

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Dude, what’s that on your forehead?

Lent turns us from ourselves

When I was in college I was not yet baptized and I was very curious about Catholic customs. One Wednesday I noticed my friend, Kevin, sporting a black smudge on his forehead. I asked him, “Dude, what’s that on your forehead?” “Ashes,” he said. Of course, I thought, why not keep a smudge of ashes on your forehead for everyone else to see. Then I noticed that several other … [Read more...]

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Did San Diego bishop McElroy boost Trump among Catholics?

Unintended consequence of rebuking pro-life Father Perozich

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, calling for disruption of Trump’s America, suggested during a conference in Modesto in mid-February that establishing a $15 minimum wage is part of “our work (as) co-creators with God.” McElroy claimed that “the tradition of Catholic social teaching is unequivocally on the side of strong governmental and societal protections,” and also … [Read more...]

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What does a bishop do when he retires?

Orange County Catholic profiles retirement activities of Bishop Tod Brown and Auxiliary Bishop Dominic Luong

Character. Faith. These two words come to mind when pondering the lives and work of The Most Rev. Tod Brown and The Most Rev. Dominic Luong are two men who gave so much for the Diocese of Orange. After decades of service, Bishop Brown relinquished his role four years ago, Bishop Luong just last year. They may be retired, but they are by no means inactive. Bishop Tod … [Read more...]

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