Archives for March 2017

Transgender madness from Sacramento

Bill would ban pronoun usage in nursing homes; elderly residents would have to share rooms and bathrooms based on gender identity

Transgender advocates in the California Legislature have introduced legislation that would require elderly residents in skilled nursing facilities to share rooms and bathrooms with biologically opposite individuals. SB 219, sponsored by Senator Wiener, would allow a transgender individual to occupy a room and use restroom facilities based on gender identity as opposed to … [Read more...]

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LA archdiocese sued over cemetery care

Lawsuit alleges grounds of San Fernando Mission Cemetery in poor state, grave markers either missing, damaged or covered in overgrown weeds

Two Orange County residents are suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, alleging that a Mission Hills cemetery has misused maintenance funds and left their family's gravesites in ruins. Jodi Howard and William Howard, whose relatives are buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, filed the class-action suit March 21 after they had difficulty finding … [Read more...]

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AP new style: don’t write “both, either or opposite sexes or genders”

News wire advises against implying that there are two sexes or genders

In a Friday email to subscribers listing updated entries for its style manual, the Associated Press is urging journalists to avoid making references in news stories that suggest there are only two sexes in the human race. “Not all people fall under one of two categories for sex or gender, according to leading medical organizations, so avoid references to both, either or … [Read more...]

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California may ban chaplains from meeting with death row prisoners before execution

Prison chaplain: Final hours before death is the time someone about to be executed needs comfort, hope, and support the most

In an odd and unexplained rule change proposal, California may ban chaplains from meeting with death row prisoners nearer than three hours before their scheduled execution. The California Department of Corrections (CDCR) is engaged in a detailed revision of its procedures for ending the lives of prisoners sentenced to death. The elaborate set of rules specifies in minute … [Read more...]

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LA priest to be honored at Notre Dame University commencement

Father Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, will receive Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics

Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics — at Notre Dame’s 172nd University commencement ceremony on May 21 (Sunday). “For nearly 30 years, Father Boyle has served men and women … [Read more...]

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Here’s what Bishop Barnes learned during 25 years serving the San Bernardino diocese

The bishop lists immigration reform, inclusiveness and diversity as important causes

Bishop Gerald R. Barnes is celebrating his 25th year of leadership in the Diocese of San Bernardino, which includes Riverside and San Bernardino counties. No current Roman Catholic bishop in the United States has led a diocese longer than Barnes, diocese officials said. COMFORTING IMMIGRANTS Throughout the years, Barnes has pushed the church to embrace immigration reform. The … [Read more...]

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Why these women skipped out on surgical abortion day

Halfway through 40 Days for Life: four women walk out of abortion clinic and into Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center

Report from the third week of March, 2017 We are halfway the Spring campaign of 40 Days for Life. Prayers on abortion day really do make a difference. Last week at FPA on Tuesday, which is surgical abortion day, 4 women who had appointments at FPA walked out and went into Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, which is located next door to the abortion clinic. Two of the … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel, Santa Paula

  Name of Church Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel Address (on the grounds of Thomas Aquinas College – “TAC”) 10,000 Ojai Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060 Phone number (805) 421-5931 Website http://www.thomasaquinas.edu/catholic-life/our-lady-most-holy-trinity-chapel Mass times Sundays and holydays, 7:15, 9 & 11:30 a.m. Weekdays, 7, 11:30 a.m. and … [Read more...]

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Adoration, confession, and worship for busy college students

Titan Catholic club at Cal State Fullerton to provide faith-filled opportunities on secular campus

For many college students, making time for God can be tough, especially during Lent. But the Titan Catholic club at Cal State Fullerton hopes to provide faith-filled opportunities among both students and alumni. With Masses, opportunities for Holy Confession, Adoration, Bible studies, discernment groups, and formation series happening weekly on campus, there’s something that … [Read more...]

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Orange diocese sends immigration precautions to all parishes

You don’t open the door - you ask to see a warrant under the door and you have a right to remain silent

Bishop Kevin Vann has sent a letter to all Diocese of Orange parishes directing them to be prepared in the event of an encounter with immigration enforcement officials at or near a church, school, hospital or clinic. The letter went out after reports of a van believed to belong to Immigration and Customs Enforcement was photographed on the Christ Cathedral campus Feb. 17. It … [Read more...]

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