Archives for June 2017

Mercy night, gay parade, and the ballpark

A busy evangelization weekend in San Francisco

California Catholic Daily Exclusive. Over San Francisco’s “Pride” weekend, Catholics offered three separate evangelical outreaches to the city of St. Francis. On Friday, January 23, the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi hosted San Francisco’s second ‘Mercy Night.’ Teams of Catholics, mostly young, went out into the busy North Beach neighborhood, which, on a Friday … [Read more...]

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A Catholic defense of capital punishment

Provocative new book by Ignatius Press explains perennial teaching of the Church

The Catholic Church has in recent decades been associated with political efforts to eliminate the death penalty. In fact, the three most recent popes, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis, have called for the abolition of the death penalty. In 2016, Francis said, "Nowadays the death penalty is unacceptable, however grave the crime of the convicted person." With such … [Read more...]

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A positive sign?

Supreme Court puts off decision on whether to hear appeal of California's pro-life pregnancy centers over state requirement they refer for and advertise abortion services

Will California’s 200 pro-life pregnancy centers and medical clinics be forced by the state to advertise taxpayer-funded abortions on their own dime? The answer will have to wait until at least Sept. 25, after the U.S. Supreme Court held off on taking a statewide challenge in Thursday’s round of petition reviews. Leaders throughout the state say they’re optimistic about their … [Read more...]

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“I just couldn’t go through with it”

A save from the abortion clinic in the fourth week of June

Dear Pro-life friends, Because certain people are trying to block the efforts of sidewalk counselors to save mothers and babies from the horrors of abortion, we are keeping the dates, times, and locations of where we are counseling confidential. The notes below may come from one or more locations during the week. Report from the fourth week of June, 2017 There was a … [Read more...]

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About more than a cake

Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal from Colorado baker with religious objections to same-sex marriage

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal from a Colorado baker with religious objections to same-sex marriage who had lost a discrimination case for refusing to create a cake to celebrate such a union. The case will be a major test of a clash between laws that ban businesses open to the public from discriminating based on sexual orientation and claims of religious … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court rules in favor of religious liberty

In 7-2 decision, justices say Missouri can't discriminate against religious pre-school in playground resurfacing program

The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a clear win for religious liberty, ruling in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church against the state of Missouri.   The 7-2 decision is a victory against state-sponsored discrimination. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority, said, “The exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benefit for which it otherwise qualified solely … [Read more...]

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Problems at Oakland Diocesan Cathedral Center remain unresolved

Water intrusion, sagging floors and issues with doors and cracking drywall

This communication is an update regarding the investigation of the design and constructions issues of the Diocesan Cathedral Center. As reported last fall, the Catholic Cathedral Corporation of the East Bay board of directors approved a plan recommended by our expert consultants for additional testing and inspection of Cathedral Center buildings. Completed in December of 2016, … [Read more...]

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