Archives for August 2017

Anti-immigrant group endorses Planned Parenthood

Environmentalist group Negative Population Growth says taxpayer funding of abortion needed to curb future refugees and immigrants

An anti-immigrant environmentalist group is tossing its support behind Planned Parenthood, arguing that its taxpayer funding and overseas abortion aid are needed to curb future refugees and immigrants. Environmentalist group Negative Population Growth published a report on Tuesday condemning Republican efforts to defund the nation's largest abortion organizer, as well as … [Read more...]

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In Los Angeles, Columbus Day is toppled like a Confederate statue

The second Monday of October will now be called “Indigenous Peoples Day"

Los Angeles has become the largest city nationwide to remove Columbus Day as an official city holiday, replacing it with a day to commemorate indigenous people. The nearly unanimous decision Wednesday by the city council added Los Angeles to a growing list of U.S. cities to adopt similar measures, eliminating a holiday that many Native American activist groups and others see … [Read more...]

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Most U.S. Catholics don’t believe in the devil

Belief in the devil was almost as rare among Catholics as it was among those with no religious affiliation

Eight in ten U.S. Catholics don't believe that Satan actually exists, according to a new analysis of statistics. In an online post dated August 24, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) dissected raw data from the Faith and Global Policy Challenges Survey. This 2011 study polled 1,496 adults in the United States who profess belief in the existence of God … [Read more...]

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Dramatists prepare for third season performances at Christ Cathedral

Curtain to rise in October on acclaimed drama series

Back in 2014, Leonardo Defilippis was attending a Napa Institute conference when he ran into an old friend, the Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann. Defilippis’ friendship with the bishop of the Diocese of Orange dated back several years, to when Vann was a priest in his native Springfield, Ill., and later when Vann was ordained and installed as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez prods President Trump to change DACA position

"They did not make the decision to enter this country in violation of our laws, and in fairness we cannot hold them accountable”

President Donald Trump’s promise to treat undocumented minors with “great heart” needs to be reflected in policy that gives them legal protection, not deportation, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has said. “They did not make the decision to enter this country in violation of our laws, and in fairness we cannot hold them accountable,” Archbishop Gomez said in an Aug. 29 … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Roger Mahony blasts Trump over Arpaio pardon

Writing on his blog, retired archbishop of LA says he's "deeply troubled and disgusted" by the president's pardon of the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona

Statement by Cardinal Roger Mahony on the presidential pardon of former Sheriff Arpaio: I am deeply troubled and disgusted by President Trump's pardon of Joe Arapaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. The former sheriff's tenure was marked by racial profiling, harassment of our Latino brothers and sisters, and the disruption of immigrant communities. He created … [Read more...]

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Protege of St. Teresa of Kolkata celebrates Mass in Novato

Father Sebastian Vazhakula, the priest who co-founded the Missionaries of Charity contemplative religious institute in 1979, reflected on Mother Teresa's love for Jesus during a Mass at Our Lady of Loretto Parish

The priest who co-founded the Missionaries of Charity contemplative religious institute with St. Teresa of Kolkata in 1979 and later created and mobilized a lay order of the Missionaries of Charity reflected on the new saint’s love for Jesus during a Mass at Our Lady of Loretto Parish community Aug. 17. “St. Teresa of Kolkata became a living, walking tabernacle,” Father … [Read more...]

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“A Mighty Outpouring of the Holy Spirit”

Charismatic renewal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to meet for its 20th conference on Sept. 23 at St. Mary’s Cathedral

In the hollow of the 50th anniversary of the charismatic renewal and the church’s current renewal of its dedication to Our Lady, the charismatic renewal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco meets for its 20th conference Sept. 23 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. “A Mighty Outpouring of the Holy Spirit,” a daylong event commencing at 8:30 a.m. and finishing with a 7 p.m. Mass, begins with … [Read more...]

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It’s a culture war, stupid

And a Church that takes social justice seriously must fight it

Those who persist in denying that the Church is engaged in a culture war, the combatants in which are aptly called the “culture of life” and the “culture of death,” might ponder this June blog post by my summer pastor in rural Québec, Father Tim Moyle: “Tonight I am preparing to celebrate a funeral for someone (let’s call him “H” to protect his privacy) who, while suffering … [Read more...]

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Abortionist with mental health history sends 5th patient to hospital this year

On August 19, woman was loaded onto gurney outside Family Planning Associates

Despondent over a divorce, Donald Clyde Willis, walked over to a park near his Oregon home on the night of September 20, 1993, put a revolver to his head and pulled the trigger. The next morning, a passerby found him and called 911. Willis claimed in a 1996 medical board case that he never lost consciousness after he attempted suicide. He underwent surgery to remove bone and … [Read more...]

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