Archives for January 2018

Senate fails to block filibuster on bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks

U.S. remains one of just seven countries in the world where elective abortions after 5 months of pregnancy are legal

A procedural vote on a Senate bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks failed on the evening of Jan. 29, after more than three hours of debate. The cloture motion, which would have prevented a filibuster on the bill, required 60 votes to pass, and failed by a vote of 51-46. The bill could continue to be considered in the Senate, even with the prospect of a filibuster, though this … [Read more...]

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Priest’s book offers Catholics advice on how to discuss same-sex attraction

"Made for Love: Same-Sex Attractions and the Catholic Church," written by Father Michael Schmitz and published by Ignatius Press, offers guidance on how to talk about subject "without pushing away those who view it differently than the Church"

Driven by his love for his brother, who identifies as a gay man, and seeing how, all too often, young adults often fall in love with the Catholic Church but lose interest when it comes to its teachings on same-sex attraction, Father Michael Schmitz wrote the new book MADE FOR LOVE: SAME-SEX ATTRACTIONS AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.  The disconnect between the teachings of the … [Read more...]

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Arrest made in Southern California church fires, vandalism

Most recent arson fires occurred at Resurrection Catholic Church in Los Angeles on Jan. 25 and the Church of the Angels in Pasadena on Jan. 13

A 25-year-old man accused of setting fires at churches around Southern California was charged this week with multiple felony counts. Christian Michael Garcia faces 20 felony counts: 13 counts of vandalism of religious property, three counts of arson of a structure, two counts of second-degree commercial burglary and one count each of attempted second-degree robbery and arson … [Read more...]

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California Senate approves mandatory medication abortion at public colleges, universities

Would make California first state to require public universities to offer medication abortions

California would be the first state to require public universities to offer medication abortion under legislation approved in the state Senate Monday, a bill that if signed into law would mark a vast expansion of a service that's rare on college campuses. None of the 34 University of California or California State University campuses currently offer abortion services at their … [Read more...]

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“When your time comes, it just comes”

Stirring oratory and tremendous hope at 14th Walk for Life West Coast

California Catholic Daily exclusive. Saturday’s 14th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco left organizers and attendees walking on air. Tens of thousands turned out, the weather was clear and the commitment of President Donald Trump to the pro-life cause, more a hope than a fact in 2017, has been amply demonstrated. Pro-Life hero David Daleiden … [Read more...]

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California school district’s theme for January is “breaking out of gender stereotypes”

Parents express outrage that school in Alamo used host of annual porn festival as role model, used image of unicorn to lure children to 'break out of gender stereotypes

Parents are furious after a California elementary school posted a bulletin board that addressed issues like sexual identity and encouraged children as young as four-years-old to break out of gender stereotypes. The bulletin board at Rancho Romero Elementary School also featured nationally-syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage as a role model for children. Mr. Savage also hosts … [Read more...]

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Cecile Richards stepping down from Planned Parenthood

Praises abortion company for ‘life-saving’ work

Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards confirmed in a video announcement yesterday morning that she is resigning as president from America's largest abortion chain this year.  “I am announcing I will be stepping down from my position as president of Planned Parenthood this year,” said a smiling Richards in the video.  Richards has given no indication what she intends to do … [Read more...]

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Fire at Catholic church in Los Angeles investigated as suspicious

It took 62 firefighters nearly half and hour to douse flames at Resurrection Catholic Church in Boyle Heights, investigators found vandalism afterwards

Fire officials are investigating whether a fire ignited at a Boyle Heights church early Thursday morning was an incidence of arson, and looking into whether it could be connected to other recent incidents. Firefighters first responded to the flames that broke out at Resurrection Catholic Church on the 3300 block of East Opal Street just after 2 a.m., said Capt. Erik Scott with … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

Annunciation Byzantine Church, Anaheim

Name of Church Annunciation Byzantine Address 995 North West Street, Anaheim, CA 92801-4305 Phone number (714) 533-6292 Website www.annunciationbyzantine.org Worship Schedule Weekday liturgy, varies, check the website for the weekly schedule. Holy Days, 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. Confessions 20 to 30 minutes before services or by … [Read more...]

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Another cake case — this one in California

Baker's refusal to make cake celebrating gay marriage headed to state's highest court

Cathy Miller, the owner of Tastries Bakery, filed an opposition brief last Friday in state court in response to the State of California’s legal fight to force her either to design wedding cakes promoting messages she disagrees with or to stop creating wedding cakes altogether. Last August, two women came into Cathy’s shop and requested that she design a wedding cake … [Read more...]

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