US bishops’ vote likely to be seen as referendum on Pope Francis

The following comes from an October 21 Crux article by John L. Allen Jr.: As it turns out, the Trump v. Clinton showdown isn’t the only election of interest to American Catholics this fall. The U.S. bishops are also going to be voting for their own new leaders in mid-November, and in some … [Read More...]

Depression and faith

The following comes from an October 20 University of Chicago Divinity School article by Michael J. Lichens: On September 4th the world witnessed a Holy Mass said by Pope Francis as Mother Teresa was elevated to sainthood. She is now known to the faithful as St. Teresa of Calcutta. While Mother … [Read More...]

When does public importance outweigh private secrecy pacts?

The following comes from an October 18 Courthouse News Service article by Nicholas Iovino: SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Hearing a challenge to an injunction that blocks anti-abortion activists from publishing secretly taped videos, three Ninth Circuit judges sought to discern when the right to report on … [Read More...]

It’s not just Christians whose First Amendment rights are under siege

The following comes from an October 20 LA Times article by Josh Blackman: Every year, Jews around the world seek repentance before the holiday of Yom Kippur through an atonement ritual known as kapparot. In exchange for a donation, a rabbi gently waves a chicken over one’s head, reads a blessing, … [Read More...]

In final debate, candidates diverge sharply on abortion

The following comes from an October 20 Angelus article: In the final presidential debate on Wednesday, the major party candidates were pressed to explain their positions on abortion. Hillary Clinton defended her earlier support of partial-birth abortion, while Donald Trump reiterated the … [Read More...]

San Francisco ‘goes pink’ for Planned Parenthood

The following comes from an October 18 LifeNews article by Micaiah Bilger: San Francisco government leaders signaled their devotion to Planned Parenthood on Monday with a special display and ceremony honoring the abortion chain’s 100th anniversary. The San Francisco City Hall was flooded with … [Read More...]

Domestic violence shelter suffers deep cuts

The following comes from an October 19 Angelus article by R.W. Dellinger: The letter the Los Angeles House of Ruth got from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority came straight out of the blue last April. It said the domestic violence shelter’s funding from HUD was going to cease as of April … [Read More...]

Insurance company denies chemo, offers suicide drugs instead

The following comes from an October 19 Catholic News Agency article: Stephanie Packer cherishes every moment with her husband and four children. Living with a terminal illness in Orange, California, her goal is “to do everything I can to have one more second with my kids.” When assisted … [Read More...]

“As culture changes, we must adapt”

Bishop McElroy of San Diego is holding a Diocesan Synod on October 29 and 30 in response to Pope Francis’ document Amoris Laetitia (See September 29 CalCatholic article, San Diego Synod delegates told to ‘think big’ ) The following comes from a post on the Diocese of San Diego website: On Aug. … [Read More...]

Families are ready for new Catholic high school near Temecula

The following comes from an October 14 Press Enterprise article by Tom Sheridan: As the Rev. Anthony Dao stepped to the altar early Friday to begin Mass at Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School, he scanned the packed house at the two-level campus theater. “Sisters, very soon you may have to build … [Read More...]

Merger creates largest Catholic network in U.S.

The following comes from an October 14 Orange County Catholic article: Two of the most prominent Catholic radio properties, Immaculate Heart Radio and Relevant Radio, have announced their intention to merge, creating the largest Catholic Radio network in the U.S., with a total anticipated … [Read More...]

Orange County charges against fetal parts broker ‘historic’

The following comes from an October 17 Catholic San Francisco article by Valerie Schmalz: California has led the way in monetizing trade in aborted baby parts as entrepreneurs have created middleman organizations to convey the fetal parts from abortion clinics to research institutions and … [Read More...]