Cardinal Burke promises to correct situation over Amoris Laetitia confusion

Tells crowd that forces of evil will not prevail over the Church

Cardinal Raymond Burke once again has promised to “correct the situation” over confusion surrounding Pope Francis’s controversial 2016 document on marriage and the family, Amoris Laetitia. The American cardinal was speaking March 24 during a Q&A session after a presentation at Saint Raymond of Peñafort parish in Springfield, Virginia. Burke, formerly the head of the … [Read more...]

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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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