Decapitated head of Junipero Serra statue found during low tide

The following comes from an April 3 KRON4 article by Yama Hazheer: MONTEREY (BCN) — A young girl found the decapitated head of a Junipero Serra statue during a low tide Saturday afternoon off the coast of Monterey, a Monterey police sergeant said. Officers responded at about 3:30 p.m. to a report of the found statue head, said Monterey police Sgt. Mickey … [Read more...]

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Designer babies coming soon

What does the scientist behind new gene-editing technology think about the ethics of using it?

The following comes from a March 18 BioEdge article by Michael Cook: Geneticist Jennifer Doudna, a researcher at the University of California Berkeley who discovered the genome editing tool CRISPR, believes that designer babies are only a decade away. But for the moment, she believes that there should be a moratorium on editing the human genome, especially for traits like … [Read more...]

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How lay people can strengthen their local Church

The archbishop of San Francisco discusses the centrality of stewardship in education, vocations, and the Church’s charitable endeavors

The following comes from a March 17 Catholic World Report article by Jim Graves: Archbishop Cordileone, an unapologetic defender of Church teaching, he has drawn the ire of the Left, particularly for his advocacy of the traditional definition of marriage. In 2015, he was the target of an intense media campaign seeking his removal from his post, including a full-page … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis praises Italy’s leading abortion rights proponent

Draws flak from church traditionalists, pro-life advocates

The following comes from a February 29 Christian Today article by Shianee Mamanglu-Regala: Pope Francis shocked church traditionalists and pro-life advocates after he recently praised a leading abortion rights advocate and even dubbed her as one of Italy's "forgotten greats.'' The pontiff made the statement during an interview February 8 with Corriere Della Serra, where … [Read more...]

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Two turnarounds at the abortion clinic

The following comes from a February 27 email from Helpers of God's Precious Infants San Diego: Dear Pro-life friends, Today was Day 18 of 40 Days for Life at Family Planning Associates on Miramar Road.  When we arrived about 7:30 am, there were already a half dozen yellow-shirt "patient escorts" in the parking lot.  Within a half-hour, the number had grown to about 15. … [Read more...]

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Bishop McElroy: ‘You might be a bigot if…’

Leader says Catholics should not criticize Islam

The following comes from a February 24 WND article by Leo Hohmann: A Catholic bishop sat on a stage with a Muslim Brotherhood-linked imam and implored Catholics not to join their fellow Americans who engage in “the scourge of anti-Islamic prejudice” and “bigotry.” San Diego Bishop Robert W. McElroy made the statement during a recent interfaith conference while alongside … [Read more...]

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Catholic Church in California launches initiative to help immigrants become American citizens

Initiative is part of the Holy Year of Mercy

The following comes from a February 23 Diocese of Orange press release: The Most Rev. José H. Gómez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, will join the Most Rev. Dominic Luong, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Orange, other Bishops and clergy, and parish leaders from across California at Christ Cathedral on February 27, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., for the launch of a comprehensive … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis tells Christians they must fight death penalty

Asks Catholic leaders not to hold executions during the Year of Mercy

The following comes from a February 21 Catholic News Agency article: Christians must work to abolish the death penalty and improve prison conditions, Pope Francis said on Sunday. After praying the Angelus on Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis called on all Christians and people of good will to work “not only for the abolition of the death penalty” but also to … [Read more...]

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St. Louis archbishop urges cutting ties with Girl Scouts

The following comes from a February 20 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article by Nancy Cambria: St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson has issued a letter calling on parishes to seek alternatives to Girl Scouts, arguing that the program and related organizations conflict with Roman Catholic teaching. The Archdiocese of St. Louis isn’t directly kicking Girl Scout troops and … [Read more...]

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St. Lawrence closing: some thoughts

Former teacher wonders if school closure was a set-up job

The following comes from a February 3 Attitude of Gratitude blog post by Kevin Carrol, a former teacher at St. Lawrence Academy. To view CalCatholic’s February 4 post on the school closure, click here. Fact: In 2012, the principal of Saint Lawrence Elementary & Middle School stated that he wanted Saint Lawrence Academy to close or move because he needed the Academy … [Read more...]

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