For most of his career, Archbishop José Gomez has been known as a strong conservative

Los Angeles archbishop illustrates topsy-turvy politics of Trump era

With the Donald Trump presidency, we’re in a through-the-looking-glass moment in America, in which the previously implausible on multiple fronts has become the new normal. That includes the political profile of the U.S. Catholic bishops, and perhaps no one illustrates the point better than Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles. On March 8, Archbishop Gomez was in Washington … [Read more...]

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Trump’s order on refugee visas has dramatic effect in San Diego

If the courts uphold president's position, refugee program at Catholic Charities of San Diego could lose $1.2 million in annual funding

The empty screen told the story. The day before, the screen had displayed a three-month calendar of refugees who had been cleared for resettlement in this country. Staff members at Catholic Charities used that information to arrange basic services such as housing, schooling and health care for those destined to make San Diego their home. But when staff members logged on to … [Read more...]

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Democrats boot anti-communist State Senator from floor

California State Senator Janet Nguyen removed from Senate floor for voicing opposition to late Sen. Tom Hayden

California State Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove), was forcibly removed from the Senate Thursday morning for offering a different perspective on the late Sen. Tom Hayden, a Democrat with a well-known and lengthy history of communist sympathies. The perspective Sen. Nguyen offers is first hand. Her family escaped communist Vietnam and came to the United States in search of … [Read more...]

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Bishop Robert McElroy preaches progressivism

At the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto, San Diego bishop makes call for lay Catholics to "disrupt"

On February 18, Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego delivered a speech at the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements during a panel discussion on the barriers marginalized people face in housing and work. The following are excerpts: Global Warming skepticism fueled by conspiring forces (just like like tobacco companies) One of the most striking elements of … [Read more...]

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Another pro-life law introduced in Congress

Citing California and New York as examples, bill's sponsor in the House says law needed to protect healthcare professionals who object to abortion

A bill that would protect health care providers’ freedom to opt-out of abortion mandates they find objectionable has once again been introduced in Congress. “This bill is needed to give health care providers the right to provide medical care without violating their deeply held beliefs,” Sen. James Lankford, sponsor of the bill in the Senate, stated on Friday. The Conscience … [Read more...]

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A Catholic perspective on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

Likely to align with the Church’s positions on many matters, but may create possible heartburn on others

Anyone familiar with Catholic social teaching knows it’s often not a good fit for the left v. right dynamics of American culture, and we got another reminder of the point on Tuesday night with President Donald Trump’s pick of Neil Gorsuch, an Episcopalian, as the next associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Considered a reliable conservative on most issues, Gorsuch seems … [Read more...]

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What is the Catholic response to the rise of nationalism?

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy, writing in America magazine: nativist element of our culture must be purged from the national debate

As a new administration and Congress begin, the merger of populism and nationalism at work in the cultural and political currents of the United States compels us to explore deeply the nature of both nationalism and patriotism and to evaluate them in the light of our identity as disciples of Jesus Christ. The recent election campaign was deeply marred by exclusionary rhetoric … [Read more...]

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