Planned Parenthood videographers head to trial in Houston

The following comes from an April 29 Houston Chronicle article by Brian Rogers: Anti-abortion activists accused of falsifying records to secretly videotape Planned Parenthood officials in Houston have rejected a plea deal that would have effectively put an end to criminal charges against them, … [Read More...]

Letters from Kolkata

Dear ones, Well, it's Thursday, which means we have the day off. I served mass this morning, and when I arrived I started making small chat with the priest before mass began. I had rushed out without my glasses on, so I wasn't exactly operating on all cylinders. Anyway, he was American and he … [Read More...]

Churches worth driving to

Name of Church Ss. Peter and Paul Address 515 West Opp Street, Wilmington, CA 90744 Phone number 310-834-5215 Website Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. (English); Sunday, 6:30 a.m. (Latin Tridentine), 8 a.m. (Spanish), 9:30 a.m. (English; Latin Tridentine High Mass on 3rd … [Read More...]

Abortion fight stalls Obama nominee

The following comes from an April 28 The Hill article by Peter Sullivan: Democrats are crying foul over the Republican blockade of a top Health and Human Services (HHS) nominee who has been ensnared in a dispute over abortion. Mary Wakefield’s nomination to be deputy HHS secretary, the … [Read More...]

Teaming up against Catholic hospitals

The following comes from an April 27 89.3 KPCC story by Rebecca Plevin: The California Medical Association is seeking to join the ACLU of Northern California in its lawsuit against a Catholic hospital system over one of its facilities' refusal on religious grounds to allow a doctor to perform a … [Read More...]

Letters from Kolkata

Dear family, How are you all? I miss you guys. Last night I kept having dreams I was back in California sunshine. I hope you're all doing well! Things are good over here. I've been kind of sick for the last week, so I haven't been volunteering much, but it's been nice having a little rest. … [Read More...]

Will the SSPX’s return from exile be made easier by Francis?

The following comes from an April 26 Catholic News Agency article by Anian Christoph Wimmer: Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of Saint Pius X regular canonical status within the Church, without requiring the acceptance of certain texts of the Second Vatican Council with which they … [Read More...]

Torrance Pregnancy center marks 40 years of service

The following comes from an April 21 Angelus article by Kevin Theriault: It began in 1971 as a telephone helpline for pregnant women. Word spread and many callers began seeking face-to-face contact for help. With enough support from women willing to help counsel, eventually they decided to take … [Read More...]

Another commencement speech scandal: state school superintendent to deliver address at Catholic college

The following comes from an March 31 St. Mary's College news release: Two remarkable individuals—one, a Saint Mary’s alumnus and critically acclaimed actor; and the other, an advocate for educational excellence in the Golden State’s public school system—will address undergraduate and graduate … [Read More...]

Letters from Kolkata

Dear family, This last week has been very good, although exhausting at times. I've been caring especially for the patients who can't get out of bed, giving them bed baths and ointment, etc. The man I was especially caring for died last Thursday, which was sad but a huge mercy. He was only 28 … [Read More...]

A signal of deep anguish

The following comes from an April 22 New York Times article by Sabrina Tavernise: Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. … [Read More...]

San Francisco parish ships tractor to Tanzania

The following comes from an April 26 Catholic San Francisco article by Christina Gray: The rural villagers of Malya Kwimba in Tanzania, East Africa, are giving thanks for a tractor that will help them more efficiently cultivate the fields they have worked by hand. The tractor was a gift from … [Read More...]