Is Church teaching changing on the death penalty?

While in the developed West, use of the death penalty may, in fact, be almost completely unnecessary, not all parts of the world are as developed

The Church has consistently taught that the state has the authority to use the death penalty. But, in recent years, popes and bishops have become more vocal in calling for an end to its use. Many Catholics instinctively favor life over death, even after the worst crimes, and some are left wondering if the Church’s mind is changing. Two recent cases highlighted an apparent … [Read more...]

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Man convicted of killing Eureka priest in 2014 files appeal

Gary Lee Bullock, who is serving two life sentences without the possibility of parole for the torture and murder of Fr. Eric Freed , claims his Miranda rights were violated

The man convicted of killing  Father Eric Freed on New Year’s Day in 2014 is seeking to appeal his sentence. Gary Lee Bullock, who is serving two life sentences without the possibility of parole for the torture and brutal murder of the Eureka priest, claims his Miranda rights were violated during an interview with law enforcement on Jan. 1, 2014. Oral arguments are scheduled … [Read more...]

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Fresno diocese responds to April 18 shooting spree

"An incomprehensible depth of hatred carried in the heart of one man"

The following is a response from Diocese of Fresno to the shootings that occurred on April 18: In less than three minutes, three lives were taken for no apparent reason beyond an incomprehensible depth of hatred carried in the heart of one man. Scripture states: “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves … [Read more...]

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Stolen items returned to Fresno bishop

A crosier, oil stock and a ritual book -- all used for confirmations -- were stolen out of Bishop Armando Ochoa’s vehicle while he was eating lunch in Los Banos on Sunday, March 12

Religious items stolen from Bishop Armando Ochoa of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno were found and returned to St. Joseph’s Church in Los Banos in good condition on Wednesday. The items – including a crosier, oil stock and ritual book, all used to celebrate confirmations – were stolen out of Ochoa’s vehicle while he was eating lunch in Los Banos on Sunday on the way to … [Read more...]

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Crisis pregnancy center robbed

Thieves broke into High Desert Pregnancy Clinic of Yucca Valley overnight and stole several thousand dollars worth of items

California Catholic Daily Exclusive Burglars kicked in the door of High Desert Pregnancy Clinic of Yucca Valley on Tuesday night and took, among other things, office equipment, baby clothing, and television sets used during labor and delivery classes. High Desert Pregnancy Clinic offers pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, crisis and post-abortive counseling services, and … [Read more...]

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Death penalty overturned because of Bible quotes in San Diego trial

Judge finds prosecutor committed misconduct by veering from facts, law

The following comes from a December 8 San Diego Union-Tribune article by Kristina Davis: A judge has overturned the death sentence in the murder of an Oceanside housewife, finding the prosecutor committed “egregious misconduct” by telling jurors the Bible calls for murderers to be sentenced to death. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller wrote that the repeated quotations … [Read more...]

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Pro-life prayer warrior, husband of Catholic school principal among the fatalities in San Bernardino

Bishop requesting parishes use Penitential Rite for the next two Sundays in response to violence

The following comes from a December 4 Live Action News article by Carole Novielli: One of the victims of Wednesday’s mass killing at a San Bernardino social services center was a staunch pro-life advocate. By Thursday morning a post from Nicholas’s wife confirmed that he was indeed a victim of the attack. Juda Myers, founder of Choices4Life, called Nicholas a “prayer … [Read more...]

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Shock after Junipero Serra statue vandalized days after sainthood declared

Vandals targeted headstones of people of European descent

The following comes from a September 28 LA Times article by Kate Linthicum: Days after Pope Francis elevated Father Junipero Serra to sainthood, vandals struck the Carmel Mission where the remains of the controversial missionary are buried, toppling statues and damaging gravesites. The vandals, who police say acted sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning, splashed … [Read more...]

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Second attack in a month: Blessed Virgin beheaded, Christ defaced

Are church attacks becoming more frequent?

The following comes from a June 25 CBS Los Angeles story: Police were asking for the public’s help last week to identify who broke the head off a statue of the Virgin Mary and damaged the face of a Jesus Christ statue at a Catholic church in Palm Springs. Officers responded to a report early this morning of vandalism at the Our Lady of Solitude Church located along the … [Read more...]

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