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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Gorsuch on abortion, religion and reproductive rights

How President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court might vote on laws restricting abortion remains unclear

During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump pledged to nominate Supreme Court justices who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision establishing the basic right to an abortion. Whatever views Judge Neil Gorsuch may hold on the issue of abortion, they are unlikely to have an immediate impact on the court and Roe: Last term Justice Anthony … [Read more...]

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Bishop McElroy, spokesman for the disruptive church

"If Church leaders embrace this kind of politically driven radicalism, we are in deep trouble"

In 1970, I took part in an early anti-abortion protest in Washington D.C. at George Washington University Hospital. It was intended to be a sit-in at the offices where hospital employees interviewed women seeking abortions. The hospital was violating the laws of the District of Columbia, which back then still prohibited abortion. But abortions were being performed at the … [Read more...]

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California bishop praises President Trump’s travel ban

Bishop Bawai Soro of St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon writes column defending administration's travel ban, says "radical Islamic terrorism is the clear and present danger facing America"

The following is by Bishop Bawai Soro. Soro is a bishop with St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon. Critics have objected to President Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban travel to the U.S. by refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries, alleging 1) their human rights are compromised, and 2) this ban is a Muslim ban. As an Iraqi-American, I would like to … [Read more...]

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House vote allows states to defund Planned Parenthood

If passed by the Senate and signed by President Trump, bill would mean that states can choose to redirect Title X funds away from the largest abortion provider in the United States

In a victory for the sanctity of human life, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 230-188 to overturn a rule that former President Obama established preventing states from defunding Planned Parenthood. H.J. Res. 43, if passed by the Senate and signed by President Trump, would mean that states can choose to redirect Title X funds away from the largest abortion provider in … [Read more...]

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Catholics in San Francisco organize to support immigrants

Archdiocese plans community response if ICE raids occur

An informal organizational meeting will be held Feb. 9 for pastors at the Pastoral Center at One Peter Yorke Way in San Francisco, to build ties of hope and action between the archdiocese and parishes at a time of growing fear among immigrants. The archdiocese is coordinating with committees of parishioners on concrete ways for both immigrants and non-immigrants to work … [Read more...]

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Oakland bishop issues statement on Trump’s orders on refugees and immigrants

Bishop Michael Barber: "Christ and His teachings must come before our favorite political party"

Bishop Michael Barber, SJ, Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, has issued the following statement regarding President Trump's executive orders on immigrants and refugees and responses to those orders: With all the rancor and division circulating in the media recently, I think it is good to remind ourselves who we are as Catholics and Christians. We are Christ-centered, not … [Read more...]

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