Why do the young walk out?

The following comes from an Aug. 31 column by Bishop Robert Barron on the L.A. archdiocese news site, Angelus. After perusing the latest Pew Study on why young people are leaving the active practice of Christianity, I confess that I just sighed in exasperation. I don’t doubt for a moment the … [Read More...]

Mercy San Juan Hospital stands by Catholic doctrine, sort of

The following comes from an Aug. 30 story in the Sacramento Bee. Tuesday was supposed to be a big day for Evan Michael Minton. The Fair Oaks resident packed his bags for the hospital, said a prayer and counted down the hours until he would undergo the hysterectomy that would take him one … [Read More...]

What confirmed Mother Teresa’s canonization

The following comes from an August 29 story in the National Catholic Register. In the end, two miracles were approved. The first took place in West Bengal, India, and involved the healing of an Indian woman, Monica Besra, whose abdominal tumor was so severe that her doctors abandoned hope of … [Read More...]

Mother Teresa got Carl’s Jr. burger and fries in San Diego

The following interview with Father Brian Kolodiejchuck comes from a May 10 story on Actualidade Religiosa (Brazil). Father Brian, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity fathers, is  the postulator of Mother Teresa’s cause of canonization. For most of the time he worked on the cause, he … [Read More...]

Planned Parenthood gag bill in trouble?

The following comes from an August 29 Sacramento Bee article by Alexei Koseff: California lawmakers’ response to the controversial series of videos that purported to show Planned Parenthood breaking the law has alienated some liberal allies of the organization, which is now negotiating changes to … [Read More...]

President Bush’s stem-cell decision was the right one

The following comes from an August 29 Crux article by Christopher White: Fifteen years ago this month, President George W. Bush announced he was issuing a moratorium on the future spending of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. He would later refer to this as one of the most … [Read More...]

FOCUS missionaries share Catholicism on campus

California Catholic Daily Exclusive "My father got his doctorate at Columbia, but at the same time he lost his faith.”
With those words, on August 14, Fr. Joseph Illo, pastor of Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco, introduced Ms. Jessica Yap, a missionary from FOCUS stationed at Columbia … [Read More...]

LA city attorney targets pregnancy help centers with prosecution

The following comes from an August 25 Pregnancy Help News article by Jay Hobbs: California's statewide crusade against life-affirming alternatives to abortion took an alarming turn August 18, when Los Angeles City Attorney Michael Feuer announced his office had succeeded in bullying a … [Read More...]

Positive momentum

The following comes from an August Angelus article by Father Steve Davoren and Father Sam Ward: We both love sports. There is a curious thing in sports called momentum. It’s a mysterious phenomenon that’s hard to define, but you know it when you see it. Why is it that a team can go from being … [Read More...]

For David Daleiden, Soros money shows Planned Parenthood in a panic

The following comes from an August 26 Catholic News Agency article: A leaked grant report from the Open Societies Foundation seems to show Planned Parenthood and its allies in a panicked effort to raise millions of dollars to counter a series of investigative videos alleging the abortion provider … [Read More...]

Attempt to enjoin assisted suicide law fails

The following comes from an August 26 Press Enterprise article by Gail Wesson: A Riverside County Superior Court judge rejected a request by a physicians group to put the state's new right-to-die law on hold Friday, Aug. 26, pending court review. Technically called the End of Life Option Act, … [Read More...]

Abortion escorts try a new tactic

The following comes from an August 25 email from Helpers of God’s Most Precious Infants: The past few weeks have been difficult, with some people leaving after a short time upstairs, but it is uncertain as to whether or not they were turn-arounds, as FPA also does birth control and other … [Read More...]