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Shining a ‘Spotlight’ on Hollywood duplicity and bias

The following comes from a November 30 Crisis Magazine article by Anne Hendershott: Portrayed as a villain in Spotlight, the new film describing the clergy abuse scandal, Jack Dunn, the media spokesman for Boston College, and trustee for Boston College High School, has hired a lawyer to demand that the scene portraying him as a […]

US abortions continue to decline

The following comes from a November 27 Fox Health article: Federal statistics show abortions have been in a general decline for about 25 years. The number of reported abortions dropped 4 percent in 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. About 699,000 abortions were reported to the federal government that year. That’s about 31,000 […]

Orange County Catholics lobby Board of Supervisors

The following comes from a Diocese of Orange post: OC’s homeless had an advocate [on November 17] as dozens of Catholics gathered in front of the Orange County Hall of Administration in Santa Ana, a show of support for the proposed Kraemer Multi-Service Center. The Orange County Board of Supervisors, in a special board meeting on […]

‘I want to be a Boy Scout.’ There’s just one hitch.

The following comes from a November 22 New York Times article by Julie Turkewitz: SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Five girls wearing makeshift scout uniforms stood before top Boy Scout brass this month and made an announcement: We want in. In a year in which gender roles in traditional American institutions have undergone major changes and […]

African Catholics are uneducated and accept simple answers?

The following comes from a November 25 First Things article by Leroy Huizenga:  Björn Odendahl, an editor at, writes the following in the course of commenting on the Pope’s plans for Africa in a piece entitled “The Romantic, Poor Church”: “So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are […]

Just because my son’s a priest doesn’t mean I’m a theologian

The following comes from a November 24 Catholic Sun article by Lindsay Wantland:. Carla Sperry never expected to be looked at as an expert in the Catholic faith. “Sometimes, even when my son was in the seminary, people would come up to me and say, ‘Oh, you’re the mother of a seminarian!’ and they would think that […]

The Catholic origins of Thanksgiving

The following comes from a November 25 Catholic World Report article by Dale Ahlquist: What most people believe about Thanksgiving is a variation on what I was taught in public school in the 1960s. The Pilgrims came to Plymouth on a ship called the Mayflower. They were the first English settlers in America. They came […]

Life well lived

The following comes from a November 17 SF Gate obituary: Father Felix Francis Edward Cassidy, OP died peacefully on Friday, November 13, 2015. Father Felix was born on June 3, 1927 and raised in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights. He was baptized at St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco. He attended St. Ignatius Prep. He was a […]

Torrance fertility doctor implanted mother with stranger’s embryos, performed a secret abortion when he realized his mistake

The following comes from a November 24 Daily Mail article by Ashley Collman: David and Melissa Pineda say they went to Torrance, California fertility doctor Dr Rifaat Salem in December 2013, after struggling to conceive a fourth child, and two months later Mrs. Pineda was implanted with a set of embryos. But just two days […]

Atheist group threatens city of Stockton

The following comes from a November 24 Christian Times article by Sarah Adams: An atheist group is reportedly demanding a California city halt its alleged affiliation with Christianity after the city hosted a prayer rally and planned to host town hall meetings at a local Christian center. The American Humanist Association has reportedly demanded that […]

Stories from the parental notification front line

The following stories are coming into the website of Californians for Parental Rights: November 17 A mother’s testimony The following story was part of conversation with a caller and San Diego talk radio host Roger Hedgecock. Listen to Audio (MP3) [Transcription] Roger Hedgecock: Here’s George. Oh—Georganne—I’m sorry. Georganne in Rancho Bernardo. Georganne, how are you? […]

Ventura candlelight procession honors canonization of Saint Junipero Serra

The following comes from a November 21 Ventura County Star article by Megan Diskin: The 300 or so people attending a special Mass on Saturday night were led to embrace a time of healing and love at Mission San Buenaventura as they celebrated the recent canonization of Junípero Serra. Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez, head […]

Pope names first Catholic bishop to oversee Anglican ordinariate

The following comes from a November 24 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Steven Lopes, a Catholic priest from California, as the new bishop who will head the Anglican Ordinariate in the United States and Canada. He will be taking over for Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, a former Episcopal bishop […]

Cardinal Sarah’s synod

The following comes from a November 20 A Shepherd’s Voice blog post: The recent Synod on the Family included an event of supreme importance that has been noted by many—the emergence of the sub-Saharan African Church. There is a stark contrast between the incoherence of the infected bishops and the simple and assured clarity of the […]

Huntington Beach school district apologizes for use of song about Islam

The following comes from a November 18 OC Register article by Megan Nicolai: HUNTINGTON BEACH – A local school district has apologized after a parent complained about the use of a song about Islam in her son’s seventh-grade social studies class that she said seems to promote the religion. On Tuesday, Nichole Negron posted pictures […]

Papal nuncio calls on Jesuit educators to re-affirm their Catholic identity

The following comes from a November 17 Cardinal Newman Society article by Justin Petrisek: In an address to U.S. bishops gathered in Baltimore this week, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò called on all Jesuits and their respective schools to show “respect to their great tradition” and take the lead in […]

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