Archives for January 2012

“Much of what Jesus Christ did would not qualify”

Los Angeles archbishop rallies faithful against Obama Administration’s contraceptive mandate (Editor’s Note: See related story in today’s edition, “Will not receive my vote.”) By Hillary Senour Los Angeles (CNA/EWTN News) -- Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles has urged lay Catholics to defend the faith after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services refused … [Read more...]

“Who could possibly oppose such a reasonable law?”

More bishops back signature gathering for parental notification initiative in their dioceses Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles and Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone have joined a growing chorus of California prelates urging Catholics to get behind qualifying a parental notification measure for the November 2012 ballot. The initiative, sponsored by Californians for … [Read more...]

“Outrageous case of double standard”

Ninth Circuit ruling allowing Poway school district to censor teacher’s patriotic posters mentioning God appealed to U.S. Supreme Court ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 24, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Thomas More Law Center announced today that it has appealed a controversial decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. The appeal was filed in the … [Read more...]

“Unfit for public office”

Santa Rosa bishop says pro-abortion Catholic politicians “excommunicate themselves,” shouldn’t receive Communion When Sonoma County Pro-Life advertised its annual Rally for Life held last Sunday, it promised that its keynote speaker -- Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa -- “is sure to challenge and inspire us all.” Bishop Vasa did not let them down. “Any government leader, … [Read more...]

“Making space for silence”

Bombarded by words, images and sounds, we should not forget the need to be quiet sometimes, says Benedict XVI VATICAN CITY, 24 JAN 2012 (VIS) -- Today's Feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron of journalists, marks the World Day of Social Communications, and the Holy Father's Message for the Day, entitled: "Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization" was made public this … [Read more...]

“Not an official ministry”

Catholic Healthcare West cuts ties with Church Catholic Healthcare West, the multi-billion-dollar hospital conglomerate based in San Francisco that operates institutions in California, Arizona and Nevada, is shedding its Catholic name -- apparently in the interest of profit. The conglomerate announced yesterday it was changing its name to Dignity Health and would no … [Read more...]

“Never before in US history”

Two prelates decry Obama Administration’s contraceptive mandate News release from USCCB WASHINGTON -- Both the president of the U.S. bishops and the bishops’ Pro-Life chairman called on the thousands of Catholics gathered for the National Prayer Vigil for Life to speak out for the protection of conscience rights and religious liberty. “From a human point of view, we … [Read more...]

“Merely undesirable”

True character of nation revealed by 80% abortion rate for disabled, says Archbishop Chaput By Michelle Bauman Washington, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) -- An 80 percent abortion rate of those with disabilities shows the need to restore a fundamental respect for human dignity in America, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. He underscored that the plight of … [Read more...]

Break in the storm

Skies clear just in time for Walk for Life West Coast By Gibbons J. Cooney Special to California Catholic Daily Throughout the week leading up to San Francisco’s 8th Annual Walk for Life West Coast, weather forecasters had predicted the arrival of the first major storm of the season. The predictions seemed all too accurate as on Friday, Jan. 20, the storm roared into … [Read more...]

“Line in the sand”

U.S. bishops face off with Obama Administration over contraceptive mandate, vow to fight HHS edict News release from USCCB WASHINGTON -- The Catholic bishops of the United States called “literally unconscionable” a decision by the Obama Administration to continue to demand that sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health … [Read more...]