Archives for January 2014

Patriarch calls to prevent ‘any attempt’ to legalize same-sex marriage

The following comes from a Jan. 28 story on The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has asked for a state-level ban on legal moves to allow same-sex marriage, noting that this position was based on the very nature of Christianity. Speaking before upper house members, Patriarch Kirill said that the move would protect the family as a public institution. “In a … [Read more...]

California’s version of Obamacare a success?

The following comes from a Jan. 27 story in California Political Review. I’m pretty amazed at how long the CA media have gone along with the idea that the state’s version of Obamacare is doing well. I wrote about Covered California in Sunday’s U-T San Diego: “… the state’s version of Obamacare has reduced the number of Californians with health insurance while doing a … [Read more...]

10th Walk for Life

On Saturday, January 25, the 10th annual Walk for Life West Coast was held at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. The event, the second-largest pro-life event in the United States, was the biggest yet. Life News headlined its coverage “60,000 pro-lifers line the streets of San Francisco during West Coast Walk for Life.” Although organizers of the Walk did not give a estimate of … [Read more...]

News from the trenches

The following comes from a Jan. 25 email. Today had beautiful weather downtown, but unfortunately it was extremely busy for PP. We had four Prayer Warriors who offered prayers for the workers and customers. A woman in her 60s walking her dog came up to me and told me that I should be ashamed of myself because this "was a woman's right, because it was her body,” and I … [Read more...]

Kmiec as protégé of Pope Francis

The following comes from a story dated Feb. 3 in the Weekly Standard. Doug Kmiec has had an amazing political journey. Today a chaired professor at Pepperdine Law School, Kmiec has traveled nearly the full gamut of public life: He worked in the Office of Legal Counsel under both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and pursued an active career teaching law, at Notre Dame and … [Read more...]

Abortion romantic comedy Obvious Child so cool

The following comes from a Jan. 20 story in the Sundance Review. At last year’s Sundance, Lake Bell’s wonderful In a World stuck to the conventional tenets of a romantic comedy while featuring the feminist theme of a woman trying to make it in the sexist industry of trailer voiceovers. At this year’s Sundance, Gillian Robespierre’s equally winning Obvious Child, an entry in … [Read more...]

Sacramento’s Bishop Soto gets second-in-command

The following comes from a Jan. 24 item in the Sacramento Bee. Bishop Jaime Soto got an assist from the Vatican on Friday when Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Myron Cotta of Fresno as second-in-command of the growing Sacramento Catholic Diocese. Cotta, who grew up on a dairy farm in Merced County, will officially be ordained auxiliary bishop – or vicar general – on March … [Read more...]

New survey finds 84% of Americans support abortion restrictions

  The following comes from a Jan. 21 release from Christian Newswire. More than four decades after the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, the vast majority of Americans are still very uncomfortable with the reality of widespread abortion in the United States according to a new Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll.

This new survey of Americans finds strong … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: gossip, the offspring of jealousy and envy

  The following comes from a Jan. 23 story on Jealousy and envy create bitterness in those who subject to them and they generate gossip". "Gossip divides the community, it destroys the community. They are the weapons of the devil". These were the words of Pope Francis today during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, in which he asked to pray that … [Read more...]

A meal of potato chips

  The following comes from a Jan. 15 story on the site of Catholic News Agency. Bruno Serato, originally from Verona, Italy, where he grew up as one of seven children in a poor family, moved to the United States over 30 years ago and began to work as a dishwasher, but within 5 years had become the chef and owner of his own restaurant, the Anaheim White House, … [Read more...]