Archives for July 2014

Does God want nothing more than to keep us down?

Why we need religion in the space age

The following comes from a July 24 story by Daniel Ross Goodman on the Public Discourse site. Does religion have anything to offer us in the space age? Astrophysicists recently confirmed the existence of cosmic inflation (which accounts for the rapid expansion of the universe during the first fraction of a second after the Big Bang). Now that we know about dark matter, dark … [Read more...]

Sex website seizure angers prostitutes

Teenage runaways were a problem

The following comes from a July 29 story on Reuters. The head of San Francisco’s Erotic Service Providers Union has been a sex worker for 24 years — and "I hope to be doing it for another 24," says Maxine Doogan. But she dreams of a future when she won’t be treated like a criminal and could earn a little respect in the city that launched the fight for sex worker rights 41 … [Read more...]

California to re-define family

When politicians return from summer break

The following comes from a July 28 posting by Randy Thomasson on Save This is not a family you see. These are two very confused men who were likely sexually abused as children. And now they have a boy that one or both have adopted. And this boy is now being indoctrinated with big lies about family and sex…. When Associated Press was preparing a … [Read more...]

What we look for in a priest

Los Angeles vocation directors tell about screening process

The following comes from a July 23 story in the Angelus, online news source for the Los Angeles archdiocese. It  was written by Father Steve Davoren, director of the archdiocese office of Vocations, and his associate director, Father San Ward. Something good is happening in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the area of priestly vocations. In the Office of Vocations, we are … [Read more...]

Women with Down Syndrome respond to God’s call

Community founded with support of Jerome Lejeune

  The following comes from a July 26 story on To offer oneself to God, in witness to the Gospel of Life. This is the mission of the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb, a contemplative order in France which opens its doors to women who feel a call to religious life, but who may be turned away from other orders because they have Down Syndrome.  The … [Read more...]

Are beach weddings a sign of the future?

Between 2000 and 2012 matrimony in Catholic churches dropped by 40 percent

The following comes from a July 28 story on Long-time GetReligion readers, do you remember that typology that a wise, older priest — a veteran of life inside the DC Beltway — gave me a few years ago that proposed that there are essentially four kinds of American Catholic voters? It went something like this (amended a bit): * Ex-Catholics. Solid for the … [Read more...]

Abortion, depression and the demise of Charlotte Dawson

The due date clashed with the upcoming Sydney Olympics

The following comes from an April 6 story on Australia recently lost a well-known television personality to suicide. Charlotte Dawson was only 47 years old when she was found dead in her waterside apartment. Being a media personality, the story was given much coverage with an outpouring of grief from people across the entertainment industry. At her … [Read more...]

Scientist sues Cal State Northridge for firing him

After his dinosaur discovery supported creationism

The following comes from a July 27 story on The Christian Post. A scientist has filed a lawsuit against the California State University, Northridge saying he was terminated from his job due to his religious views after he discovered soft tissue on a triceratops fossil which supported his creationist view. Mark Armitage, a former scientist at CSUN in Los Angeles, was … [Read more...]

Maybe they made an ‘honest mistake’ in charging 12 times cost

Ninth Circuit tosses whistle-blower case against Planned Parenthood

The following comes from a July 24 story published by The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit by a former Planned Parenthood executive who blew the whistle on an alleged $200 million the company overcharged federal and state health programs for birth control. The court said the lawsuit was filed too late to move … [Read more...]

To those who wait to conceive

Men can cause a woman to accept Mr. Right Now in her late thirties

The following comes from a story dated June 26 on the website of Crisis magazine. It saddens me to know couples in their late thirties trying unsuccessfully to conceive. The notion that it is easy to conceive at any age under 40—and perhaps beyond that—has taken firm, but mistaken, hold in our culture.  The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently published a … [Read more...]