Archives for September 2014

The market for brain death

Half a million for your organs

The following comes from a Sept. 26 posting on A silent and deadly epidemic is moving across America. No one is broadcasting it. No one is writing about it. Almost no one is even talking about it. But every day in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices across the country, more and more of our medically vulnerable loved ones are being euthanized. Indeed, … [Read more...]

Met in the women’s bathroom

‘No one can take away that 25 years of formation’

On Saturday, September 27, more than 100 people filled St. Francis ballroom in San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral to celebrate a champion of human rights and the Catholic faith, Professor Raymond Dennehy. Dennehy, who turned 80 this year, was being honored on the occasion of his retirement from the philosophy department at the (Jesuit) University of Sam Francisco. Those in … [Read more...]

Christ Cathedral – could’ve been worse, much worse

Not brutal like its neighbor in L.A.

The following comes from a Sept. 25 posting by Fr. Dwight Longenecker on I’ve taken the time to look at the pictures and plans for the diocese of Orange’s Christ Cathedral and it presents some very interesting problems and solutions. First of all one has to take the building as it is and wonder at it. We are confronted first of all with the problem of modern … [Read more...]

Forced kindergarten nixed

Governor Brown bucks his party

The following comes from a Sept. 28 email from, the longtime pro-family organization that helped lead the opposition to AB 1444, which would have eliminated a parent's right to decide on kindergarten, has issued this statement in response to Gov. Jerry Brown today vetoing the mandatory kindergarten bill: "Parents and grandparents are … [Read more...]

Loyola caves

University confirms insurance will cover elective abortions

  The following comes from a Sept. 27 story in the Loyolan. LMU's insurance will cover faculty and staff for elective abortions effective from August 22 to the end of the policy period, the University announced. The news was confirmed in an email sent to faculty and staff yesterday, vice president for Human Resources Rebecca Chandler confirmed that LMU's insurance … [Read more...]

Trail Life – standards replace standards

The 2013 transition caused the second largest number of Eagle scouts in BSA history

The following comes from a Sept. 23 story on World News Service. Bruce Weatherly’s Eagle Scout rank means more to him than prestige, resumé fodder, or a chance to get a college scholarship. For the 18-year-old, reaching Eagle was about honoring his father’s memory. His outdoorsy, rock-climbing, woods-hiking, and kayaking father died in 2009. Bruce’s mother Lauri Weatherly … [Read more...]

The view from Spokane

On Chicago’s new archbishop

The following comes from a Sept. 24 posting on the American Catholic. Well, this is interesting.  Professor Douglas Kries at Gonzaga University in Spokane gives his assessment of Bishop Blase Cupich, the Spokane Bishop tapped to head the Chicago Archdiocese: "Bishop White Seminary at Gonzaga, which was nothing short of an extraordinary success story until Cupich became … [Read more...]

At CALPERS choice means no choice

Abortion or Plan B

The following comes from a Sept. 25 email sent by a Cal Catholic reader. It is open enrollment time at CALPERS (Calif. Public Employees Retirement System).  All the health care plans available provide for abortion.  Some of health care plans provide for surgical and chemical abortions (e.g. Kaiser, Blue Shield of California, and Sharp Health Plan).  All the rest do not … [Read more...]

Christ Cathedral – the transformation

Video and interactive map

  The following comes from a Sept. 24 posting on Whispers in the Loggia. The rollout is on – three years since its $57.5 million acquisition, the centerpiece plans for Crystal Cathedral's transformation into the seat of the 1.3 million-member diocese of Orange are being released at this hour at the Garden Grove site. Currently slated for dedication as Christ … [Read more...]

Southern Baptist leaders cut ties with Orange County LGBT-affirming church

La Mirada church took ‘third way'

The following comes from a Sept. 24 story on The Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee voted unanimously Tuesday (Sept. 23) to break ties with New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., after determining it was condoning “homosexual behavior.” “We believe that, following the lead of Pastor Danny Cortez, New Heart Community Church has … [Read more...]