Archives for May 2015

Is the Catholic Church drifting into eco-spirituality?

"Messianic environmentalism is about to assume the status of dogma in Pope Francis’ looming encyclical"

The following is a May 28 Federalist article by Maureen Mullarkey: Is Catholicism on a slide into nature mysticism? It is a discomforting question for a Catholic to ask, but it bears scrutiny. Messianic environmentalism is about to assume the status of dogma in Pope Francis’ looming encyclical. Once discarding our incandescent light bulbs and biking to work become a … [Read more...]

Things are about to get worse for some faith-based groups

White House to order grant recipients to accept LGBT applicants

The following comes from a May 29 C-Fam article by Austin Ruse: A source within the federal government has informed the Friday Fax that the White House is quietly moving forward with a policy change that will require charitable humanitarian groups to accept LGBT applicants in order to qualify for government funding, even those religious groups that might have religious … [Read more...]

Did UCLA grad student lie about pro-gay study?

Doubts about research rattle the field

The following comes from a May 25 New York Times article by Benedict Carey and Pam Bullock: He was a graduate student who seemingly had it all: drive, a big idea and the financial backing to pay for a sprawling study to test it. In 2012, as same-sex marriage advocates were working to build support in California, Michael LaCour, a political science researcher at the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: educators must be “authentic witnesses” of Catholic faith

Papal message buttresses Cordileone’s efforts

On May 4, 2015 the Holy Father Francis sent a letter to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, His Excellency Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko. The letter was an address to those meeting at the International Study Seminar on the topic: “Coaches: Educators of People” in Rome. The meeting was organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity. While the Holy Father’s … [Read more...]

Statue of Jesus Christ stolen from Castro Valley church

Church isn't looking for retribution, just wants crucifix back

The following comes from a May 27 Castro Valley Patch article by Autumn Johnson: A Castro Valley Catholic church is hoping the people responsible for taking a life-sized bronze statue of Jesus Christ from the church grounds last week will return it. The statue stood outside the Church of the Transfiguration, located at 400 E. Castro Valley Blvd., for nine years before it was … [Read more...]

Monterey city council will see about that “church- state situation,” may send letter to pope

Opposing councilman: Who are are we to tell the pope who he should consider for his decision?

The following comes from a May 27 KSBW news story by Caitlin Conrad: At least one Monterey City Council member wants to send the pope a letter urging him not to declare Father Junipero Serra a saint. "I would like to propose that we send a letter to the pope and question his plan to make father Sierra (sic) a saint," councilwoman Libby Downey said. Downey brought up her … [Read more...]

Oops! stem cells weren’t from adults after all

Sports heroes' treatment was actually derived from brain of aborted baby

The following comes from a May 28 Christian News Wire article by Jennifer Kimball Watson: The San Diego-based biotech company, Stemedica Cell Technologies, recently received attention for providing the "adult" neural stem cells that treated two sports heroes, hockey legend Gordie Howe and football MVP John Brodie. But USA Today recently broke a story showing that the … [Read more...]

Kids’ books pave the way for release of encyclical on environment

Bishop Soto endorses two storybooks for elementary students

The following comes from an April news release on the USCCB website: Two illustrated storybooks offer elementary school-aged children, their parents and teachers examples of how to put their faith in action and participate in solutions to important problems related to the life and dignity of others. The books provide much-needed resources in Catholic social teaching for this … [Read more...]

Theology on Tap reviving young adult Catholics in Silicon Valley

200 attendees each Wednesday night

The following comes from a May 26 Valley Catholic article by Leanne Ruperto: Santa Clara – Tallying in about 200 attendees each night, Theology on Tap is proving to be a successful means of gathering young adult Catholics in the Silicon Valley. Theology on Tap, an initiative originally founded in Chicago, aims to provide young adults a welcoming and casual environment to … [Read more...]

California Assembly votes to make pregnancy centers tell women of abortion option

Like walking into McDonald's and reading a notice that there's a Burger King across the street

The following comes from a May 26 Reuters article by Alex Dobuzinskis: The California State Assembly approved a bill on Tuesday that would require licensed pregnancy centers, which sometimes steer women away from abortion, to inform clients about state programs offering such services, officials said. The Democratic-led Assembly voted 49-26 to approve the bill, which has … [Read more...]