Archives for September 2015

Transcript: Pope Francis’ speech on religious liberty

"Religions must join in calling for tolerance and respect for the rights of others"

The following appeared in a September 26 LA Times article: Dear Friends, One of the highlights of my visit is to stand here, before Independence Mall, the birthplace of the United States of America. It was here that the freedoms which define this country were first proclaimed. The Declaration of Independence stated that all men and women are created equal, that they are … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ challenge to Castro

Gift from the pontiff had significance to Cuban dictator

The following comes from a September 23 Christian Review article by Peter LaFave: There’s no precise record of what Pope St. Leo the Great told Attila the Hun outside Rome’s lofty gates, but we do know that the savage Hun—moved by the Pontiff’s heed—had a drastic change of heart and spared a defenseless Rome from his bloodthirsty horde. When a dictator meets a Pope, he … [Read more...]

Churches worth driving to

Five Wounds Portuguese National Church, San Jose

Name of Church Five Wounds Portuguese National Church Address 1375 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95116-2343 Phone number (408) 292-2123 Website Mass times Saturday vigil 5:30 p.m. (Portuguese); Sunday 7:30 a.m. (English); 9 a.m. (English); 10:30 a.m. (Portuguese); 12:30 p.m. (Latin Tridentine); 5:30 p.m. (English). Weekdays 9 … [Read more...]

Where do aborted baby remains go? Some went here.

These children would now be approaching their 18th birthdays

The following is a September 22 Operation Rescue article by Cheryl Sullenger: San Diego, CA – It was 1998. The largest abortion clinic in the San Diego area at that time was the Family Planning Associates abortion clinic in La Mesa, California. Abortionist James Long worked for Family Planning Associates conducting about 200 abortions each and every week at the high … [Read more...]

Signature gathering starts for parental notification in California

Petitions to be mass mailed to homes, available in churches

The following comes from a Sept. 25 press release issued by Religion News Service. One out of every four abortions in the U.S. is performed in California. And unlike most states, abortions are not likely to go down here. In 2014, when most state health payments were cut by 10 percent, the funding for abortions in California was increased 40 percent. In 2014 all … [Read more...]

Diocese of Orange launches Spanish-speaking newspaper

The following comes from a September 16 Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange press release: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange is extending its multimedia outreach within Orange County by launching a Spanish-language counterpart to its weekly Orange County Catholic newspaper. Orange County Catholic En Español debuted September 20 as a bi-weekly Spanish-language newspaper … [Read more...]

Firm sues California attorney general over bid for Catholic hospitals

Prime Healthcare says Kamala Harris wasn't impartial in review of sale

The following comes from a September 21 LA Times article by Stuart Pfeifer: Hospital operator Prime Healthcare Services Incorporated is suing California Attorney General Kamala Harris for imposing strict restrictions that caused the Ontario company to back out of its attempted purchase of six Roman Catholic hospitals earlier this year. Prime Healthcare agreed to buy the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis makes surprise stop at Little Sisters of the Poor

Purpose of visit was to show support for them in court case over contraception mandate

The following comes from a September 23 Catholic News Agency article by Matt Hadro: Pope Francis paid a short visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor community in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to support them in their court case over the contraception mandate, the Vatican's spokesman revealed. It was a “short visit that was not in the program,” Father Federico Lombardi, … [Read more...]

How California’s future priests are being formed

72 men ‘ready to lay down their lives’ at St Patrick’s Seminary

On the evening of Saturday, September 19, more than 550 people gathered on the outdoor grounds of St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. The occasion was St. Patrick’s Eighth ‘Four Pillars’ Gala, the seminary’s annual fundraiser in support of their mission: forming men for the priesthood of God. Founded in 1898, St. Patrick’s is currently forming 72 men from the dioceses of … [Read more...]

Embrace the immigrants, says San Diego bishop

Memorial for the deported unveiled In San Ysidro

The following comes from a September 21 KPBS News story by Jean Guerrero: A memorial wall commemorating families separated by deportations now stands outside of a San Ysidro church overlooking the U.S.-Mexico border. A granite plaque on the cement brick wall quotes Pope Francis: “Church without borders, mother of all.” Bishop Robert McElroy unveiled the wall Sunday at … [Read more...]