Archives for February 2016

Bakersfield pro-lifers attacked as ambulance arrives for patient

Bakersfield FPA Women’s Health abortion facility hospitalizes a patient on average about once every four months The following comes from a February 25 Operation Rescue article by Cheryl Sullenger: Bakersfield, CA – Bedlam broke out at the FPA Women’s Health abortion facility in Bakersfield as an ambulance arrived to transport a patient suffering a medical emergency. Two abortion supporters assaulted pro-life activists while trying to … [Read more...]

Catholic Church in California launches initiative to help immigrants become American citizens

Initiative is part of the Holy Year of Mercy

The following comes from a February 23 Diocese of Orange press release: The Most Rev. José H. Gómez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, will join the Most Rev. Dominic Luong, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Orange, other Bishops and clergy, and parish leaders from across California at Christ Cathedral on February 27, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., for the launch of a comprehensive … [Read more...]

San Francisco young adults group and Ignatius Press reach out to prisoners

St. Dominic's Young Adults is focusing on different corporal works for each of its monthly service projects during Year of Mercy

The following comes from a February 23 Catholic San Francisco article by Christina Gray: About 35 young adults gathered in the St. Dominic parish hall February 17 to write letters to and purchase Catholic books for men and women incarcerated in state and federal prisons around the country in a Jubilee Year of Mercy service project partnership with Ignatius Press. Maureen … [Read more...]

Abortion views in US increasingly polarized

More people think abortion should always be legal. And more people think it should never be legal.

The following comes from a February 19 Washington Post article by David Weakliem: It’s clear that Congress has become more polarized in the last few decades — there are more conservatives and more liberals, and fewer moderates — but has the general public become more polarized? That’s a more difficult question, but we can use the General Social Survey, a large national … [Read more...]

How can you tell a real priest from a fake?

What a pastor is expected to do when a man claiming to be a priest wants to use the church to say Mass

The following comes from a February 18 Canon Law Made Easy post: Erwin Mena was a layman who somehow managed repeatedly to convince both clergy and parishioners of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, California, that he was a bona-fide Catholic priest. After engaging in faux priestly ministry for some time, including celebrating Mass and administering the sacraments, it was … [Read more...]

East San Jose parish youth counselor accused of molesting teen girl

Lawsuit filed against San Jose Diocese and others for $5 million

The following comes from a San Jose Mercury News article by Eric Kurhi: A youth counselor at an East San Jose church is being accused in a lawsuit of sexually molesting a teenage girl. The civil complaint, filed Wednesday in Santa Clara County Superior Court on behalf of the girl, who is now over 18, alleges that lay pastoral associate Walter Mena demonstrated … [Read more...]

Contraception and the Congo nuns

The Church has never taught that if the harms are serious enough, it is permissible to use contraception

The following comes from a February 20 Catholic World Report article by Janet E. Smith: It confuses many that the officials of the Church many decades ago permitted nuns in the Congo who were in danger of being raped to take hormones that prevent ovulation (which is what the “pill” does). In this case the hormones would be taken with the intent of avoiding a pregnancy, but … [Read more...]

Severed head, hands of Virgin Mary statue marks latest Tahoe church crime

May be related to other vandalism targeting area churches

The following comes from a February 19 Sierra Sun article by Kevin MacMillan: KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Another vandalism crime has occurred at a North Lake Tahoe church, this time involving the desecration of a granite Virgin Mary statue. According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, an unknown suspect or suspects sometime overnight Sunday, February 14, severed the head … [Read more...]

Retrouvaille saving marriages in Oakland diocese

Couple whose marriage was saved by the program offering retreats in late February and in September

The following comes from a February 8 Catholic Voice article by Michele Jurich: In 1989, Jeff and Donna Heusler's marriage was at a crossroads. "My wife and I had separated," Jeff Heusler said. "We were separated for a year and a half." There was the strain of living separately; it was time for a decision: divorce or getting back together? A sister at St. Felicitas … [Read more...]

Pope Francis tells Christians they must fight death penalty

Asks Catholic leaders not to hold executions during the Year of Mercy

The following comes from a February 21 Catholic News Agency article: Christians must work to abolish the death penalty and improve prison conditions, Pope Francis said on Sunday. After praying the Angelus on Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis called on all Christians and people of good will to work “not only for the abolition of the death penalty” but also to … [Read more...]