Archives for March 2016

Nuns’ San Francisco soup kitchen gets an upgrade

Tony Robbins buys new, better location for the homeless-helping sisters

The following comes from a March 25 SF Chronicle article by Kevin Fagan: First he saved them from being evicted. Now multimillionaire business coach and self-improvement guru Tony Robbins has gone one step further: He has bought the imperiled French nuns of the Tenderloin their own soup kitchen. The new digs are on Mission Street near the 16th Street BART Station — and … [Read more...]

And so it begins . . .

Tuesday was the first hearing in Planned Parenthood v. David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress

The following comes from a March 31 news release from Life Legal Defense Foundation: Life Legal’s VP of Legal Affairs Katie Short was in San Francisco on Tuesday for the first hearing in Planned Parenthood v. David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress. The case is in the discovery phase and the hearing involved details regarding the procedures to be followed as the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ post-synod document to be released April 8

Long-awaited response of Holy Father won't include any 'eyebrow raisers'

The following comes from a March 31 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis’ highly anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the gifts and challenges of family life will be published April 8. Titled “Amoris Laetitia,” on love in the family, the document will officially be presented to journalists next Friday, … [Read more...]

Fetal pain law now in Utah

Governor Gary Herbert signs first law of its kind

The following comes from a March 30 USA Today article: Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill that requires doctors to give anesthesia to women having an abortion 20 weeks into their pregnancy or later — the first law of its kind in the USA. Among other provisions, SB 0234 requires doctors who perform abortions to administer an anesthetic on women who are at least 20 weeks … [Read more...]

Thomas Aquinas College optimistic about HHS Mandate case

College General Counsel: SCOTUS justices 'are trying to protect the religious entities’ interest while meeting the government’s interest'

The following comes from a March 30 news release from Thomas Aquinas College: Thomas Aquinas College officials have responded with optimism to the U.S. Supreme Court’s order — less than a week after hearing oral arguments in the case of Zubik v. Burwell — that both sides file supplemental briefs to aid the justices in their decision. “This is encouraging news,” says … [Read more...]

San Francisco mayor bans city workers from traveling to North Carolina

Ed Lee says the law 'turns back the clock on protecting the rights of all Americans including lgbt individuals'

The following comes from a March 26 Fox News article: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement Friday he doesn’t want any city workers to travel to North Carolina unless necessary in wake of its legislation which blocks anti-discrimination for gay, lesbian and transgender people. “Effective immediately, I am directing City Departments under my authority to bar any … [Read more...]

How the ‘pirate nun’ changed a gay man’s life

The following comes from a March 29 Catholic News Agency article by Mary Rezac: Paul Darrow went to his first gay beach when he was 15. Soon after, he hitchhiked his way to New York, where there was a thriving gay scene and where he could pursue a career in modeling. Once there, he landed a high-end job as an international model and rubbed elbows with celebrities at clubs … [Read more...]

Santa Rosa abortion clinic – closed

Not enough clients for Women's Health Specialists

The following comes from a March 29 Californians for Life newsletter: After 28 years of abortions, Women's Health Specialists in Santa Rosa CLOSED! The reason according to abortion clinic staff, "There were not enough clients." The Women's Health Specialists abortion chain's former Medical Director Dr. Bruce Steir was a notoriously dangerous abortionist who hurt many … [Read more...]

Declining enrollment at Sonoma County’s Catholic and Christian schools

Bishop Vasa cites large increase in charter schools as reason

The following comes from a March 28 Sonoma News article by Robert Digitale: School choice and financial recessions are cited as reasons for the sharp decline in enrollments among Sonoma County religious schools in the 21st Century. Catholic schools have seen enrollments decline 28 percent this year from the 1999-2000 academic year, according to data from the California … [Read more...]

New Santa Clara theology dean opened IgnatianQ Conference

California Catholic Daily exclusive: Conference creates 'safe spaces' for students at Jesuit institutions who are involved with LGBTQ work

On March 24, CalCatholic published a press release from the Jesuit Santa Clara University announcing the appointment of Kevin O’Brien, SJ, as the new Dean of their School of Theology. Prior to his appointment, Fr. O’Brien had served as the Vice President for Mission and Ministry at the Jesuit Georgetown University. A CalCatholic commenter immediately pointed out: “Last year, … [Read more...]