Archives for April 2016

Planned Parenthood videographers head to trial in Houston

The two Californians reject plea deal in baby-parts-for-sale case, will let jury decide

The following comes from an April 29 Houston Chronicle article by Brian Rogers: Anti-abortion activists accused of falsifying records to secretly videotape Planned Parenthood officials in Houston have rejected a plea deal that would have effectively put an end to criminal charges against them, their lawyers confirmed Friday. David Robert Daleiden, 27, and his colleague, … [Read more...]

Letters from Kolkata

Thomas Aquinas College grad travels to India to work with Missionaries of Charity

Dear ones, Well, it's Thursday, which means we have the day off. I served mass this morning, and when I arrived I started making small chat with the priest before mass began. I had rushed out without my glasses on, so I wasn't exactly operating on all cylinders. Anyway, he was American and he asked me where I was from? “California,” I replied. “What part?” “Ventura county.” … [Read more...]

Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Wilmington, California

Name of Church Ss. Peter and Paul Address 515 West Opp Street, Wilmington, CA 90744 Phone number 310-834-5215 Website Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. (English); Sunday, 6:30 a.m. (Latin Tridentine), 8 a.m. (Spanish), 9:30 a.m. (English; Latin Tridentine High Mass on 3rd Sundays), 11 a.m. (English), 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), 2 p.m. (Spanish), 5 p.m. … [Read more...]

Abortion fight stalls Obama nominee

HHS secretary nomination delayed over CA law requiring mandatory abortion coverage in insurance policies

The following comes from an April 28 The Hill article by Peter Sullivan: Democrats are crying foul over the Republican blockade of a top Health and Human Services (HHS) nominee who has been ensnared in a dispute over abortion. Mary Wakefield’s nomination to be deputy HHS secretary, the department’s No. 2 position, was once noncontroversial, but Republicans on the Senate … [Read more...]

Teaming up against Catholic hospitals

California Medical Association wants to join ACLU lawsuit against Dignity Health

The following comes from an April 27 89.3 KPCC story by Rebecca Plevin: The California Medical Association is seeking to join the ACLU of Northern California in its lawsuit against a Catholic hospital system over one of its facilities' refusal on religious grounds to allow a doctor to perform a tubal ligation after a planned Cesarean section. The Medical Association says … [Read more...]

Letters from Kolkata

Thomas Aquinas College grad travels to India to work with Missionaries of Charity

Dear family, How are you all? I miss you guys. Last night I kept having dreams I was back in California sunshine. I hope you're all doing well! Things are good over here. I've been kind of sick for the last week, so I haven't been volunteering much, but it's been nice having a little rest. Kolkata is an amazing place, but the constant noise and smell, not to mention all the … [Read more...]

Will the SSPX’s return from exile be made easier by Francis?

"Perhaps only Pope Francis is able to take this step, given his unpredictability and improvisation"

The following comes from an April 26 Catholic News Agency article by Anian Christoph Wimmer: Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of Saint Pius X regular canonical status within the Church, without requiring the acceptance of certain texts of the Second Vatican Council with which they disagree. It also appears the SSPX may itself be poised to take such a historic step, … [Read more...]

Torrance Pregnancy center marks 40 years of service

Pregnancy Help Center began in 1971 as a telephone helpline for pregnant women

The following comes from an April 21 Angelus article by Kevin Theriault: It began in 1971 as a telephone helpline for pregnant women. Word spread and many callers began seeking face-to-face contact for help. With enough support from women willing to help counsel, eventually they decided to take the next step. The Pregnancy Help Center opened the doors of their facility on … [Read more...]

Another commencement speech scandal: state school superintendent to deliver address at Catholic college

Pro-gay marriage, abortion proponent Tom Torlakson is a “remarkable individual,” according to St. Mary's College news release

The following comes from an March 31 St. Mary's College news release: Two remarkable individuals—one, a Saint Mary’s alumnus and critically acclaimed actor; and the other, an advocate for educational excellence in the Golden State’s public school system—will address undergraduate and graduate students at the 2016 Commencement Ceremonies of Saint Mary's College of … [Read more...]

Letters from Kolkata

Thomas Aquinas College grad travels to India to work with Missionaries of Charity

Dear family, This last week has been very good, although exhausting at times. I've been caring especially for the patients who can't get out of bed, giving them bed baths and ointment, etc. The man I was especially caring for died last Thursday, which was sad but a huge mercy. He was only 28 years old, but he looked so transfigured by suffering. Earlier that same week, I … [Read more...]