Archives for August 2016

Why do the young walk out?

Bishop Barron: I blame teachers and catechists

The following comes from an Aug. 31 column by Bishop Robert Barron on the L.A. archdiocese news site, Angelus. After perusing the latest Pew Study on why young people are leaving the active practice of Christianity, I confess that I just sighed in exasperation. I don’t doubt for a moment the sincerity of those who responded to the survey, but the reasons they offer for … [Read more...]

Mercy San Juan Hospital stands by Catholic doctrine, sort of

But they grease the skids for transgender surgery at Methodist hospital

The following comes from an Aug. 30 story in the Sacramento Bee. Tuesday was supposed to be a big day for Evan Michael Minton. The Fair Oaks resident packed his bags for the hospital, said a prayer and counted down the hours until he would undergo the hysterectomy that would take him one step further in his transition from female to male. Instead he spent the day on … [Read more...]

What confirmed Mother Teresa’s canonization

Miracles in India and Brazil

The following comes from an August 29 story in the National Catholic Register. In the end, two miracles were approved. The first took place in West Bengal, India, and involved the healing of an Indian woman, Monica Besra, whose abdominal tumor was so severe that her doctors abandoned hope of saving her. Taken into the care of the Missionaries of Charity, she continued to … [Read more...]

Mother Teresa got Carl’s Jr. burger and fries in San Diego

What she would have made of Pope Francis

The following interview with Father Brian Kolodiejchuck comes from a May 10 story on Actualidade Religiosa (Brazil). Father Brian, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity fathers, is  the postulator of Mother Teresa’s cause of canonization. For most of the time he worked on the cause, he was living in Tijuana, Baja California. Mother Teresa will be canonized on … [Read more...]

Planned Parenthood gag bill in trouble?

ACLU, press groups and some liberals express opposition

The following comes from an August 29 Sacramento Bee article by Alexei Koseff: California lawmakers’ response to the controversial series of videos that purported to show Planned Parenthood breaking the law has alienated some liberal allies of the organization, which is now negotiating changes to save its bill in the final days of the session. Assembly Bill 1671, by … [Read more...]

President Bush’s stem-cell decision was the right one

Science has vindicated his decision to end the destruction of embryos

The following comes from an August 29 Crux article by Christopher White: Fifteen years ago this month, President George W. Bush announced he was issuing a moratorium on the future spending of federal funds for embryonic stem cell research. He would later refer to this as one of the most consequential “Decision Points” (the title of his autobiography) of his … [Read more...]

FOCUS missionaries share Catholicism on campus

”My father got his doctorate at Columbia, but at the same time he lost his faith”

California Catholic Daily Exclusive "My father got his doctorate at Columbia, but at the same time he lost his faith.”
With those words, on August 14, Fr. Joseph Illo, pastor of Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco, introduced Ms. Jessica Yap, a missionary from FOCUS stationed at Columbia University in New York City. FOCUS stands for the Fellowship of Catholic … [Read more...]

LA city attorney targets pregnancy help centers with prosecution

“They’re out to make an example of us”

The following comes from an August 25 Pregnancy Help News article by Jay Hobbs: California's statewide crusade against life-affirming alternatives to abortion took an alarming turn August 18, when Los Angeles City Attorney Michael Feuer announced his office had succeeded in bullying a state-licensed pregnancy help medical clinic into compliance with a law the clinic says … [Read more...]

Positive momentum

Why vocations are booming in Los Angeles archdiocese

The following comes from an August Angelus article by Father Steve Davoren and Father Sam Ward: We both love sports. There is a curious thing in sports called momentum. It’s a mysterious phenomenon that’s hard to define, but you know it when you see it. Why is it that a team can go from being hopelessly inept at one point in a game to all of a sudden the players can do no … [Read more...]

For David Daleiden, Soros money shows Planned Parenthood in a panic

"Biggest scandal in their 100-year existence"

The following comes from an August 26 Catholic News Agency article: A leaked grant report from the Open Societies Foundation seems to show Planned Parenthood and its allies in a panicked effort to raise millions of dollars to counter a series of investigative videos alleging the abortion provider broke the law. For undercover journalist David Daleiden, it’s a sign of … [Read more...]