Archives for 2016

Methodist group attacks California’s pro-life pregnancy centers

Western Methodist Justice Movement calls on its members to attend LA City Council hearing on January 23

The following comes from a December 20 Juicy Ecumenism blog post by Chelsen Vicari: The Western Methodist Justice Movement (WMJM), an unofficial caucus group within the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church (UMC), is calling on its members to attend the Health Committee of the Los Angeles City Council hearing to help “put CPCs [Crisis Pregnancy Centers] on the … [Read more...]

U.S. bishop rips Church teaching on homosexuality

‘That was not Jesus’ approach’

The following comes from a December 23 LifeSiteNews article by Pete Baklinski: A U.S. bishop first appointed last year by Pope Francis is defending his decision to speak at a gay activist conference in April 2017 put on by a “Catholic” group condemned by the Vatican. The bishop argues that he is following the pope’s example of being “merciful” while reaching out to those in … [Read more...]

California’s birthrate falls to lowest level on record

Between July 2015 and July of this year, there were 12.42 births per 1,000 Californians

The following comes from a December 21 LA Times article by Soumya Karlamangla: California’s birthrate dropped to its lowest level ever in 2016, according to data released by the state’s Department of Finance. Between July 2015 and July of this year, there were 12.42 births per 1,000 Californians, the agency said this week. The last time the birthrate came close to being … [Read more...]

Suspect in Sonoma County Catholic school vandalism: ‘I Am Satan’

Allegedly shattered the front glass doors and other windows throughout the campus of Cardinal Newman High School and tore apart statues, caused estimated $100,000 in damages

The following comes from a December 22 Sonoma Valley Patch article by Mark Nero: A Guerneville man is facing a mental exam after he matter-of-factly claimed he was the Satan after being charged in Sonoma County Superior Court with felony burglary and vandalism of a Catholic school north of Santa Rosa. On Dec. 21, Judge Arthur Wick suspended criminal proceedings and … [Read more...]

Medicaid funding to end for Planned Parenthood in Texas

Center for Medical Progress videos spurred investigation into abortion giant

The following comes from a December 20 New York Times article by Christopher Mele: In a critical step in a longstanding fight, Texas formally said on Tuesday that it was ending Medicaid funding of Planned Parenthood, a move the group said could affect 11,000 patients. The office of inspector general for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission issued a final notice … [Read more...]

The feast of humanity

Christmas message from Archbishop José Gomez

The following comes from a December 21 Angelus article by Archbishop José H. Gomez: St. John Paul II said at the beginning of his first Christmas message as pope: “Christmas is the feast of humanity.” It is a beautiful expression and it brings us to the heart of the joyful mystery we celebrate. Jesus Christ was one of many children born in the world on that first … [Read more...]

“I believe Americans will not cooperate with Mr. Trump’s administration”

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Roger Mahony says churches may offer sanctuary to ‘DREAMers’ who face deportation

The following comes from a December 23 Catholic Culture article: Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Roger Mahony, who served as archbishop of Los Angeles from 1985 to 2011, discussed the plight of “DREAMers”: persons who were brought illegally to the United States by their parents when they were children. (DREAM is a reference to the Development, Relief, and … [Read more...]

Churches worth driving to

St. Francis of Assisi Church, East Palo Alto

Name of Church St. Francis of Assisi Address 1425 Bay Rd., East Palo Alto, CA 94303 Phone number 650-322-2152 Website Mass times Saturday vigil, 6 p.m. (Spanish) Sunday, 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. (Spanish), 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. (Spanish). Weekdays, 8 a.m., 6 p.m. (with Latin Tridentine Mass on Fridays). Confession Saturdays, 4:30 – 6 p.m. or call … [Read more...]

Staffer tied to abortion, gay ‘marriage’ advocacy resigns from U.S. bishops-linked climate group

Sarah Spengeman, director of programs for Catholic Climate Covenant, had been featured in San Diego newspaper article headlined: "Catholic leaders: climate change on same level as abortion and death penalty"

The following comes from a December 19 LifeSiteNews article by Lisa Bourne: An employee of a climate change non-profit associated with the U.S. Bishops has resigned after publicly advocating that opposition to the disputed notion of climate change is as important as the sanctity of human life while also apparently supporting other issues that contravene Catholic … [Read more...]

No, don’t turn down the heat on the Amoris debate

Phil Lawler: "We can’t wish away the disagreement; we can’t dodge the debate"

The following comes from a December 19 Catholic Culture article by Phil Lawler: John Allen, an honest and seasoned reporter who always tries to present a balanced perspective on Vatican affairs, is true to form in his column, Thoughts on turning down the heat in the ‘Amoris’ debate. There’s no reason to doubt his sincerity as he searches for a way to moderate an increasingly … [Read more...]