Archives for January 2017

White House confirms VP Pence to speak at March for Life

Expected to be an unprecedented turnout

Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the March for Life, a senior White House official confirmed to the New York Times this morning. This is the first time a Vice President of the United States will attend in the Washington, D.C. March's 44-year history. When March for Life organizers released the list of speakers last week, they mentioned a “surprise VIP guest … [Read more...]

California bans state-funded travel to Kansas

A 2016 Kansas law enables religious groups on college campuses to require their members to adhere to their religious beliefs, which California says discriminates against LGBT people

California has banned state-funded travel to Kansas after determining that the Sunflower State is one of four in the nation with laws that it views as discriminatory toward gay people. The policy could prevent public universities in California from scheduling sporting events with Kansas teams and raises the question of whether teams will travel to Wichita in 2018, when the … [Read more...]

San Diego bishop calls for federal parental notification law

Bishop Robert McElroy: "We have tried that in our state time after time and failed. Federal legislation can achieve that for us."

San Diego Catholic Bishop Robert McElroy delivered the following comments at the Fifth Annual San Diego Walk for Life, at Balboa Park, before an estimated 3,000 participants: “It is a great joy to join with you all here today because what we’re doing is the work of God. What we’re doing is witnessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this great nation. What we’re doing is honoring … [Read more...]

National director of SNAP resigns

Announcement that David Clohessy has stepped down comes a week after he and other SNAP leaders were named in a lawsuit alleging kickbacks for referrals to attorneys in sex-abuse cases

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests announced Tuesday that its longtime national director, accused by a former SNAP employee of referring potential clients to attorneys in return for financial kickbacks to the group, resigned at the end of last year. The announcement that David Clohessy, of St. Louis, left the Chicago-based organization comes a week after he and … [Read more...]

How Gosnell’s House of Horrors made me pro-life

LA-based filmmaker and co-author of "Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer," says covering trial changed her views

I never trusted or liked pro-life activists. Even at college I thought them too earnest and too religious. I thought the shocking images they showed were manipulative. I distinctly remember my argument: A heart transplant is gross to look at, too. I don’t want to look at pictures of that, and heart transplants are brilliant. So back off, pro-lifers with your scary … [Read more...]

Poll: Most Americans favor abortion restrictions

Survey finds support for limiting abortion to first trimester, no taxpayer funding

Significant majorities of Americans oppose the use of tax dollars to fund abortions and want the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of abortion restrictions, according to a new Marist Poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Americans overwhelmingly oppose the use of tax dollars to support abortion in other countries (83 percent). More than six in 10 Americans (61 percent) … [Read more...]

US House votes to permanently ban federal abortion funding

President Trump has signaled that he would sign the bill if it clears the Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives passed its first major pro-life bill of the new year on Tuesday, one which would solidify in law the current policy of no federal funding of abortions. The bill would “protect Americans’ conscience rights by ensuring that their hard-earned tax dollars are not used to fund the destruction of innocent life,” Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) said on … [Read more...]

“Abortion is often an act of desperation driven by fear”

Bishop Jaime Soto delivers a pro-life homily for the Mass of Reparation/Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Homily by Bishop Jaime Soto for the Mass of Reparation/Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, Jan. 23, 2017: They had said, “He has un unclean spirit.” (Mk. 3.22-30) Today’s gospel passage comes after a series of episodes of Jesus preaching, healing, and casting out demons. It was because of all these powerful works of mercy that the scribes came out from … [Read more...]

Marin Catholic respect life club models pro-life values

Participates in Walk for Life, organizes other activities throughout the year

Susan Flores-Chavez was born into a Catholic family and she is part of the Marin Catholic respect life club because she believes the Catholic Church’s teaching on life. But she comes to the tightly knit group of about 15 regular members from personal experience too. “I’ve had older cousins who have gotten pregnant and they chose life – the joy they bring to my life!” the high … [Read more...]

Santa Clara University gets $100 million gift

The gift is the largest in Santa Clara’s 166-year history and ranks as the second-largest gift ever to a Catholic university

The patriarch and matriarch of one of Silicon Valley’s most prominent families in real-estate development and philanthropy, John A., ’60, and Susan Sobrato, have made a gift of $100 million to Santa Clara University to help create the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation. This “campus within a campus” will be designed to promote cross-disciplinary exploration to enhance … [Read more...]