Archives for March 2017

Big setback for Planned Parenthood

In dramatic showdown, Senate votes 50-50 to allow states to deny Title X money to abortion giant; Vice President Pence called in to break the tie

Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote in the Senate Thursday to advance a measure allowing states to once more have the freedom to avoid funding Planned Parenthood clinics with federal “family planning” grants.   The vote was “a victory for all Americans who don’t want to see their tax dollars subsidizing the abortion industry and its ghoulish trafficking in aborted … [Read more...]

He never imagined being a priest

Millennial couldn't resist God's call

In the city around him, Anthony Ferguson’s fellow millennials were just waking up, shaking off hangovers, checking messages on dating apps and getting ready to make their way in the world. But Ferguson was already out the door on this Friday morning — wearing the same black shirt and white collar he always wears — sitting in a chapel under the warm light streaming through … [Read more...]

LA Times comes to defense of David Daleiden, Susan Merritt

Though still defending Planned Parenthood, March 30 editorial says the felony charges are "disturbingly aggressive"

There’s no question that anti-abortion activist David Daleiden surreptitiously recorded healthcare and biomedical services employees across the state of California with the intent of discrediting the healthcare provider, Planned Parenthood. There’s also no question that it’s against state law to record confidential conversations without the consent of all the parties … [Read more...]

Researchers call for more leeway in growing human embryos

Bioethicist: decisions shouldn't be based on "gut instinct of what seems offensive"

This article follows last week's CalCatholic story: New form of stem-cell engineering raises ethical questions. For nearly 40 years scientists have observed their self-imposed ban on doing research on human embryos in the lab beyond the first two weeks after fertilization. A group of Harvard University scientists has published a paper arguing that it is time to reconsider the … [Read more...]

What’s so bad about pornography?

New book, "THE PORN MYTH: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography," uses science to investigate effects of porn on brain and relationships

Virginia, Utah and South Dakota have declared pornography a public health crisis. And notable figures in Hollywood, including former Playboy model Pamela Anderson and actors Terry Crews and Russell Brand, have spoken out against the dangers of pornography, a big business that generates $10 billion to $12 billion in the United States alone, according to NBC News. But the … [Read more...]

Anti-discrimination measure or blow to religious freedom?

California bishops oppose bill that would prohibit firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth to a child out of wedlock, say it would violate First Amendment right "to infuse our codes of conduct with the tenets of our faith"

A measure that would bar employers from firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth to a child out of wedlock is getting pushback from religious groups who say such a bill would prevent them from requiring employees to act in accordance with their faith. Under the bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), employers would not be able to discipline … [Read more...]

A lot more than pensions at stake in case before Supreme Court

Could determine whether religious orders are considered part of the Church under the law

A Supreme Court case about pension plans of religious hospitals could decide something much bigger – whether religious groups are legally part of churches. “There’s really a big problem if you decide ‘church’ is sort of narrowly ‘worship’,” said Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “That’s really something that a church should be … [Read more...]

Bogus charges from Planned Parenthood’s political cronies

New charges filed against whistleblowers who exposed baby parts scandal

Two antiabortion activists whose controversial undercover videos accused Planned Parenthood doctors of selling fetal tissue were charged Tuesday with 15 felonies by California prosecutors. State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra’s office alleges that David Daleiden and his co-conspirator, Sandra Merritt, filmed 14 people without their consent at meetings with women’s healthcare … [Read more...]

Rebuilding the Church in San Francisco

A full house at the consecration of city’s new St. Joseph’s Chapel California Catholic Daily exclusive. On March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Catholics filled San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Church as Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone consecrated the parish’s new adoration chapel.  The work on the St. Joseph’s Perpetual Adoration Chapel, a dream of Star’s pastor Fr. Joseph Illo since his … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke promises to correct situation over Amoris Laetitia confusion

Tells crowd that forces of evil will not prevail over the Church

Cardinal Raymond Burke once again has promised to “correct the situation” over confusion surrounding Pope Francis’s controversial 2016 document on marriage and the family, Amoris Laetitia. The American cardinal was speaking March 24 during a Q&A session after a presentation at Saint Raymond of Peñafort parish in Springfield, Virginia. Burke, formerly the head of the … [Read more...]