Archives for April 2018

ACLU tries to drag Catholic Charities into illegal immigrant abortions

Catholic Charities and other faith-based organizations could be forced to tell young illegal immigrants in their care that they have a 'right' to an abortion

If the American Civil Liberties Union has its way, Catholic Charities and other faith-based organizations providing care for illegal alien minors will be forced to proclaim to the girls in their care during the shelter’s orientation that they have a “right” to an abortion. The ACLU seeks to compel this speech under the auspices of providing “notice” to the members of the … [Read more...]

Diocese of San Diego promotes LGBT retreat headed by Protestant dissidents

Retreat is given for Catholic parents

In the April 22, 2018, Sunday bulletin at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in the Diocese of San Diego, there appeared an advertisement for a “Q Christian Parents Retreat.” The current “Pastoral Administrator” at St. John’s is Kevin Casey, S.J. The parish also has its own “LGBT Outreach.” In 2017, the parish, located in the center of the San Diego LGBT neighborhood of … [Read more...]

Catholic Advocacy Day declared “successful”

More than 100 delegates representing nine California dioceses gathered in Sacramento to be the Catholic voice and speak with lawmakers at the Capitol

This past Tuesday, over 100 Catholic Advocacy Day delegates representing nine California dioceses gathered in Sacramento to be the Catholic voice and speak with lawmakers at the Capitol. This year’s participants included deacon candidates and students from Newman Centers. Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento opened the day with prayer, taking time to recognize the service and … [Read more...]

Alfie Evans has died

Pope Francis had prayed and advocated for the 23-month-old boy

Alfie Evans, a terminally ill toddler whose medical case set off a high-profile legal battle and international debates about health care, died early Saturday morning, his parents said on social media. Many activists believed his case raised ethical questions about end-of-life care and parental rights Pope Francis had been publicly praying and advocating for the 23-month-old … [Read more...]

If you like Mexican food, go to Mass at St. Martin de Porres in Yorba Linda

Greg Hardesty and Kathleen Luppi attend Mass at every Catholic parish in Orange County; started at St. Edward the Confessor in Dana Point in 2012 and ended at Serra Chapel at Mission San Juan Capistrano in 2018

The nice lady walked up to us after Mass and asked if this was our first visit to her parish.  Yes, we told her. We’re making our rounds, with plans to attend Mass at every Catholic parish in Orange County –– a total of 60 (not including four Catholic “centers” for the Korean, Vietnamese and Polish communities).  We had just experienced, for the first time, Mass at St. John … [Read more...]

California’s other prison problem

Former inmates say poor nutrition in the state's penitentiaries caused myriad of serious illnesses

Wearing a red jacket on an overcast March morning, Gary Thomas is the first to speak in the rough circle at the Partnership for Re-Entry Program (PREP) headquarters. “Absolutely, my health went down because of the poor nutrition we got in prison. I developed coronary artery disease. I got a total of 15 stents before I had a heart bypass and 11 after the bypass. One of my … [Read more...]

First pastoral assembly in parish’s 67-year history

In San Francisco archdiocese, parishioners at Church of the Good Shepherd meet to evaluate parish’s effectiveness, identify its challenges and map out its future

About a quarter of the Church of the Good Shepherd Parish’s 450 parishioners teamed up at tables inside the school gym on April 14 – even on a rare fog-free Saturday in coastal Pacifica – to score the parish’s effectiveness, identify its challenges and map out its future together The pastoral assembly – the first in the 67-year-old parish’s history – was a spirited, … [Read more...]

Anti-homeschooling Bill Defeated in California

Bill 2756 had serious privacy and safety implications

They came by the hundreds, perhaps thousands, easily exceeding the capacity of the legislative committee hearing room and making their presence felt throughout the State Capitol.  And at the end of a very long day, homeschooling families scored a major victory—defeat of a bill with serious privacy and safety implications. For more than three hours, families and freedom … [Read more...]

Too complex a subject to be legislated

If California's LGBT therapy ban had been law 30 years ago, I might have killed myself

While living in California more than 30 years ago, I had access to sound, effective, time-tested psychotherapy. Because of it, I walked away from the transgender life I had lived as Laura Jensen for eight years in San Francisco. Yet if I had been prevented from having access to such people and materials, as Assembly Bill 2943 proposes, the bill would have been a “stay trans … [Read more...]

“Not even an animal would be treated this way”

UK court won't allow parents to take Alfie Evans to Italy despite pleas from parents, pope

An appeal by the parents of ailing toddler Alfie Evans was dismissed by the UK Court of Appeal Wednesday, leaving the child to remain at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in England. Tom Evans and Kate James had been appealing to take their son, Alfie, to Italy for treatment, after the child survived the removal of life support, against their will, at Alder Hey Hospital. “It’s … [Read more...]