Archives for May 2018

Parishioners help Knights of Columbus purchase ultrasound machines

Enough money raised at Saint Martha Church in Murrieta to buy machines for use in Temecula, Hemet, Duarte, and Inglewood

An ultrasound shows a fetus in the womb with its heart beating. Studies have shown that 80 percent of women who observe this refuse to get an abortion. Since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973, over 60 million fetuses have been aborted in the United States. Murrieta’s Knights of Columbus Council #11393 decided to request donations one Sunday in April following … [Read more...]

Live Action report: Planned Parenthood protects sexual predators

In 2010, Planned Parenthood performed an abortion on a 13-year-old California girl who had been repeatedly raped by her father

In 2011, after undercover footage appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials failing to report suspected sex abuse of minors, the organization pledged to do more to train employees to recognize signs of abuse and trafficking. But according to Ramona Treviño, a former Planned Parenthood manager from Texas, this training did not happen. Instead, Treviño says that she was … [Read more...]

Ordination of women is impossible, says Vatican doctrinal chief

Archbishop Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: ban on women's ordination “a truth belonging to the deposit of faith”

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has reaffirmed the permanent authority of the Church’s teaching that women cannot be ordained to the priesthood, in an article published in the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. Archbishop Luis Ladaria—who will soon receive a cardinal’s red hat from Pope Francis—argues that the Church is bound by … [Read more...]

Assisted suicide is not healthcare

Bishop Kevin Vann reflects on court ruling overturning California's euthanasia law

Recently, a Superior Court judge in Riverside County issued a ruling overturning California’s assisted-suicide law. As expected, the ruling has been challenged. Still, I am grateful because it offers us an opportunity to revisit important questions about what constitutes healthcare – especially at the end of life – and about good governance. Acknowledging the strong emotions … [Read more...]

Mary’s flowers

Nearly 500 original names for plants and herbs held some reference to the Blessed Virgin

Modern nomenclature may pen them honeysuckle but any medieval Christian would know them as Our Lady’s fingers. White campion - Our Lady’s candles, and forget-me-nots - the Eyes of Mary. Aside from rosemary and marigolds, today’s flowers and herbs are far-removed from their pre-Elizabethan names and associations. Religion was so deeply married to the daily routines of medieval … [Read more...]

“Rulings seem to be accumulating against this terrible piece of legislation”

Executive director of California Catholic Conference issues statement on appeals court's refusal to issue stay of ruling finding state's physician-assisted suicide law unconstitutional

The following statement was issued May 25 by Edward ‘Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, on the Fourth District Court of Appeal denying the California Attorney General’s request for an immediate stay of the ruling that determined the physician-assisted suicide law to be unconstitutional. “We are very grateful and encouraged that California … [Read more...]

The Church is for life

Pope Francis tells physicians they must defend human life "however weak or defenseless, even if not developed or not advanced”

 Ideologies which do not acknowledge and uphold the dignity of human life must be resisted and the Catholic Church’s teaching on life affirmed, Pope Francis told a group of Catholic doctors Monday. “The Church is for life, and her concern is that nothing is against life in the reality of a concrete existence, however weak or defenseless, even if not developed or not advanced,” … [Read more...]

Catholic cemetery’s demise greatly exaggerated

There's still plenty of room at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma despite reports to the contrary

At Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma, reports of the cemetery running out of space are being overstated. [See "Colma cemeteries in demand as shortage of land lies ahead" and "Colma is Running Out of Cemetery Space"]. “Yes, despite the predicament that other cemeteries are facing, Holy Cross is blessed to have over 100 acres of land that are yet to be developed,” Monica Williams, … [Read more...]

Crowds witness consecration of rebuilt Holy Cross Church in San Jose

100-year old church burned down in 2014

California Catholic Daily exclusive by Roseanne T. Sullivan. On Sunday November 16, 2014, flames began shooting up from the roof towards the front of the stucco Italianate Holy Cross Church in northside San Jose, just a few minutes after the 1:00 p.m. Mass. The day after the fire, local and national news excitedly reported the discovery of a more-than-a-century old … [Read more...]

“In good standing”

Without explanation, Los Angeles archdiocese reposts 2013 statement about priestly status of Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry

Statement of Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles: Questions from the faithful and some members of the news media indicate that it would be helpful for me to clarify the status of Cardinal Roger Mahony and Bishop Thomas Curry. Cardinal Mahony, as Archbishop Emeritus, and Bishop Curry, as Auxiliary Bishop, remain bishops in good standing in the Archdiocese of Los … [Read more...]