2 late-term abortion patients suffer potentially fatal complications at Beverly Hills abortion clinic

Information obtained from newly-unredacted 911 phone calls

Thanks to a successful appeal of excessively redacted 911 records related to two medical emergencies at the Pro-Choice Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California, Operation Rescue has now obtained recordings and documents that reveal much more than previously known about what happened to two women who experienced serious late-term abortion complications. The Pro-Choice … [Read more...]

Plans for new Catholic high school in San Jose diocese hit major roadblock

In 5-2 vote, government agency responsible for municipal boundaries won't approve annexation of land to Morgan Hill, dooming proposed school in Santa Clara County

A Catholic high school has been talked about in the Morgan Hill for nearly a decade, but the Diocese of San Jose has run into a series of setbacks getting its 40 acres of land—their preferred site of the future school—annexed into the city. The latest of these hurdles is the denial of an annexation proposal Dec. 5 by the county commission charged with authorizing city … [Read more...]

Cardinal Pell found guilty of sexually abusing altar boys

Pell has vigorously denied allegations he molested two altar boys during a swimming trip in the 1990s when he was bishop in Ballarat

Cardinal George Pell has been convicted by an Australian court on charges of sexual abuse of minors, according to media reports and CNA sources close to the cardinal. A judicial gag order has restricted Australian media coverage of the trial since June. Despite the gag order, a story published Dec. 11 on the Daily Beast website first reported that a unanimous verdict of … [Read more...]

“I was fired”

Sister Ann Weltz, founder and executive director of Bay Area Crisis Nursery in Oakland diocese, forced out after 37 years; board of directors won't say why

For 37 years, the Bay Area Crisis Nursery has been Sister Ann Weltz’s life. She lives in the house next door. She didn’t have a personal telephone number. Anyone wanting to reach her called the nursery. The Bay Area Crisis Nursery, which Sister Ann founded and has served as executive director, is the only emergency, 24-hour nursery in the Bay Area. Parents facing a crisis, or … [Read more...]

Tijuana archbishop concelebrates Mass, gives homily in Oakland diocese

Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón visited four parishes to offer catechesis in advance of Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe

Work, humanity and bridges of collaboration are needed to make progress in dealing with migration, advises the archbishop of Tijuana, Mexico. The archbishop, Most Rev. Francisco Moreno Barrón, visited the Oakland diocese at the invitation of Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ. Archbishop Moreno concelebrated the Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe and gave the homily on Dec. … [Read more...]

LA archdiocese to press charges against sisters accused of embezzlement

While the archdiocese initially announced that it would not press charges in the case, an archdiocesan spokesman said Monday afternoon that the archdiocese will become a “complaining party” in the case

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles will file a criminal complaint against religious sisters who have been accused of embezzling from a Catholic school at which they had worked for more than a decade. Sr. Mary Margaret Kreuper, CSJ and Sr. Lana Chang, CSJ, who both retired this year from St. James Catholic School in Torrance, are alleged to have misappropriated nearly $500,000 from … [Read more...]

UCSB: “I feel we can’t say that there is one religion”

Inquiring Minds - first in a series

Dear Reader, California colleges are battlefields for student minds. Students' hearts yearn for the truth, but where will they find it? Our reporter, Mary Rose, will chronicle this battle. She will visit a California college each week and ask students about God, good, and evil. Below is the first installment of California Catholic Daily’s new feature, “Inquiring … [Read more...]

Virgin of Guadalupe celebrated in East LA

Thousands of faithful descend on Cesar Chavez Boulevard on Sunday, Dec. 9, to witness the oldest religious procession in Los Angeles

In the ever-evolving city of Los Angeles, some traditions never fade. This Sunday, just like every year around this date for the last eighty-seven, thousands of faithful descended on Cesar Chavez Boulevard to witness the oldest religious procession in the metropolis and to renew their devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe. The festive event, marked by a mile-long procession with … [Read more...]

Supreme Court rejects appeal from states seeking to defund Planned Parenthood

High court refuses to re-examine ruling that prevents Kansas and Louisiana from cutting funding to Planned Parenthood; justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Grouch dissented

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by Louisiana and Kansas seeking to end their public funding to women’s healthcare and abortion provider Planned Parenthood through the Medicaid program, with President Donald Trump’s appointee Brett Kavanaugh among the justices who rebuffed the states. The justices left intact lower court rulings that prevented the two states … [Read more...]

She’s proud of Obamacare

Once criticized by Church leaders for her role in passage of pro-abortion healthcare law, Sister Carol Keehan says she has been vindicated

Sister Carol Keehan, widely considered one of the foremost champions for universal access to healthcare, is stepping down as president of the Catholic Health Association (CHA) in June 2019. In 2010, when President Barack Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Keehan was one of the 21 recipients of the pens he used. Her involvement in the process would go on to … [Read more...]