Women accuse ex-Planned Parenthood official of sexual harassment

Pedro Elias, once the face of Fresno Planned Parenthood, accused of sexually harassing and assaulting multiple women for years

For years, Pedro Elias was the face of Fresno’s branch of Planned Parenthood. At news conferences and events, as the director of public affairs, he stood out in a sea of women advocating for reproductive rights: A muscular man often wearing a bright pink Planned Parenthood T-shirt. But when his employment ended in September after working for the organization since 2000, his … [Read more...]

16 ordained to permanent diaconate in Los Angeles

Archbishop Jose Gomez ordains 15 married men and one single man at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on June 9

Archbishop José H. Gomez ordained 16 new permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, June 9. Restored in 1968 as a fully functioning ministry within the Church, the deacon is ordained to serve God’s people in communion with the bishop and his priests. The 15 married men and one single … [Read more...]

Decapitated head of Junipero Serra statue found during low tide

The following comes from an April 3 KRON4 article by Yama Hazheer: MONTEREY (BCN) — A young girl found the decapitated head of a Junipero Serra statue during a low tide Saturday afternoon off the coast of Monterey, a Monterey police sergeant said. Officers responded at about 3:30 p.m. to a report of the found statue head, said Monterey police Sgt. Mickey … [Read more...]

Designer babies coming soon

What does the scientist behind new gene-editing technology think about the ethics of using it?

The following comes from a March 18 BioEdge article by Michael Cook: Geneticist Jennifer Doudna, a researcher at the University of California Berkeley who discovered the genome editing tool CRISPR, believes that designer babies are only a decade away. But for the moment, she believes that there should be a moratorium on editing the human genome, especially for traits like … [Read more...]

How lay people can strengthen their local Church

The archbishop of San Francisco discusses the centrality of stewardship in education, vocations, and the Church’s charitable endeavors

The following comes from a March 17 Catholic World Report article by Jim Graves: Archbishop Cordileone, an unapologetic defender of Church teaching, he has drawn the ire of the Left, particularly for his advocacy of the traditional definition of marriage. In 2015, he was the target of an intense media campaign seeking his removal from his post, including a full-page … [Read more...]

Pope Francis praises Italy’s leading abortion rights proponent

Draws flak from church traditionalists, pro-life advocates

The following comes from a February 29 Christian Today article by Shianee Mamanglu-Regala: Pope Francis shocked church traditionalists and pro-life advocates after he recently praised a leading abortion rights advocate and even dubbed her as one of Italy's "forgotten greats.'' The pontiff made the statement during an interview February 8 with Corriere Della Serra, where … [Read more...]

Two turnarounds at the abortion clinic

The following comes from a February 27 email from Helpers of God's Precious Infants San Diego: Dear Pro-life friends, Today was Day 18 of 40 Days for Life at Family Planning Associates on Miramar Road.  When we arrived about 7:30 am, there were already a half dozen yellow-shirt "patient escorts" in the parking lot.  Within a half-hour, the number had grown to about 15. … [Read more...]

Bishop McElroy: ‘You might be a bigot if…’

Leader says Catholics should not criticize Islam

The following comes from a February 24 WND article by Leo Hohmann: A Catholic bishop sat on a stage with a Muslim Brotherhood-linked imam and implored Catholics not to join their fellow Americans who engage in “the scourge of anti-Islamic prejudice” and “bigotry.” San Diego Bishop Robert W. McElroy made the statement during a recent interfaith conference while alongside … [Read more...]

Catholic Church in California launches initiative to help immigrants become American citizens

Initiative is part of the Holy Year of Mercy

The following comes from a February 23 Diocese of Orange press release: The Most Rev. José H. Gómez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, will join the Most Rev. Dominic Luong, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Orange, other Bishops and clergy, and parish leaders from across California at Christ Cathedral on February 27, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., for the launch of a comprehensive … [Read more...]

Pope Francis tells Christians they must fight death penalty

Asks Catholic leaders not to hold executions during the Year of Mercy

The following comes from a February 21 Catholic News Agency article: Christians must work to abolish the death penalty and improve prison conditions, Pope Francis said on Sunday. After praying the Angelus on Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis called on all Christians and people of good will to work “not only for the abolition of the death penalty” but also to … [Read more...]