Baby left dead in hospital bathroom finally buried

Anonymous donor, with help from San Bernardino diocese, provides internment at Catholic cemetery

California Catholic Daily exclusive By Tom Davis It took two years, but an infant left dead and abandoned inside a restroom at a Palm Springs hospital has finally been laid to rest. On Thursday, July 27, Baby Girl Rose Herrera-Cornejo was buried at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery in Colton, while prayers were offered and baby pink roses fell on the small … [Read more...]

LA Times triggers memory of 16,000 aborted babies found in Woodland Hills storage container

Article details debate over legislation to give fetuses proper burials

Tucked against a fence in an East Los Angeles cemetery, a long, flat headstone reads: “In memory of the 16,500 precious unborn, buried here, Oct. 6, 1985.” The aborted fetuses had been found in a metal storage container repossessed from the Woodland Hills home of a former medical laboratory owner who had kept them after testing. Abortion defenders argued that they should … [Read more...]

Over a thousand unclaimed dead buried in Los Angeles

Large crowd gathers to mourn the 900 men, 400 women, and 120 babies

The following comes from a December 1 LA Times article by Makeda Easter and Jon Schleuss: About 200 people streamed down a small hill in Boyle Heights on Wednesday to mourn more than 1,400 of Los Angeles County’s unclaimed dead. Each year the county buries the cremated remains of those left at the cemetery for more than two years. “To think 1,400 can go unclaimed is … [Read more...]

“Instant promotion of the deceased to the realm of Heaven is inappropriate”

Msgr. Charles Pope explains problems in Catholic funerals

The following comes from a November 14 Community in Mission blog post by Msgr. Charles Pope In this month of All Souls, it is good to reflect on funerals. It concerns me that very few people today seem to understand the real purpose of a funeral. The way in which we conduct ourselves at funerals, the manner of preaching at funerals, and other visible attitudes expressed at … [Read more...]

Is Los Angeles Archdiocese a greedy landlord?

Funeral home sues for alleged contract violations

The following comes from a December 17 Los Angeles Daily News article: A judge will hear further arguments before deciding whether to dismiss a $250 million lawsuit alleging the Archdiocese of Los Angeles broke deals under which a funeral home company leased land at six Catholic cemeteries for its operations. According to the lawsuit, S.E. Funeral Homes spent about $37 … [Read more...]

Increasing number of human remains arrive at cemetery without family or friends

Lay ministry formed to help complete burial rite

The following comes from a June 3 Catholic San Francisco article by Christina Gray: On the occasions when Catholic remains would arrive to Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma for burial without an accompanying member of clergy – or sometimes without anyone at all – the cemetery’s longtime director would grab her own prayer book and offer the prayers of committal at the burial … [Read more...]