San Diego bishop: Some Catholics have ‘corrosive and repugnant’ views on homosexuality

Bishop Robert McElroy was quoted in New York Times op-ed that focused on another Catholic venue rescinding speaking engagement from controversial Jesuit Father James Martin

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy said recently that there is “repugnant” and “corrosive” bigotry toward individuals identifying as LGBT on the part of “a group of people across all religious views.” This “particularly antagonistic” regard for LGBT individuals by people in this group generates from the depths of the souls, Bishop McElroy said. It is a reality that must be faced … [Read more...]

Well heeled foundation spends millions to thwart religious freedom, push LGBT agenda

New York based Arcus Foundation gives millions for projects aimed at restricting legal protections for religious freedom, promote LGBT advocacy

One wealthy activist is continuing to fund coordinated efforts to limit religious freedom and to foster dissent on abortion and LGBT issues within American Christianity and other religious groups.   The New York-based Arcus Foundation was founded by billionaire heir Jon Stryker in 2000. Arcus is a partner of the U.S. State Department’s Global Equality Fund, which engages in … [Read more...]

California reduces penalties for knowingly infecting someone with HIV

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that reduces the crime from a felony to a misdemeanor

Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill — authored by two openly homosexual legislators — that reduces the crime of a person knowingly infecting another person with HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor. The bill, SB 239, also removes the felony classification for intentionally donating AIDS-infected blood and makes it a misdemeanor. Penalties are … [Read more...]

Cardinal Robert Sarah finds fault with Fr. James Martin’s stance on gays

“For the unmarried – no matter their attractions – faithful chastity requires abstention from sex,” the cardinal wrote in opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal

Catholic outreach to LGBT individuals must always include the truth about Catholic teaching and chastity, Cardinal Robert Sarah said in an article responding to Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin. “The Catholic Church has been criticized by many, including some of its own followers, for its pastoral response to the LGBT community,” Cardinal Sarah wrote in an op-ed for the Wall … [Read more...]

Transgender scholarship offered at Oceanside community college

Trans* Pride Scholarship at MiraCosta College will provide a $1,000 grant every year to a “transgender or gender nonconforming student or active ally to this community"

MiraCosta College is the first in the United States to endow a scholarship for a student who identifies with the transgender community. The endowed Trans* Pride Scholarship contributes to a large number of initiatives that MiraCosta College has in place to support and affirm sexual minorities. Each year, the fund will provide a $1,000 scholarship to a student. "Anyone, … [Read more...]

Scandal continues at Most Holy Redeemer

On March 18, 2017 Joseph Sciambra published a blog post titled “Young Adult Ministry at SF Parish Linked to Dissident Priests, Call To Action and Pro-Gay Advocates.” The following is excerpted. According to a March 11, 2017 post to the Young Adults of Most Holy Redeemer (MHR) Facebook Timeline: “…let’s all take a moment tomorrow to thank Ish Ruiz for the great work he … [Read more...]

Setback for transgender rights advocates

On Monday, the Supreme Court vacated an appeals court decision in favor of a transgender student and sent the case back for further consideration in light of new guidance from the Trump administration

Prompted by the Trump administration’s reversal of the federal government’s position on transgender rights, the Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would not decide whether a transgender boy in Virginia could use the boys’ bathroom at his high school. The decision not to take his case, which came as the court is awaiting the appointment of a ninth member, means there … [Read more...]

Why no normal women?

USF’s ‘Global’ Women’s Forum: Lesbians, feminists, drag queens

California Catholic Daily exclusive. On Tuesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 8, 2017, the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco will host their annual “Global Women’s Rights Forum.” The event will be held in the University’s McLaren Complex. The “Global” in the name is a misnomer, unless one believes that the majority of women find “Feminism of Color and the Politics of … [Read more...]

Trump preparing new executive order to protect religious freedom

Draft of the proposed order was circulated among political activists in Washington, prompting enthusiasm from religious leaders and criticism from secular liberals

President Donald Trump is preparing to release a new executive order, designed to protect religious freedom. Speaking on February 2 at the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump said that religious freedom is “a right under threat all around us.” He promised: “My administration will do everything in its power to protect religious liberty in this land.” As the President was … [Read more...]

Dissident gay group ‘optimistic’ about next San Diego Synod

The following comes from a November 10 New Ways Ministry blog post by Francis DeBernardo. New Ways Ministry has been condemned by U.S. bishops; see CalCatholic articles No one should be mislead and Censured again. Yesterday, Bondings 2.0 reported on how LGBT topics were addressed at San Diego’s diocesan synod on the family, basically recommending greater pastoral outreach, … [Read more...]