Now Calif. and Pennsylvania go after Little Sisters of the Poor

Becket Fund defending nuns

The following comes from a Jan. 10 story from Catholic News Agency. The Little Sisters of the Poor are back in court this week, as two states are challenging their religious exemption from the HHS contraception mandate. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra have each filed lawsuits saying that the sisters should not … [Read more...]

Did California launch a Catholic priest sex abuse probe?

Attorney General Xavier Becerra's office will begin collecting reports from California residents about clergy sex abuse

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Wednesday that his office will begin collecting reports from California residents about clergy sex abuse, a likely first step in the state opening an investigation of Catholic priest abuse similar to a scathing grand jury probe in Pennsylvania earlier this year. Becerra’s office created a website page devoted to clergy … [Read more...]

Daleiden lawyers found in contempt of court

Judge says Steve Cooley and Brent Ferreira are in violation of his order banning the release of videos from National Abortion Federation conferences in 2014 and 2015

David Daleiden’s two criminal defense attorneys were found in contempt of court for releasing video footage that exposed callous discussions of dismemberment abortions and selling body parts after a federal gag order barred publication.   The judge in the case is still considering whether to hold Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) in contempt. U.S. District … [Read more...]

Charges re-filed against pair who exposed baby-parts scandal

As expected, California attorney general levies new accusations against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, whose undercover videos unmasked abortion industry for selling parts of dead infants

State prosecutors have filed new, more specific invasion-of-privacy charges against two antiabortion activists for secretly recording conversations at national meetings of abortion providers, after a San Francisco judge dismissed most of the initial charges. David Daleiden, leader of a group called the Center for Medical Progress, and an employee, Sandra Merritt, posed as … [Read more...]

“Standing up for the transgender community”

California attorney general files friend-of-the–court brief in case seeking to force VA hospitals to provide sex-reassignment surgery

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a friend-of-the–court brief supporting transgender rights for veterans in the case Fulcher v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The brief defends a veteran’s right to health care coverage from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) for medically necessary care such as … [Read more...]

Birds of a feather?

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy will deliver commencement address to University of San Francisco School of Education, receive honorary degree; Xavier Becerra, California's pro-abortion attorney general, will deliver commencement address at School of Law

The University of San Francisco (USF) today announced the lineup of speakers and honorary degree recipients at the university’s eight commencement ceremonies, taking place Thursday, May 18 through Saturday, May 20. Over 2300 graduate and undergraduate students will participate in the ceremonies at St. Ignatius Church on USF’s main campus. Hailing from the front lines of real … [Read more...]

California’s travel ban to North Carolina remains in effect

Despite North Carolina's quasi-repeal of transgender bathroom bill, Attorney General Xavier Becerra says measure doesn't go far enough

California will keep its travel ban to North Carolina despite the Tar Heel State’s recent quasi-repeal of HB2, commonly known as the "transgender" "bathroom bill," which barred gender-confused people from using opposite-sex public restrooms and locker rooms across the state. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Wednesday that North Carolina will remain on a … [Read more...]

Attorney General Becerra files suit in support of Planned Parenthood

One week after appearing with Archbishop Gomez at the Biltmore

The following comes from an April 6 story in the Los Angeles Times. The action by Becerra comes exactly one week after he appeared on the dais with Archbishop Gomez  at the Cesar Chavez Foundation banquet at the Biltmore Hotel. California has joined 15 other state attorneys general in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood of … [Read more...]

Legislature back in session

California bishops say they expect "deepening engagement with federal issues" as Trump Administration takes office

California lawmakers returned to the State Capitol this week to begin the next two-year legislative cycle. This year’s class of elected officials includes more than 20 new members who have not previously served as a state lawmaker. While there are now more Latino and Asian members than in the past, there are four fewer female lawmakers. Democrats now hold … [Read more...]