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Details: The U.S. total fertility rate fell to its lowest-recorded level last year and the number of births was the lowest in 42 years, new federal data published on Wednesday revealed.

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California allows churches to open fully

Details: The California Attorney General’s office just notified the Thomas More Society that the State officially lifted all capacity limits on churches, effective April 12, 2021. This news came shortly before Thomas More Society attorneys were scheduled to discuss the deposition […]

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Supreme Court allows home worship in California

Details: A divided U.S. Supreme Court eased California’s curbs on at-home religious services, adding to a string of orders that have freed worshipers from state and local restrictions designed to stem the Covid-19 pandemic. In an unsigned 5-4 order issued late Friday night, […]

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Which Covid-19 vaccines will be ethically-derived

Details: The race is on to find a vaccine for COVID-19. The good news is that many of the world’s largest vaccine companies are developing promising vaccine candidates using ethically-derived cells. The bad news is that many of the leading vaccine candidates for the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) are being developed using fetal cell lines

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L.A. Religious Education Congress to go online in 2021

Details: Next year’s Religious Education Congress will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced this week. “COVID-19 has changed many of the traditional ways of gathering,” said Sister Rosalia Meza, senior director of the […]

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Letter to San Diego's Bishop McElroy from local lawyer

Details: I am writing in response to the Diocese of San Diego Pastoral Center Communication, dated April 15, 2021, which is attached below. As you may know, our law firm was successful in getting the United States Supreme Court to reopen the churches in California for indoor worship services.. Among the evidence that we provided to the Court was the study cited in Real Clear Science involving …

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Jesuit Thomas Reese wants Latin Mass banned to the young

Details: Jesuit Father Thomas Reese, former editor-in-chief of America magazine, has written a column for Religion News Service. In the April 13 column, Reese writes about the Extraordinary Form of the Mass: “After the Pauline reforms of the liturgy, it was presumed that the ‘Tridentine’ or Latin Mass would fade away.

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Chelsea Clinton, Deepak Chopra to speak at Vatican health

Details: Anthony Fauci, Chelsea Clinton, and Deepak Chopra are among the featured speakers at a Vatican conference being held in May on the interplay of mind, body, and soul in healthcare. The Vatican announced the conference organized by the Pontifical Council […]

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Cardinal Cupich vs. Archbishop Aquila on worthy

Details: Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago wrote to Denver Archbishop Samuel Aquila last week to express “a number of concerns,” after Aquila published an essay on theological and pastoral issues concerning the reception of Holy Communion. Cardinal Cupich urged the archbishop […]

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St. John the Baptist Church, Costa Mesa

Details: Name of Church St. John the Baptist Address 1015 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Phone number 714-540-2214 Mass times Saturday: 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (vigil); Sunday 8

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Immaculate Conception Church, Downieville

Details: Parking: There are several parking spaces by the church; you can also park at the nearby school and walk up the hill to the church. Acoustics: It’s a small church, seating up to 50, so hearing the priest or music shouldn’t be a problem. Cry room: No, but as there are so few children in the town of about 300, kids are always welcome. Additional observations: Downieville is located in the

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Cardinal Zen joins Cardinals Sarah, Burke, Müller

Details: Cardinal Joseph Zen on Tuesday expressed “pain and indignation” at restrictions on private Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica. The former bishop of Hong Kong said March 30 that if he could, he would fly to Rome and kneel outside the pope’s residence until the decree was withdrawn.

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Zoom's pro-abortion ties

Details: Last June, leaders from over 180 U.S. companies signed on to a letter printed as a full-page ad in the New York Times, titled, “Don’t Ban Equality.” This campaign was reportedly formed “in response to an alarming trend of bans passing in states across the country that restrict access to comprehensive reproductive

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Planned Parenthood abortions and government subsidies up

Details: Planned Parenthood’s annual report once again showed an increase from the previous year in both abortions performed and government funding. According to its latest annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 354,871 abortions in the 2019-20 fiscal year — a 2.7% increase from the 2018-19 year, which was a 3% increase from the year before that.

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St. John Vianney Chapel, Balboa Island

Details: Name of Church St. John Vianney Chapel, Balboa Island. Address 314 Marine Avenue, Balboa Island, Newport Beach. Phone number 949-675-2221. Mass times Saturday Vigil, 5 p.m. Sundays 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m. Weekdays, 7:45 a.m.. Confessions Make an appointment, or visit nearby Our Lady Queen of Angels Church.. Names of priests Msgr. Lawrence J. Baird, Administrator.

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What to do about wandering priests

Details: After recent controversies involving apparently independent Catholic priests engaged on social media, experts have said Church law expects priests to be transparently and demonstrably subject to ecclesiastical authorities — and for good reason. “Every Catholic has to belong somewhere, and that is doubly true for Catholic priests,” Fr. Pius Pietrzyk, OP, told The

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Oakland diocese cracks down on money counting

Details: Today, April 7, the Alameda County District Attorney’s office concluded its investigation regarding the parish’s financial situation. After independently corroborating the Diocesan forensic examination findings, the District Attorney has filed grand theft embezzlement charges against Rhina Ruggiero, former office manager […]

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Salk scientist creates part human, part monkey embryos

Details: For the first time, scientists have created embryos that are a mix of human and monkey cells. The embryos, described Thursday in the journal Cell, were created in part to try to find new ways to produce organs for people who need transplants, said the international team of scientists who collaborated in the work.But the research raises a variety of concerns.

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Holy Family Mission, Rutherford

Details: Worth driving to: St. Dominic’s Church, San Francisco Busy parish with fine priests and a strong young adult community

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Statues in Woodland and Rancho Cordova defaced

Details: Two parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento suffered similar acts of vandalism in the past two weeks. On the weekend of April 17-18, three statues were vandalized outside Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Woodland. In photos sent by parishioner Duke […]

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Priests and their chalices

Details: Father Dave Ghiorso’s chalice and paten were crafted by his father and a close friend who was a police officer. Father Andrew Ginter was bequeathed his chalice by his mentor Father Kevin Gaffey, who had died a few months before the young priest’s ordination.

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Best homilies for Holy Week

Details: The following comes from a March 28 story in L’Espresso (Italy).. The Homiletic Directory promulgated by Pope Francis last February, when it comes to suggesting concrete outlines for good preaching during the Mass, reviews the liturgical year on the basis of its center which is the “Paschal mystery to which are connected all the mysteries of Christ and of salvation history that are

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State education board approves race curriculum unanimously

Details: Apparently a section that calls for students chanting to Aztec gods was not enough to dissuade the California State Board of Education from approving a sweeping new progressive curriculum. The board last week unanimously approved what is being billed as the nation’s first statewide ethnic studies curriculum, a whopping 900-page document that aims to teach California’s public high school

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Biden administration abruptly reverses abortion pill

Details: The Biden administration announced April 13 that it abruptly reversed abortion pill safeguards that have been in place for two decades. Since 2000, the FDA has imposed “Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies” or REMS on abortion drugs, mandating the first of the two-pill regimen be taken in the presence of a physician. These non-partisan safeguards were implemented because the drugs …

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Santa Rosa's Bishop Vasa commends his neighbor bishop

Details: 1 day ago · Statement by Bishop Robert F. Vasa In Support of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s Pastoral Letter Before I Formed You in the Womb, I Knew You May 4, 2021 On Saturday, May 1, the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, Archbishop Salvatore […]

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Are the nuns legitimate

Details: The following comes from a February 9 ABC7 News article: . Nearly one year after the I-Team reported on a group of Chicago nuns whose West Side heating system broke down, the nuns’ organization is now in similar dire straits in San Francisco, where the Sisters of Fraternite of Notre Dame is facing eviction.

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St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral El Cajon

Details: Name of Church St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral Address 1627 Jamacha Way, El Cajon, CA 92019 Phone number (619) 579-7913 Website www.stpeterchaldean.org Mass times Saturday vigil, 4 p.m. (English). Sunday, 8 a.m. (Arabic), 10 a.m. (English), noon (Chaldean/Aramaic), 4 p.m. […]

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US bishops to vote on plan for Eucharist and pro-choice

Details: The U.S. bishops’ conference could be given a vote this June on whether to draft and publish a document addressing the question of administering the Eucharist to pro-choice Catholic politicians. The document could be finalized and approved as early as November, sources tell The Pillar. The USCCB’s administrative committee discussed on Tuesday a

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San Luis Obispo County becomes sanctuary for worshippers

Details: Conservatives often criticize sanctuary cities for allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the country. But in California, a district attorney has just declared his county a sanctuary county - for churches. San Luis Obispo County Attorney Dan Dow told CBN News he will not prosecute churches that violate Governor Gavin Newsom's orders

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Obamacare customers in Calif. will get $1 invoice for

Details: The following comes from a Feb. 24 story in CALmatters.org. A little-noticed Trump administration proposal aims to force California’s health exchange insurers to send all their customers a second premium bill every month, for $1 —the amount the state requires […]

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Second thoughts about gender in Sweden, Australia, the UK

Details: 9 hours ago · Last month, several doctors at the Westmead Children’s Hospital, a large public hospital in Sydney, published a powerful statement of their misgivings about the standard gender dysphoria treatment in the journal Human Systems.It must have taken courage, as the between-the-lines message is that the staff of the hospital’s gender is deeply divided on the issue.

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Gay leftists warn of 'dangerous' UCLA trans study

Details: LGBT activists previously argued gender dysphoria may be affirmed by discoveries about individuals’ genetics and brain development. Harvard University researchers, for example, explored this viewpoint in depth in a 2016 article titled “Between the (Gender) Lines: the Science of Transgender Identity. In studies published in 1995 and 2000, researchers looked at specific areas of the brain in

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L.A.'s Bishop Barron attacked for Father James Martin

Details: Here’s what’s going on with this. Bishop Barron can’t explicitly come out and advocate in support of James Martin, but he can write a blurb for Martin’s new book, which will get the attention of Pope Francis as Barron being a team player, and now Barron is on a short list to get a cushy diocesan appointment in an important city instead of being an auxiliary in L.A. or being appointed

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Kamala Harris and late-term abortion

Details: Now that Kamala Harris is the Democrat vice presidential nominee, voters on all sides of the political spectrum will have a chance — like it or not —to learn more about her positions on any number of issues. One of […]

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Discovery of 16,000 fetuses comes up in Daleiden trial

Details: In her opening statement on behalf of defendant Albin Rhomberg in the trial of Planned Parenthood vs. Center for Medical Progress, attorney Catherine Short brought up a little-known horror in California’s history.The statement is contained in the transcript made on October 2 in the San Francisco court (see below for entire transcript).

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Norbertine nuns work the Poverty Program in Wilmington

Details: The following comes from a Jan. 10 story in Angelus News. Every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday throughout the year, people within the Wilmington neighborhood line up outside the convent gate in great need of food or clothing. One might wonder […]

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Number of nuns in US is collapsing

Details: The website of the Philadelphia Archdiocese reports, several hundred religious institutes of women are likely to disappear in the next few decades. This report deals with nuns in America alone, so the situation in Africa and Asia is no doubt different. A question that historians will ask is why, in a relatively short space of time, did so many religious orders disappear.

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CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra forces Little Sisters

Details: The Little Sisters of the Poor are expected back in court Thursday to ask for protection against a lawsuit seeking to end the religious order’s exemption from the HHS contraception mandate. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and California Attorney General […]

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San Francisco Catholics pray rosary at site of Serra

Details: On the night of Friday, June 19, vandals in San Francisco went on a rampage, toppling and defacing statues in the city’s Golden Gate Park. The statues defaced and/or toppled were: President and General of the Army Ulysses S. Grant; Francis Scott Key, composer of the Star Spangled Banner, America’s national anthem; Miguel

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EWTN airs biography of Bishop Gallegos Feb. 20

Details: To honor the memory of Venerable Bishop Alphonse Gallegos and to commemorate his birthdate of February 20, 1931, a new documentary on his life story will air on February 20th (5:30pm ET) on EWTN as an episode of They Might Be Saints, a program about future saints from the United States and the search for canonization miracles. The documentary was filmed in April 2019 by Michael O´Neill

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Biden Appointee has secular vision of faith-based programs

Details: February 16, 2021 Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on President Biden's faith-based programs: President Biden's decision to appoint Melissa Rogers to head the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships is telling. She will also serve as senior director for faith and public policy in the White House

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Catholic schools make prayer a priority

Details: The following comes from an August 27 Angelus article by Julie Schnieders: It’s back-to-school for Catholic school students throughout the archdiocese. But with busy schedules and ever-increasing demands on administrators and teachers, how do educators make prayer a priority in […]

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Bishops go after bad hymns

Details: It is axiomatic that nothing well-written ever comes from a committee.So, I regard as miraculous the recent report, Catholic Hymnody at the Service of the Church, put forth by the doctrinal watchdogs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.It is incisive, intelligent, and precise, blessedly free of political correctness, and sensitive to the relationship between the work of the

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Vatican warns University of San Diego on drag shows

Details: The following comes from an Apr. 3 release issued by Alumni for a Catholic USD. The Vatican’s Congregation for Education has weighed in supporting local Catholics who believe that it is a scandal and damaging for a Catholic university to host a drag show.

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"Mortal sins are very difficult to commit"

Details: The following is from an article published in the September 2016 edition of Central California Catholic Life by Fr. Jim Rude, SJ, Co-Editor: I’m getting to be an old man, brushing the mid eighties, and I find that in these […]

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Bioethicists propose live organ donation

Details: April has been designated as National Donate Life Month and we at Life Legal want to take this opportunity to let you know about concerns we have with organ donor registries, namely premature organ harvesting of live patients who are unable to advocate for themselves. Doctors pronounced twenty-one year-old Zack Dunlap brain dead in 2008 after the young man flipped his all …

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Faces of the American Holocaust

Details: Posted Monday, May 07, 2012 5:50 AM By Donald Casillo One of the people responsable for the holocaust was Bernard Nathanson, an OB/GYN. He was a Jew, he turned and became a Catholic.

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Women accuse ex-Planned Parenthood official of sexual

Details: 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.

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Tracy Weitz, UC San Francisco abortion zealot, moves to

Details: Tracy Weitz, the woman at the Bixby Global Reproductive Health Center, University of California San Francisco who orchestrated the medical research project which ended in legalizing non-physician abortions, is no longer working there. Weitz’s “husband,” Marj …

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