Posts Tagged:California

California AG: Murder charges inappropriate in stillborn cases — even when woman contributes to baby’s death

California Attorney General Rob Bonta advised Thursday that murder charges aren’t warranted for women who have stillborn babies – even in cases where the woman’s actions contributed to the death. “It’s an experience that should be met with an outreached hand, not handcuffs and murder charges,” Bonta said of women who go through a stillbirth.…Read More

Catholic Loyola Marymount University to Host Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood

Loyola Marymount University, a Roman Catholic institution in California is hosting a fundraiser where the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood. In protest of the decision, pro-life supporters drafted a petition to send to the university’s president. It asked him to cancel the event because Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the nation and…Read More

‘Absurd’ pro-abortion laws in California highlight need for parent-child communication, policy expert says

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a pair of bills Sept. 22 that relate to privacy surrounding abortion, and a policy expert commented to CNA that the laws highlight the importance of parent-child communication regarding difficult topics such as abortion. Kathleen Domingo, Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference, told CNA that the new laws, while…Read More

Don’t back false claims about St Junipero Serra, Catholics ask California governor

Misleading claims about St. Junipero Serra have made their way into a bill sent to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk, drawing concerns and objections from several Catholic leaders who say the errors shouldn’t stand amid debate about statues of the pioneering Spanish Franciscan missionary. After vandals knocked down a decades-old statue of Serra on the…Read More

University of California regents advance proposal to pressure hospital partners’ Catholic ethics

The regents of the University of California have advanced a proposal that could end longtime partnerships with Catholic hospitals, as well as with other hospitals whose ethics bar participation in assisted suicide, abortion or transgender-affirmative care. Backers of Catholic health care, however, emphasized the benefits of the university-hospital partnerships, and the ability of Catholic health…Read More

California Lifts Capacity Limits on Religious Gatherings Following Supreme Court Ruling

California lifted all capacity restrictions on religious gatherings on Monday, following the Supreme Court’s ruling over the weekend that the state’s restrictions were too harsh. “In response to recent judicial rulings, effective immediately, location and capacity limits on places of worship are not mandatory but are strongly recommended,” the state announced on Monday. The state’s…Read More

SCOTUS Rules Against CA Restrictions on Home Prayer Gatherings

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of religious complainants against a California COVID restriction on in-home religious gatherings. “…California treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise,” the Friday ruling stated in part, “permitting hair salons, retail stores, personal care services, movie theaters, private suites at sporting events and concerts, and…Read More

SCOTUS Order Quashes California Effort to Restrict Worship

A Supreme Court order issued Friday reiterated that houses of worship in the State of California are free to gather at 25% capacity. The unsigned order spoke for the majority, with Justices Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting. The news comes days after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opted to allow California’s…Read More

Supreme Court rejects California county’s continued ban on indoor worship

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a California county’s continued ban on indoor worship services due to the coronavirus pandemic, drawing the praise of a local bishop. “I join all Catholics and people of faith in Santa Clara County in expressing our satisfaction in tonight’s U.S. Supreme Court decision,” said Bishop Oscar Cantú of San…Read More

Supreme Court rules California must allow churches to reopen at 25% occupancy

The Supreme Court issued a ruling late last Friday night that California must immediately allow churches to reopen at 25% of occupancy — ending the state’s ban on indoor worship. The court’s splintered ruling leaves in place some of California’s restrictions, like a ban on singing during worship. Justice Neil Gorsuch noted that California favors…Read More