This weekend I had the blessing to join more than 1,100 teenagers for our first annual “City of Saints” conference, hosted by the archdiocese’s Religious Education Department.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since Evangelium Vitae, the magna carta of the modern pro-life movement. But St. John Paul II’s words still ring true: “The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message.”
A huge crowd was gathered to hear him, 5,000 people at least have come to him. And now the day is almost over and they’re far from home with nothing to eat. Jesus knows they are hungry and he wants to feed them. We can feel how much he cares for them, he loves them. His heart is moved and he really wants to take care of them.
My brothers and sisters, we are part of a great struggle for human dignity, the great struggle to realize God’s plan for creation, for our world.
Statement on the California Assembly Health Committee’s decision not to consider 'The End of Life Options Act' (S.B. 128)
This has been a hard debate and an emotional debate. But I believe the members of the Assembly Health Committee today made the right decision for California, and especially for the poor and most vulnerable members of our society.
For me, it is always powerful to hear our Holy Father speaking and praying in his native Spanish. And during this pastoral journey, he is inspiring me with his strong words about the family, and his passionate call for a society that reaches out to the lonely and the hurting and works to promote human dignity for every person.
Obergefell v. Hodges is one more sign that we have entered into a “post-Christian,” even perhaps an “anti-Christian,” moment in American public life.
For me, and I know for many of you, Laudato Si’ (“Praised Be”), Pope Francis’ new encyclical on care of the earth is a welcome and challenging resource.
Last night as I was thinking about this column, I finally received my copy of Laudato Si’ (“Praised Be”), which takes its title from St. Francis of Assisi’s great hymn to the earth as our common home.
Dear Chairman Bonta,
On behalf of the Catholic people of Los Angeles, I am writing to ask respectfully that your Committee on Health reject SB 128, “The End of Life Options Act.”
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