Supreme Court to review LA abortion law

Posted October 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

By Richard Meek

The Catholic Commentator

News that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments regarding Louisiana’s Unsafe Abortion Protection Act that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital was greeted warmly by the state’s pro-life leaders.

The decision, which was announced Oct. 4,  came on the heels of the Court’s decision in February granting a Shreveport abortion facility an emergency stay request after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit had upheld the law in the fall of 2018.

“It was welcomed news to learn that the Supreme Court will hear the admitting privileges case,” said Danielle Van Haute, respect life coordinator for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. “I am hopeful that we are one step closer to finally enacting this common-sense law.”

She said requiring admitting privileges for abortion providers

Read Full Story…

    p 5 Jesus on the job.tif

    Volunteer fire chief follows God’s commands

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator 

    Fired up with faith, Lobdell Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tim Crockett allows God to direct him in treating people with compassion and urgently needed services during emergencies.  

    Lobdell Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tim Crockett, right, and wife Ellen  

     

    Crockett said his call to be an emergency responder started at a young age.  

    Read Full Story…

    st. benedict KPC photo 1.tif

    KPC celebrates centennial

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    A century-old tradition of service and community outreach along Bayou Lafourche was recently celebrated with a Mass followed by a dinner and presentations.  

    St. Benedict the Moor Church in Bertrandville Knights of Peter Claver Council No. 23 marked its 100th anniversary during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael G. Duca on Sept. 28. A dinner at the parish hall followed. The council currently

    Read Full Story…

    Public policy guide issued by LCCB

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    A CALL TO POLITICAL RESPONSIBILITY

    Catholic tradition affirms that responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. The leaders of the Catholic Church have the right and duty to share the Catholic Church’s teachings and to educate Catholics on moral dimensions

    Read Full Story…

    Catholic medical ethics conference scheduled Nov. 2

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Providing quality and timely medical ethics formation for medical professions will be the focus of an upcoming conference sponsored by the Diocese of Baton Rouge, as well as Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Franciscan Missionaries of

    Read Full Story…

    Come and See weekend set Nov. 8-10

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Thought about joining the priesthood?

    Perhaps the upcoming Come and See vocations weekend retreat at St. Joseph’s Seminary College in Saint Benedict will offer some encouragement.

    The weekend is scheduled Nov. 8-10 and is open for all men 16 years old and older.

    Activities include

    Read Full Story…

    Supreme Court to review LA abortion law

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    News that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments regarding Louisiana’s Unsafe Abortion Protection Act that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital was greeted warmly by the state’s pro-life leaders.

    Read Full Story…

    st. benedict KPC photo 1.tif

    KPC celebrates centennial

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    A century-old tradition of service and community outreach along Bayou Lafourche was recently celebrated with a Mass followed

    Read Full Story…

    seminarian mass photo.jpg

    SEMINARIAN MASS

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca celebrated Mass for seminarians and their parents Sept. 28 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge. A brunch followed the Mass. Pictured from left are Vocations Director Father Andrew Merrick,

    Read Full Story…

    pastor installation.tif

    PASTOR INSTALLATION

    Posted October 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Bishop Michael G. Duca hands Father Tat Hoan CSsR the key to St. Gerard Majella Church in Baton Rouge on Oct. 6. Father Hoan was officially installed as St. Gerard pastor by Bishop Duca during the 10

    Read Full Story…

    Guiding Catholics to dig deeper

    Posted September 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Debbie Shelley

    The Catholic Commentator

    Catechists serve as directional signs for people who are on the spiritual road seeking heaven, according to clergy, catechetical leaders and professors of theology in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.

    The celebration of Catechetical Sunday, which was Sept. 15

    Read Full Story…

    Diocese to launch anti-pornography campaign

    Posted September 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Recognizing the threat online pornography poses, especially to the young, the Office of Marriage and Family Life of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is taking a proactive approach to educating parents and offering tips on how to control what their

    Read Full Story…

    El Encuentro Matrimonial En Español Llega A Louisiana

    Posted September 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

    HISTORIA

    El Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial nació en 1968 cuando el sacerdote Gabriel Calvo se dio cuenta de la gran importancia que tiene la relación de esposos en el crecimiento de los hijos. El Padre Calvo trabajó por muchos años con niños y jóvenes y pudo deducir que

    Read Full Story…

    Interfaith b'fast3.tif

    Healing focus of interfaith breakfast

    Posted September 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Bonny Van

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Everyone has a story and people need to take time to listen. That was the message of the annual Community Prayer Breakfast hosted by the Interfaith Federation

    Read Full Story…

    Duca, Michael color.pdf

    Clergy retreat scheduled

    Posted September 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Dear People of God of the Diocese of Baton Rouge,    

    One of the pillars of our priestly life is growing in our priestly ministry skills and in our self-awareness as called by God to

    Read Full Story…

    aj johnson photo 1.tif

    ACT OF MERCY

    Posted September 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Ex-officer forgives man who shot him 

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Read Full Story…

    st. george KC donation.tif

    AIDING PRIESTS’ RETIREMENT

    Posted September 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

    The Mother of Mercy Knights of Columbus Council 4030 from St. George Church in Baton Rouge recently presented a $5,000 check to Glenn Landry, chief financial officer for the Diocese of Baton Rouge, to be

    Read Full Story…

    Seminarians get peek into future

    Posted September 13, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator

    Spending six weeks along the soothing waters of  the False River in New Roads was more of a homecoming than a summer assignment for seminarian Tres Turner.

    New Roads will always have a special place reserved in Turner’s

    Read Full Story…

    ccdbr disaster photo 1 copy.tif

    CCDBR on call for disaster relief

    Posted September 13, 2019 at 12:00 am

    By Richard Meek

    The Catholic Commentator  

    Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge is heralded for assisting thousands of needy families throughout the

    Read Full Story…

Bla