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“Just a few miles from 10 abortion clinics”

Mexican actor pledges to build largest pro-life women's clinic in US in East LA

Los Angeles (CNA) -- Mexican producer and actor Eduardo Verastegui has announced that his organization, Mantle of Guadalupe, is planning to build the largest pro-life women's clinic in the United States.

Verastegui's announcement came during the first-ever gala held by Mantle of Guadalupe and Catholic Charities of Los Angeles. The gala took place Jan. 15 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills and brought together 300 noted guests, including Philip Rivers from the San Diego Chargers, Mexican actor Karyme Lozano, actor Sean Astin from “The Lord of the Rings,” violinist Roddy Chong, and motivational speaker Nick Vujicic.

Vujicic also received an award for his courageous testimony in defense of human life.

During the gala, Verastegui, who is the founder of Mantle of Guadalupe, reiterated his commitment to defend life and announced that the organization’s new goal is the construction of “the largest women’s clinic in the United States.”

“I will not use my talents except to elevate my Christian, pro-life and Hispanic values,” Verastegui promised the guests.

At the conclusion of his remarks, the Mexican actor introduced several young Hispanic mothers and their babies who were saved thanks to the work of Mantle of Guadalupe. They were greeted with a prolonged standing ovation.

“These babies are the fruits of Mantle of Guadalupe, they are the result of your generosity,” said Verastegui. “If only just one of them were here, everything I have done in my life recently since filming 'Bella' would have been worth it.”

Upon receiving his award, Vujicic, a young Australian – born without arms or legs – thanked God for the gift of life. “He can turn a kid without arms or legs into his own arms and legs,” Vujicic said during remarks peppered with loud applause from the guests.

Vujicic spoke about the unique and irreplaceable role of each human being regardless of his or her disabilities. He also announced the launch of the website, which features inspirational stories.

The gala raised funds for the pro-life medical center Mantle of Guadalupe, recently opened in eastern Los Angeles. The clinic provides care for women in need and is located just a few miles from more than 10 abortion clinics.

Care is provided free-of-charge, and includes pre-natal care, ultrasounds, natural family planning education and high-risk pregnancy care.

For more information, Click Here.


Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011 12:58 AM By charlio
High time Hispanic Catholic America received lay leadership on this question. Hispanics, not less than African-Americans, have been explicitly targeted by population controllers for over a century. Dr. Edward Allred (multi-millionaire, former owner of Family Planning Associates, once upon a time the largest private abortion clinic chain), was quoted in "Doctor's Abortion Practice Lucrative," The San Diego Union, 10/12/80, pp. A-3, 17: "Population control is too important to entrust to some right-wing, pro-life types. Take the recent influx of Hispanic immigrants: Their lack of respect for democracy and social order is frightening. I hope I can do something to stem that tide. I'd set up a[n abortion] clinic in Mexico for free if I could. Maybe one in Calexico would help. The survival of our society could be at stake.…The Aid to Families With Dependent Children [AFDC] program is the worst boondoggle ever created. When a sullen black woman can decide to have a baby and get welfare and food stamps and become a burden to all of us it's time to stop. In parts of South Los Angeles having babies for welfare is the only industry the people have."

Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011 5:19 AM By MAJAG
May goverment grants be available to this parent planning institution. Another "institution" gets government aid while planning NOT being part of parenthood. If grants are not given, racial discrimination could be the main reason.

Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011 7:11 AM By The Truth Hurts
Last night on Fox television Al Sharpton actually said that we do not know when a fetus becomes a human being. Talk about the real injustice of intellectual dishonesty having a forum. Thank you Eduardo Verastegui for the "Mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe" whose loving and maternal protection surely recognizes the humanity of all life, starting with conception in the womb. What a holy cause and worthwhile endeavor for this young actor to promote. Thank-you Eduardo! We will keep your very special intention to protect life in our prayers!

Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011 7:43 AM By Victor
My prayers are with you and Mantle of Guadalupe. With the prayers of or Lady your fruits will grow for the good of mothers and their babies. May Our Lord Bless you and your work. Director Latinos 4 Life. Victor

Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:22 AM By Anne T.
Eduardo Verastegel is a fine actor and a true gentlemen. Thank you to him and all the other people involved. My husband watches the "Lord of the Rings" over and over again, so thank you to Sean Astin, too. It is one of the few movies I have paid to see in a long, long time. So many, sad to say, are not worth the money.

Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:58 AM By John Feeney
Thank you Eduardo Verastegui and the others involved in Mantle of Guadalupe. May God bless you.

Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011 11:56 AM By Victor
God bless you on your work and with the prayers of our Lady you will save many mothers and babies. Director Latinos 4 Life

Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011 1:40 PM By Teresa
Praise God men like Eduardo are gracing the entertainment industry! We will be praying for the Mantle of Guadalupe organization be built stronger each day!

Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011 2:50 PM By Hope Springs Eternal
We pray that people will once again respect life. It is through the evils of contraception that abortion still exists. Selfishness begets more selfishness.

Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011 3:18 PM By Tota Tua
We need a cooperative pro-life group to counter PPh. When one thinks of abortion, one thinks of PPh, but who does one think of when seeking to keep a baby? Depends upon where one lives.

Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011 4:08 PM By OneoftheSheep
Met Eduardo outside Easter's Catholic Book store in Sacramento a few years back. Blessings! Blessings! Blessings! Let us all do everything we can to build the Culture of Life.

Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2011 7:54 AM By tom amadeo
Truth Hurts---Many theologians (including Aquinas) wondered as to when a fetus becomes a human being. That said,the moral principal remains by which one may not kill that entity because of a doubt of fact which would oblige one NOT to kill that entity. For illustration, if one were starving and hunting for food,and one were to come upon a creature in the brush, the identity of which could not be determined with certainty for any reason (animal vs human being),the hunter would be forbidden absolutely from shooting that unidentified creature. To shoot would be embracing indifference toward good and evil,and gravely wrong. Since we will never know when human life begins,we cannot kill whatever it is. Reverend Al cannot defend abortion on the basis that "we do not know when life begins". Such lack of knowledge obliges us NOT to kill !

Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2011 9:07 AM By Abeca Christian
My take on things, if when in doubt about when something is human at what particular time during conception, then don't mess with it. Especially when it was created to begin a life there!

Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2011 9:58 AM By The Truth Hurts
tom amadeo, Thank you for bring up Thomas Aquinas. I have mentioned this before but it bears repeating, especially out of love for this holy, brilliant and unique Saint. Now I certainly realize that St. Thomas Aquinas needs no defending because he is a Saint. Wouldn't you agree tom that had St. Thomas had all of the modern technology and scientific absolutes that we have today that he would not have ever done what Mr. Sharpton did? Mr. Sharpton did say that there was a definite moral controversy but that he was on the side of "choice". Meanwhile since you did bring up St. Thomas, please read,..'s article "Thomas Aquinas inspires Doctor to Quit Abortions" It should never cease to amaze us when it comes to the powerful methods that God employs in using the wisdom of His beloved saints to clarify the truth for all ages. St. Thomas *CLARIFIED* in this dream. Al Sharpton who admits a moral uncertainty, and let's be honest, with all of the scientific and technological equipment available for Mr. Sharpton ,(whose main platform is protection of civil rights) to actually view inside the womb, and see a live heartbeat with a head and arms and legs moving, you can be sure that the Reverend Al Sharpton needs to repent to Almighty God for this basic denial of a person's civil rights and he should not only need to clarify but *RECTIFY* his responsibility in selectively denying the existence of humanity in the womb.

Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2011 3:50 PM By Abeca Christian
The Truth Hurts again beautiful way you just explained these valuable facts! I enjoy your posts, they are so educational and truly reflect so much truth. I can feel in your posts your love of the faith and zeal for the truth! Praise be Jesus Christ! Speaking these truths will speak up for the unborn who are so helpless and so young in their conceptions years. I do believe in my hearts of hearts, that God has and continues to use born human beings to speak up for the unborn since they can not do so while in the womb and even when they are so young when born to understand all the facts of this life! So young to defend themselves.

Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2011 6:39 PM By The Truth Hurts
Abeca Christian, Yes it takes great fortitude to fight many different kinds of injustice. Father John Hardon whose name is seen on the side of this site, said, "One of the most painful things in this life is that you will love others who do not love you back." I would like to apologize for the post that was allowed where the poster stated that they have never ever taken you sincerely. That was very wrong, yet that comment was allowed. Even the poster gave a remark as to the questionable possibility of it not being published. That tells me that they already knew that their post had crossed the boundaries away from the issues being discussed. It was published any way and the comment had nothing to do with the issues, it was about your sincerity.You have never once dissented or confused others about our Catholic faith yet you were the target of an insensitive comment that questioned the sincerity of your faith. Part of the greater problem within the Church is when faithful Catholics challenge dissent, then the character of the challenger or other distractions become the issue, not the issue. I am very sorry that this was allowed. Abeca, I am sure that you were either able to chalk that comment up to raw emotions or offer it up, but still, consistency is consistency and in defending our faith, there should be that same consistency Thank you again for your last comments but most of all I appreciate your sincere zeal and love for all of the truths of the Catholic faith.

Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2011 10:17 PM By JLS
TTH, the editor is putting up some difficult challenging posts, but isn't that better than otherwise?

Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2011 11:02 PM By Abeca Christian
The Truth Hurts thank you so kindly for your last post. I understand your comments so well but the reality of things, we will have people who will distrust our sincerity. The devil never stops his work, he uses the weakness or certain faults in each and everyone of us to attack others within the faith. It's OK, my years of defending the faith has taught me to deal with those sort of things. I do admit though, it can be hurtful when people attack our sincerity in regards to the faith because I did take it personally at first because I love Jesus so much, that I wonder how can someone question my love of faith and of Jesus, He is the reason I live and breath, He is my love and joy! He is who helped me grow through my hardest of hardest of times. I don't easily get bitterer by human imperfections. By that I mean, I don't let life bitter me up, I try to have compassion for those who are angry or bitter or inflicted by their embrace of immortal sins. I do hold strong convictions and pray that I do right by my faith. It's OK, we will attacked when we are doing right, the devil loves using others to attack our character because he feels that it is the only way to get us to back down. I only feel compassion for the person who posted those things about my sincerity, those were his honest feelings, he see's life through a different lens. I also thanked the editor for allowing it to go through. I will offer it up. I can't take it personal especially when he doesn't even know me personally. I'm just a faceless name on this blog.

Posted Wednesday, January 26, 2011 11:17 PM By Abeca Christian
The Truth Hurts when someone is hurting inside, really hurting inside, sometimes they are suspicious of people and they tend to question motives. I think that there is something more going in within that person than meets the eye. Only Christ can heal those wounds.

Posted Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:30 AM By The Truth Hurts
JLS, I have no issue with difficult challenges. It is the direct facing of difficult challenges that eventually brings the truth. I do have an issue with the inconsistent selectivity of faithfulness of certain distractors of the truths of the Catholic faith. If one poster is allowed to tell the kindest person on this forum who never once distorted the teachings of the faith, that she has never been taken seriously and that she is viewed as insincere, then dissenters masked as faithful Catholics should not be shielded. Otherwise there is an imbalance of charity and truth. Abeca is not a squeaky wheel and we all know that sometimes the squeaky, whining and dissenting wheel gets the go ahead grease. There was an unexpected favor done by allowing that post. It shows us how successful the devil is at wounding hearts and sometimes truly blinding even the faithful from seeing the real dissent right before their very own eyes. A poster that laments the great need and holy wholesome desire for a faithful, not a dissenting Bishop in his own Diocese, while he blindly looks for level headedness from the two posters who often distort or confuse Church Teaching on this very site. First and foremost should be loyalty to Christ's Church on earth to all of the teachings and loyalty to faithful Bishops in communion with the Magisterium and loyalty as Catholics to those who courageously uphold the faith like Abeca Christian has always done with her posts. Yes, Only Christ can heal those deeply painful and scar tissued wounds, that can veil our perceptions of real goodness or real evil.

Posted Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:47 PM By Abeca's husband
The Truth Hurts I agree with you. My wife is not only very faithful but she has always been a wonderful witness to the faith. I am a convert, I came from the Pentecostal church. I give credit to my wife for my conversion mostly because of her "yes" to Christ to bring me to know Him. She endured many spiritual attacks in doing so but she persevered with great fortitude. She would still tell others that she is not perfect and to pray for her. She truly cares more about salvation not only for herself but for others as well. I have advised my wife to discontinue posting here for reasons that we have discerned about. I hope she follows my recommendations. I wanted you to know TTH that my wife was sharing with me your posts and she said to me " I wish I knew her, I wish we had more friends like TTH. We would be blessed to have one another and receive the encouragement we would need to fight the good fight." I also wanted to let everyone know that Abeca is not my wife's real name, she uses it to protect her identity because of her ministry, private life and personal reasons. Some here too understand that. Last but not least, she hopes to meet Mr. Fisher someday too. We tried finding his church when we visited Orange County area but did not succeed. God bless you all. Bye

Posted Friday, January 28, 2011 10:31 AM By RR
Abeca's husband: I hope you read this. I'm not quite sure why Abeca is no longer going to post here. I will respect your and her decision, but with regrets. I just hope it wasn't because of the few posters here who have criticized her lately. These posters are truly dissenters from the Church and faith, and they know who they are. Abeca has been nothing but a faithful supporter of God's Church. It makes me very sad to read your post since the number of her supporters far outnumbers the people who condemn her. I hope the dissenters have not quieted her into silence. If this is the reason, evil has won. This saddens me tremendously. I will end by saying that I'm truly saddened and I wish her nothing but the best. Abeca, I will think of you often when I'm posting here and I hope I am wrong and that I will continue to see you post here. If not, thank you for your input here on CCD and I will think of you and pray for you. Your unknown friend, RR. :(

Posted Friday, January 28, 2011 10:51 AM By The Truth Hurts
Abeca's husband, Thank-you for your very sincere post. I respect your decision to not have Abeca post here. One of the other posters spoke the real truth when he said, "Liberals play very rough and dirty." Can you even begin to imagine how much the good and faithful priests have suffered for upholding the teachings of the Church like Abeca consistently does? That is why the late Father John Hardon an exemplary Jesuit priest once said, "One of the most painful things in this life is that you will love others who will not love you back." Abeca loved others who did not love back. They chose to sting. Father John Hardon was so loved by Pope John Paul II but shunned and scorned like Christ by his own Jesuit Order for being a faithful standard bearer for Christ. Father John Hardon forgave his persecutors and out of love for Christ and love for the founder of his Jesuit order, he chose to die like Christ amongst those who betrayed him and those persecutors will be the ones who help, through their own cruelty, to elevate the cause for his canonization one day. Abeca's example in life will be no different. She will always be faithful. I would love to meet Abeca and you sometime. Maybe this can be arranged some how. Abeca, You are a true sister in Christ. I meant every word about your charity. There is one thing that the devil cannot conquer and that is God's Perfect Love. You have always been the standard bearer of kindness on this site so I am not the least bit surprised that the ol' guy was working very hard on individuals to respond back with the exact opposite treatment of how you always treated everyone. I have no doubt that you will bloom in another location very soon. In the same way that Christ's persecutors could not contain or stop or diminish his Perfect Love for mankind, those who truly love Christ cannot contain their Christlike love for others. Thank you Abeca's husband. "A worthy wife is the crown of her husband"....Proverbs, 12:4 God Bless you both!

Posted Friday, January 28, 2011 1:11 PM By John D
May the Lord bless this man abundantly.

Posted Friday, January 28, 2011 1:18 PM By k
abeca's husband, I think you have discerned correctly. I had decided not to post anymore, myself. (Obviously, !'m not keeping my decision very well.) I felt like involvement here was harming my perception of the Catholic Church as the True Church of Jesus Christ. I really don't like all the bickering and disrespect. She will be happier. I'm sorry for those who may have hurt her. If I was one of them, I apologize. Love to Abeca

Posted Friday, January 28, 2011 4:07 PM By The Truth Hurts
k, You can be sure that you did not hurt anyone. If you read the titles of the topics you will see that they deal with Disrespect for Church Teaching, Disrespect for Holy Scripture, Disrespect for the unborn and Disrespect for teaching the real truth in our Catholic Universities. Now couple that with dissenters who frequently work hand in hand in a subversive way on this site. There is going to be fighting. Jesus did not say, "I have come so you won't bicker or show disrespect" Jesus said, "I have come to cause division and this is what you are witnessing. Jesus also said to "Love One Another as I have loved You". k, Social Justice Progressives are not interested in being loved. They are interested in being in control of the Catholic Church. Yes, we are called to love them and forgive them, but most of all we are supposed to love them with the truth. I do agree that if this site harms your perception of the True Faith, because your are a recent convert. I do not think it would be an unwise choice to visit Catholic sites that do not deal with controversial disobedience. Did you read the post where the student at Santa Clara wrote a paper on why homosexuality was not right and the Professor told the student that he had to change what he wrote. The student found out that the Professor is homosexual. k, We do need to speak up and challenge each and every deception presented, even when it comes in the clever disguise of false charity. Soon you will recognize it. I would love to see you remain, you have added much value with your research and comments, but I will also understand your first point about harming your perception. I think now when you read "A Blunt Letter To Catholics" you have an even greater awareness of why the letter was written to begin with. There is a great spiritual battle. As, far as being the True Church, you have found the True Church, you have found the True Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. So have the enemies of the Church.

Posted Friday, January 28, 2011 4:50 PM By Anne T.
Abeca will be missed, especially by me. She was gentle in her corrections and right on for the most part. May St. Charbel bless her. There are others that I have missed too, such as Talitha Kumi. She wrote in beautiful poetic prose.

Posted Friday, January 28, 2011 5:05 PM By Anne T.
Never-the-less, regarding my last post, there is a time when we all must move on and not look back, or like Lots wife we turn to a pillar of salt.

Posted Friday, January 28, 2011 6:09 PM By k
The Truth Hurts, thank you. i want to thank you again for your nice words and for recommending St. Joseph's foundation. I have read their materials with great interest. I did read the post you talked about. Have you read on the Internet about the parents in FL who complained to the bishop because of the questions their children were asked in Confession? I have always told my son that if a priest asks him about anything "below the belt" to just get up immediately and leave the confessional. It is sad that we have to do that. I am not a recent convert, I am under continual conversion, though. I saw what was said to abeca and I saw you stand up for her. I believe abeca is very blessed and she helped me very much. I am not a warm fuzzy person and I often forget to say thank you (one of the 90%)., But thank you and abeca and JSL and Kenneth and Mark from PA and Larry and Angelo and everyone. I will be reading and I will post if I feel God wants me to.

Posted Saturday, January 29, 2011 11:38 AM By Abeca's husband
Thank you everyone for your replies. My wife will reply when she is ready, she is praying regarding this site for now. I was the one who recommended to withdraw her posting here. But she is free to do what she wants to do. The reason is that I am with the view that in order for Catholic faithful to feel free to practice their sharing of the faith, that a Catholic identity must work with the faithful not against them. My wife has no problem with anything that anyone said to her or disagreed with her, her real issue is the censorship of the faithful, she does not agree with the many times the faithful were blocked from posting their comments. I'll leave it at that.

Posted Saturday, January 29, 2011 11:45 AM By The Truth Hurts
Anne T. Ouch! While you are absolutely correct, in stating that we still have much work ahead, I would never ever want sweet Abeca to have the slightest perception that anyone thinks she chose to remain in Sodom and Gomorrah while we go forward like Lot. I have also used your great analogy before but for different circumstances. I know Anne that you mean absolutely no harm. For each and every individual who wants to stand up for the Catholic faith, they must keep their focus on proclaiming the truths of the Catholic Church. Like Peter, who took his eyes off of Christ, the waves came crashing in and the boat started to sink. This includes keeping your focus on the truths even when a perceived friend disappoints you or remains completely silent in the face of injustice. When all of the trouble began within the Church, I cannot begin to tell you how many Catholics that I have personally met, left the Church because they had given their heart and soul to a parish, thinking that this loyalty would keep the pastor loyal to Christ. It did not work that way with progressives, they were thrilled to see the people leave out of disappointment. When a faithful pastor is challenged respectfully, he sets aside false pride and for the good of the entire flock he discerns and he reflects on the facts based solely on Church Teaching and then the faithful Pastor upholds Church teaching. A progressive pastor is thrilled to see his lambs leave. A faithful Pastor seeks and upholds the truth. We should all keep the focus on upholding Church teaching as Abeca does. If Abeca left due to a sense of imbalance of dissenters being shielded vs. the allowing of a personal hit that was off topic regarding personal sincerity, the people who allowed this post either by oversight or intentionally will hopefully reflect like the faithful pastor does when a gentle lamb leaves. Anne T, Thank you for your kind words to Abeca and your consistent loyalty to Church teaching on California Catholic Daily.

Posted Saturday, January 29, 2011 12:31 PM By JLS
Abeca is a great blessing to the Church.

Posted Sunday, January 30, 2011 12:28 PM By k
abeca's husband, I have had things not be posted also and they did not contain offensive or libelous language. One did contain a web address of a bishops blog who was promoting devotion to Saint Joseph, because I thought the readers would be interested to see a bishop who does that. I don't know why things don't get posted. I always just left that up to God. Thank you for correcting my misperception about her difficulty.

Posted Sunday, January 30, 2011 1:19 PM By RR
Abeca's husband: I'm glad to hear that it wasn't because of comments made about your wife that she, at this time, has chosen not to post. As far as blocking posts by the faithful; I cannot count how many times it has happened to me. I understand her frustration completely and have had to deal with it myself. I think we all have. My family had been sick for quite a spell during Christmas and a little into the New Year, so I hadn't been able to post too much. I had been noticing also, prior to that sick time, that my posts were not getting posted either. So, I really had stopped posting for a while. I even had a conversation with your wife about it. She posted that she hadn't heard from me and a few others for a while. Although it was mostly because we were sick, a SMALL part of not posting was out of frustration of posts not being posted. I was glad to see though, that Abeca and others carried on and picked up my slack. I have just come to the conclusion, although frustrating, that the editor does it for a reason. I really sometimes have no clue as to why it wasn't posted, but I just accept it and hope the next post gets posted. Please, tell her to come back and we'll all muddle through somehow. We, at times, all feel frustrated like her. Abeca's friend, RR. :]]] Happy thoughts!

Posted Sunday, January 30, 2011 7:07 PM By Anne T.
The Truth Hurts, I did not mean that staying on this website is like staying in Sodom and Gomorrah, I just used the term in way I heard a Protestant minister use it once. He meant that there are times in ours lives when we must move on for our own sake and not look back, or we become stifled (set in stone) because God has other things for us to do and we need to grow.

Posted Sunday, January 30, 2011 9:06 PM By JLS
My suspicion regarding the censorship complaints is that the cause is due to the shear volume of posts submitted, and that the screeners fly through them as well as possible but that there are not as many screeners as there could be. If they don't err on the side of caution, then there are too many abyssmal posts that could get through. When I find one censored, and I still want the idea posted, then I rewrite it in another way, and usually it makes it.

Posted Monday, January 31, 2011 9:38 AM By The Truth Hurts
JLS, First you wrote that the editor is putting up some difficult and challenging posts, but isn't that better than otherwise? Now you suspect it is due to shear volume. JLS, Should the Pastor of an extremely large Catholic parish place an accidental statement in the parish bulletin where one parishioner informs the rest of parish that another parishioner is never taken seriously about anything they have contributed to the parish, and then blame the oversight on the high volume of parishioners? Yes, I agree that someone could read something fast and let it slip by unintentionally but, the comment about insincerity was not an idea that needed to be rethought and resubmitted, unless it was in the form of an apology to the faithful and kind person. Then the natural progression is for people to perceive an imbalance of shielding dissenters while allowing cruel personal hits against a lamb. You are talking about something entirely different. This is not about getting your post published. It is about honesty.

Posted Monday, January 31, 2011 12:05 PM By The Truth Hurts
k, Thank you for your post. Sad but true, the advice that you gave to your son is warranted due to the abuse that has taken place. This is why the Holy Father stated that the filth within the church needed to be removed. This is also another example why homosexuals should not be ordained priests. In the representation of Christ, there should be no proclivity of attachment in thought, desire or the actions of disordered inclinations. This is a very difficult thing for even celibate homosexual priests to hear for even they often do not realize that the attachment can assist them in making very poor and unwise choices when making decisions and giving bad instructions that are based more on personal feelings due to the weakness of the proclivity than on sound teachings and doctrine. The scandal within a confessional is the worst case scenario of the unchecked progression of this proclivity.

Posted Monday, January 31, 2011 3:54 PM By nino mark
I had the good fortune to meet Eduardo back a few years ago at a family conference in Anaheim. Great humble man! That conference also featured Fr. Don Calloway!

Posted Monday, January 31, 2011 4:17 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
Abecca, My sister in the Eastern Church (I am blessed to be both Roman and Maronite Catholic), please, please don't back off. Rest yes, but back off never. Having said that, this whole posting of comments in regard to Abecca is probably a collection of the most Christ, and Mary like comments I have seen here on this post. By, the way, I just saw "The Rite", and it is my opinion that if a majority of the American people would see it, most of the evils in our poor Nation would be ended. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Monday, January 31, 2011 4:53 PM By JLS
TTH, your take on people perceiving one thing or another is up to them. We all have the responsibility to discern the truth; if some do not want to make the effort but opt instead to guess, then they have already foregone the truth. Rather than serve up pablum, which is fine in some venues such as diocesan papers, there have to be other venues where meat is served both raw and cooked. This site does a good job with this.

Posted Monday, January 31, 2011 8:06 PM By The Truth Hurts
JLS, California Catholic Daily is not just doing a good job, they are doing a great job. Should we not all strive to be even better. At one of Father John Hardon's last retreats he told the faithful to be very strong. His tone was a warning tone. He kept saying that only heroic Catholics would survive the battles to come. He said this three times. It is one thing to be good, it is quite another to be heroic in charity and in loyalty. It is never wrong for Catholics to strive to be even more heroic especially in the face of battle. I agree that there is no such thing a a pablum fed saint.

Posted Tuesday, February 01, 2011 6:35 AM By Mark from PA
The Truth Hurts, what do you think should be done with celibate homosexual priests? You speak of the scandal within the confessional but the truth is that most priests that have broken their vows of celibacy have done so with women. Priests who are faithful to their vows of celibacy, gay or straight, are not the problem.

Posted Tuesday, February 01, 2011 8:28 AM By JLS
PA, you're making allegations against the good names of priests. It is the sin of calumny, because there is no way you could know if *most priests that have broken their vows of celibacy have done so with women*.

Posted Tuesday, February 01, 2011 9:04 AM By Abeca Christian
I awoke today and finally breaking my silence and prayer time, I see that a beautiful bouquet of roses awaited me here from the faithful. Thank you JLS, Anne T, RR, The Truth Hurts, Mr. Fisher, k etc. I am in agreement with my husband on what his views were but I will continue to post but not as much. I may visit from time to time. I am trying to find a solution to this ordeal we face as the faithful. Rest assured, I have my connections and after much prayer, I have decided to directly voice my thoughts to those in charge, just at a time when I pray more about it so I won't come off so harshly. It's best to pray about it some more. The Truth Hurts has nailed it as she explained to JLS. TTH I would love to meet you. You are such a beautiful soul in Christ! You are filled with wisdom and of God's gentle knowledge. I really value all your posts, I learn from them. You really have a zeal for the faith and you are very filled with Christ love and justice for His people. I value that in you. Keep on! Thanks everyone. I feel the same about each and everyone of you. It's like I told my husband that it kinda feels like a family, we are a small group of faithful and for some reason I feel a connection with the faithful through these posts. That is one great thing about this website. I like what my best friend told me, that when it comes to God's people, there is always some form of connection, we just seem to know! There are a few of us but that is just the right amount for us to make something BIG in Christ happen, it's miraculous.

Posted Tuesday, February 01, 2011 9:15 AM By Abeca Christian
More than ever, we the American People, should celebrate with a big bang, St. Valentine's Day! This wonderful priest was persecuted at a time when marriage was not allowed, he still wanted to make sure that the sacrament of marriage would be embraced and that couples would commit themselves in a sacramental marriage between a man and a woman. To the point of losing his freedom, we was imprisoned. While people were fornicating, living adulterous lifestyles marriage was placed in a tyranny, as we are living almost those same times except now marriage is being redefined and perverted! St. Valentine would be proud of us if we should honor his saintliness with celebrating this time for love leading towards marriage between one man and one woman. For those couples who are married, this time means a lot to us. St. Valentine pray for us!

Posted Tuesday, February 01, 2011 9:24 AM By The Truth Hurts
MarkfromPA, Read Pope Benedict XVI's words from his latest book titled, Light of the World, "Homosexuality is incompatible with the priesthood." Mark if celibate homosexual priests worry about and talk about homosexuality as much as you do, and then remain silent when it comes to defending church teaching as much as you do, they should leave.

Posted Tuesday, February 01, 2011 6:26 PM By RR
Abeca: I'm so HAPPY to see you back! You do have many friends here and we do have to stick together. These are evil times we are living in and the faithful have to keep going. Just remeber, even if there is one faithful soul, the faith is still here. There will always be God's Church. I wish that I could meet TTH also. The faithful are out there and that is why we need to have our voices heard and stick together. Welcome back! :)

Posted Wednesday, February 02, 2011 9:25 AM By Abeca Christian
RR thank you my sister in Christ. RR you know what I have noticed that every time we stay in prayer, that miracles happen. Prayer is our greatest weapon. Fasting and praying. Deep reflection is obtainable but one must have training. Fasting and prayer certainly helps us get there. RR yes we do need to stick together, I agree, I am always of the belief that there is power in numbers. I am grateful to have that strong bond with the faithful, even through these posts, we are connected because of our Lord. Our love of truth, our love we have in Christ, connects the faithful, we are one in Him.

Posted Wednesday, February 02, 2011 9:35 AM By Abeca Christian
RR you know what I have learned to love as well, the different temperaments we see in others within the faith. By that I mean that there are different people with different styles of sharing and defending the faith. They are by truth, in truth and with truth. Some speak it with conviction and with roughness like the ruggedness from a man who had a rough life but still the light of Christ was always shining on him with grace, like the grandmotherly type who may come across nosy but in reality she has her heart in the right place and tries to guide the youth towards decency. Like the grouchy old man whom people have not taken the time to get to really know him but only see him as blunt and harsh but when it came down to submitting to Christ and His truths, he was first in line. You can always count on him. Yes we all have different qualities to admire and the faithful are the faithful, people say that we must be gentle always but gentle means and comes across differently from each and everyone of us. Gentle is what gentle reaped, came from the eye of the beholder.

Posted Wednesday, February 02, 2011 9:48 AM By The Truth Hurts
Abeca...Atta Girl! Hop right back up in the saddle! You have just earned a new badge of wisdom for the journey. I appreciate your very kind words Abeca. RR, is right, the faith is surely here on California Catholic Daily. There are even many more than just one. Look at the number of visitors to California Catholic Daily that are posted below! Is that not awesome? "The Power of Prayer"...."I say to you further, that if two of you shall agree on earth about anything at all for which they ask, it shall be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered for my sake, there I am in the midst of them" St. Matthew, 18: 19-20

Posted Wednesday, February 02, 2011 11:52 AM By Abeca Christian
The Truth Hurts thank you. : ) Thank you for food for the soul through the Holy Word of God.

Posted Wednesday, February 02, 2011 12:43 PM By The Truth Hurts
Abeca, How interesting that you were talking about temperaments. Just two days ago I was sharing a conversation about the different temperaments of the apostles. I was reflecting on the sincerity of your consistent kindness and it made me think of John the Apostle. I would also like to thank and commend Cantius who has personally experienced battle warfare. Cantius is not lukewarm. When you have personally stared down evil in the face of your own death, then witnessed the death of fellow soldiers, you don't play games with sin. You are more than educated about the outcome of hatred, division and serious sin because war is punishment for sin. Peter the disciple had a different temperament than John the apostle. Peter was absolutely enraged when the soldiers came along with Judas's betrayal and when the soldiers went to grab Jesus, Peter cut off the ear of one of the soldiers in defense of Jesus. Peter was also at times weak with fear. When Peter denied Christ three times can you even begin to imagine how contrite he must have been when he heard the cock crow yet Christ gave the Keys of the KIngdom to Peter. Now John the beloved and gentle apostle had a much different temperament than Peter. Christ chose this most gentle and loving temperament to stand at the foot of the Cross with His beloved Mother.....When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, 'Woman behold thy son'! Then he said to the disciple, 'Behold your mother.' And from that hour the disciple took her into his house. St. John, 19: 26-27

Posted Wednesday, February 02, 2011 7:48 PM By k
abeca, I am happy that you have found peace and are back among your friends. God bless you and your family and your ministry.

Posted Wednesday, February 02, 2011 10:15 PM By Abeca Christian
The Truth Hurts you read my mind regarding Cantius or was it Canisus? The faithful do understand each other. Everything you just posted true, very true. I love it how our Lord gave us a mama who continues to look after us. Revelations also does a beautiful job at displaying her role as well. The Truth Hurts are you a cradle Catholic? or a convert? I was just wondering because it is so refreshing to know more well versed Catholics, that not only know the faith through the CCC but also know their bible. Loving Christ gets us to that place to where we want a deeper love/relationship with Christ. The wholeness of truth is found in the Church. We have a beautiful Catholic faith. I know that you already know all this, you are a holy soul. I enjoy people who make this life more about Christ, more about salvation. Nothing else should matter to us, our goal is to get to heaven and pray the same for others, even for those whom we consider our enemies. No better way to display this love. Who cares about the color of one's skin, who cares if we are short, fat or disabled, who cares if we have money or not, what we all should care about most is pleasing God! It's when we put other things first, it's when we lose sight of why we are here.

Posted Wednesday, February 02, 2011 10:36 PM By Abeca Christian
That's why abortion is so evil because man chose to end a life that God meant it to be conceived and which was meant to reach that opportunity to be baptized, whether they are Catholic or not, they need that chance to grow and choose God freely. Of course God knows everything but we humans don't know everything, therefore we have no right to mess with God's will. I don't know if I am explaining myself well but ultimately we need to have the desire to please God! Live life as we should in Christ but never compromising our relationship with Christ for the earthly pleasures of this life. I honestly picture this life short, it's short, really it is, why then risk going to hell, just so we can say we lived up life to the fullest and pushing God aside just so we can enjoy fleshly desires. Nope no way and no how. God must come first in everything. May God forgive me if I for a second forget to place Him first. I'm sure as a human being, that can easily befall us, with unjust anger, our imperfections or indulgence of some sort of sin, gets us there slightly. Praise God for confession, the act of contrition. God deserves our best. Remember God's favored ones, they have always sought to please God, they asked for God's wisdom and His knowledge, they humbled themselves daily by denying themselves.

Posted Thursday, February 03, 2011 10:37 AM By The Truth Hurts
Abeca, I am a cradle Catholic. My mother loved the Catholic faith and my father was a convert. My father grew to have a great love and respect for the Catholic faith. My father's relatives were very anti-Catholic but even they grew to love my mother. Our Catholic faith was the most important focus in our home. That does not mean that there are not many different types of trials when Christ is the main focus, it means you are brought up with an understanding that you are here on this earth to know, love and serve God. We were also very blessed to be poor. Poverty helps us to remain humble, grateful and appreciative because you realize that everything you receive is a gift from God. You are also right about the Blessed Mother. For those who do not understand or misinterpret the role that Our Blessed Mother has in our Catholic faith, I once heard a priest wisely explain that our Blessed Mother always leads us to focus on her Son. In the Scriptural prayer of the Magnificat, "My soul doth magnify the Lord", the priest said, "Here we even have our Blessed mother saying that her soul in essence is the magnifying glass that is centered and focused on Christ. Even when a magnifying glass is studded around the edges with diamonds and rubies and pearls, no one ends up focusing on anything but the Object Who is Christ that is being magnified and brought into clearer focus. Our Lady always leads us closer to her Son.

Posted Thursday, February 03, 2011 6:02 PM By Abeca Christian
TTH thanks for sharing your story with me. I enjoyed reading your words and appreciate your love of the faith. It shows through all your posts and all your defense of the faith. God bless you my sister in Christ. Thanks k. You are really sweet! God bless you.

Posted Thursday, February 03, 2011 6:03 PM By Mark from PA
Abeca Christian, I wanted to tell you that I thought that your post of 2/2, 9:35 AM, was very beautiful.

Posted Thursday, February 03, 2011 7:18 PM By JLS
"To Jesus through Mary; and to Mary through Jesus" (St Francis de Sales, as I recall).

Posted Monday, June 13, 2011 7:02 PM By lorena
Muy bien Eduardo, Dios te bendiga siempre por tu maravillosa obra, en medio de tanta frialdad humana, Dios toca los corazones de las personas para defender la vida de los inocentes. Te felicito , el mundo necesita personas como tu, siempre estas en mis oraciones. Dios y la Santisima Virgen te guarden. Bendiciones.

Posted Monday, June 13, 2011 10:29 PM By Abeca Christian
I sure miss JLS's posts!

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 8:30 AM By Anne T.
Abeca Christian, I have looked around the internet under his full name and given it to the editor, although they had it before, and hopefully something will turn up eventully. He did live in a somewhat secluded area and mention that he often wandered off into areas where traps were set for illegal marijuana growing. Hopefully nothing happened to him, but he did have his dog or dogs.

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 8:32 AM By Anne T.
Abeca, I was talking about JLS in my last post, of course.

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:56 AM By Anne T.
Also, Abeca Christian, some of us grandmotherly types do appear nosy, and I suppose some of us are. Never-the-less, as for me, I hardly ever question anyone about their personal life. It seems, though, that most often information gets back to grandmothers, quite often more than they want to hear. I know that happens most times in my case. I try never to give advice to family members unless they ask for it, or I am put in a position where I feel I just have to give my opinion. Perhaps that is why much of it comes out in my posts. Perhaps I hold it all in til I am ready to explode.

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 10:29 AM By Anne T.
Also, what some people might not know or realized is that mothers, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers often get "rake over the coals" by younger members of the family because they WON"T interfer. How often I have heard the words from younger members of my family, "You should do something about so and so. Look what they are doing!"

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 10:33 AM By k
Anne T. do you know the area he lived in so you could check the churches?

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 10:41 AM By Anne T.
And when you do decide to do something about it, they all gang up on you because you "interferred". Ah! yes, I know somewhat of what some of the bishops are going through.

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:57 AM By Abeca Christian
k last I heard he lived in Temecula, CA. Anne T. I have no problem with anyone caring enough to do what our Lord has asked the elders to do in terms of Godly behavior. I suppose there are real nosy people out there who behave in ways that are gossipy and catty, but there is nothing wrong with taking the extra step to reach out and care. In the book of Titus the elderly were instructed to instruct the youth. I had a neighbor whom everyone thought she was nosy but frankly I thought she was harmless, when one of our neighbors almost had a break in, the other neighbor whom people labeled as nosy, called the police and other neighbors warning them of the strangers near by, then everyone realized was that she was not nosy she was just vigilant on watching our block. Glad she did, she protected our neighbors from any more harm from the almost break in!

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 12:03 PM By Abeca Christian
Thanks Anne about caring about JLS. I have always been vigilant on making sure our elders are OK. Since JLS has shared with us much about himself, and knowing those things about him, I just wanted to make sure he was OK. Maybe he has his personal reasons as to why he won't post here anymore. I will respect that and it is not any of my business but for now I can't help but miss his posts. Like I have expressed before he was unique in his dialogue and his love of the faith showed beautifully and he did display a lot of wisdom and knowledge that both my husband and I enjoyed reading! My husband is also a convert and perhaps that is why he appreciated JLS convictions and zeal he had in regards to the faith!

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 2:29 PM By Anne T.
K, I gave the editor all the information I have, which is not much, just from memory, so hopefully they can check the archives. I will try to check some of them later.

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 2:34 PM By Anne T.
Anyway, I prayed for him at Mass today, K, and thanked God for my own family, even though they do "gang up" on me sometimes. Forgiveness, forgiveness, forgiveness is the key. I am sure they have plenty to forgive me for also. Now I will try not to post so much unless it is necessary.

Posted Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:19 PM By Abeca Christian
Anne T with all my heart, I am so sorry that your family has been putting you through so much stuff. They are blessed to have someone who is caring and knows the faith well. I don't think you are nosy, I think those in your family must be misunderstanding you. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. God bless you Anne.

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