If SB360 Doesn’t Mean Anything to You, You might Research It Before It is Too Late . . .

As many of us are already aware, the California Senate recently passed SB360 which would make it mandatory for clergy to report allegations of child abuse to the police even if such information was obtained through the Catholic Church’s Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession. Although clergy, along with teachers, law enforcement, etc., are already on the list as mandatory reporters for child abuse in California, priests were allowed an exception for penitential communications in order to preserve the secrecy of the confession in the Catholic Church. California has now passed a bill that would require clergy to report allegations of child abuse to the police even if the information is received through the sacrament of reconciliation. California is the first State to pass such bill.

SB360 was introduced by Senator Jerry Hill and passed by the Senate on May 24 of this year by a vote of 30-4 with four senators abstaining.

This Bill is now going before the California Assembly, where Democrats hold a 61-19 majority. I think, given these numbers, Catholics in California should be very worried. Catholics in every other State should join us in prayer before they, too, find their separation of church and state rights being compromised, too.

Although this Bill would not jeopardize any other Christian faith, once given the power to change a revered part of the Catholic Church, you can be almost certain other faiths could be attacked in some way, too.

California dioceses ask Catholics to urge lawmakers reject confession bill

Also, please email Assembly member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. He is the chairman of the Assembly Public Safety Committee that is in charge of this bill.

Contact: assemblymember.jones-sawyer@assembly.ca.gov

Also, the Catholic League is working hard to fight this Bill.

CALIFORNIA CONFESSIONAL BILL HEATING UP

Always a Baby . . .

About a month ago, a young, pregnant woman was brutally murdered and the premature baby she was carrying was cut out of her body and dumped in a receptacle and left to die. When the police were called to the scene, they discovered the tiny infant was still alive but barely. He was rushed to the hospital. He was on life support and the medical staffed labored over him for the next month. Sadly, however, the battle was lost and the little baby boy died.

I found an interesting unspoken narrative about the case. When the baby died, the police said that would mean two murder cases against the killers. I totally agree with that as two human beings were murdered that horrible day. However, there are only 38 states that recognize an unborn child as a victim in the carrying out of a murder upon a pregnant woman. So justice for this little boy was only because he was murdered in a state that believed the unborn baby was, in fact, a human baby. If the baby’s death had died in California, the murders would have gotten away with only one count of murder. Although this view would not change the fact that two people died, it minimizes life in the womb in all but 38 states.

Recently, overwhelmingly due to the democrats, babies are not treated as babies in the womb if the mother opts for abortion. Even more horrendous is that there are no provisions in some states that if the baby is born alive, the medical staff will give the mother time to decide whether or not to go ahead with the ‘abortion’ after the fact. The recently deceased infant had a much better end result to his tragic premature birth. He had warmth, care, medicine, little pain and died peacefully.

One of My Favorite Things . . .

Several years ago, I picked up a Betty Crocker cookbook at a thrift store and gave it to my older daughter who was starting to take an interest in baking. I liked the old-fashioned viewpoint and the recipes that are just not around anymore.

A few weeks later, I saw the book on the table and started studying it in more depth and really fell in love with it and tried to negotiate any kind of trade with my daughter to acquire it for my collection. No deal was forthcoming, however, discovered they were still available and some were fairly priced. I have my own copy now and it turned out to be in better condition than the one my daughter wouldn’t sell to me. No, I’m not gloating in the least!

The baking and yeast bread section is wonderful as it goes by the long and slow, olden days of baking approach. I’ve made a lot of cookies from the book and gotten ideas to incorporate into my kitchen life. I’m pretty sure my mother had a copy of this book but it seems to have long gone by the wayside over the years and wasn’t to be found among her collection of cookbooks.

Anyway, if you want a culinary blast back to the past, this is a very enjoyable and actually useful book. It reminds me of bygone days and simpler times. It can be a wonderful addition to a cookbook collection or a fun book to incorporate into a gift basket for a culinary friend or a wedding gift basket.

What to Do With Those Pesky Vegetables

Since we starting cutting carbs from our diet, it left us with an abundance of dinner time vegetables to plow through. My goal in life is to make coming to the table and seeing vegetables a treat and not an enhanced desire to sneak out later for a large order of fries and cola.

Seriously, we always have had vegetables on the dinner plate but with the absence of those fries, rice, and pasta, more have been added and it has been my job to make them something to look forward to come the dinner hour.

I’ve mentioned in other postings about roasting Kale (the #1 favorite to date!), sauteing carrots, and topping steamed/cold green beans with fun dressings. My lasted culinary attempt (tried twice and won family awards twice now!) is baked cauliflower. It is a very easy preparation and doesn’t need attention until the timer goes off.

One large cauliflower, broken down into medium to large florets
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Brown Mustard
Nutritional yeast*
salt/pepper to taste
Finely diced green onion or shallot
AND – this is where it gets personal! Check your herb/spices and see what might go well for the seasoning. I’ve used ground caraway, garlic salt, granulated onion, Basil, Rosemary, etc. Every family has their favorites. (Want more options? Check our The Spice House https://www.thespicehouse.com/ as not only do they have an extensive selection, they tell you about them!)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place your prepared cauliflower in a large bowl and mix with the vinegar, mayonnaise, and mustard and mix to coat the cauliflower. You don’t want to drown it. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well, again, and place on a rack in a rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden, JUST fork tender, and with some slightly charred edges. Serve!

*Nutritional yeast can be found at Walmart or the health store. It adds a mild cheesy flavor, a bit of texture, and a multitude of B vitamins.