Abortion doctor says women who undergo procedure live with guilt

Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 21, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- German Pablo Cardoso, a well-known abortion doctor in Argentina, said that every woman who undergoes an abortion is burdened with “sorrow” and guilt. In an interview with MDZ Radio, the 54-year-old Cardoso, who markets himself online as “Doctor Abortion,” called the procedure “a burden, a sorrow in the soul, and there is no woman who does not live with guilt.” Cardoso was detained by Argentinean authorities in June 2011 for performing illeg … [Read more...]

Notre Dame files legal challenge to HHS mandate

South Bend, Ind., May 21, 2012 / 02:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The University of Notre Dame filed its own lawsuit against the HHS mandate on May 21, with its president warning that the mandate’s religious freedom violations could mean “the end of genuinely religious organizations” if they are allowed to stand.“We do not seek to impose our religious beliefs on others; we simply ask that the government not impose its values on the university when those values conflict with our religious teachings,” Un … [Read more...]

Holy See eyes legal action over continued ‘Vatileaks’

Vatican City, May 21, 2012 / 01:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican says it considers the continued leaking of confidential documents, including private correspondence belonging to Pope Benedict XVI, a “criminal act” that it will seek to bring to justice. “The latest publication of documents of the Holy See and private documents of the Holy Father can no longer be considered a questionable – and objectively defamatory – journalistic initiative, but clearly assumes the character of a criminal act, … [Read more...]

Smokers’ use of contraceptives up risk of heart attacks, blood clots

Madrid, Spain, May 21, 2012 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Women who are smokers and use hormonal contraceptives – whether pills, patches or rings – are at greater risk for blood clots and heart attacks, according to the Spanish Heart Federation. A study by the University of Copenhagen published in the British Medical Journal and carried out on 9.4 million women between the ages of 15 and 49, found that users of some method of hormonal contraception are at greater risk for blood clots than women wh … [Read more...]

Forty-three Catholic organizations file lawsuits against HHS mandate

Washington D.C., May 21, 2012 / 10:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Forty-three Catholic dioceses and organizations across the country have announced religious liberty lawsuits against the federal government to challenge the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. The announcement was applauded by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, who called it “a compelling display of the unity of the Church in defense of religious liberty.”“We have tried negotiation with the Administration and legislation wit … [Read more...]