Surrogate pregnancy bill in DC draws criticism

Washington D.C., Jun 8, 2013 / 06:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lack of information about the dangers of surrogate pregnancy could soon allow the practice to become legal in Washington, D.C., warned the founder of one bioethics organization.“These issues aren’t on anyone’s radar,” said Jennifer Lahl, president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture. “By and large people have accepted third party reproduction. It’s not seen as controversial…because … [Read more...]

Mom contrasts rush to save baby twins with Gosnell murders

Dallas, Texas, Jun 8, 2013 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When her twin girls were born suddenly at only 26 weeks, Anne Ponton said doctors and nurses in her home town of Irving, Texas fought diligently for her babies' survival.    But the twins, born to Anne and her husband Jason in December 2001, “were the same size” as the babies murdered by late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell, who ran the Philadelphia-based Women's Medical Society clinic, was … [Read more...]

Gosnell case adds urgency to pro-life efforts, say legislators

Washington D.C., Jun 7, 2013 / 06:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life lawmakers said at a recent event that legislative efforts to fight criminal activity and fraud in the abortion industry have a renewed importance in light of the recent Gosnell trial.“Life is a women’s issue,” said U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) during a June 6 briefing on Capitol Hill.She criticized “big abortion” and what she described as a permissive attitude towards health violations, … [Read more...]

State lacks authority to redefine marriage, says bishop

Phoenix, Ariz., Jun 7, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., explained that marriage is rooted in nature and exists prior to the state, which has the authority to recognize, but not redefine, the fundamental social institution.“Marriage is a pre-political and natural phenomenon that arises out of the nature of human beings. The Catholic Church, along with virtually every religion and culture in the world, recognizes and supports this natural … [Read more...]

California conference aims to help build Catholic culture

Napa, Calif., Jun 7, 2013 / 03:35 pm (CNA).- Leading Catholics will gather in California's Napa Valley this August for the third annual Napa Institute Conference to discuss the sanctity of work and how to build Catholic culture in a secular society. “The conference will bring Catholic leaders together from around the nation to meet, learn, and share ideas about the future of the Church in the 'Next America,'” Dr. Tim Gray, president of the Denver-based Augustine … [Read more...]

Bishop co-authors booklet on blessing of unborn children

Washington D.C., Jun 7, 2013 / 12:08 pm (CNA).- A new booklet on the vocation of Christian parenthood and its relationship to the parish and broader society is now available online.“The Gift of Joy” was co-authored by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield of Philadelphia.The booklet focuses on “The Blessing of the Child in the Womb,” which was prepared at the request of then-Bishop Kurtz, who currently serves as vice president … [Read more...]

Chicago archdiocese launches massive formation campaign

Chicago, Ill., Jun 6, 2013 / 06:03 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago announced a $350 million fund-raising effort to support Catholic education, religious education for children and teens, and adult faith formation in the archdiocese. “The Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago and our faith formation programs make their case in the lives of those transformed by them,” Cardinal George said June 5. He added that the “To Teach Who Christ Is” … [Read more...]


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