Archdiocese throws cold water on the “ice bucket challenge”

And if you read on, you’ll see one of our Patheos bloggers mentioned. Details:  The Cincinnati Archdiocese has warned Catholic school principals against donating to the ALS Association due to concerns that the money could wind up funding research that uses embryonic stem cells. Archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Catholic schools [Read More...]

Catholic doctor fired for refusing to perform abortion

It happened in Poland:  Warsaw’s mayor said Wednesday that she fired the head of a maternity hospital who refused to perform or facilitate an abortion of a badly deformed fetus for reasons of conscience. The case — which saw the recently delivered baby put under intensive care with major brain and skull deformity — has [Read More...]

Study: oral contraceptives dramatically increase risk of breast cancer in India

From The Times of India:   Women who take oral contraceptives regularly are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer compared to others, shows a study by AIIMS doctors. Breast cancer risk was found to be 9.5 times more in women with a history of consuming such pills. Early menstruation cycle, late marriage and lower duration of breastfeeding [Read More...]

Breakthrough: an artificial hand that feels

Fascinating stuff.  This holds out hope for thousands who have lost limbs: There have been remarkable mechanical advances in prosthetic limbs in recent years, including rewiring nerve fibers to control sophisticated mechanical arms (see “A Lifelike Prosthetic Arm”), and brain interfaces that allow for complicated thought control (see “Brain Helps Quadriplegics Move Robotic Arms with [Read More...]

About face: Catholic Health Association calls Obama birth control compromise “unworkable”

This is a big deal: Sharpening an election-year confrontation over religious freedom and government health insurance rules, the nation’s Catholic hospitals on Friday rejected President Barack Obama’s compromise for providing birth control coverage to their women employees. The Catholic Health Association was a key ally in Obama’s health care overhaul, defying opposition from church bishops [Read More...]

Gallup: 82% of Catholics approve of contraception

Details: A new Gallup Poll has found that contraception is “morally acceptable” to 89 percent of Americans, including a top heavy 82 percent majority of American Catholics, despite the Church hierarchy’s opposition to the pill. The poll was released a day after Catholic dioceses and institutions sued the Obama administration to block a requirement that [Read More...]

Ethiopians seek cure for AIDS in holy water and drugs

A poignant story of faith, hope and medicine from the Wall Street Journal: Cast out from her family, Tigist arrived at Ethiopia’s Entoto Mountain believing that a spring here welled with holy water that would rid her body of HIV. Joining 4,000 other squatters seeking the same cure, the young woman reluctantly also started taking [Read More...]

When a Catholic hospital becomes Jewish

There are some interesting religious and cultural challenges that can arise.  Details: New York Medical College was planning to change its affiliation to Jewish from Catholic when an employee approached Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka in the cafeteria, voice raised and finger wagging, and demanded, “When you take over, will I be able to eat my [Read More...]


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