Just in time for Respect Life month, an app that slaps life in the face

A truly repellent idea:  Wannabe tech entrepreneurs Julia Cordray and Nicole McCullough haven’t even launched their first app yet, and they’ve already achieved international fame … for all the wrong reasons.  Dubbed the ultimate “Mean Girls” by their growing army of critics, the pair have gone into near-hiding this week after people all over the world reacted [Read More...]

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Kelsey Grammer’s pro-life witness

The following picture appeared on the Facebook page of the pro-life group Abort73: About the organization: What does the name Abort73 actually mean? The connection becomes more clear after watching our intro video, January 1973, which plays on the Abort73 homepage. We took the word “abortion” and shortened it to “abort” – which can either mean [Read More...]

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Jerry Brown, former seminarian, signs law legalizing assisted suicide in California

The culture of death scores another victory—and during Respect Life month. From The Washington Post:  California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), a lifelong Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian, signed a law Monday legalizing physician-assisted suicide in California. Brown, who has had brushes with cancer, noted his personal struggle ahead of signing the law. “I have carefully [Read More...]

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On Francis’ pro-life message to the world: “Jesus isn’t just being butchered in the womb”

View image | gettyimages.com   My friend, pro-life activist and doctor Gerard Nadal, answers the critics of Pope Francis: For traditional Catholics, for pro-lifers, the visit by Pope Francis has been a series of missed opportunities. In his address to Congress not only did he make fleeting reference to abortion by stating the need for Americans to [Read More...]

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Francis isn’t the first pope to avoid mentioning abortion at the White House

Some observers have expressed disappointment that Pope Francis did not mention abortion during his welcoming ceremony at the White House this morning. You can read the full text here. But for a little history and context, it’s interesting to read what Benedict said at the White House welcome in 2008. And what John Paul said at a similar event [Read More...]

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“Long before I became a priest, I encouraged my girlfriend to have an abortion…”

Here’s something you don’t read every day, from Aleteia:  I write today as a priest who was guilty of an abortion decades ago. No sooner had I heard about Pope Francis’ letter giving universal faculties to priests to absolve the sin of abortion and lift any excommunication, did I find myself being interviewed on the [Read More...]

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In new interview, Pope Francis addresses refugee crisis, blames “culture of ‘well-being’” for low birth rate in Europe

Details from CNA: In a new, wide-ranging interview Pope Francis spoke at length of the European refugee crisis – saying that incoming migrants are now filling the void left by a sterile continent that refuses to have children. “The migrant phenomenon is a reality…when there is an empty space, people look to fill it. If [Read More...]

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Bride shortage: India facing consequences of sex-selective abortions

From AP:  When Sadhuram Berwal wanted to get married, his family went about it in the traditional Indian way, asking relatives, neighbors and local temple priests to suggest a young woman. But after an extensive search among women of his caste in his area, no suitable bride could be found. A larger factor had narrowed [Read More...]

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One woman’s story: “When my abortion is forgiven by the Catholic church, I will be free…”

One person’s anonymous testimony: I grew up hearing all sorts of mythology from parishioners about our faith and abortion; that it was an “unforgivable sin”; that it condemned you to hell; that you are automatically excommunicated and no longer “Catholic.” Unfortunately, those misconceptions are common, and while I am at peace with my standing before God, [Read More...]

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A death row inmate’s conversion: “It was Catholics who had shown me so much love and kindness”

A remarkable odyssey, from Sister Camille D’Arienzo in NCR. She interviews David Hammer, 56, serving a life sentence without parole in Tucson, AZ: Sr. Camille: 15 years have gone by since you first contacted me. You were an inmate in Allenwood, Pa., anticipating a January 1999 execution. Your request was for someone to pray for [Read More...]

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