He’s back: the return of Father Frank Pavone

David Gibson at Religion News Service has the scoop:  A year ago, the Rev. Frank Pavone was facing an existential crisis in the unlikeliest of places. The longtime head of the anti-abortion group Priests for Life, Pavone had been confined to the Diocese of Amarillo by his bishop, Patrick J. Zurek, who sent a letter [Read More...]

Canadian official: Catholic schools cannot teach that abortion is wrong—UPDATED

Details from the web site New American:  The Education Minister of Ontario, Canada — a professing Catholic who sends her children to Catholic schools — declared October 10 that the province’s publicly funded Catholic schools may not teach students that abortion is wrong because such teaching amounts to “misogyny,” which is prohibited in schools under [Read More...]

What does the Catholic Church teach about end of life care?

New York Times columnist Bill Keller might want to take a refresher course. In today’s paper, he describes the recent death of his father-in-law from cancer at the age of 80: When they told my father-in-law the hospital had done all it could, that was not, in the strictest sense, true. There was nothing the [Read More...]

Respect Life: Homily for October 7, 2012, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for readings] This Sunday is Respect Life Sunday, beginning Respect Life month. If you want to know what that really means, meet the Hudson family of Wauconda, Illinois, just outside Chicago. The Hudsons are a huge Catholic family – and I do mean huge. Lena and Tom Hudson have eight children, with a [Read More...]

Archdiocese to parishes: drop support of Komen

Details from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Archdiocese of Atlanta has directed its parishes, missions and schools to end support or participation in activities related to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In a memo dated Monday, the archdiocese acknowledged the beneficial work of Komen to raise awareness about breast cancer and treatment, but it criticized [Read More...]

“Faith opens our eyes to human life in all its grandeur and beauty”

That’s the theme for this year’s Respect Life month, October. Details: During October, designated each year as Respect Life Month by the U.S. Catholic Church, Catholics should “renew their personal commitment to defend all human life, especially the most vulnerable members of the human family,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life [Read More...]

NJ lawmaker introduces “Death With Dignity Act,” allowing patients to kill themselves

Hot on the heels of this news from the Netherlands comes another item from much closer to home. From the Newark Star-Ledger: A state lawmaker says it’s time for New Jersey to openly discuss the most difficult of topics: whether terminally ill patients should be allowed to decide how and when they die. Assemblyman John [Read More...]

Illinois court upholds conscience rights for pharmacists

Details, from Catholic News Agency:  An Illinois appeals court’s ruling on the conscience rights of pharmacists is being hailed as a victory for religious freedom and could offer hope to current lawsuits challenging the federal contraception mandate. “Government can’t force pharmacists and pharmacies to violate their religious beliefs to stay in business,” said Mark Rienzi, [Read More...]

Euthanasia climbs 18% in Netherlands; dementia and psychiatric cases soaring

The news is chilling. Details from Christian Medical Comment: According to Dutch media reports today, euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands in 2011 increased by 18% to 3,695. This follows increases of 13% in 2009 and 19% in 2010. In fact from 2006 to 2011 there has been a steady increase in numbers each year with [Read More...]

“Every life is a miracle”

From John Andrew O’Rourke and Blackstone Films, comes this potent and effective video that profiles Aid for Women, a crisis pregnancy center in Chicago. [Read more...]


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