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...]

Worth a thousand words: the pope’s silent pro-life statement in Korea

Details:  Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button “culture war” issues like abortion, arguing that the church’s doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he’d rather emphasize other aspects of church teaching. But he made a strong, albeit silent anti-abortion statement Saturday during his visit to South Korea, stopping to pray at a [Read More...]

Couple who abandoned surrogate baby: “We would have preferred to abort him”

Astonishing:  The Australian couple accused of abandoning their surrogate baby in Thailand have admitted they would have preferred to abort the boy, who has Down’s syndrome, because “no parent wants a son with a disability”. In their first public comments since it emerged that they had left the boy called Gammy and returned to Australia [Read More...]

Swords into plowshares: Catholic church taking over building used by Michigan abortion clinic

Details:  A Catholic church will soon “take over” the space currently being rented by the last free-standing abortion clinic in Lansing, the Lansing Diocese announced this week. Bishop Earl Boyea authorized the Church of the Resurrection, located at 1531 East Michigan Avenue, to lease the 4,100-square-foot office space at 1601 E. Grand River. The church [Read More...]

Dozens of strangers turn out for funeral of baby girl in Chicago

Details:  To the haunting refrains of Amazing Grace, 150 strangers on Thursday attended the funeral of a seven-month-old girl who died of starvation in a basement that resembled a ‘dungeon’ in January. Police, firefighters and members of the public who never knew little May Edwards arrived at St. Anne Catholic Church in Barrington, Chicago, to [Read More...]

Abortion advocates beginning to shun “pro-choice” label

From The New York Times:  For all the talk about women’s issues in this year’s midterm election campaigns, something is missing. One of the most enduring labels of modern politics — pro-choice — has fallen from favor, a victim of changed times and generational preferences. That shift might seem surprising in this political season, when [Read More...]

Arizona execution: As Joseph Wood died, a deacon prayed

The accounts of yesterday’s botched execution are horrifying. But a deacon was with him as he died: A convicted double murderer snorted and gasped some 600 times as it took him almost two hours to die during a botched Arizona execution Wednesday. An attorney for Joseph Wood filed an emergency stay of execution about 70 [Read More...]

Obama administration to revise part of contraception rule

With everything else going on, somehow this news got buried. From The Wall Street Journal: The Obama administration said Tuesday it will revise a compromise arrangement for religiously affiliated universities and charities that object to providing contraception in workers’ health insurance plans, in response to a Supreme Court order earlier this month.A majority of Supreme [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...]

Must-see video: one man receives the gift of life

The man happens to be my former CBS News colleague Phil Jones. His story is told in the video below, a report by another former CBS News correspondent, Bob Faw. It was broadcast this weekend on PBS’s Religious & Ethics Newsweekly. Among other things, it’s a story of faith—and life, thanks to adult stem cells. [Read More...]