A deacon recounts the final moments of a man on death row

A haunting testimony about the death of Joe Woods, from Deacon Ed Scheffer in the Diocese of Tuscon, via The Catholic Sun:  I prayed the rosary seven times as I sat in a small cinderblock room watching Joe gasp for air. He finally died one hour and 58 minutes later. In that time of prayer [Read More...]

What if your child had Down syndrome? “If he can’t have a shot at becoming president, we don’t want him”

Because, you know, it’s all about getting what we want when we want it. Otherwise, forget it. Details: The abortion rate for Down syndrome babies is tragically high. Some studies put the number at 90%. Our culture puts so much value on independence and individual achievement that human beings who do not “measure up” to certain [Read More...]

WH offers compromise on birth control for religious employers

Somehow, this slipped under the radar today: The Obama administration outlined a new compromise Friday aimed at shielding religious business owners and Christian universities and charities from the health law’s contraception-coverage requirements, but a chilly initial response from Roman Catholic bishops suggested the move wouldn’t assuage their concerns. Federal officials laid out fresh rules to [Read More...]

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...]


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