Marching for life in Queens

This morning, my parish hosted once again the great Msgr. Philip Reilly and his remarkable apostolate Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. The turnout was small—a couple dozen people—but it was a drizzly, miserable morning. Mass began at 7:45, celebrated by my pastor, Bishop Paul Sanchez, and then we all headed out the door and down Queens [Read More...]

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Game changer? Study finds premature babies may survive at 22 weeks

From The New York Times: A small number of very premature babies are surviving earlier outside the womb than doctors once thought possible, a new study has documented, raising questions about how aggressively they should be treated and posing implications for the debate about abortion. The study, of thousands of premature births, found that a [Read More...]

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Virginia’s bishops: “The death penalty does not provide true healing, nor embody the Gospel of Life”

This may have escaped your attention yesterday, but it deserves an airing:  The following statement on the death penalty was issued by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde and Richmond Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo: This year, through the advocacy of the Virginia Catholic Conference, our church spent considerable time opposing legislation related to the death penalty. [Read More...]

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Historic: Brain-dead woman kept alive for two months so her baby could be born

Remarkable:  A brain-dead and pregnant Nebraska mother was kept on life support for nearly two months so her baby could survive and be delivered in a historic birth. Karla Perez, 22, became the first person on record in the United States, since 1999, to give birth after being kept on somatic support, health officials said. [Read More...]

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“Abortion. Yeah, we do that.”

That’s the catchphrase of a new abortion clinic opening outisde Washington, DC, and they even have a TV ad they’ve produced. See below. I’m trying to think of other catchy catchphrases… “Killing your parents. Yeah, we do that.” “Murdering babies with Down Syndrome. Yeah, we do that.”  “Slaughtering the innocent so you don’t have to. Yeah, we do [Read More...]

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Dignity in death: Chicago buries unclaimed fetuses in Catholic cemetery

From The Chicago Tribune:  Grey skies and muddy grounds didn’t keep Yolanda Gamboa from quietly praying at a service for 63 of Cook County’s unclaimed miscarried or stillborn fetuses at Chicago’s Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery Thursday. “I heard about it on the radio this morning, and it just touched my heart,” said Gamboa, an Oak [Read More...]

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Spa-like abortion clinic to open outside Washington

Making murder more comfortable:  With its natural wood floors and plush upholstery, Carafem aims to feel more like a spa than a medical clinic. But the slick ads set to go up in Metro stations across the Washington region leave nothing to doubt: “Abortion. Yeah, we do that.” The Maryland clinic, opening this week in Montgomery [Read More...]

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Woman accused of cutting baby from victim’s womb will not be charged with murder

Details:  A Colorado woman accused of luring an expectant mother to a basement and cutting the baby from her belly will not be charged with murder, prosecutors said Thursday night. Catherine Olguin, a spokeswoman for the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, said prosecutors won’t bring the charge in the baby’s death. But she declined to [Read More...]

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Pope Francis: no crime deserves the death penalty

From Vatican Radio:  In a lengthy letter written in Spanish and addressed to the president of the International Commission against the death penalty, Pope Francis thanks those who work tirelessly for a universal moratorium, with the goal of abolishing the use of capital punishment in countries right across the globe. Pope Francis makes clear that [Read More...]

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Knights of Columbus responds: “The State Council deeply regrets the violation of policy…”

The latest on the St. Patrick’s Day parade story:  On Thursday afternoon, the Knights of Columbus Virginia State Council posted an updated statement to its website: It said the state council “reaffirms the longstanding policy of the Knights of Columbus not to invite or bestow honors on public officials who do not support the legal [Read More...]

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