“Why are beliefs of Catholics and others dismissed?”

That’s one of the compelling questions posed by Sister Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB’s media blog: On January 20, HHS announced its decision to keep in place the frightening mandate in the health care law, with barely the slightest nod to religious concerns. HHS holds to the absurd rule it announced last August, that [Read More...]

Fr. Pavone speaks at March for Life in Washington

  He posted several pictures (including the one above) on his FB page.  And the Amarillo newspaper explains: A Roman Catholic priest restricted to ministry within the Diocese of Amarillo participated in March for Life events Monday in Washington with the permission of his bishop. The Rev. Frank Pavone had a full calendar during Monday’s [Read More...]

“I’m also known as Jane Roe…”

I haven’t seen this commercial in a while.  It’s worth another look today. [Read more...]

Catholic hospital system severs ties with Church, changes name

Details: Catholic Healthcare West, one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, is ending its governing board’s affiliation with the Catholic Church and changing its name, two steps intended to help the system expand throughout the states in which it operates _ California, Arizona and Nevada — and beyond. The changes, which executives plan to announce [Read More...]

“This is a sad moment in the life of our country…”

“I cannot imagine a more direct and frontal attack on freedom of conscience than this ruling. This decision must be fought against with all the energies the Catholic Community can muster. For me there is no other fundamental issue as important as this one as we enter into the Presidential and Congressional campaigns. Every candidate [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.  To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable.It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically this represents a challenge and [Read More...]

America’s next top model: a little boy with Down syndrome

This is something wonderful to behold. From AdWeek: One young man is making great strides in the modeling world despite what many might see as a significant impediment—he has Down syndrome. His name is Ryan, and he appears on page 9 of the new Target circular, just a few months after making an appearance in [Read More...]

After 77 years, mother reunited with daughter she gave up for adoption

From the AP comes this remarkable story of enduring love: For most of her 100 years, Minka Disbrow tried to find out what became of the precious baby girl she gave up for adoption after being raped as a teen. She hoped, but never imagined, she’d see her Betty Jane again. The cruel act of violence bore in Disbrow an enduring [Read More...]

UPDATE: Judge rules New Jersey nurses do not have to assist with abortions

This story broke in the fall — and a resolution was reached just before Christmas. Details: The nurses in the same-day surgery unit of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey can remain in their current jobs and will only be required to help patients with abortions in a life-threatening emergency when no [Read More...]

Sacrifice: teen forgoes cancer treatment to save her unborn child

Details: Jenni Lake gave birth to a baby boy the month before her 18th birthday, though she was not destined to become just another teenage mother. That much, she knew. While being admitted to the hospital, she pulled her nurse down to her at bed level and whispered into her ear. The nurse would later [Read More...]


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