Activists fight new Catholic hospital in Maryland

And they’re arguing that the real issue is the separation of church and state. Details: Opponents say they have not exhausted their options for fighting a proposal to build a Catholic hospital on the grounds of Montgomery College in Germantown, despite approval of the plan last week by the state Board of Public Works. The [Read More...]

On "Criteria Catholicism" and abortion

“As in the wake of Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama, the message (George) Weigel and the like-minded are sending is clear: one’s position on abortion is the defining feature for faithful membership in the Roman Catholic Church. To link so imperiously authentic Catholicism with one’s attitude toward abortion, however, confines the fullness of discipleship. [Read More...]

Playing "chicken" over abortion in Indiana

That’s one way of describing what is now happening in Indiana. Details: A looming showdown over Indiana’s new law that cuts funding for the Planned Parenthood organization may test how far Republican-led states are willing to go in pressing their tough new anti-abortion agendas. The stakes are high. The future of health care for more [Read More...]

Catholic former prison warden joins fight against death penalty

She once facilitated executions — and will now be working to stop them. From the Los Angeles Times: As the clock ticked past midnight and the death chamber phone refused to ring, San Quentin State Prison Warden Jeanne Woodford would calmly signal the executioners to inject a lethal dose of chemicals into the condemned man’s [Read More...]

To life: mother with deadly condition refuses to abort child

And, incredibly, mother and child are both doing well. Details, from the UK’s Daily Mail: A brave mother risked her life and ignored doctors’ advice to terminate her baby after rare pregnancy hormones triggered tumours all over her body and led to a collapsed lung. Donna Hewetson, who also suffered ruptured kidney in her bid [Read More...]

Lila Rose to address National Prayer Breakfast Wednesday

A young woman who has become a household name in the pro-life movement will be addressing the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast tomorrow. From the Religion News Service and USA TODAY: Anti-abortion activist Lila Rose has shared the stage with Sarah Palin, seen her exploits extolled on Fox News and drawn comparisons to heroic Gentiles who [Read More...]

Priest who paid for abortions will not be excommunicated

I’m sure there must be a good explanation for this — but I haven’t yet found one. Details: The Archdiocese of Barcelona has announced that it has no plans to excommunicate Rev. Manuel Pousa i Engroñat, having found that the Catholic priest had not had any “primary complicity” in an abortion performed on a young [Read More...]

I love these gals

The Sisters of Life have an office in my building, and I always get a kick out of seeing them on the elevator or in the lobby or striding down the sidewalk, headed for the subway.  They’re a young order, of young women, and they radiate enthusiasm and joy. The ones I’ve encountered aren’t exactly [Read More...]

Will the government shut down over abortion?

It could be a significant factor. Details, from the New York Times: There are fights about money and fights about ideas, and the battle over a spending plan to keep the government open is increasingly centered on the latter. The frenetic negotiations to avert a government shutdown seem largely focused not on dollars and cents, [Read More...]

To life: the yellow balloon movement takes off

It’s starting to become a fixture in Chicago, evidently.  You can read about it here. And check out the video of a “life mob” below. [Read more...]


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