What Did Obama Really Say Today About Churches and Gay Marriage?

Elizabeth Scalia has some strong ideas on the topic, and quotes the White House statement:  I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has [Read More...]

Cuomo Abortion Bill in New York Fails—UPDATED

Details:  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed bill to dramatically expand legal abortion in the state died in the state senate following months of Catholic and pro-life opposition. The four-senator Independent Democratic Coalition, which has a power-sharing agreement to control the senate with the Republican Party, declined to introduce the abortion measure as part of [Read More...]

Forgiven: Woman Sentenced to Death Will Leave Prison, Go Shopping with Victim’s Grandson

Paula Cooper’s case garnered international attention—earning sympathy from Pope John Paul II and from an Italian friar, Fr. Vito Bracone (shown above) who organized a petition drive to spare her life. Now, after nearly three decades, she is about to go free. Details:  Paula Cooper was just 16 years old when she became the youngest [Read More...]

Pelosi Defends Late-Term Abortion as “Sacred Ground”

Details, from ABC News:  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today bickered with a conservative reporter who asked her to explain the moral difference between live-birth murder and abortions executed during the final four months of pregnancy. Pelosi began her news conference today by criticizing a Republican-sponsored bill to ban all abortions after 20 weeks without [Read More...]

Walking the Walk: Catholic NFL Star Declines Invitation to the White House Because of Obama Abortion Stance

Details from Sports Illustrated: Retired Ravens center Matt Birk spoke out Thursday morning on Minnesota’s KFAN about his reason for declining an invitation from President Barack Obama to be at the White House during the team’s visit a day earlier. Birk, a six-time Pro Bowler who was on the Ravens’ 2013 Super Bowl team, said [Read More...]

Culture of Death: Rescuers in China Save Newborn Flushed Down Toilet—UPDATED

Details: Chinese firefighters have rescued a newborn boy from a sewer pipe below a squat toilet, sawing out an L-shaped section and then delicately dismantling it to free the cocooned baby, who greeted the rescuers with cries. A tenant heard the baby’s sounds in the public restroom of a residential building in Zhejiang province in [Read More...]

Most States Report Big Drop in Teen Birth Rates

From AP: The nation’s record-low teen birth rate stems from robust declines in nearly every state, but most dramatically in several Mountain States and among Hispanics, according to a new government report. All states but West Virginia and North Dakota showed significant drops over five years. But the Mountain States of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada [Read More...]

“Cardinal Dolan Would Not, Did Not, Suggest Governor Cuomo Might Not Be a Catholic in Good Standing…”

Details: After New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan appeared to suggest during a radio interview this week that he may not view pro-abortion Governor Andrew Cuomo as a Catholic “in good standing,” the archdiocese has issued a statement saying that this is not the case, and that Dolan’s remark was misunderstood. “Cardinal Dolan would not, and did not, [Read More...]

Why Gosnell Matters: A Catholic Bioethicist’s Response

Another compelling video from Robert Duncan at Catholic News Service. This crystallizes the Kermit Gosnell case in less than three minutes. [Read more...]

Stem Cell Breakthrough, as Scientists Clone Skin Cells

Details:  Scientists have successfully changed skin cells into embryonic stem cells, marking the first time human stem cells were cloned by transferring the nucleus of another cell. Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) were able to create embryonic stem cells, which are valuable for research because [Read More...]