How much love can the human heart hold?

This much. H/T to Jill Stanek, who posted this incredible video of Dennis and Carita Chen meeting their adopted son Jacob for the first time: Anytime I think about adoption, I think about my spiritual adoption, about how Jesus went to infinitely grater lengths to adopt me to the family of God.  What a privilege [Read More...]

Bishop on Priests for Life and Fr. Pavone: “I am happy that this process is at an end”

More than two years after the story first broke, a statement has been released that seems to put the case of Fr. Frank Pavone to rest: Bishop Patrick J. Zurek of Amarillo, Texas, sent a letter in December to the bishops of the United States informing them that all concerns he had raised in regard [Read More...]

Study: oral contraceptives dramatically increase risk of breast cancer in India

From The Times of India:   Women who take oral contraceptives regularly are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer compared to others, shows a study by AIIMS doctors. Breast cancer risk was found to be 9.5 times more in women with a history of consuming such pills. Early menstruation cycle, late marriage and lower duration of breastfeeding [Read More...]

USCCB responds to ACLU lawsuit: “This claim is baseless”

The USCCB just sent out the e-mail below, regarding the Michigan lawsuit by the ACLU that made news earlier this week: Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, called a suit by the American Civil Liberties Union against the U.S. bishops for their “Ethical and Religious Directives” (ERDs) “misguided” and [Read More...]

Michigan woman sues U.S. Catholic bishops over medical treatment of miscarriage

I’ve never heard of a case quite like this. From The Chicago Tribune: A Michigan woman has sued the U.S. Catholic bishops, arguing that a Catholic hospital in Michigan denied her adequate treatment during a painful miscarriage because of a policy banning even the discussion of abortion as an option. Tamesha Means said she went [Read More...]

Supreme Court ruling keeps restrictions on abortions in Texas

From The New York Times:  The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away an emergency application asking it to block a Texas law that requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The decision was effectively 5 to 4 and split along ideological lines. The effect of the ruling, Justice Stephen G. Breyer wrote for [Read More...]

Ruling halts abortions in one third of clinics in Texas

Details:  A third of the abortion clinics in Texas can no longer perform the procedure starting Friday after a federal appeals court allowed most of the state’s new abortion restrictions to take effect. A panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled Thursday evening that Texas can enforce its law [Read More...]

Catholic university votes to end insurance for some abortions

An update to yesterday’s story: After weeks of campus-wide debate, trustees at Loyola Marymount University voted late Monday to end university-paid insurance coverage for elective abortions for faculty and staff in 2014. But in a concession that could wind up making both sides unhappy, the university will offer a policy administrated by a third party — not [Read More...]

What does it mean to be a “Catholic” university?—UPDATED

A prominent school in Los Angeles is wrestling with that very question.  From the New York Times:  On the campus of Loyola Marymount University, overlooking this city’s west side, a fight over abortion now threatens to rip the school asunder. Trustees of the Jesuit university will decide on Monday whether to remove coverage for elective [Read More...]

To life: meet the sisters who minister on death row

Sister Camille D’Arienzo. Photo by Uli Seit for The New York Times Jim Dwyer in the New York Times offers this glimpse at two women religious—including an FOB (Friend of the Bench) from Brooklyn—ministering on death row. Details:  This week, trailing a group of men walking through a prison, Sister Helen Prejean overheard bits of [Read More...]