What we have come to: Belgium passes bill allowing for child euthanasia

It is now poised to become the first country in the world to allow this practice to be legal for children under the age of 12. From The BBC:  Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions. When, [Read More...]

“Aid in Dying” movement taking hold

From The New York Times:  Helping the terminally ill end their lives, condemned for decades as immoral, is gaining traction. Banned everywhere but Oregon until 2008, it is now legal in five states. Its advocates, who have learned to shun the term “assisted suicide,” believe that as baby boomers watch frail parents suffer, support for [Read More...]

“Firing an unwed pregnant Catholic school teacher is not pro-life”

Mary DeTurris Poust adds her voice to the debate about that Montana school teacher, and echoes what many have been saying: Either we’re pro-life or we’re not pro-life, and firing an unwed pregnant Catholic school teacher is not pro-life no matter how you slice it. I don’t care what her contract said. I don’t buy the notion [Read More...]

NY Times editor wonders why there was so little coverage of the March for Life

Readers noticed the lack of coverage and alerted the Public Editor—what we used to call an ombudsman—Margaret Sullivan:  [One] reader made the point that The Times’s political agenda was on display, not only in the lack of coverage of the event but also in what it did choose to give a major amount of space [Read More...]

Pope Francis sends tweet to March for Life

I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) January 22, 2014 [Read more...]

Previewing the March for Life

Here’s a great video look-ahead, from Catholic News Service: Keep all who are attending the march this year in your prayers—especially those braving the storm to travel long distances.  I know some groups have reluctantly decided to cancel their plans because of the weather (including a busload of seminarians from New York City). Let’s pray [Read More...]

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...]