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...]

One of Ireland’s largest Catholic hospitals confirms it will perform abortions

Details:  The Mater Hospital in Dublin’s north inner city is one of 25 named in controversial legislation where a pregnancy can be terminated if the woman’s life is in danger. In a statement today, hospital chiefs said they had carefully considered the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act and would abide by the law. “The hospital’s priority is to [Read More...]

Pope: “There is no human life more sacred than another”

From Vatican Radio: Pope Francis on Friday received members of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations who are in Rome on the occasion of their 10th International Conference on Catholicism and Maternal Healthcare. Following a greeting to conference participants, Pope Francis went on to address those gathered in three succinct points. Firstly, he described what [Read More...]

Diocese bans school trips to leading research facility because of work on embryonic stem cells

Details:  Children who attend Catholic schools within the Madison diocese won’t be taking any more field trips to a renowned research center because it conducts research using embryonic stem cells. The Madison Catholic Diocese, which announced its decision in a letter Thursday, said the research at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery runs counter to Catholic [Read More...]

On the wedding page of the New York Times, Miami Heat star Udonis Haslem and wife talk about bride’s abortion

This may be a first in the wedding announcements—and a tragic sign of our times. Details: A wedding announcement in The New York Times is a triumph for any couple, a place to tell the world about the tight bonds of their love and its manifestation in the romantic splurge of their wedding day. The [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“In Catholic belief, all human life, no matter how wounded, flawed, young or old, is sacred because it comes from God.  And we have an obligation to defend it.  The dignity of a human life and its right to exist are guaranteed by God.  Catholic teaching on abortion and sexuality is part of the same integral vision [Read More...]

Bishop Lynch: “I am convinced that many so called Pro-Life groups are not really pro-life but merely anti-abortion”

Remarkable to read words like this coming from a Catholic bishop in the United States. Here’s Bishop Robert Lynch, from St. Petersburg: I am convinced that many so called Pro-Life groups are not really pro-life but merely anti-abortion. We heard nothing from the heavy hitters in the prolife movement in the last week when Florida last [Read More...]

New app helps track best times to conceive

NFP on your smartphone? Sounds like it:  Glow, the fertility tracking iOS app co-founded by Max Levchin, is making its debut in the app store today. The app was first introduced earlier this summer by Levchin to a surprised audience at the D11 conference, where the crowd was likely not expecting to hear the co-founder of PayPal and [Read More...]