Pregnant mother facing deportation seeks sanctuary in Catholic mission

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:  A pregnant El Salvadorian woman who has been ordered deported for illegally entering the U.S. has fled to an Atlanta-area Catholic mission, where she is seeking sanctuary with her two young children. Claudia Mariela Jurado recently cut off the electronic monitoring bracelet immigration authorities had attached to her ankle. She [Read More...]

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Planned Parenthood website hacked? Really? — UPDATED

CNN reports:  Planned Parenthood’s website went down Wednesday afternoon in what the nonprofit health services organization called “an attack by extremists.” The hack comes in the wake of the publication of several undercover videos by anti-abortion activists seemingly showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue and organs for medical research. Selling fetal organs for a [Read More...]

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Church in Spain declares transgendered person not “suitable” to be a godparent

From Huffington Post in Spain: Alex Salinas is 21 years old. He was assigned female at birth, but is now living as his authentic self as a man. He is a “firm believer” and wants to be a godparent at his nephew’s baptism but the diocese of Cadiz and Ceuta is standing in his way. [Read More...]

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Their days are numbered: after thousands of years, Rome to stop using Roman numerals

Wow. From The Telegraph:  They have survived thousands of years since their birth in ancient Rome, but Roman numerals are finally to be phased out after they were deemed too complicated for the modern-day capital. Until now, Rome has remained stubbornly wedded to the ancient numeric system on its street signs, official documents, bills and identity [Read More...]

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A continent loses its only Catholic priest

From Christian Today:  The romantically-named Chapel of the Snows in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, has provided services and chaplaincy for research staff for more than 50 years. Now, though, staff cutbacks and declining attendance at services mean that Roman Catholics will no longer be part of it. Radio New Zealand has reported that there is no [Read More...]

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New York Times: Gay, transgender Catholics urge Pope Francis to take a stand

From this morning’s paper:  Lui Akira Francesco Matsuo said he was standing in line for communion one Sunday at his Roman Catholic church in Detroit when a fellow parishioner pulled him aside: Didn’t he know that the archbishop had just urged supporters of same-sex marriage not to take communion? Mr. Matsuo, who is transgender, left and never [Read More...]

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“Rethinking the script on abortion”

The New York Times takes notice:  Rick Perry’s voice softens when he talks about the joy he gets from looking at his iPad and seeing “that 20-week picture of my first grandbaby.” Marco Rubio says ultrasounds of his sons and daughters reinforced how “they were children — and they were our children.” Rand Paul recalls [Read More...]

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Report: priest stops funeral Mass mid-liturgy

From a TV station in Rochester, New York: A local family said a priest suddenly stopped their loved one’s funeral during the ceremony. Michael Klimchuk said Father Louis Sirianni at Saint Mark’s Church in Greece ended the funeral mass for his sister, Mary, Monday because a family member went outside the order of the mass [Read More...]

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Is the Archdiocese of Washington about to extend benefits to same sex spouses?

This email arrived in my inbox this morning: I recently read on The Church Militant website that the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. is planning to extend employment benefits to spouses of same sex couples employed in the diocese. I would love to see your thoughts on this on the blog. First question is: Why is [Read More...]

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A new church reality: heightened security

From The New York Times: Armed guards, security patrols and surveillance cameras — at the Potter’s House of Denver, they are just another part of Sunday services, like prayer, psalms and sermons. Much of the security effort is hidden so it does not interfere with worship, but church leaders insist that the military-style protocols are [Read More...]

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