Scientists win Nobel Prize for adult stem cell research

This is a pretty big deal—and a shot in the arm for the pro-life cause: John B. Gurdon of the U.K. and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan shared this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work in so-called cellular reprogramming, which has unleashed a wave of advances in everything from cloning to the [Read More...]

What does the Catholic Church teach about end of life care?

New York Times columnist Bill Keller might want to take a refresher course. In today’s paper, he describes the recent death of his father-in-law from cancer at the age of 80: When they told my father-in-law the hospital had done all it could, that was not, in the strictest sense, true. There was nothing the [Read More...]

NJ lawmaker introduces “Death With Dignity Act,” allowing patients to kill themselves

Hot on the heels of this news from the Netherlands comes another item from much closer to home. From the Newark Star-Ledger: A state lawmaker says it’s time for New Jersey to openly discuss the most difficult of topics: whether terminally ill patients should be allowed to decide how and when they die. Assemblyman John [Read More...]

Life is good

They’re back: And not only that, there’s this: It’s like having pumpkin pie for breakfast. I love autumn. [Read more...]

Hooray for Hollywood: how two stars reacted to paparazzi

A great idea, nicely executed by Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield. Details: In one slick, subversive move, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone took a paparazzi moment and turned it into an act of kindness. The celebrity couple used the set of photographers waiting outside their New York City lunch spot on Saturday to help raise [Read More...]

Here they go again: atheists want Maryland cross removed

Details, from Gazette.net: A complaint filed by an atheist group asking for the removal of Bladensburg’s Peace Cross — a longtime community fixture dedicated to Prince George’s County veterans — has stoked debate and opposition from officials and residents across the county. The Peace Cross was dedicated in 1925 in honor of the Prince George’s [Read More...]

“This does not seem right to me”: when a priest uses someone else’s homily

I received the following e-mail this morning: Dear Deacon Greg: Today during Mass our pastor read your homily for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, with hardly a word changed and without acknowledging that someone else had written it. This is at least the third time this has happened, and it appears to me that [Read More...]

One deacon’s story: “Really, what I do is listen…”

Writer Tom Loewy from the Galesburg Register-Mail in Illinois spent some time recently chatting with a deacon, and shared part of the conversation: If you can take the time to listen, you learn something knew every day. And you are fortunate to be given the opportunity to hear. That fact was hammered home as I [Read More...]

BREAKING: Dolan to pray at Democratic convention

His office’s statement, via First Things: Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, has accepted an invitation to deliver the closing prayer at next week’s Democratic National Convention. As was previously announced, he will also be offering the closing prayer at the Republican Convention on Thursday of this week. It was made clear to the [Read More...]

Episcopal priest will convert, but without his wife

Details: A longtime North Shore clergyman is in line to become one of the first Episcopal priests in the country to be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest. The Rev. Jurgen Liias, who led Christ Church in Hamilton for 14 years before forming a breakaway Episcopal church in Danvers, has applied to the Vatican to [Read More...]


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