Coach at Montana Catholic school dismissed for work at Planned Parenthood

Details from the Montana Standard: An assistant softball coach at Billings Central Catholic School said she was dismissed Monday because of her work at Planned Parenthood. Tarn Duff, 26, was an unpaid volunteer during the Rams’ 2012 season and received about $1,500 for her work coaching hitters and outfielders during the 2013 season. Duff, of [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Wisconsin court: Catholic hospitals cannot discriminate against doctors who perform abortions

Details from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  Plans by three Catholic hospital systems in Wisconsin to deny admitting privileges to doctors who perform abortions would “be in active violation of federal law,” Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen’s Department of Justice said in a court filing last week. Federal law “provides that hospitals accepting federal funds [Read More...]

Shock: Chinese Father Goes on Deadly Rampage Over Country’s One Child Policy

Details:  A man who was told by officials they couldn’t register his fourth child because he didn’t pay a penalty for breaking China’s family planning laws stabbed to death two government workers and injured four others, state media and an official said. Footage of police trying to subdue the man outside a family planning office [Read More...]