Worth a thousand words

Vice President Joseph Biden blesses himself after receiving communion at the memorial Mass for Archbishop Pietro Sambi on 14 September 2011. Photo: by CNS/Leslie E. Kossoff [Okay.  This has gone far enough.  Comments now closed. -- Ed.] [Read more...]

What we have come to: Canadian mother strangles newborn, goes free

This news has to give all of us pause: An Alberta judge has let a woman who strangled her newborn son walk free by arguing that Canada’s absence of a law on abortion signals that Canadians “sympathize” with the mother. “We live in a country where there is no protection for children in the womb [Read More...]

Praying through the storm

From Diane over at Te Deum laudamus comes this beautiful report and photo gallery about a pro-life Mass and march by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, taking place one day before the 9/11 anniversary — and serving, I think, as a timely reminder of the value of all life.  Above, dozens of marchers trek [Read More...]

Justice Department taking tougher stance against abortion protestors

As reported last week by NPR: The Obama Justice Department has been taking a more aggressive approach against people who block access to abortion clinics, using a 1994 law to bring cases in greater numbers than its predecessor. The numbers are most stark when it comes to civil lawsuits, which seek to create buffer zones [Read More...]

Judge strikes down parts of Texas sonogram law

Details: A federal judge on Tuesday blocked key provisions of Texas’ new law requiring a doctor to perform a sonogram before an abortion, ruling the measure violates the free speech rights of both doctors and patients. U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks upheld the requirement that sonograms be performed, but struck down the provisions requiring doctors [Read More...]

Florida bishops on death penalty: "Killing someone because they killed diminishes respect for life"

“An execution re-opens the emotional wounds of victim’s families and does not bring back or honor their loved one. True peace can only be achieved by forgiveness. Killing someone because they killed diminishes respect for life and promotes a culture of violence and vengeance. We affirm the right and duty of the State to assure [Read More...]

World Youth Day priests may lift excommunications for abortion

The confessionals pictured above are where the sacrament of reconciliation will be celebrated — and where this extraordinary move may now take place. Details: The Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, has granted all of the 2,000 priests attending World Youth Day this week the special power to the lift the excommunication and [Read More...]

Two minus one: the shocking practice of "singleton" abortions

It involves aborting one twin — and it’s more common than you may think.  The New York Times took a closer look at the practice in the Sunday magazine last weekend: As Jenny lay on the obstetrician’s examination table, she was grateful that the ultrasound tech had turned off the overhead screen. She didn’t want [Read More...]

Remembering a courageous pro-life homily that made history

It happened 70 years ago today: the Bishop of Munster, Germany climbed into the pulpit to condemn the Nazi’s euthanasia program.  Bishop Clemens August von Galen later became a cardinal, and was beatified in 2005.  L’Osservatore Romano takes note: The bishop did not hide from his faithful the names of certain places nor his attempts [Read More...]

Pro-life and pro-love: a family welcomes its newest member

It’s a little girl with cerebral palsy, adopted from Eastern Europe through an agency called Reece’s Rainbow. A reader sent along this music video following her journey.  Break out the Kleenex and watch.  This is love. Or, as the song says, “This is home.” [Read more...]


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