NEW: “Praying the Rosary With Pope Francis” Just Released by USCCB

Hot off the presses:  Praying the Rosary with Pope Francis, an easy-to-carry booklet of meditations by Pope Francis on the twenty mysteries of the Rosary and the life of Jesus.

In the book, Pope Francis reminds us that praying the Rosary prepares our hearts to receive God’s grace and teaches us to place ourselves in the hands of God, allowing him to guide our steps along the path of our faith journey. Praying the Rosary allows us to make room for God, to glorify his name, and to make him truly present in our lives.

The 75-page booklet includes photographs illustrating each of the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has exclusive rights to distribute the Pope’s book in the United States.  You can order the book at this link or through the USCCB Bookstore.

And between May 19 and the end of the month, to help promote release of the book, the USCCB will be giving away a free rosary each day.  To enter to win, visit the contest page at the USCCB website.

 

  • Sven2547

    Speaking of the USCCB, have the commented yet on the Tamesha Means case?

    • kathyschiffer

      I’m sure the bishops cannot comment on ongoing court case. They (and I) can say, though, that abortion is wrong in EVERY circumstance. Are you inferring that the hospital should have performed an abortion, in direct opposition to Church teaching?

      • Sven2547

        Ms. Means was in the midst of a dangerous miscarriage. I thought Church teaching supports intervention under those circumstances? What’s the moral case for sending her home to potentially die?

        • kathyschiffer

          Well, I’m not a doctor, and I don’t think you are either. You are correct in part: The Church does recognize that in some instances, one can perform a medical procedure on the mother which has a secondary effect of killing the child: performing a tubal ligation in the case of ectopic pregnancy, for example.

          I am not qualified to speak to the specifics of this case. Can a hospital send a woman home to bed rest, in the hope that the pregnancy will be saved? Yes. Can a Catholic hospital perform an abortion or refer for an abortion? No. Do I believe this is good policy? Yes.

          I have contacted the USCCB to see if there is more specific information available, and I await their response. I assume the answer will be that since the case is currently pending in the court, there will be no statement at this time.

          • Sven2547

            It’s no-exceptions, no-critical-thinking policies like this that took Savita Halappanavar’s life a couple years ago. There’s nothing ethical about endangering a woman’s life to “save” an already-doomed fetus.

          • kathyschiffer

            So if your ten-year-old has a terminal illness, may you kill her? To suggest that there should be an instance when you should kill your child, even your unborn child, makes it seem to me that you don’t really “get” the science that says this being has a full set of genes and chromosomes and is completely human.

            The Catholic Church’s “no-exceptions” policy to killing, which has been reached after a great amount of critical thinking by philosophers and theologians over 2,000 years of history, makes me proud to be a Catholic. I could not disagree with you more strongly.

          • Sven2547

            So if your ten-year-old has a terminal illness, may you kill her?

            Is that ten-year-old’s terminal illness threatening her mother’s life, too? What a ridiculous comparison. It really speaks to the fact that the woman’s well-being is completely off your radar screen. It’s not even on your mind.

            Ms. Means never asked for an abortion. She was scared because her water broke at 18 weeks and she came to a hospital begging them to save her and her child. They deliberately withheld information from her, refusing to disclose the actual nature of her condition, and told her to go home; everything would be okay. How is that defensible? When did lying to patients become acceptable for any hospital? How does negligently and recklessly endangering Ms. Mean’s life reconcile with a “no exceptions” policy of no killing? If she had died (and she very nearly did), would you still stand by that decision?


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