Say “Yes” to Life

Madonna del Parto [detail] by Piero della Francesca (c. 1460)A nicely done piece by Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Catholic Thing:He will have the most amazing set of lungs.”Paul Stefan James lived for only forty-two minutes – with a heartbeat, but never taking a breath. It seemed like a cruel coincidence that his mother’s Chicken Soup for a Mother’s Soul calendar had those words to offer on his birth date.But within about a human gestational period, a maternity home would open in his … [Read more...]

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Religious Persecution in the USA? – UPDATED

(Photo: Saturday Evening Post)Yesterday I linked to several stories that outlined the growing tension between our government and our churches.Today at Patheos, two more perspectives:Russell Shaw declares The Persecution of Religion has Begun and explains: "Don't think I'm making the wild-eyed claim that this new persecution either is or ever is likely to become a bloody one resembling the purges of the French and Mexican Revolutions or the Communist war on religion—eruptions of v … [Read more...]

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Obama Admin vs Religious Conscience UPDATES

One of the stupidest political remarks I ever heard came from Ben Affleck, who -- campaigning for Hillary Clinton during her 2000 senate run -- declared that a vote for her opponent, Rick Lazio, would amount to a vote (I am paraphrasing) "to bring back Irish Need Not Apply signs in the workplace."It does appear, though, that the Obama administration has decided that a Catholics Need Not Apply sign might be in order.Today Michael Gerson spells out why that may be so:Shortly before … [Read more...]

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2009: Banner Year for Abortions

I remember having sex-ed in junior high school, 1971.So, now we've had 4 decades -- forty years -- of sex education in the public schools, which was supposed to teach kids, among other things, about contraception and "responsible, safe" sex. Sex education was supposed to "prevent unplanned pregnancies" and in that sense was supposed to help create a world where abortion was "legal, safe and rare."And abortion clinics -- especially Planned parenthood -- they're a "service" to women, and … [Read more...]

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“ABC: Anybody But Catholics”

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, Writing at the USCCB Media Blog:There seems to be a new unwritten reg at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It’s the ABC Rule, Anybody But Catholics.It showed up in a letter from HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to advise the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Office of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) that it would not receive a grant to continue its services for victims of human trafficking.The USCCB progr … [Read more...]

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Repugnant Non-Parenting

Over on the portal page, a couple of pieces you may like, but if you only have time to read one, I urge you to read Matt Emerson's piece on selective abortion:. . .We had arrived at the future we were cautioned about, the place where human life had no value except as a field of experimentation, where men and women manufactured life like canned food. Here, in this new place, unborn babies are called "singletons" and willful killing excites all the moral energy of selling a home.You have to … [Read more...]

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Priest for Life Now International Association – UPDATED

I'm not sure what any of this means in light of today's breaking news, but apparently, as of yesterday Priests for Life is an International AssociationThe Pastoral Team of Priests for Life announced today that it has formed an International Private Association of the Faithful called the Gospel of Life Association. Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, explained, “Priests for Life has for some time now been a family of ministries. As we have grown and diversified, the work of these ministries … [Read more...]

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Fr. Frank Pavone Facing Restrictions – UPDATED

Heard a few whispers about this the other day, but couldn't mention it because I really didn't know; seems the story is out:Father Frank Pavone, one of the country's most visible and vocal opponents of abortion, has been suspended from active ministry outside the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, over financial questions about the priest's operation of Priests for Life.The suspension was made public in a Sept. 13 letter from Amarillo Bishop Patrick J. Zurek to his fellow bishops across the … [Read more...]

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Yes, We Can Talk About Abortion

Over at dotcommonweal, a serious and thoughtful discussion on abortion by three Catholics of slightly divergent views -- Dennis O’Brien, Peter Steinfels and Cathleen Kaveny -- demonstrate how to talk about abortion like adults: with courtesy, humanity, a bit of breadth and not a clenched jaw in sight -- and it is frankly, a very excellent thing.I predict you will not agree with any of them, in totality -- nor do I -- but I believe you will be surprised at how much common ground may be found b … [Read more...]

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Heresy is Rare and Everywhere

In the comments section of another thread, I wrote in response to a commenter:". . .it is extremely distressing to me that so many Catholics are willing to make a decision about our fellows, stick a label on them and figure they know all about them and can ever-dismiss them as “that sort” of Catholic, or not as good a Catholic or the wrong sort of Catholic than you know…”better” Catholics.”To that another commenter wrote:This is where you completely lose me . . . a broad question in g … [Read more...]

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