New Saint a ‘Wellspring of Hope’

10/20/2009 Comment

Courtesy of the Little Sisters of the Poor

Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, which is devoted to the care of the elderly poor, was declared a saint by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 11. The order’s blog chronicles their pilgrimage to attend her canonization in Rome. An array of pictures from the Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and other celebrations, as well as reflections from the sisters and others traveling with them, are included.

But perhaps the Holy Father’s words in his homily sum it up best: “May St. Jeanne Jugan be for older persons a wellspring of hope and for those who generously put themselves at their service a powerful inspiration in pursuing and developing her work!”

To read our recent...READ MORE

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Thought Experiments Gone Bad

10/19/2009 Comment

Lots of “thought experiments” have ended up in good things for humanity, but many have been disastrous.

The idea of a master race, for example.

Here’s another.

New York Times environmental issues reporter Andrew Revkin proposed a thought experiment when he participated in an Oct. 14 panel discussion on “Covering Climate: What’s Population Got to Do With It.”

At the event, held at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, Revkin said that some people have recently proposed that there be carbon credits for family-planning programs. “Should that be monetized as a part of something that, you know, if you, if you can measurably somehow divert fertility rate, say toward an accelerating...READ MORE

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Bishops Mull Opposition to Health-Care Bills

10/15/2009 Comment


WASHINGTON — The prospect of American Catholic leaders urging their congregations to actively oppose an overhaul of the nation’s health-care system is becoming increasingly likely.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops promised to “vigorously” oppose health-care legislation under consideration in Congress if changes were not made to bar public funding of abortions and provide universal access to care, including for immigrants.

The pledge came in an Oct. 8 letter sent by the conference’s three bishops working on health-care reform to every member of Congress.

“If final legislation does not meet our principles, we will have no choice but...READ MORE

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Girl’s Confirmation Recalls Pope’s N.Y. Visit

10/01/2009 Comment

The Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan is a home away from home for kids who are receiving cancer treatments in New York.

Last year, several of the residents had the good fortune to meet Pope Benedict XVI when he visited New York.

One of them will be confirmed this evening in the Ronald McDonald House chapel. Andrea Saavedra, 13, is receiving treatment for apendamoma, a rare cancer that wraps itself around the spinal cord and could spread to the brain stem.

She has been through several surgeries, which have left her a quadriplegic, and she continues to receive chemotherapy to shrink the tumor.

But folks at the Ronald McDonald House know her as a fighter. She arrived three years ago...READ MORE

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Problems Remain with Health-Care Reform Bills

10/01/2009 Comment

Pro-Life Supporters Ready Stand on Health-Care Overhaul

By Rich Daly
Register Correspondent

WASHINGTON — A unified health-care reform bill has not yet been offered by House Democratic leaders, but it is already drawing fire from pro-life and traditional-marriage supporters.

Legislation is expected soon that combines aspects of the health-care overhaul bills approved by three separate House committees in July. Those bills were generally similar, but included some differences, drawing sharp criticism from pro-life advocates.

An ominous sign took place Sept. 30, when the Senate Finance Committee rejected an amendment by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, that would have explicitly prohibited...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, end of life, health care reform, marriage

Stupak: View From the House

09/23/2009 Comment

Rep. Bart Stupak

Bart Stupak Fights Abortion Mandates in Health-Care Reform Bills

Rep. Bart Stupak spoke with Register correspondent Joan Frawley Desmond Sept. 23 as the Senate Finance Committee took up legislation on health-care reform.

Stupak, 57, is a Catholic and a pro-life Democrat. Elected in 1992 to serve Michigan’s First District (consisting of the state’s upper peninsula and northern counties of the lower peninsula), he is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

During the week of Sept. 14, Stupak vowed to vote against the House health-care reform bill (H.R. 3200) if he is not allowed to offer a “more explicit” ban on federal funding for plans that cover abortion services.

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Baucus Bill Battle Begins

09/23/2009 Comment

Republicans Push to Ban Abortion, Assisted Suicide in Health Reform

By Rich Daly
Register Correspondent

WASHINGTON — Several Republican senators are pushing to limit taxpayer funding of abortion and federal support for assisted suicide as part of the newest health-reform proposal.

The efforts of abortion and euthanasia opponents came as the Senate Finance Committee began to consider more than 500 amendments this week to a new bill, America’s Healthy Future Act, which seeks to become the only bipartisan approach to overhauling the nation’s health-care system.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., sought to avoid some of the controversies that other major health-reform...READ MORE

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Priest vs. Iron Chef to Re-Air

09/18/2009 Comment

Father Leo and Bobby Flay. (Grace Before Meals)

Daily Blog readers are definitely fans of Father Leo, fajitas — or both — if the popularity of “Priest Wins Against Iron Chef” is any indication! If you missed it, the “Throwdown!” episode where Father Patalinghug cooks against altar boy-turned-chef Bobby Flay will re-air Sept. 20 at 11 p.m. Eastern and Sept. 21 at 2 a.m. Eastern, so set your TiVos and DVRs!

For those of you who are eager to try the winning fajitas, you’ll have to wait a little longer. On his blog,, Father Patalinghug wrote, “I’d love to give this recipe, and in time I will. But, it will have to wait until the third edition of the book, ‘Recipes for Family Life’...READ MORE

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