Jesuit Astronomer Wins Carl Sagan Award, Shocks NPR

11/11/2014 Comments (12)

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno

– Wikipedia

Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, a U.S.-born astronomer, has won the Carl Sagan Award, a prestigious prize “for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public.” 

The news led National Public Radio to bring its persistent questions about the so-called conflict between the Catholic Church and science to the Jesuit brother. His adept and pithy responses can be found here.  

Is it possible that Brother Guy will  effectively quash outrage over the Vatican's persecution of the astronomer Galileo Galilei back in the 1600s? Don't bet on it.

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Same-Sex Marriage Case(s) Heading to U.S. Supreme Court?

11/06/2014 Comments (8)

On Nov.6, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, as expected, upheld state laws that effectively barred same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, reported The New York Times.

Reacting to the news, constitutional experts predicted that the new ruling, which breaks with previous circuit court  decisions on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, will likely prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to hear one or more cases dealing with the issue by the next term, with a ruling likely by June.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the USCCB's point man on this issue, praised the decision

Judge Jeffrey Sutton, writing for the majority in the 2-1 decision, ruled that state laws banning...READ MORE

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Retiring? Cardinal George Weighs in on the Synod, Celibacy and Politics

10/29/2014 Comments (8)

Francis Cardinal George of Chicago, who is due to retire next month, may be battling cancer, but he still has much to say about the Synod debate, church-state hostilities, and celibacy for priests, among other topics. You can check out the entire interview here.

Asked if "the bishops have been more politically active in recent years...?"  George replied:

Since the common good is expressed in this country by law, the bishops have always addressed changes in our legal system that would undermine the biblical anthropology that our doctrines presuppose. In other words, we are no longer a biblical people, and the law sees only individuals and their rights instead of persons and their...READ MORE

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Father Check from Courage Responds to Synod Report

“Do we have the conviction that a chaste life is part of the good news of Jesus Christ?" asked Father Check.

10/14/2014 Comments (37)

The midterm report from the Extraordinary Synod for the Family has provoked a firestorm,  and some Synod Fathers have already criticized the document, while noting that it is not definitive.  The focus of attention is on one paragraph dealing with the Church's outreach to persons with same-sex attraction:

50. Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community: Are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a fraternal space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home. Are our communities capable of providing that, accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on...READ MORE

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The Synod: What About Divorced Catholics Who Don't Remarry?

My friend didn't want to find a new husband, she still loved the one who left her.

10/09/2014 Comments (37)

Media stories about the Synod on the Family highlight the deep alienation experienced by Catholics who cannot receive Eucharist because they have divorced and remarried. But what about the men and women committed to living out their marriage vows, after their spouse has departed? It is a tale that makes a lot of people uncomfortable — in and out of the Church,  but that’s the story I want to share now.  I haven't heard their story, though Cardinal Raymond Burke discusses their plight in an EWTN interview broadcast on Oct. 9.

My story is about a dear friend. I'll call her, "Mary." Her husband left her behind for another woman, and that placed her in a difficult predicament, because she...READ MORE

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ObamaCare and Abortion—U.S.  Bishops v. HHS

09/20/2014 Comments (23)

This week, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office issued a report that documented widespread  taxpayer funding of elective abortions in insurance plans authorized by the Affordable Care Act. You can find my story on this development here.

The news did not exactly surprise the U.S. bishops or the broader pro-life community. Back in 2010, as Congress debated passage of Obamacare,  pro-lifers warned that the ACA failed to include adequate safeguards to prevent the use of federal subsidies for elective abortion. 

So after the GAO report made headlines, and pro-life activists prepared to use the information against vulnerable Senate Democrats who had voted for ObamaCare, HHS...READ MORE

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Watchdog Report Sets Record Straight: ObamaCare Subsidizes Abortion on Demand

The non-partisan Government Accounting Office (GAO) reported that 1,036 plans -- authorized under ObamaCare through state exchanges -- offer elective abortions subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.

09/16/2014 Comments (3)

Late yesterday, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that documents taxpayer funding of elective abortion through state plans authorized under the Affordable Care Act. You can read the report here.

Reviewing data collected up to September 2014, the GAO found that 1,036 plans -- in states with little or no restrictions -- offer abortion on demand, subsidized by U.S. taxpayers. This information  contradicted President Obama's 2010 executive order, which stated 

the Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to newly created health insurance exchanges’

The GAO report also confirmed that...READ MORE

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Ted Cruz, Beltway Politics and Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

Ross Douthat weighs in on Sen.Ted Cruz's statements at "In Defense of Christians" conference.

09/15/2014 Comments (17)

It's been almost a week since Ted Cruz was booed off the stage at a Washington, D.C. dinner that was organized to raise awareness about the desperate  plight of Christians in the Middle East.

Cruz had been invited to give the keynote address at the Sept. 10 In Defense of Christians dinner -- the highlight of a historic conference that brought Patriarchs and other church leaders from across the Middle East to Washington, D.C., where they updated U.S. lawmakers on the humanitarian crisis that gravely threatens their people.  

In his opening remarks, Cruz asserted that Christians had no greater ally in the region than Israel, and as he pressed this point, and reportedly  appeared disinclined...READ MORE

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Joan Frawley Desmond, is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in Menlo Park, Ca, in the San Francisco Archdiocese.