Lawler: Catholics Must Oppose This Bill

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 9:49 AM Comments (0)

Phil Lawler, writing at CatholicCulture.org, argues that the health-care reform legislation in its current form must be opposed by Catholics.

In the commentary, Lawler points out that even if federal funding of abortion is banned — something that appears unlikely — the bill also provides for federal funding of contraceptives, sterilization, in vitro fertilization treatments and “sex-reassignment surgeries.”

“He who pays the piper calls the tune, and if the federal government pays for health-care treatment, the White House ultimately will set the standards to determine which procedures warrant support,” Lawler writes. “We already know where President Obama stands on embryonic stem-cell...READ MORE

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New Malthusians Propose a Worldwide One-Child Policy

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 7:31 PM Comments (1)

As leaders gather in Copenhagen to discuss climate change, Canada’s National Post writer Diane Francis has a radical suggestion.

Francis says that the entire world needs to adopt China’s one-child policy.

Yes, you read that right.

She believes that China, the country known for its atrocious human-rights record and its forced sterilization and forced abortions, should be held up as a role model for the rest of the world.

Francis, like so many of the “New Malthusians,” has adopted English economist Rev. Thomas Malthus’ erroneous philosophy that people, especially the poor, are a problem rather than a resource. His thinking led not only to the devaluation of human life, but also to...READ MORE

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Pope Consoles Berlusconi After Attack

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 4:38 PM Comments (0)

Pope Benedict XVI has sent a telegram through the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, condemning Sunday night’s physical attack on Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

According to L’Osservatore Romano, the Holy Father expressed his “paternal closeness” to Berlusconi, said he deplored the personal attack, and wished him “a speedy recovery.”

Massimo Tartaglia, a 42-year-old with a history of psychological problems, threw a metal souvenir into Berlusconi’s face after the Italian prime minister had addressed a rally outside Milan’s cathedral. The prime minister is currently still in hospital, suffering from a broken nose, cuts to his face and two...READ MORE

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Newman Beatification Key to Pope’s U.K. Trip in ’10

Monday, December 14, 2009 7:05 PM Comments (0)

Preparations are continuing for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain in 2010, although an official announcement is not expected until well into the new year.

Last week, U.K. government officials were at the Vatican to discuss the Pope’s travel plans while their Vatican counterparts have been in Britain also making preparations.

A senior source at the Vatican told the Register that a four-day visit looks likely in mid-September next year, with the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman being the “linchpin” of the trip.

The Holy Father is expected to make at least two keynote addresses in England: one to politicians and diplomats, which may take place in Westminster Hall, the...READ MORE

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Congress Restores D.C. Abortion Funding

Monday, December 14, 2009 3:04 PM Comments (0)

The $1.1 trillion spending bill the Senate passed yesterday includes major increases in funding for abortions.

The bill, which was sent to President Obama’s desk, reverses the Dornan Amendment, a 13-year-old ban on direct funding of abortions in the District of Columbia.

The bill, passed on a 57-35 mostly party-line vote, also appropriates $648.5 million for international family-planning funding, an increase of $103 million from Fiscal Year 2009, without the constraints of the Mexico City Policy to prevent these dollars from being provided to organizations that promote and perform abortions, LifeNews.com reported here.

The bill also increases funding for the United Nations Population...READ MORE

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New Survey on Hispanic Youth in America

Friday, December 11, 2009 8:29 PM Comments (0)

The Pew Hispanic Center released a new survey Dec. 11, exploring the practices and attitudes of Hispanic youth in America.

Some of the findings are interesting for the Church, since many people have pointed out that the Catholic Church in America is becoming more and more Hispanic.

According to Pew, a majority of Hispanics — 60% — say they are Catholic. Among young Hispanics, 56% say they are Catholic, and among second- and third-generation young Hispanics, 49% identify themselves as Catholic.

“Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America” looks at values, social behaviors, family characteristics, economic well-being, educational attainment and labor force...READ MORE

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Pope Outraged by Irish Bishops’ Mishandling of Abuse

Friday, December 11, 2009 1:00 PM Comments (0)

The Vatican has issued a much anticipated statement on the bishops’ mishandling of clerical sexual abuse in the Irish Church between 1975 and 2004 following publication of the Murphy Report on the Archdiocese of Dublin. The communiqué reads:

“Today the Holy Father held a meeting with senior Irish bishops and high-ranking members of the Roman Curia. He listened to their concerns and discussed with them the traumatic events that were presented in the Irish Commission of Investigation’s report into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.

“After careful study of the report, the Holy Father was deeply disturbed and distressed by its contents. He wishes once more to express his profound...READ MORE

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What Next for the Abortion Funding Ban?

Friday, December 11, 2009 12:55 PM Comments (0)

Here is Rich Daly’s report on the defeat of the Hatch-Nelson-Casey Amendment to the U.S. Senate version of the health-care overhaul bill. It will be in our Dec. 20 print edition.

Senate Rejects Ban On Abortion Funds

By Rich Daly

Register Correspondent

WASHINGTON — In a move that may jeopardize passage of the health-care overhaul, the U.S. Senate rejected an amendment that would have ensured no taxpayer funds are used to fund elective abortions.

Although some believe that Congress will ultimately include an abortion-funding ban, the Senate voted 54-45 on Dec. 8 to table an amendment sponsored by Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., that would provide such a funding ban.

“For more than three...READ MORE

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