Anti-Euthanasia Ads Air

10/02/2008 Comment

Actor Martin Sheen. (Allstar photos)

Catholic actor Martin Sheen has recorded TV and radio ads opposing Washington state’s Initiative 1000 that seeks to legalize doctor-assisted suicide.

In the TV ad, Sheen says, “People who are ill need real medical care and compassion, not lethal drugs.”

In the radio ad, Sheen warns insurance companies might exploit legalized assisted suicide to avoid paying for palliative care for terminally ill patients.

“It’s a dangerous idea that could hurt thousands of low-income people who need medical care,” Sheen says. “It’s a step backwards, and I urge you to vote ‘No.’”

The ads began airing this week. They were commissioned by the Coalition Against Assisted Suicide, the...READ MORE

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Patriarch Attending Synod

10/02/2008 Comment

Patriarch Bartholomew I and Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter's tomb. (CNS/Reuters)

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, will attend the World Synod of Bishops that opens on Sunday in Rome.

The announcement was made by Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.

The synod’s theme is “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.”

Archbishop Eterovic told Vatican Radio Oct. 1 that the Orthodox patriarch’s presence at the gathering of prayer and reflection on the Word of God is a “reminder” of St. Paul, whom the Church is commemorating this year on the 2,000th anniversary of the apostle’s birth.

Pope Benedict XVI will preside over an opening Mass on Sunday at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls....READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, orthodox church, synod

Life and Death Debate

10/02/2008 Comment

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin campaigns Sept. 22. (AFP)

When vice-presidential nominees Sarah Palin and Joe Biden debate tonight in St. Louis, life issues could be prominent.

And in the run-up to the debate, the sharp contrast between Republican candidate Palin’s pro-life beliefs and Democratic candidate Biden’s pro-abortion voting record has been highlighted.

In a Sept. 29 interview with CBS news anchor Katie Couric, Palin said, “I am pro-life. And I’m unapologetic about my position there on pro-life.”

Pressed by Couric about whether she opposes abortion in pregnancies resulting from rape or abortion, Palin didn’t back down.

Said Palin, “I’m saying that, personally, I would counsel the person to choose life, despite horrific,...READ MORE

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Cardinal Newman’s Cause

10/02/2008 Comment

Portrait of John Henry Newman. (CNS)

Officials at the Birmingham Oratory in England have announced that the body of Cardinal John Henry Newman will be exhumed in advance of his possible beatification.

The body of the famous 19th-century Anglican convert will lie in state at the Birmingham Oratory Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

It will be reburied Nov. 2.

Earlier this week, Vatican officials studying Cardinal Newman’s beatification cause convened to examine evidence regarding the miraculous cure of a Massachusetts man that is attributed to Cardinal Newman’s intercession.

“The Board of Theologians met to consider the miraculous nature of the cure of Deacon Sullivan,” Peter Jennings, press secretary at the Birmingham Oratory, said...READ MORE

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The Virtuous Marketplace

10/01/2008 Comment

Sen. John McCain enters the Capitol Oct. 1. (AFP)

As the U.S. Senate started debating its Wall Street bailout bill this evening, some suggest only moral repair can truly solve America’s debt crisis.

In a commentary published Oct. 1, Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty board member David Milroy argues that free markets require personal virtue to function effectively.

But virtue has been in short supply in Wall Street boardrooms, where Milroy said senior executives have pocketed “outrageous” compensation even as the market meltdown unfolded.

Virtue has been scarce too among banks that blithely lent vast sums to borrowers who obviously posed a high risk of defaulting on their loans.

And a decline in virtue is...READ MORE

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Look North, California

10/01/2008 Comment

Lesbian wedding ceremony in Canada. (AFP)

Homosexual activists campaigning against California’s ballot initiative to define marriage as a heterosexual-only institution claim there are no negative consequences to legalizing same-sex “marriage.”

Not true, say a pair of commentators from Canada who have assessed the adverse effects of Canada’s decision to legalize homosexual “marriage.”

According Canadian social policy analysts Andrea Mrozek and Peter Jon Mitchell, one negative consequence of same-sex “marriage are legal battles that pit the rights of children to have a normal family environments against the “adult desires” of homosexuals recognized by courts as legal “parents” of biological children of their...READ MORE

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Desecration Videos Removed

10/01/2008 Comment

Responding to a flood of complaints from Catholics, YouTube today removed 40 videos of desecrations of the Holy Eucharist from its website.

The Register newsblog reported on the issue earlier this week here.

A video removal petition was circulated Sept. 23 by the Catholic group America Needs Fatima, the group said in a press release.

The Catholic group said 18,201 people signed the petition.

“We’re now sending YouTube a ‘thank you’ note,” said America Needs Fatima webmaster Joseph Ritchie. “The ‘thank you’ message lets Catholics tell YouTube how happy they are with the videos being removed.”

Added Ritchie, “It’s important the staff at YouTube see that Catholics...READ MORE

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Oregon Gov. Hosts NARAL

10/01/2008 Comment

Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Sen. Hillary Clinton in April 2008.

Archbishop John Vlazny of Portland has denounced Oregon’s Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski for hosting an abortion fundraiser on Friday.

Kulongoski is Catholic. He and his wife Mary will serve as the honorary hosts of a fundraising event for NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon this Friday in Portland.

Archbishop Vlazny said Kulongonski’s participation in the abortion fundraiser was especially disturbing because the event is scheduled only two days before the archdiocese’s annual Respect Life Mass on Sunday.

“For a Catholic governor to host an event of this sort seems a deliberate dissent from the teachings of the Church,” Vlazny said in a Sept. 30 archdiocesan statement.

Archbishop Vlazny asked...READ MORE

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