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FDA Makes Plan B Contraceptive Available to 15-Year-Olds (19226)

With President Obama’s endorsement, federal agency authorizes over-the-counter distribution of ‘morning-after pill’.

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, who once said he believed as a “father of two” that Plan B shouldn’t be sold without medical oversight to kids under age 17, now says he is “comfortable” with the Food and Drug Administration’s May 1 decision to make the contraceptive/abortifacient drug available over the counter to 15-year-olds.

“I suspect the president is caving a bit to the pro-abortion lobby, which gives him a lot of financial support,” said Family Research Council attorney Anna Higgins. “I think he got a lot of heat from them.”

While denying that the Plan B One-Step “morning-after pill” can cause abortions, the pro-abortion lobby has been very gung ho for the medication.

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Priest Resigns From Clergy Treatment Center Amid Allegations (4527)

The allegations involve financial indiscretion and an ‘inappropriate adult relationship.’

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BALTIMORE — Amid allegations of financial indiscretion and an “inappropriate adult relationship,” Msgr. Edward Arsenault has resigned as head of a Maryland treatment center for Catholic priests and religious.

“This is very difficult news, and we are keeping this situation in prayer,” said Sheila Harron, chief operation officer and interim CEO of the St. Luke Institute, May 6.

“We are committed to continuing to move forward, to providing high-quality care for priests and religious, and to supporting a culture of healthy ministry in the Church.”

The New Hampshire attorney general is investigating Msgr. Arsenault after the Diocese of Manchester discovered evidence of improper...READ MORE

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On Regularity: Creating a Lay Horarium; The Feminist Case Against No-Fault Divorce and Much More! (2549)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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On Regularity: Creating a Lay Horarium. Follow the link by Nicholas of the Whiskey Catholic blog to read more.

On Regularity: Creating a Lay Horarium - Nicholas, Whiskey Catholic

The Feminist Case Against No-Fault Divorce by Ashley McGuire - Big Pulpit

E. F. Mass Loyola University - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Graven Images, Science, and Faith – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Stand

Be the Stranger - Peggy Bowes, Integrated Catholic Life™

Sanctify Your Day – Alexandra Reis, Ignitum Today

The Wrong Side of Reality - Ben, Two Catholic Men

Natzi Boot Camp, Food Options and Questions I Don’t Ask - Birgit Jones, Catholic Sistas

Killing Embryos ‘Demeans’ the Humanity of Researchers - Hilary White, Catholic Lane

Over-Optimism In Physician Prognoses - William M. Briggs

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Pro-Life Campaign for Moms Sees Strong Response (1693)

The campaign engages mothers in prayer, networking and giving.

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AUSTIN, Texas — A new campaign from the pro-life group Heroic Media has found considerable support from busy moms seeking to get more involved in promoting abortion alternatives.

The new campaign, 1000 Moms, was launched last year and has already “seen a very positive response,” executive director Joe Young of Heroic Media told Catholic News Agency May 7.

By engaging mothers in prayer, networking and giving, the group aims “to help build a culture of life within our communities.”

One of the most important ways mothers are involved in this process is through prayer, Young explained, “not just for Heroic Media, but for the women we’re reaching through our life-affirming media...READ MORE

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Delaware Marriage Redefinition Lamented as ‘Serious Injustice’ (3885)

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco insists ‘marriage cannot be redefined because its unique meaning lies in our very nature.’

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WASHINGTON — A leader of the U.S. bishops on defense and support of marriage issues has decried a new Delaware law redefining marriage as “unjust” for children and society.

“The claim of this bill to redefine marriage is in vain; marriage cannot be redefined because its unique meaning lies in our very nature,” said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

“It is also a serious injustice to the most vulnerable among us: children.”

The archbishop, who serves as the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, offered his comments one day after Delaware became the 11th state to redefine marriage to include...READ MORE

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Boston College Invite to Irish Prime Minister Protested (3534)

Pro-lifers condemn the commencement honors for Enda Kenny, in light of his current push for legal abortion.

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BOSTON — Boston College’s invitation to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to speak at commencement and receive an honorary degree is drawing opposition from pro-lifers who call the invitation “unconscionable” in light of the politician’s push for legal abortion.

“After our painful experience for the past 40 years, we know what legal abortion will do to Ireland,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America.

In a May 7 statement announcing a new pro-life initiative, Hawkins warned that legalized abortion in America “has led to the deaths of over 55 million preborn baby girls and boys, the victimization of millions of women and the crumbling of families.”

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Pope Leo's Ideal Was Not State Control; Go Ahead and Chant, It's Ascension and Much More! (2669)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Leo’s Ideal Was Not State Control. Follow the link by Anthony Esolen of Crisis to read more.

Pope Leo’s Ideal Was Not State Control by Anthony Esolen of Crisis - Big Pulpit

Go Ahead and Chant, It’s Ascension! – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

A Case Against Abstinence - Stephanie Calis, Ignitum Today

Popes’ Great Address to International Leaders of Women Religious – Fr. Z's Blog

My Encounter with God - Marcus Allen Steele, Catholic Stand

Do Catholics Represent Evangelicals in U. S.’s Legal Elite? – Mark Movsesian, First Things/First Thoughts

Gendercide Must Be Protected as Matter of Women’s Rights – DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Why It’s Harder to Become a Catholic Than a Protestant – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

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Pope to Women Religious: Unity With the Church Is Part of Your Vocation (4954)

The Holy Father addressed religious superiors May 8.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told leaders of women’s religious orders today that their vocations can only be recognized within the fold of the Church.

“Your vocation is a fundamental charism for the Church’s journey, and it isn’t possible that a consecrated woman or man might ‘feel’ themselves not to be with the Church,” he told around 800 religious superiors on May 8.

The International Union of Superiors General has been meeting for its general assembly in Rome since May 3.

In attendance this year were more than 150 U.S. sisters, some of whom also belong to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which has had a strained relationship with the Vatican since the Congregation for...READ MORE

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