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Funding Ban on Abortion Providers Introduced in New Congress (2023)

A bill introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn prohibits the allocation of Title X family-planning funds to Planned Parenthood and any other groups that perform the procedure.

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.

WASHINGTON — Within the first days of the 113th U.S. Congress, legislation has been introduced to block federal funding of organizations that perform abortions.

A new bill, introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., prohibits the allocation of Title X family-planning funds “to any entity” that performs the procedure.

“As a woman,” Blackburn said in a Jan. 4 press release announcing the legislation, “I believe America deserves better.”

“America shouldn’t celebrate abortion, and our taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, who profit from the destruction of human life with taxpayer money,” she asserted.

“It’s fiscally irresponsible and morally...READ MORE

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‘You Are Not Alone,’ Pope Tells Those Suffering From Sickness (1516)

In his World Day of the Sick message, he said the Parable of the Good Samaritan ‘helps us to understand the deep love of God for every human being, especially those afflicted by sickness or pain.’

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Marian shrine of Altötting in Germany

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VATICAN CITY — Ahead of the World Day of the Sick, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his closeness to those with illnesses and reaffirmed that Jesus Christ’s sufferings give meaning to their own.

“You are not alone, separated, abandoned or useless. You have been called by Christ and are his living and transparent image,” said the Pope, quoting Pope Paul VI’s words from the Second Vatican Council.

The 21st World Day of the Sick will be celebrated Feb. 11 on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Pope Benedict released his message for the day on Jan. 8.

The Pope said the observance is a day for the sick, health-care workers and the faithful to engage in prayer, to offer one’s sufferings “for the...READ MORE

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The Adoration of the Magi Proves the Divinity of Christ, Are "Spiritual" Nutty and More! (1070)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Adoration of the Magi Proves the Divinity of Christ. Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read more.

The Adoration of the Magi Proves the Divinity of Christ – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

“Spiritual But Not Religious People” May be Nuts by Matthew ArchboldBig Pulpit

We Need to Clarify Catholic Teaching on Same-Sex "Marriage" - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Seminary Visited by the Pope Bans Traditional Latin Mass – Damian Thompson, The Daily Telegraph/Holy Smoke

Cardinal Pell on the Fight in France Over “Homosexual Marriage” – Carl E. Olson, The Catholic World Report Blog

The Origins and Meanings of the Word Lent – Anthony Esolen, First Things/First Thoughts

Blessed Maria Baouardy, the Little Arab and Lily of Palestine – Mystics of the Church

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Catholic Leaders Assess Fiscal Cliff Outcome — and Prepare for Next Standoff (3045)

With a deal on taxes now in place, the issue of potential spending cuts moves front and center for Catholic institutions.

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– Mary Ann Wyand/The Criterion

WASHINGTON — Days after legislators hammered out a short-term deal to avert a fiscal crisis, Capitol Hill is already gearing up for the next round of negotiations to address a ballooning U.S public debt now comprising 73% of the nation’s gross domestic product.

Media coverage leading up to the Jan. 1 deal, which raised a modest $620 billion in fresh revenue and made permanent middle-class tax cuts, showcased the competing policy goals and tense relations between the White House and the House Republican leadership. But Catholic institutions also have quietly lobbied for their own budget priorities, defending programs that aid the most vulnerable and opposing proposals to reduce or end...READ MORE

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Hundreds of Thousands to Flood Paris in Support of Marriage (2720)

A national rally has been organized in opposition to French President Francois Hollande’s draft law to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples.

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PARIS — Supporters of traditional marriage expect hundreds of thousands of marchers to turn out for an upcoming national rally in opposition to President Francois Hollande’s “Marriage for all” proposal.

Set to go before France’s parliament Jan. 29, the draft law proposes to redefine marriage as a union “contracted between two persons of different sex or of the same sex.”

The law would also allow “married” same-sex couples to adopt children while also replacing gender definitive titles such as “Mother” or “Father” with “Parent 1” and “Parent 2.”

Some opponents of the proposal say doing so would strip society of sexual differences and would create a framework for a “new...READ MORE

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Pro-Adoption Ad Campaign Reaches Women Nationwide (1994)

The campaign aired 45 spots over a four-week period on the Oxygen Network during the reality TV show ‘I’m Having Their Baby.’

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A scene from Heroic Media's national ad campaign.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A national ad campaign that promotes adoption as an alternative to abortion has reached hundreds of women and has helped many of them arrange adoptions for their babies.

The campaign, organized by the Austin, Texas-based Heroic Media in partnership with the Michigan-based Bethany Christian Services, aired 45 spots over a four-week period on the Oxygen Network during the reality TV show I’m Having Their Baby.

The ads featured a pregnant woman who told viewers why she plans to put her unborn child up for adoption.

“The commercial has already impacted lives across the country, and we will continue to air it in hopes of connecting women with adoption resources in...READ MORE

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New York Auxiliary Bishop Picked to Shepherd Camden (1525)

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Dennis Sullivan to lead the New Jersey diocese, succeeding retiring Bishop Joseph Galante.

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Bishop Dennis Sullivan

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CAMDEN, N.J. — Pope Benedict XVI has appointed auxiliary Bishop Dennis Sullivan of New York to lead the Diocese of Camden, N.J., accepting the resignation of his predecessor.

In a Jan. 8 statement, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York praised Bishop Sullivan, calling him “one of the finest bishops I know” and describing him as “an invaluable help” and “my right hand.”

The bishop’s years of service have given him “a special closeness and dedication to the immigrant community, particularly the Latino and Asian population,” the cardinal reflected, adding that he has always treated “every situation with the heart and mind of a pastor, always asking how we can do more for the people.”

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Socialist Politician Says Spanish Bishop Should Be ‘Muzzled’ (2773)

Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba is attacked by a provincial government spokesman for arguing that men and women are both different and complementary.

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Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain.

– Diocese of Cordoba

MADRID — A socialist government official in Andalusia, Spain, called for a local Catholic bishop to be “muzzled” for arguing that men and women are both different and complementary.

Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba should be silenced for leveling attacks against “real and effective equality between men and women,” charged Miguel Angel Vazquez, a member of the Socialist Party and spokesman for the Andalusian provincial government.

In a Jan. 4 post on his personal blog, Vazquez labeled Bishop Fernandez “a true representative of religious fanaticism” and said that the prelate provokes “controversies that are at odds with the individual and collective rights embodied in the...READ MORE

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