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‘Forty Years of Abortion in This Country Is a Disgrace’ (3195)

Special to the Register: Catholic University of America president John Garvey speaks to CUA students on the day of the 2013 March for Life.

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CUA president John Garvey.

– Catholic News Agency

I am happy to see so many of you here today. Your optimism and enthusiasm are inspiring. Yesterday, Jamila Evans, in charge of our women’s and pro-life campus ministry, did an interview with Catholic TV. She said that the pro-life cause is the issue of your generation. So it is.

On Tuesday, we lamented 40 years of abortions since Roe v. Wade made the practice a constitutional right. We mourned the loss of 55 million lives. We grieved for women cornered or shamed into having abortions. And we decried the ambition of the abortion industry — a business so corrupt that it demonized the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation rather than lose funds or implicit support.

Today, you and I and...READ MORE

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Democrats for Life Challenge New York Abortion Law (2260)

The pro-life Democrats reject the radical state legislation that is being pushed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

– Pat Arnow/Wikipedia

WASHINGTON — A group of pro-life Democrats is protesting radical abortion legislation in New York, as well as assertions that there is no place for them in the Democratic Party.

“New York women do not actually need greater access to abortion, but a more supportive system to allow real choice, should they want to bring their pregnancies to term,” said Democrats for Life of America in a Jan. 17 statement.

“Looser abortion restrictions will do nothing to help women who feel financially strapped or who lack family support and often turn to abortion as a last resort,” the group added.

The statements come in response to the reintroduction of New York’s Reproductive Health Act to the state...READ MORE

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Dallas Bishop to Washington Throng: ‘Paul’s Conversion Fills Us With Great Hope’ (2186)

Bishop Kevin Farrell tells today’s gathering for the Vigil for Life Mass that the word of God can transform the hearts of those who do not respect life.

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Courtesy of Diocese of Dallas.

– Courtesy of Diocese of Dallas.

Following is the homily of Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas, given Jan. 25 at the Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

In the name of Jesus Christ, I welcome all of you who have come today to celebrate God’s greatest gift to us — the gift of human life — and to commemorate with sadness that tragic decision, 40 years ago, that has led to the deaths of over 55 million innocent children, fellow citizens whose rights were not respected or defended.

We come together at this celebration of the Mass to thank God for this gift of life and to pray for a change of heart for those who do not respect life from the moment of conception to...READ MORE

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Latest Excommunication, Media Report of ‘Roe’ at 40, WYD Bioethics Survival Kit a More! (2920)

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The Latest Excommunication Call. Follow the link by Dr. Ed Peters of the In the Light of the Law blog to read more.

The Latest Excommunication Call by Dr. Ed Peters of the In the Light of the Law blog - Big Pulpit

Media Coverage of Roe at 40 – Mollie Ziegler, Patheos/Get Religion

A “Bioethics Survival Kit” for World Youth Day pilgrims – Michael J. Miller, The CWR Blog

John Paul II’s 1995 Message to Women Who Have Had Abortions – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Evagrius Ponticus and His Accounts of Demons – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

An Archbishop Celebrates from the Book of Divine Worship – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Clerical Fashions – David Mills, First Things/First Thoughts

Is Bill Gates Really That Generous if He Keeps a Few Billion to Himself? – Francis...READ MORE

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Hollywood Celebrity Addresses Abortion’s Long-Term Effects (5835)

Jennifer O’Neill, the 1970s’ model and longtime actress, will participate in the West Coast Walk for Life Jan. 25.

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Photo is courtesy of the actress

Jennifer O'Neill

– Photo is courtesy of the actress

Actress, model and cover girl Jennifer O’Neill readily admits that the images of her that graced magazine covers throughout the 1970s and CoverGirl cosmetics’ television and magazine ads for 30 years showed a life that looked good on the outside. Inside was another story.

“I had a life full of trauma,” admits O’Neill. “I don’t know how I survived it. God had a plan for my life; he was waiting for me to turn to him. It’s been a journey of repair, renewal and revival.” 

O’Neill, an evangelical Christian, recently spoke with Register writer Tim Drake from her home in Nashville, Tenn., about her pro-life work and her involvement with the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and the West...READ MORE

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Peter Kreeft on What to Do About Abortion, Abortion and the Contraceptive Mentality and Much More! (2104)

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Peter Kreeft on What to Do About Abortion. Follow the link by Carl E. Olson of the Ignatius Insight Scoop blog to read more.

Peter Kreeft on What to Do About Abortion by Carl E. Olson of the Ignatius Insight Scoop blogBig Pulpit

Abortion and the Contraceptive Mentality – Arland K. Nichols, Crisis Magazine

What the N. Y. Times Really Said About Roe v. Wade – Matthew Schmitz, First Things/First Thoughts

Decoherence – Michael Bradburn-Ruster, Dappled Things

Will 2013 Bring Some Relief for Chinese Catholics? – Fr. Z’s Blog

Forget about Sex, Let’s Idolize Money! – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

The Persecuted Church: 2012 – George Marlin, The Catholic Thing

Why the West is Bankrupt – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Netflix For the Well-Dressed Gentleman – Thomas L. McDonald,...READ MORE

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St. Francis de Sales, Patron of Catholic Writers, Celebrated Jan. 24 (2131)

As is customary, the Pope marked the feast day by releasing his annual message for World Communications Day.

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St. Francis de Sale

 Jan. 24 marks the feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and Christian unity whose role as a priest and bishop helped bring thousands of Protestants back to the Catholic Church.

In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, St. Francis de Sales conducted spiritual direction both in person and in written correspondence. This inspired his famous work Introduction to the Devout Life.

During his ministry in Switzerland, he wrote and distributed religious tracts that made inroads among Protestants and helped between 40,000 and 70,000 return to the Catholic faith.

Because he is a patron saint of writers, his feast day traditionally marks the release of the Pope’s annual...READ MORE

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Imprisoned Christian Pastor Banned From Trial (1716)

American citizen Saeed Abedini has been barred from attending his own trial and faces serious danger, according to a legal team monitoring his case.

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Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedin with his family.

– American Center for Law and Justice

WASHINGTON — An American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith has been barred from attending his own trial and faces serious danger, warned a legal team monitoring his case.

“Iran has continued its lies and disinformation campaign to deflect attention from its abuse of this U.S. citizen for his faith,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice.

In a series of Jan. 21-23 blog posts, Sekulow cautioned that Iran is trying to punish 32-year-old pastor Saeed Abedini for his Christian beliefs.

The Iranian-born pastor has been charged with attempting to undermine national security by helping to create Christian house churches in the...READ MORE

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