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Congress Considers Defunding Planned Parenthood, but Will Anything Happen? (3476)

The undercover videos that show high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale and harvesting of fetal body parts from abortions have triggered several initiatives on Capitol Hill.

07/24/2015 Comments (35)
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WASHINGTON — Two standalone bills have been filed in the House and Senate, and at least one legislative amendment presented in the past week, to strip Planned Parenthood of its $584 million in federal funding.

Other congressional Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a presidential candidate, have vowed to present new legislation to defund Planned Parenthood in the wake of two undercover videos that show high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale and harvesting of fetal body parts from abortions.

“Not one more taxpayer dollar should go to Planned Parenthood, and I intend to make that goal a reality,” said Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who introduced an amendment...READ MORE

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After Theater Shooting, Lafayette Bishop Offers Sympathy and Prayer (1352)

‘Our priests and deacons stand ready to pray with any of the wounded and family members impacted by this senseless tragedy,’ said Bishop Michael Jarrett.

07/24/2015 Comment
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Police stand outside of the Grand Theater on July 23 in Lafayette, La., following a mass shooting that left three people dead and more injured.

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LAFAYETTE, La. — Catholics in Louisiana are stunned by Thursday's deadly mass shooting at a Lafayette movie theater and are praying for those affected, the local bishop has said.

“We are all shocked and saddened by this tragedy,” Bishop Michael Jarrell of Lafayette said July 23. “We pray that everyone affected by this horror may feel the comforting presence of our Lord Jesus surrounding them during this difficult time.”

“Lafayette is a place of great faith,” Bishop Jarrell continued. “We ask all the Catholic faithful and, indeed, all people of goodwill throughout Acadiana to stop and offer sincere and thoughtful prayer for those who have died, the wounded, their families, as well as the...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Pixels’ (3778)

Adam Sandler’s battle to save the world from 1980s video-game characters is less family-friendly than advertised.

07/24/2015 Comments (5)

The idea of saving the world from alien invaders with classic video-game skills is not without a certain dumb appeal.

Let’s face it: There have been plenty of movies where the aliens attack in boring old ships, and the Earth must be defended by fighter pilots armed with the same old air-to-air missiles or photon torpedoes or laser cannons that flyboys have used to defend hearth and home in reality and fiction for the better part of a century or so. Why should flyboys get all the glory?

Who among us doesn’t have some highly developed yet basically useless skill — a skill that could be imagined, by some highly improbable if not downright ridiculous turn of events, to turn out to be the one...READ MORE

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Wisconsin Implements 20-Week Abortion Ban (1379)

Law implemented on the grounds that unborn children feel pain. The state joins more than a dozen states with similar laws.

07/24/2015 Comments (2)

MADISON, Wis. — The state of Wisconsin has now banned abortions 20 weeks into pregnancy, on the grounds that unborn children feel pain. The state joins more than a dozen states with similar laws.

“Today is a great day for unborn babies in the state of Wisconsin,” Heather Weininger, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life, said July 20.

She said the bill’s authors and other supporters recognized the state’s compelling interest in protecting unborn babies “at the point when they can feel excruciating pain from abortion.”

The bill passed the state senate by a vote of 19-14 and the assembly by a vote of 61-34, in an extraordinary session of the legislature.

Gov. Scott Walker, who is...READ MORE

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What Pope Francis Might Be Planning to Tell the United Nations in New York (2527)

The Holy Father spoke about human ecology and caring for the environment with mayors this week at the ‘Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities’ meeting at the Vatican.

07/24/2015 Comments (27)
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Pope Francis speaks at the two-day conference on climate change and modern slavery in Rome, hosted by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences.

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VATICAN CITY — At a meeting with U.S. mayors at the Vatican this week, Pope Francis hinted at themes he could discuss with the United Nations during his September visit to the United States.
Among the most important was the issue of human trafficking, which he said can be a “rebound effect” of environmental degradation.
“I have high hopes and believe that the United Nations must take a greater interest in this phenomenon, especially human trafficking caused by environmental issues and the exploitation of people.”
Francis' remarks followed a July 21 workshop at the Vatican entitled “Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities,” during which dozens of mayors from...READ MORE

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Cold as ICE: ‘Underground Railroad’ for Iraqi Christians Ends in Frustration (4201)

The plight of 20 Chaldean Catholics raises questions about whether the Obama administration is responding inadequately to the plight of Iraqi Christian refugees.

07/24/2015 Comment

SAN DIEGO — For several months, 20 Iraqi Chaldean Catholics who fled the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) to seek refuge in the United States have been sitting in San Diego’s Otay detention center.

No one in the local Chaldean community knows why they have been held so long or when they will be released. And according to critics, their continuing detention highlights the Obama administration’s failure to respond sufficiently to the collective plight of such Christians, who are suffering persecution because of their faith.

The “Chaldean 20” are refugees who arrived at the U.S.-Mexican border to request asylum via an “underground railroad” set up by Mark Arabo, a U.S.-born Chaldean...READ MORE

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The Paths to Resistance to Religious Persecution, Is Killing Just in the Old Testament, and More! (1896)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/24/2015 Comment

Click on The Paths of Resistance to Religious Persecution by Hadley Arkes, PhD, of The Catholic Thing link to read more.

The Paths of Resistance to Religious Persecution by Hadley Arkes, PhD, of The Catholic Thing - Big Pulpit

Gay ‘Marriage': Autonomy, Yes! God, No! – H. L. Duncan, Catholic Stand

Satoko Kitahara Gave Up a Life of Privilege to Live Among the Ragpickers - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald Magazine

Killing in the Old Testament; Is It Just? – Stephanie Pacheco, Truth and Charity Forum

More ‘Tactical Clerical’ Attire – Fr. Z’s Blog

We Decry the ‘Propagation and Globalization of the Homosexual Lifestyle’ – The CWR Blog

Quæritur: Interesting Excuses for a Low Mass – Fr. Z’s Blog

Restored Order for Sacraments a Growing Trend – Michelle Martin, OSV Newsweekly

Taking Back Marriage – Scott P....READ MORE

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Laudato Si and Agricultural Stewardship (1998)

Farm leaders say Pope Francis’ eco encyclical has clear implications for the way we grow our food and till the Earth and that it challenges predominant farming approaches.

07/23/2015 Comments (12)
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Much has been made of Laudato Si (The Care for Our Common Home) and its harsh critique of unbridled fossil-fuel consumption, which Pope Francis argues has directly contributed to climatic changes that affect the poor and the vulnerable most perniciously.

But considerably less attention has been given to the ecological encyclical’s implications for another area of human activity closely intertwined with natural and human ecology: agriculture and food production.

According to Catholic Rural Life (CRL), a national nonprofit that applies Church teaching to the challenges facing rural America, farming is a factor throughout the document. Though there may not be a concerted...READ MORE

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