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Does Emergency Contraception Cause Early Abortions? (9669)

COMMENTARY: Part I, the conflicting opinions on emergency contraception’s effects.

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Part II of this essay can be read here.

At the end of February, the Catholic bishops of Germany released a statement saying that women who are victims of rape should receive care at Catholic hospitals in Germany as a matter of course and that “this can include the administration of a ‘morning-after pill’ to the extent that is has a preventative and not an abortifacient effect.” They stated clearly that medications “that cause the death of an embryo still may not be used.”

Although some Catholics, including the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Msgr. Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, praised the decision as consistent with what the Catholic Church has taught for 50 years, others...READ MORE

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Franciscan University Forges Ahead With New President (6703)

Franciscan Father Sean Sheridan has been selected to succeed Franciscan Father Terence Henry as the university’s sixth president.

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Franciscan Father Sean Sheridan

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Trustees at the Franciscan University of Steubenville have selected a new president to carry on the university’s mission to be the leading light of faithful Catholic higher education in the United States.

But the Franciscan friar chosen to take over the helm of the university also has a strong legal background that could prove invaluable as Franciscan University fights the federal government in court to retain its Catholic identity.

The university announced the selection of Franciscan Father Sean Sheridan to succeed Franciscan Father Terence Henry as the university’s sixth president. Father Henry served in the post since 2000, and he built upon the legacy of...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict’s 'Relief,’ Freedom and Predestination, Then Comes Marriage and More! (2925)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Emeritus Benedict ‘Relieved.’ Follow the link by Tom Kington to read more.

Pope Emeritus Benedict ‘Relieved’ by Tom Kington - Big Pulpit

Freedom and Predestination - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

“Then Comes Marriage” - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Doctors of the Church and Perfection - Saint Etheldreda’s Place

How to Find Faith at the Movies: Crossing Your First Threshold – John Darrouzet, Catholic Stand

St. Anselm: Scholarship Rooted in Prayer - John P. Bequette, Crisis Magazine

Gosnell & the Nightmare of Pro-Aborts – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Dom Cassian Folsom on Forms of Eucharistic Reservation – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Pursuit of Beauty – Amanda Castro, The Patient Wanderer

The Cunning...READ MORE

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Three Infant Murder Charges Tossed in Gosnell Trial (3494)

Judge Jeffrey Minehart granted motions to acquit Gosnell on three murder charges, but later said a 'clerical error' meant the wrong murder charge had been thrown out.

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Kermit Gosnell.

PHILADELPHIA — The judge overseeing the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell threw out three charges of murder, through the doctor is still accused of killing four babies who survived abortions.

Gosnell was faced with seven counts of first degree murder for the deaths of infants who allegedly were killed after surviving botched procedures at his Philadelphia clinic, the Women’s Medical Society.

The abortionist also faces a third-degree murder charge for the 2009 death of a Virginia woman who died after his untrained clinic employees administered an overdose of a drug.

On April 23, Judge Jeffrey Minehart granted motions to acquit Gosnell on three murder charges and...READ MORE

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Franciscan University to Host Dietrich Von Hildebrand Project (3397)

Founder of the Von Hildebrand Legacy says Franciscan is a ‘natural partner’ for the project because it is a leading institution in the study of personalist philosophy and early phenomenology.

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Franciscan University of Steubenville has partnered with the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project to help secure the devout Catholic philosopher’s place in efforts to advance cultural renewal.
“Our partnership with Franciscan University will provide us the opportunity to build upon our current programming and to develop many new and exciting programs, which only the resources of a university could allow,” said John Henry Crosby, the founder and director of the legacy project.
Dietrich von Hildebrand, a Catholic convert and anti-Nazi activist, fled Nazi expansion in Europe and eventually settled in the U.S. in 1940. He taught at Fordham University in New York City....READ MORE

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Religious Sisters Celebrate One Year of Blocking Illinois Adult Club (4045)

Proprietors of the club have been accused of breaking state law, which requires a 1,000-foot ‘buffer zone’ between places of worship and such businesses.

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Sr. Noemia Silva speaks at an April 22 press conference in Melrose Park, Illinois.

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CHICAGO — Residents and religious of a small Chicago suburb rallied to celebrate their so far successful campaign against the opening of a multi-million dollar “adult entertainment” club across from a convent.
“We came together as a community, as people of faith and stood together fighting for family values against what some thought was an unbreakable giant,” Sister Noemia Silva of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo, Scalabrinian said at an April 22 press conference.
“It’s not only for the sisters, but for the community itself,” she told CNA in a later interview.
Outrage has erupted locally over the building of the establishment, particularly because of its location next to...READ MORE

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The Church and Science: The Right Place at the Right Time (4368)

Vatican stem-cell conference sheds light on ‘hand of God’ and dignity of life and Catholic teaching.

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Editor's Note: On Register Radio April 26, Jeanette DeMelo will talk with Teresa Tomeo about the Vatican's Adult Stem Cell Conference. Listen here after 2pm Eastern Friday.

It made perfect sense to me as a practicing Catholic. 

What better place than the Vatican to hold the “Second Annual Conference on Adult Stem Cell Research” on regenerative medicine?  

After all, we as Catholics believe the Church contains the fullness of the truth, as revealed by God.   

We understand that we were made in God’s image and likeness, as revealed in Genesis. Every person is sacred and has dignity.

We also know God is the Great Physician and the Great Scientist. He created us, as it says in Psalm...READ MORE

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Columbus Diocese Takes Heat for Firing Lesbian Teacher (15895)

The lawyer for the fired gym teacher has filed an anti-discrimination complaint with the city’s Community Relations Commission and might also file a lawsuit.

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St. Joseph's Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Bishop Frederick Campbell and other school officials in the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, could face criminal charges under the city of Columbus’ anti-discrimination laws for upholding the Church’s moral teachings on sexuality by firing a lesbian gym teacher.

The diocese has come under fire for terminating the contract of Carla Hale, 57, a physical education teacher employed for 19 years at Bishop Watterson High School, after learning of Hale’s “spousal relationship” with another woman. The diocese fired Hale after an unnamed Bishop Watterson parent forwarded to diocesan officials a local obituary for Hale’s mother Jeanne Roe, which listed Hale’s lesbian companion, Julie,...READ MORE

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