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Bill Against ‘Wrongful Birth’ Lawsuits Could Protect Disabled Children (3319)

The bill has 36 co-sponsors from both the Democratic and Republican parties.

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Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss.

– congress.gov

WASHINGTON — The Every Child Is a Blessing Act, a bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives, aims to protect children with disabilities against lawsuits claiming they should have been aborted due to their conditions.

“No child should ever have to hear they should have never been born,” said Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., who sponsored the bill and introduced it to the House of Representatives, in a May 22 statement.

“I believe every child is a blessing and should be treated as such. Wrongful birth cases are a waste of judicial resources and amount to nothing more than court-sanctioned child abuse. This bill will do away with these disturbing and discriminating lawsuits.”


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Blasphemy Laws Exist in Nearly One-Quarter of World’s Countries (2400)

Consequences range from fines to the death penalty, as in the case of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a 27-year-old Christian woman who has been sentenced to death in Sudan.

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– pewforum.org

WASHINGTON — Laws punishing acts of blasphemy or apostasy against certain religions are present in almost one-fourth of the world’s countries, said a U.S.-based religious research group.

“Apostasy and blasphemy may seem to many like artifacts of history. But in dozens of countries around the world, laws against apostasy and blasphemy remain even today,” said the Pew Research Center in a May 30 blog post.

The organization found that “that, as of 2012, nearly a quarter of the world’s countries and territories” had anti-blasphemy laws or policies, and 11% of countries had “laws or policies penalizing apostasy.” Consequences for changing faiths or criticizing a religion ranged from fines to...READ MORE

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On the Front Lines of Clergy Sexual Abuse (7370)

Cardinal Seán O’Malley and his hard-won expertise.

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Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston.

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Twelve years have passed, but Father Roger Landry, a Fall River, Mass., priest, vividly remembers then-Bishop Seán O’Malley weeping during a meeting with his priests as he recalled the stories of victims of clergy abuse.

At the time, Bishop O’Malley was preparing for the 2002 Dallas meeting that would approve a landmark “zero tolerance” policy for priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse. Bishop O’Malley had come to Fall River in 1992, in the wake of a scandal involving a serial clerical predator, James Porter.

“As he was recalling what some of the victims of Father Porter had told him, he started to weep so profusely that he needed to excuse himself for several minutes,” Father...READ MORE

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Of Cigarettes, Christianity and Cool; Apologetics: Win the Soul, Not the Argument and Much More! (3147)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow Of Cigarettes, Christianity & Cool by Richard Becker of Catholic Exchange to read more.

Of Cigarettes, Christianity & Cool by Richard Becker of Catholic Exchange - BigPulpit.com

Apologetics: Win the Soul, Not the Argument – Marge Fenelon, OSV Newsweekly

Crawling to Mass, Literally. . . Not Even Catholic - Jean Seah, Ignitum Today

Is The Church Too Negative? - Donald DeMarco PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

Pope Francis, Marriage & the "End of Infallibility by John Zmirak of The American Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Many Parents Drawn to the Faith Through Their Children - Susan Klemond, OSV Newsweekly

Pope Francis and A Paean to Doubt – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Families Taking Page from Plato’s Republic & That’s Bad News – Robert Vega, Aleteia

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Whither China, 25 Years After Tiananmen Square? (3427)

Activist Reggie Littlejohn discusses the communist country’s current stance toward human rights.

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Chinese paramilitary police officers stand guard below a portrait of Mao Zedong at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 2014.

– Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

It has been 25 years since the Tiananmen Square massacre, and China is still far from enjoying religious liberty, civil freedom or democracy. The Catholic Church must still worship underground, and the country’s one-child policy continues to cause widespread human rights atrocities, particularly against women. Forced abortions continue, and the government has even reverted to placing the children of dissidents in detention.

One dissident was Zhang Lin, a nuclear physicist who has been detained nearly half a dozen times over the past 13 years. A fearless champion of human rights, Lin wasn’t at Tiananmen but led protests as part of the pro-democracy movement in his hometown. He currently...READ MORE

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Cardinal Maradiaga: ‘Pastoral Conversion’ Is Top Priority for Pope’s Family Synod (3822)

The Honduran cardinal said the bishops and Pope want to focus on how parishes and pastors form and nourish families, not on the question of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried.

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Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras

– Walter Sanchez Silva/CNA

WASHINGTON — Speculation and expectation are building for the upcoming extraordinary synod of bishops that convenes this October to discuss the pastoral challenges to the family all over the world in the 21st century.

But according to Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegulcigalpa, Honduras, a member of Pope Francis’ council of eight cardinal advisers, the focus will be mainly on “pastoral conversion” in how the Church forms and nourishes marriage and families and not the separate question of  Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried.

Cardinal Rodriguez sat down June 3 with journalists in Washington, where he shared his insights on the Pope’s vision for the upcoming synod on...READ MORE

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Catholic Schools Stand Strong Against Criticism of Teacher Contracts (4256)

Oakland, Calif., and Cincinnati have introduced new language in their 2014-2015 contracts, strengthening their commitment to protecting Catholic identity in their schools.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Diocesan schools in Cincinnati and Oakland, Calif., are withstanding criticism for contracts that require teachers to witness to the faith in the classroom, but also how they present themselves publicly.

Criticism of Catholic-school contracts that ask teachers to not contradict the Church in public have received sensationalized coverage from the mainstream media in California and Ohio, where a small number of teachers are opposing the contractual language.

But the dioceses in question are standing their ground, emphasizing the vital role teachers play in transmitting Catholic teaching and values to their students.

“We have to faithfully represent what Christ and the...READ MORE

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U.K. Bishop: Defeat Relativism With ‘Authentic Humanism’ (3447)

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth discusses his role as shepherd in an increasingly secular society.

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Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England

– CNA/Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

PORTSMOUTH, England — A leading bishop in the U.K. says that the modern, troubling view of humanity that stems from relativism is best countered by Christians living the Church’s full vision of the human person.

Bishop Philip Egan has led the Diocese of Portsmouth on England’s south coast along the English Channel since the autumn of 2012, and he has distinguished himself for his consistent efforts at teaching his flock and for his care for evangelization.

In a phone interview earlier this year, Bishop Egan gave a compelling case for the need for Christians to present, as an alternative to the nihilism and relativism of contemporary culture, an “authentic humanism.”

Following is a...READ MORE

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