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The Brave New World of Three-Parent Babies (10100)

Dr. Helen Watt discusses the objective morality of new scientific research in genetics and embryology.

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VATICAN CITY — Scientists are developing medical techniques aimed at reducing rare hereditary disorders but which will result in a baby technically having “three parents.” The fertility treatment, known as mitochondrial transfer, tries to replace a faulty part of a mother‘s egg with healthy material from a donor, creating a “genetically modified child” with three biological parents.

Scientists are also experimenting with “pronuclear transfer” — a method of cloning from an IVF embryo. Bioethicists point out this would mean a child would be the offspring of parents who would, in effect, be destroyed embryos.

Although the techniques are currently prohibited in the United States, some...READ MORE

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Francis Preaches on St. Thérèse: Charity Without Humility Is Sterile (4988)

The Holy Father encouraged Christians to imitate the charity of the ‘“Little Flower’” and attract others to Christ by their witness.

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Pope Francis.

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VATICAN CITY — On the feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Pope Francis praised the saint for her exemplary humility and meekness, praying that the newly formed council of cardinals would emulate her virtues in their upcoming meetings.

The Pope concelebrated his Oct. 1 daily Mass with the group of eight cardinals who are meeting through Thursday to discuss reforming the Curia.

In his homily, Pope Francis voiced hope that the cardinals’' meetings will help them all to become more humble and to trust in God, so that the Church is able to give a beautiful witness to the world.

Reflecting on the Gospel of the day, in which the apostles sought to call down fire upon those who did not accept...READ MORE

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Study: Thousands of Taxpayer-Funded Abortions Part of Obamacare (9616)

Tax dollars will subsidize health plans for tens of thousands of annual abortions, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute.

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WASHINGTON — Federal taxpayer funds could end up subsidizing tens of thousands of abortions each year through the health-care legislation that is going into effect, according to a new study.

“The issue of whether the Affordable Care Act creates streams of taxpayer funding for abortion has been hotly debated,” said Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute. “Research done by the Lozier Institute makes clear that, through the multistate plans alone, Americans will be complicit in the deaths of thousands of unborn children each year through their tax dollars.”

The Lozier Institute is the education and research arm of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List. Its report...READ MORE

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Catholics Continue to Have Lowest Divorce Rates (15529)

Georgetown’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate reports that 28% of Catholic marriages end in divorce, about 10% lower than the rate among Protestants.

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WASHINGTON — Recent studies on marriage show that, while their rates of divorce are significant, U.S. Catholics are less likely to divorce than people of other religious affiliations.

“Although the Catholic ‘divorce rate’ is lower than the U.S. average, it is still a daunting figure,” said the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.

In a Sept. 26 blog post, the research group explained that divorce among Catholics “represents more than 11 million individuals,” many of whom “are likely in need of more outreach and ongoing ministry from the Church.”

In its article, the organization explained that different ways of tallying divorce and marriage rates...READ MORE

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Syrian Refugees Suffer the Hardships of a Protracted Civil War (6310)

International relief agencies are adapting to the grim truth that an estimated 2 million Syrians may not be able to return home for a long time.

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Syrian refugee children are struggling to adjust to life in a foreign country, with many having lost parents and other family members.

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WASHINGTON — When Caroline Brennan met with newly arrived Syrian refugees in Jordan this July, she heard familiar stories of women and children forced to flee their homes without papers, money or food, while men stayed behind to protect family property.

But while the accounts of bombing attacks, deaths of loved ones and sudden destitution echoed the stories she had heard during a 2012 trip to refugee camps in the Middle East, there was also a stark difference.  

In 2012, “they would tell me they were returning in a matter of weeks —  ‘whenever the fighting stops.’ Now, they talk about a year or more,” Brennan, a communications staffer with Catholic Relief Services, told the Register.


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Vatican II-Secular Music Crisis; St. Therese and Pope Francis; What Makes a Saint? and More! (6089)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Vatican II Crisis to Secular Music. . . Applied. Follow the link by Fr. Z to read more.

The Vatican II Crisis to Secular Music. . . Applied by Fr. Z - BigPulpit.com

St. Thérèse and Pope Francis – Sr. Theresa Noble, Pursued by Truth

What Makes a Saint? - Fr. Bartunek LC, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Pope Francis: Humility Attract People to Church – The Catholic Herald

The Alamo, John Wayne and Faith - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Little Flower: An Intercessor for Priests – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

A Global Slaughter of Christians, But American Churches Silent – Byz Pulpit

Pope Francis and Rabbi Skorka Make History in the Vatican - Gerard O’Connell, Vatican Insider

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Vatican Spokesman: Benedict XVI Could Attend Canonizations (4404)

Father Federico Lombardi did not rule out the pope emeritus' participation, which would be unprecedented, next April.

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ROME — The director of the Holy See Press Office announced that Benedict XVI could participate in the canonization ceremony next April for Blesseds John Paul II and John XXIII.

During a Sept. 30 press conference at the Vatican, Father Federico Lombardi did not rule out that the pope emeritus could be present at the canonizations. 

“There is not legal or doctrinal reason to keep Benedict XVI from taking part in a public ceremony,” he said.

It would be an unprecedented canonization ceremony: Pope Francis, accompanied by his predecessor, Benedict XVI, would canonize the initiator of the Second Vatican Council, Blessed John XXIII, as well as Blessed John Paul II, known as the "Pilgrim...READ MORE

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The Commodification of Children and the Insensitivity of the Culture (5358)


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A couple of months ago, I wrote an article for the Catholic World Report in which several adult offspring of third-party-conceived offspring were interviewed. These adult offspring recounted the suffering they had experienced as result of their unjust conception. When the article was reprinted on a popular pro-life website as well as a well-trafficked conservative message board, the reactions from many pro-lifers, conservatives and Christians on Facebook, Twitter and comment boxes were quite surprising.

“Pathetic.” “Drama queen.” “Silly.” “…idiot loser…” Other commenters offered advice such as, “Stop dishonoring your parents” and “grow the hell up.” Why were commenters so outraged by...READ MORE

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