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Gosnell’s Conviction Focuses Attention on Fetal Pain Abortion Bans (2690)

A federal bill to bar abortions after 20 weeks was considered this week by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee.

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Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell

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WASHINGTON — The murder trial and conviction of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell may have increased public awareness and sympathy to unborn children who are capable of feeling pain in the womb as early as 20 weeks after conception.

This public awareness could assist in gaining support for legislation to ban abortion on the basis of fetal pain, such as a bill that was discussed this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The horrible, horrible suffering inflicted on little human lives in every abortion is now brutally clear to anyone who followed the Pennsylvania proceedings. After the Gosnell case, nobody can claim that abortion is victimless. The tiny victims experience...READ MORE

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Religious Freedom and the Need to Wake Up (3493)

Philadelphia's archbishop writes: 'The day when Americans could take the Founders’ understanding of religious freedom as a given is over. We need to wake up.'

05/24/2013 Comments (6)

This column was first published May 24 at CatholicPhilly.com.

“IRS officials have, of course, confessed that they inappropriately targeted conservative groups — especially those with ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their names — for extra scrutiny when they sought nonprofit status. Allegations of abuse or harassment have since broadened to include groups conducting grassroots projects to ‘make America a better place to live,’ to promote classes about the U.S. Constitution or to raise support for Israel.

“However, it now appears the IRS also challenged some individuals and religious groups that, while defending key elements of their faith traditions, have criticized projects dear to the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Zen: Day of Prayer for China Vital (5271)

The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong says the communist government ‘is enslaving our Church.’

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Cardinal Joseph Zen, archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong.

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VATICAN CITY — The former bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, has underlined the importance of today’s worldwide day of prayer for the Church in China, saying the country currently faces a “really desperate” situation.

Speaking to the Register by telephone from Hong Kong May 24, the cardinal said it’s “very important” to pray for China, as the situation is “very bad,” and the “only hope is from heaven.”

Summarizing the situation in the country, where China’s 12 million Catholics continue to be divided into two communities because of communist state control, he said the government is “enslaving our Church.”

“Our bishops are slaves; they’re just brought everywhere to do what the...READ MORE

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Canada’s Politicians Criticized for ‘Failure’ to Protect Children (2367)

Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform organized a postcard campaign that reveals powerful Canadian politicians who support abortion.

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Canadian Parliament

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CALGARY, Canada — A pro-life group in Canada is renewing its efforts to ignite discussion and conversion in their country by calling out major politicians who support abortion.

“We very much want to change public opinion so that we can change public policy,” Stephanie Gray of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform told Catholic News Agency May 21.

The campaign called “Face the Children” consists of postcards featuring images of some of Canada’s most powerful politicians alongside graphic pictures of aborted children.

“Our experience has been that when people see the pictures it does change their minds,” Gray explained.

With a team made up of volunteers, summer interns and...READ MORE

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Western Culture ‘Lost God’ Through Demise of Family (2937)

Mary Eberstadt suggests that those wishing to challenge the trend of declining religious observance should support families in times of need.

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Mary Eberstadt

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WASHINGTON — Scholar Mary Eberstadt says most theories of secularization do not take into account the role of the family in religious practice, noting how its demise is critically linked to an increasingly secular West.

“The reasons commonly offered for secularization don’t hold up when you scrutinize them,” Eberstadt, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, told Catholic News Agency May 23.

“This means that modern secular sociology has gotten a pretty big thing wrong, and it’s gotten it wrong because it’s ignored the role of the family and what motivates people to go to church.”

She noted that “the conventional storyline” often assumes secularization...READ MORE

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Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Openly 'Gay' Members (2063)

The resolution, which allows 'gay' youth members, was passed with an over 60% majority of votes.

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WASHINGTON — The Boy Scouts of America has voted in favor of a resolution that lifts the ban on openly "gay" members but will not allow "gay" adult troop leaders.

During its annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas, some 1,400 Boy Scouts delegates voted on whether or not the group should lift its ban on openly homosexual youth members.

The resolution, which allows "gay" youth members, was passed with an over 60% majority of votes.

In a May 22 op-ed for USA Today, Boy Scouts of America's president, Wayne Perry, said the resolution to lift the ban on openly gay scouts “reinforces that scouting is a youth program and that any sexual conduct, heterosexual or homosexual, is contrary to the...READ MORE

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No Naysayers at NASA: A Response; Homosexuality and the Theology of the Body and Much More! (4038)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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No Naysayers at NASA: A Response. Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Strange Notions website to read more.

No Naysayers at NASA: A Response by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Strange Notions website - BigPulpit.com

Homosexuality & the Theology of the Body – Fr. Peter West, Catholic Lane

The Religious Art of Daniel Mitsui – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Léon Harmel: Pioneer of the Just Wage – Christopher O. Blum, Crisis

Fear Produces Satellite Christians - Christina Weber, Catholic Stand

How Wisdom Protects Us from Our Despoilers – Msgr. Charles Pope

Dan Brown’s Infernal Fiction – Anthony Esolen, The Catholic World Report

A New Catholic “Whistle-Blower” Group - Fr. Z’s Blog

5 Ways to Simplify Your Spiritual Life, Make It Beautiful – Taylor Marshall PhD, Canterbury Tales

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Bishops’ Adviser on Sexual Abuse: ‘How Do We Get Children Safer?’ (3276)

Al Notzon III discusses the 2012 USCCB audit and recent high-profile court cases.

05/23/2013 Comments (4)
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Al Notzon III, chairman of the USCCB's National Review Board

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Al Notzon III is the chairman of the National Review Board that advises the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, guidelines and procedures established by the USCCB in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.

The function of the board is to collaborate with the bishops’ conference “in preventing the sexual abuse of minors in the United States by persons in the service of the Church.”

Notzon is also the former executive director of the Alamo Area Council of more than 100 local governments and agencies. He spoke with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond on...READ MORE

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