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Pope Applauds Ethical Infertility Treatment While Congress Works to Prohibit Gender-Based Abortions (2045)

The Pope calls for treatments that are the 'expression of the concrete possibility of fruitful dialogue between ethics and biomedical research,' and the House Judiciary Committee passed the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act.

02/28/2012 Comments (3)

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Pope Benedict XVI’s call for more research into ethical treatments for infertility as an alternative to in vitro fertilization is being applauded by a leading Catholic bioethicist.

“The Pope is quite right when he says that IVF is a profit-making business; they make a lot of money, and their success rates are not great,” Dr. Edward Furton of the National Catholic Bioethics Center told CNA on Feb. 27.

“The profit motive here is not good. There are lesser known, more ethical, more effective methods which are being ignored because these labs are making money telling couples that IVF is the best or only option.”

Pope Benedict made his remarks on Feb. 25 at a workshop hosted by the...READ MORE

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Who Is Sister Carol Keehan? (31713)

The powerful Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, a congregation that professes to be devoted to serving the poor through corporal and spiritual works of mercy, often finds herself at odds with the Church.

02/28/2012 Comments (167)

Sister Carol Keehan

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She has been photographed with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

She is frequently cited by the mainstream media as the ultimate authority on Catholic health care. She has consistently been in the top tier of “The 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.” And she is credited with capturing the “Catholic vote” needed to pass the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly called Obamacare.

So, who is Sister Carol Keehan? And how did the Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul come to wield such power?

Sister Carol did not respond to repeated requests for an interview for this article, but, like most powerful people, she leaves a considerable paper trail...READ MORE

Filed under catholic charities, catholic ethics, catholic faith, catholic health association, catholic health care, catholic teaching, obama's mandate 'accomodation', obamacare, sister carol keehan, vow of obedience

The Mommy Rhythm, The Necessity of Miracles, Think Like a Catholic, Feasts and Fasts, and much more! (2476)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/28/2012 Comment

The Mommy Rhythm. Click on the link by Karen J. Rinehart to read more.

The Mommy Rhythm - Karen J. Rinehart, Catholic Lane

The Necessity of Miracles - Howard Kainz, Crisis Magazine

Think Like a Catholic: 7 Questions on the Four Laws - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Feasts and Fasts - Sean Lewis, Cowboys-Philosophers-Poets

Did Jesus Say His Second Coming Would Happen in the Apostles’ Lifetime? - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Piggyback - Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing

Does Pope Benedict Favor Admitting Divorced-&-Remarried Catholics to Holy Communion? - Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

Secularist Attacks on Catholics Get Worse on Both Sides of the Atlantic - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Eating Bitterness: Catholics in China -...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, catholic new media, communist china, divine law, eternal law, human law, jesus, miracles, natural law, same-sex "marriage"

Cardinal Burke Praises John Paul II's View of Suffering as Model for the Faithful (1985)

'The Boundaries of the Human' conference in Rome focused on suffering.

02/27/2012 Comment
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Cardinal Raymond Burke thinks that Blessed John Paul II’s life and teachings are a model for how Christians should view suffering.

“Blessed John Paul II is extraordinary,” Cardinal Burke said Feb. 25. “His own life is a testimony to suffering embraced in order to love more.”

“But in addition to that, he was also the great teacher, especially in this document, Salvifici Doloris, which he wrote after the attempt on his life.”

Cardinal Burke spoke to EWTN News after giving the keynote address at “The Boundaries of the Human” conference in Rome. The Feb. 25-26 gathering was organized by the groups The Life Guardian Foundation, Family of the Americas, and the Italian pro-family group...READ MORE

Filed under human dignity, john paul ii, suffering

Cardinal Dolan Joins Protest Over 'Unacceptable' Attack on Religious Liberty (11426)

500 signatures are now on Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's petition campaign to protect Americans' First Amendment rights.

02/27/2012 Comments (33)

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Feb. 27 UPDATE: Now more than 500 signatures, including just added Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s, are on this letter.

Feb. 15 UPDATE: Now more than 300 signatures are on this letter.

Original Feb. 14 story below.

Two leading bishops have joined the growing list of prominent Church leaders and academics who see the federal government’s recent actions as an assault on religious freedom.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty today posted a Feb. 13 letter to that effect. In addition, it kicked off a petition urging everyone to express their disappointment over Obama’s “failure to protect religious liberty.”

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop charles chaput, archbishop joseph kurtz, becket fund for religious liberty, first amendment, kathleen sebelius, notre dame, president barack obama, religious liberty, usccb, usccb ad hoc committee on religious liberty

Boys Town Founder to Be Declared 'Servant of God' (2457)

Cause for Father Edward Flanagan will formally open March 17 in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

02/27/2012 Comments (6)

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Father Edward Flanagan, the founder of the famous Boys Town orphanage, will be declared a “Servant of God” next month as the Archdiocese of Omaha, Neb., opens his cause for beatification.

“For years, many in the Omaha community and beyond have venerated the memory of Father Edward Flanagan,” Archbishop George Lucas said Feb. 21. “I am happy that we can begin the process of examining the holiness that was apparent in his life and ministry, to see if he might be canonized.”

The archbishop started the process at the request of the Father Flanagan League Society of Devotion. The league was formed in 1999 to advocate the opening of the cause for Father Flanagan’s canonization and to educate...READ MORE

Filed under boys town, canonization cause, father edward flanagan

States vs. Marriage (2390)

UPDATE: As legislation moves forward in Maryland, groups vow to bring issue to referendum. 'The Catholic Church, like others throughout Western civilization for thousands of years, has regarded marriage for its unique gifts rooted in nature,' said Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, apostolic administrator of Baltimore. Also: New Jersey governor vetoes same-sex 'marriage' bill.

02/27/2012 Comments (7)

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As Maryland politicians prepare to give final approval to a law that will redefine marriage to include same-sex couples, local Christians have pledged to bring the issue to a referendum in November.

“The Catholic Church, like others throughout Western civilization for thousands of years, has regarded marriage for its unique gifts rooted in nature,” said Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, apostolic administrator of Baltimore.

He said that the archdiocese “will eagerly and zealously engage its 500,000 members in overturning this radical legislation.”

A bill to legalize same-sex “marriage” was narrowly approved by the Virginia Senate on Feb. 23. The legislation, which has already been approved by the...READ MORE

Filed under faith, maryland, religious freedom, same-sex 'marriage', traditional marriage

Practical Distributism, Red Ladder and White Ladder, St. Francis de Sales on Temptation, and more! (3647)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/27/2012 Comment

Temptation: St. Francis de Sales click on the link by Jay Boyd, Ph.D., to read more.

Practical Distributism: The Home Mortgage - David W. Cooney, The Distributist Review

The Red Ladder of Penance & the White Ladder of Mary - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Temptation: St. Francis de Sales - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire

Quæritur: Books for Singing the Novus Ordo Mass in Latin - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Man Who Could Wield a Spade as Well as His Intellect - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

The Crazy Thing About A Curveball - Andrew and Cristina, Ignitum Today

There Is No Moral Confusion When One Is A Faithful Catholic - The Ordinary Catholic, Peter’s Barque

Father Barron and Edmund Burke on Atheism - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

I Like Dogs Better...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, distributism, latin chant, lent, marriage, salvation, sin, st. francis de sales, temptation, twitter

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