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Abortionist Gosnell Sentenced to Life in Prison (2422)

By agreeing not to appeal his conviction, Gosnell was able to avoid the death penalty for three convictions of first-degree murder.

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– Wikipedia

PHILADELPHIA — Following his conviction for the murder of three babies born alive, abortionist Kermit Gosnell was sentenced Tuesday to two life sentences without parole for two of those murder charges.

By agreeing not to appeal his conviction, Gosnell was able to avoid the death penalty for three convictions of first-degree murder.

Gosnell “agreed to waive all of his appellate rights in exchange for life in prison ... instead of the death penalty,” the office of R. Seth Williams, Philadelphia’s district attorney, said May 14.

He was “immediately sentenced.”

Tomorrow, May 15, Gosnell will be sentenced for the death of the third child and for involuntary manslaughter of a patient at...READ MORE

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History’s Jury Is Out: Has Gosnell Rocked Our Conscience? (15701)

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– Shutterstock/Valentina Razumova

The right to a dead baby. That’s not pretty. That’s not a euphemism. That’s not how we talk about abortion in the United States of America. But that is the reality of abortion in the United States of America.

When a woman walks into an abortion facility, that’s what she expects from the doctor and that’s what the doctor is expected to provide.

That’s what the Kermit Gosnell trial exposed.

Now that he has been convicted of at least some of the deaths of women and babies under his care, history records this as a hinge moment. We cannot pretend to not understand the logic of legal abortion: Human dignity is not inherent; a child is not a human life unless its mother wills it to be. We...READ MORE

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Vatican Stats Show Continued Growth in Africa, Asia (2224)

The Pontifical Yearbook reports 3,000 new priests in the two continents in 2011 and that in the last 10 years the numbers increased by 39.5% in Africa and 32% in Asia.

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– Greg Willis/Wiki

VATICAN CITY — Vatican statistics released today show that the number of Asian and African Catholics is continuing its upward trajectory, while the Church in Europe is still shrinking.

The number of religious excluding priests has risen 18.5% in Africa and a whopping 44.9% in Asia in just 10 years, according to the 2013 Pontifical Yearbook.

The yearbook, which was published May 13 and contains data from 2011, revealed Catholics still make up less than 18% of the world’s population, but the Church is growing the fastest in Africa and Asia.

And although it shows “a strong downward trend was observed in data for the professed religious women, with a decrease of 10% from 2001 to 2011,”...READ MORE

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Millenials, or Why Time's Subscriptions Are Falling; 'Ascendit Deus' and Much More! (2665)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Millennials, or Why TIME’s Subscriptions are Falling. Follow the link by Micah Murphy to read more.

Millennials, or Why TIME’s Subscriptions are Falling by Micah Murphy - Big Pulpit

Ascendit Deus by Iegor Reznikoff – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Then God Spoke to Me - Emmanuel Joseph, Catholic Stand

The Numbers Seven and Eight in Psalms, Liturgy, Helical Passage of Time – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Infertility and Spiritual Surrender – Miriam Fightlin Brower, Ignitum Today

Chant of “Angels and Saints at Ephesus” - Christopher S. Morrissey, The Catholic World Report

Kermit Gosnell Guilty:  A Roundup of the Best Links on the Gosnell Verdict in the Catholic Blogosphere - Big Pulpit

Let’s Talk About Jesus - Patrick Coffin, Catholic Answers

Are Embryos Human...READ MORE

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Catholic Groups Say Agriculture Laws Should Aid Poor, Farmers (3259)

Catholic leaders say it is a crucial time to build a framework that puts poor and hungry people first, promotes sustainable stewardship of the land and helps vulnerable farmers and rural communities.

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USDA Photo/Lance Cheung

A tractor turns the cover crop into the soil in preparation for planting in the Salinas Valley of California.

– USDA Photo/Lance Cheung

WASHINGTON — Leaders of several prominent Catholic institutions asked members of Congress to provide for the hungry, protect the interests of farmers and promote environmental stewardship with the 2013 Farm Bill.

“In the face of continuing budgetary constraints, the 2013 Farm Bill is an opportunity to address our nation’s broken and outdated agricultural policies,” they said.

“This is a crucial time to build a more just framework that puts poor and hungry people first, serves small and moderate-sized family farms, promotes sustainable stewardship of the land and helps vulnerable farmers and rural communities both at home and in developing countries.”

In a May 9 letter sent to...READ MORE

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Justice Ginsburg Calls ‘Roe’ a Disappointing Decision (2887)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted that, in the 40 years since ‘Roe v. Wade,’ pro-life advocates have successfully introduced restrictions on abortion access in many states.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

– Library of Congress

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an abortion-rights advocate, says that the court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 was overreaching and became too big a “target” for pro-life supporters.

“That was my concern, that the court had given opponents of access to abortion a target to aim at relentlessly,” Ginsburg said in a talk May 11 at the University of Chicago Law School.

“My criticism of Roe is that it seemed to stop momentum on the side of change.”

Ginsburg, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, has long been an outspoken supporter of legal abortion, and the comments she made at the University of Chicago are the latest in a...READ MORE

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Evangelizing With Humor: Spreading the Gospel With Catholic Memes (18417)

CatholicMemes.com founder says online images ‘provide a forum for dialogue’ about faith.

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CLEVELAND — The age of social media has opened up new frontiers for spreading the Gospel, and faithful Catholics on the Internet have discovered the power of “memes” to educate others about Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.

In the online world, a “meme” is a concept (usually an image with words or phrases to convey a message) that gets passed from person to person via blogs and social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

“I think memes are some of the most effective agents of evangelization out there,” said Sister Anne Flanagan, social-media expert for the Daughters of St. Paul. “The idea meme is visual, punching, has that cultural ‘pop’ in it and is sharable. People can link to...READ MORE

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Greed Is Not Good: Paul Ryan on the Morality of Free Enterprise (4562)

In his May 11 commencement address at Benedictine College, the Catholic congressman focused on the good that has been accomplished by the free market.

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Benedictine College

Rep. Paul Ryan speaks May 11 at Benedictine College.

– Benedictine College

ATCHISON, Kan. — When Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., delivered the May 11 commencement address at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., the former Republican vice-presidential candidate regarded it as an opportunity to “resell free enterprise” as a system with a moral foundation.

“I find it interesting that we have to sort of go back and resell free enterprise,” Ryan told the Register shortly after the address. He said that the free-enterprise system had done more to help the poor than any other system.

“It’s when government cronyism occurs that the strong exploit the weak. If you have a real free-enterprise system, and the rule of law is applied, and you have natural rights that are...READ MORE

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