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Generation Life (1482)

Jan. 15 issue editorial

01/22/2012 Comments (3)

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One area in which the young of our world seem to be actually teaching their elders is the respect for human life from conception to natural death. That will be on display most strikingly Jan. 23, as millions of young people turn out from coast to coast to march and pray on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

For years now, the organizers of the March for Life in Washington, D.C., have found that the numbers of youthful attendees have grown exponentially.

“I used to go to the March for Life with my parents in the 1980s,” Maria McFadden Maffucci, editor of Human Life Review, comments in a page-one article in this issue, “and there weren’t all these young people. When I was in college, I was...READ MORE

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God's Precious Keepsakes (1157)

What is it that confers upon us our fundamental dignity?

01/21/2012 Comments (7)

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One of my favorite keepsakes is a little 4×6 framed photo of my Grandpop Lotter and me standing together on the boardwalk of Barnegat Light, N.J.  It was taken in 1978; I am 5 years old, bright-eyed, pasty white and scrawny, but “Pop-Pop” is tan, shirtless and muscular, and — as always — smiling with his eyes. Every time I look at that faded photo, I think of him and his kind, generous disposition, and the time he took me to see The Karate Kid.

The faded colors of the photo, as well as its grainy ’70s-era quality, always evokes strong emotions of awe and melancholy. When I hold that photo, I realize that the years go by, seasons of life come and go, but the only things that truly endure...READ MORE

Filed under abortion "rights", dignity of human life, dignity of the human person, down syndrome, march for life, right to life

The Other Health-Care Mandate: Good Samaritan Turned Upside Down (2426)

President Obama’s latest move will certainly end up in federal court.

01/21/2012 Comments (36)

Kyle Duncan

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One might have expected that, after losing the signature religious-liberty case of the past two decades earlier this month with arguments that his own Supreme Court appointees called “extreme,” President Barack Obama would have learned that conscience is something to be taken seriously.

Alas, no. Yesterday, in a statement from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the Obama administration announced it would not reconsider its “contraceptive mandate” — that is, the unprecedented command it issued last August forcing all private health plans to cover contraceptive and sterilization services, including drugs that cause early-term abortions.

From the outset, the...READ MORE

Filed under conscience exemptions, conscience protection, contraception mandate, health and human services department, health care bill, health coverage, religious freedom, sebelius

The Pro-Life Work of Cardinal O'Connor (2060)

Saturday Book Pick: The Sisters of Life were the greatest legacy of New York’s feisty archbishop.

01/21/2012 Comments (9)

When a relatively unknown bishop of a backwater diocese in Pennsylvania was named archbishop of New York in 1984, he didn’t take long to get himself on the front page of The New York Times.

Even before he took up residence in the city, Archbishop-designate John Joseph O’Connor went on a television talk show and compared abortion to the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews. Father Charles Connor relates the story in John Cardinal O’Connor and the Culture of Life.

Two days later, The New York Times reacted with characteristic negativity. O’Connor was informed that his remarks carried highly offensive implications, and because of that, he might not be as ready for the media capital of the world as...READ MORE

Filed under archdiocese of new york, blessed john paul ii, blessed teresa of calcutta, cardinal john o'connor, pro-life movement, sisters of life

Wealth Inequality, Neo-Catechumenal Way Litrugy Not Approved, End of Protestant America, and more! (668)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/21/2012 Comment

Wealth Inequality “Somebody Else’s Problem”. Click on the link by Anthony S. Layne to read more.

Wealth Inequality “Somebody Else’s Problem” - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Neo-Catechumenal Way Liturgy Not Approved by Pope Benedict XVI - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

The Twilight of Protestant America? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Gingrich, Media Bias and the Mainstream Media as Morality Police - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Does Morality Inhibit Freedom? - Kathleen Curran Sweeney Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Liberty or License? - Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Purpose, Palliative Care, and Respect for Human Life - Adam J. McLeod, Public Discourse

Is Homosexuality Biologically Determined? - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Cthlc Culture/On the...READ MORE

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March On, March for Life (1505)

March for Life preview in Jan. 15 issue: Pro-Lifers Will Descend on Washington as Legal Abortion Enters 40th Year

01/21/2012 Comments (3)

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WASHINGTON — As Nellie Gray puts the finishing touches on plans for this year’s March for Life, the founder of the nation’s premiere right-to-life event is thinking of an anniversary: This will be the 39th March for Life, but the day it is being held marks the first day of the 40th year of legal abortion in the United States.

The Supreme Court issued Roe v. Wade, the ruling that legalized abortion, on Jan. 22, 1973. The actual anniversary of the ruling falls on a Sunday, when Washington officials are less likely to be on hand to witness or participate in the March for Life, so the march will take place the following day, a Monday, Jan. 23.

“We must use this time together for this march to...READ MORE

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HHS Secretary Sebelius: Church Groups Must Provide Contraception (9705)

‘We have a year to figure out how to violate our conscience,’ says Cardinal-designate Dolan. All options on the table

01/20/2012 Comments (57)
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said church-affiliated hospitals, agencies and universities will have until August 2013 to provide contraception and sterilization in the health insurance they provide employees.

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WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, confirmed today that church-affiliated hospitals, agencies and universities will be required to provide contraception and sterilization in the health insurance they provide employees.

However, nonprofit religious institutions will receive an additional year to accommodate this controversial regulation covered under the new health bill, with an extended deadline of August 2013.

In a blow to the U.S. bishops and Catholic institutions that had lobbied for a broader exemption for church-affiliated organizations,  the HHS secretary released a statement Jan. 20 approving the final rule for mandated...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, bishops, contraception, health and human services, healthcare, kathleen sebelius, obama, pope benedict xvi, religious freedom, usccb

Oy Vey The Catechism in Hebrew, The Minimum Wage and Catholic Social Teaching, SOPA, and much more! (1617)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/20/2012 Comment

Oy Vey! The Cathechism in Hebrew! Click on the link by Fr. Joe to read more.

Oy Vey! The Catechism in Hebrew! - Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

The Minimum Wage and Catholic Social Teaching - Fr. Robert Johansen, Crisis Magazine

On Same-Sex “Marriage”, Who are the Real ‘Extremists’? - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

Fishing for Fishermen (Mark 1:14-20) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Top 50 Countries of Christian Persecution - Archbishop Cranmer

SOPA and Sacred Music - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Paving the Road to an Authoritarian Government - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Christianity & the Space Program - Lewis M. Andrews, New Oxford Review

Slicing Salvation In Half - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Should We Give Girl...READ MORE

Filed under catechism of the catholic church, catholic blogosphere, catholic social teaching, hebrew, martyrdom, minimum wage, nigeria, same-sex "marriage", singles, st. marianne cope

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