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01/24/2014 Comment

Why Anti-Catholic Prejudice Ought to Bother Everyone. Follow the link by Fr. Robert Barron to read more.

Why Anti-Catholic Prejudice Ought to Bother Everyone by Fr. Robert Barron - BigPulpit.com

Catholic Homeschooling Innovates with Hybrid Classical Programs – Kelly Conroy, Catholic Education Daily

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The Road from Atheism: Dr. Edward Feser’s Conversion – Dr. Edward Feser, Strange Notions

3 Pitfalls of Conversion – Jason Liske, Unblack

The Catholic Battle of the Beards - T. J. Burdick, Catholic Snacks

Can Miscarriage & Abortion Grief Coexist Peacefully? – Joel & Lisa Schmidt, Catholic Stand

A Moral Basis for Markets: Response to James Stoner - Michael C. Munger

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Appeals Court Hands New York Pro-Life Crisis-Pregnancy Centers a Mixed Ruling (3732)

Chris Slattery of the EMC pro-life centers in New York said the ruling is a substantial victory, but leaves a “disturbing loophole” for abortion advocates at City Hall.

01/23/2014 Comment
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Christopher Slattery, president of Expectant Mother Care-EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers

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NEW YORK — Pro-life pregnancy centers were handed a mixed bag in a recent decision by a federal appeals court that reinstates some portions of a New York City disclosure law, while leaving the rest struck down.

The federal appeals court in New York agreed mostly with a lower-court judge’s finding that a disclosure law passed by the New York City Council and aimed at crisis-pregnancy centers was unconstitutional. However, it did reinstate a portion of that law, which would require crisis-pregnancy centers to disclose whether they have a licensed medical professional on staff.

“I’m elated that the First Amendment was upheld in the forced description that the city of New York demanded of...READ MORE

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Jennifer Lahl’s ‘Breeders’ Completes Trilogy on Reproductive Technology (4992)

The new documentary film delves into problems arising from the surrogacy motherhood business.

01/23/2014 Comments (2)

Jennifer Lahl has just released her latest film, Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, which examines the unexpected problems that arise when women are contracted to serve as surrogate mothers and children discover that their conception was the outcome of a commercial transaction.

Lahl is the founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network, which “addresses bioethical issues that most profoundly affect our humanity, especially issues that arise in the lives of the most vulnerable among us.” The center uses a variety of media platforms, including film, to bring “diverse voices together, across the spectrum of human experiences, building common cause in order to answer...READ MORE

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New Survey: Most Americans Support Abortion Restrictions (1677)

The Knights of Columbus survey, conducted by The Marist Poll, reports that almost 75% of Americans favor a ban on abortions after 20 weeks except to save the life of the mother.

01/23/2014 Comment
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A new survey from the Knights of Columbus reports that most Americans support abortion restrictions, prompting calls for more legislative and judicial action against abortion.

“The American people understand that abortion is bad for everyone, and even those who strongly support abortion want it reduced significantly; so it is time that our lawmakers and our courts reflected this reality,” Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, said Jan. 21.

“Four decades after Roe v. Wade, abortion remains at odds with the conscience and common sense of the American people.”

The results of the survey were released ahead of the Jan. 22 March for Life, which marked the 41st...READ MORE

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Young Marchers Brave Cold to Stand for Life (2804)

An estimated crowd of 200,000 gathered for the annual March for Life, despite record-low temperatures.

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Benedictine College students carry the March for Life banner at the head of the Jan. 22 march in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — Despite a blanket of snow across Northeastern states and record-breaking low temperatures in the nation’s capital on Jan. 22, Constitution Avenue and First Street were ablaze with a sea of heads as an estimated crowd of 200,000 attended the 41st annual March for Life.

The undaunted marchers protested the legalization of abortion, as they have done every year since the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.

“We march because 56 million Americans never had a chance to experience snow,” said the March for Life organization the day before the event through its Twitter account, referring to the estimated number of abortions since abortion was made legal nationwide.

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Pope Francis: All Media Must Serve a Culture of Encounter (1834)

The Pope urged Christians to be 'loving and merciful neighbors' in the digital world, so that they can help others encounter Jesus Christ.

01/23/2014 Comment
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VATICAN CITY — In his first message for World Communications Day, Pope Francis spoke of the importance of creating a culture of encounter, explaining how media should always be a service which goes out to meet others.

“A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive,” the Pope stated in his message — released Jan. 23, in time for the Jan. 24 feast day of the patron of journalists, St. Francis de Sales — adding that “media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances.”

In the beginning of his address, Pope Francis stated that, although we are living in an increasingly...READ MORE

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Cardinal O’Malley: Joy and Compassion Are Heart of Pro-Life Movement (2033)

The archbishop of Boston says Catholics are ‘the people of Yes,’ affirming the dignity of life in all circumstances.

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley gives the homily at the Jan. 21 opening Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — Catholics in the pro-life movement must “evangelize with beauty and with joy,” as they seek to offer compassionate aid to women facing difficult pregnancies, said Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston.

“People think Catholics are the ‘people of No,’” the cardinal said, but, “in reality, we are the people of Yes: yes to God, yes to life, yes to compassion with the poor and the suffering, yes to solidarity that makes us messengers of joy even in the valley of tears.”

Thousands of pilgrims from across the country packed the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on the evening of Jan. 21.

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After 41 Years of Legal Abortion,  Pro-Life Lawmakers Are Hopeful (2161)

A bipartisan trio of Congressional leaders agree that there are many reasons for optimism about the future.

01/23/2014 Comments (6)

(L-r) Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill.

WASHINGTON — On the 41st anniversary of legalized abortion throughout the U.S., pro-life lawmakers from both political parties voiced hope about the future of the pro-life movement.

“I've been in the pro-life movement since 1972,” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., told CNA, and “I've never been more hopeful.”

Smith, who is both co-chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and chairman of a House Subcommittee on International Human Rights, characterized the pro-life movement as a “human-rights struggle based on faith and compassion.”

“This is an injustice that will not stand the test of time,” he said.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who has worked in Congress to promote the...READ MORE

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