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Family Wins Reprieve in Nevada ‘Forced Abortion’ Case (4599)

A district judge removes abortion as an option for a mentally disabled women, backing away from his original stance.

11/19/2012 Comments (17)

Washoe County District Judge Egan Walker

– EWTN News

RENO, Nev. — When a Reno, Nev., group-home manager called Amy and William Bauer to report that their daughter was pregnant, the news set in motion a chain of events that almost ended with a court-mandated abortion, despite the Bauers’ objections.

But three weeks later, during a Nov. 14 hearing at a Washoe County District courthouse, Judge Egan Walker told the Bauers that abortion was no longer an option for their 32-year-old daughter Elisa’s crisis pregnancy. The news offered an unexpected reprieve for the embattled family and their supporters in the pro-life community.

“We won after a very welcome, but sudden, change of heart: Judge Walker announced that abortion is no longer being...READ MORE

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Renewing the Church and Her Mission in the Year of Faith (12085)

Address at the Catholic Life Congress in Philadelphia on Nov. 17.

11/18/2012 Comments (37)
Peter Zelasko/ CNA

– Peter Zelasko/ CNA

My comments today will be simple. I want to focus on just three points. The first point is where we are as a Church and as individual Catholics, given the current environment of our country. The second point is what we need to do about it. And the third point is who we need to be, or become, to live the kind of witness God wants from us. Before we get to that, though, I want to offer a few preliminary thoughts.

Language matters. It both expresses and shapes our thinking. Vulgar language suggests a vulgar soul. Obviously, lots of exceptions exist. A peasant can have a rough vocabulary and still lead a saintly life. And a political leader can have a golden tongue and still be a complete...READ MORE

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What Obama Did Not Say, The Eight Demons of St. John Cassian, The Worst Deadly Sin: Pride, and More! (4364)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/17/2012 Comment

What President Obama Did Not Say. Follow the link by Don DeMarco PhD of the Truth and Charity Forum to read more.

What President Obama Did Not Say by Don DeMarco PhD of the Truth and Charity ForumBig Pulpit

The Eight Demons of St. John Cassian – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Pride, the Worst of the Deadly Sins – Alexandra Reis, Ignitum Today

Does a Catholic Wedding Have to be Held in a Catholic Church? – Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made Easy

Irish Abortion Laws and the Tragic Death of Savita Halappanavar – Catherine Harmon, The CWR Blog

Are We Entering Another Period of Puritanism? – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

The Changing Demographic – Jake Tawney, The American Catholic

The Saint Who Gave His Name to Oxford – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Eastern Catholics...READ MORE

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U.N. Calls Access to Birth Control a 'Human Right,' Hymnal 1940 Available Online and More! (3014)

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11/16/2012 Comment

U.N. Calls Access to Birth Control a 'Human Right.' Click on the link by Steven Ertelt to read more.

U. N. Calls Access to Birth Control a “Human Right” – Steven Ertelt, Life News

Hymnal 1940 is Online – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Study Shows Self-Identifying Homosexuals are a Small Percent of the U. S. via Fr. Z's BlogBig Pulpit

Exeter Cathedral, Corpus, a Clock and Martial – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

Explaining Reason: Atheism or Christianity? – Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

2012 Statistics for the FSSP: A Booming Order! – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Why I Wear a Purity Ring – Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Bishop Geoffrey Robinson Confessional Seal Scandal Brings Up a Question – Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law


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Jerusalem Bishop Regrets New Israeli-Palestinian Violence (2480)

Amid renewed military action between Israel and the Gaza Strip, a bishop from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem is deploring the 'vicious circle of violence.'

11/16/2012 Comments (17)

Bishop William Shomali

– catholicchurch-holyland.com

JERUSALEM — Amid renewed military action between Israel and the Gaza Strip, a bishop from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem is deploring the “vicious circle of violence.”

Bishop William Shomali, vicar of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, told Vatican Radio Nov. 15 that it is presently hard to know who started the violence “because everyone condemns the other.”

“What is true is that many victims are falling down. Innocent people are dying,” he continued, adding that many people on both sides of the fighting are hungry, and students cannot go to school.

“Life becomes impossible in that region,” he said.

In recent weeks, rocket attacks on Israel from Palestinian militants in...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Lincoln' (8308)

Daniel Day-Lewis brilliantly brings the 16th president to life in Steven Spielberg's lavish historical drama.

11/16/2012 Comments (44)

Steven Spielberg’s masterful Lincoln might more accurately have been called The 13th Amendment — and while the choice of the more marketable title is easy to understand, the more crucial decision to limit the scope of the film to the last few months of Lincoln’s life, and to focus less on Lincoln himself than on the political machinations of bringing about his most enduring legal legacy, must have been harder to make.

Watching Daniel Day-Lewis’ sublime interpretation of perhaps the most iconic figure in American history, it’s easy to wish that Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner (Munich) had chosen to adapt a greater swath of their source material; namely, the popular historian Doris...READ MORE

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After Hurricane Sandy, Voices Unite in New York City (1721)

Broadway performers and a unique New York parish perform in harmony at a special concert to raise money for Church-sponsored charities.

11/16/2012 Comment

NEW YORK — To those who view the entertainment industry and the Church as sworn rivals, it seemed like a strange duet: the Catholic Church and the Broadway performing-arts community coming together for a shared event.

Yet, in the aftermath of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Actors’ Chapel — a parish in the heart of New York’s theater district — joined together harmoniously with more than 500 Broadway and New York-area performers Nov. 12 to stage the Voices United fundraising choral festival.

“Take the joy that you receive here this evening and share it with your neighbors, family, friends and the suffering communities around us,” Father Richard Baker, the pastor of the...READ MORE

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Vatican Will Address Problem of Abortion, Other Immoral Practices at Catholic Hospitals (3164)

The Pontifical Council for Health Care is discussing 'the serious challenge of preserving the identity of Catholic hospitals.'

11/16/2012 Comments (29)

VATICAN — During its upcoming conference, the Pontifical Council for Health Care will address the problem of abortion and other practices against Church teaching at some Catholic hospitals around the world.

The president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, said the Nov. 15-17 gathering in Rome will discuss “the serious challenge of preserving the identity of Catholic hospitals.”

He criticized the “political pressure” levied against Catholic hospitals in some countries to force them to provide abortions in violation of Church teaching.

Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, a member of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, told Catholic News Agency on Nov....READ MORE

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