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Grassroots Effort Targets Late-Term Abortion in Albuquerque (2172)

Voters will cast ballots Nov. 19 on a citizen-initiated ordinance to ban abortion there after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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– protectabqwomenandchildren.com

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — A citizen-initiated ordinance to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy in Albuquerque, N.M., will receive a vote on Nov. 19 and could have a big impact on the abortion-friendly state.

“This election is historic and has national implications, as it is the first time in our nation’s history that the issue of abortion is on a stand-alone ballot for the citizens to decide,” said Elisa Martinez, executive director of Protect Albuquerque Women and Children.

“Albuquerque residents are energized to support and vote for the ban in face of the medical and scientific evidence that unborn babies experience tremendous pain during these horrific late-term abortion procedures,”...READ MORE

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Immigration Reform Debate: Is a Piecemeal Approach Required? (11780)

Some prominent Catholic observers have concluded Washington’s current political dynamics preclude a comprehensive reform at this time.

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks with CBP guards beside the fence dividing Mexico from the United States.

– rubio.senate.gov

WASHINGTON — As the clock wound down on the congressional legislative session in November, some Catholic observers were becoming less optimistic that the House of Representatives would tackle immigration reform.

“Certainly, there is not going to be any comprehensive bill. At best, there will be one small piece or another,” said Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration and Refugee Services.

“I don’t see too much happening. Unfortunately, this is going to be dragged out,” Bishop DiMarzio told the Register.

“There is not a lot of time left, and next year in particular doesn’t look like it will be good for us...READ MORE

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Do Not Sleep with Your Boyfriend; Balthasar, Universal Salvation and Ralph Martin and Much More! (5644)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why You Shouldn’t Sleep With Your Boyfriend. Follow the link by Beverly De Soto of Regina Magazine to read why.

Why You Shouldn’t Sleep With Your Boyfriend by Beverly De Soto of Regina Magazine - BigPulpit.com

Bishops Oppose ENDA – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Balthasar, Universal Salvation & Ralph Martin – Christopher Blosser, The American Catholic

How Obamacare Offends Human Dignity - Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine

Tyrannical Charity – Chris Ricketts, Ignitum Today

Homeschooling: Decline or Diversification? - Joseph Knippenberg, First Things

Byzantine Divine Liturgy at Wyoming Catholic College – Byz Pulpit

Does Objective Morality Depend Upon God? - Joe Heschmeyer, Strange Notions

Do Ghosts Exist? – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

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Vatican Advises U.S. Bishops About Medjugorje Apparitions (11677)

The papal nuncio to the U.S. has written a letter stating Catholics ‘are not permitted’ to participate in meetings that accept the alleged apparitions as credible.

11/06/2013 Comments (25)

The Oct. 21 letter from the papal nuncio to the U.S. Catholic bishops, as published by Spirit Daily.

WASHINGTON — At the direction of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the apostolic nuncio to the U.S. has written a letter stating that Catholics “are not permitted” to participate in meetings which take for granted that the supposed Marian apparitions in Medjugorje are credible.

“The Congregation [for the Doctrine of the Faith] has affirmed that, with regard to the credibility of the ‘apparitions’ in question, all should accept the declaration … which asserts: ‘On the basis of the research that has been done, it is not possible to state that there were apparitions or supernatural revelations,’” Archbishop Carlo Vigano wrote in an Oct. 21 letter to the bishops of...READ MORE

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Mortar Fire Hits Vatican Embassy in Syria (2734)

No lives were lost in the strike on the Damascus nunciature, but tensions are high just two weeks after a large massacre of Christians.

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Melkite Greek Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch

– Weenson Oo/picture-u.net

DAMASCUS — The Vatican’s nunciature in Damascus was hit by a mortar round at 6:30am  on Tuesday, damaging the building but neither killing nor injuring any persons.

“Given the hour, there was only material damage, not to people,” Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said in a Nov. 5 press conference.

“Had it been later, it would have been much more dangerous,” he said. “Thanks to God, no one was hurt.”

The mortar hit the embassy’s rooftop, and, according to The Associated Press, it is “not clear” if the building was targeted.

Archbishop Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio to Syria, told Vatican Radio that “we do not know why it happened. … We cannot say that the Vatican...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Advocates Demand Abortion Transparency in Health-Care Plans (3242)

A bill in Congress would require health insurers on the exchanges to be up-front with consumers about whether their plans include an abortion surcharge.

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Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J.

– Addie Mena/CNA

WASHINGTON — Pro-life leaders are calling for transparency in the health-care exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act, asking that they include an open acknowledgement of whether each individual plan funds abortion.

“Abortions are covered” under the health-care law, and “taxpayers are going to be funding it,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America, at an Oct. 31 rally in front of the U.S. Capitol.

“But what’s really interesting is the secretary [of Health and Human Services] herself wrote a memo this April demanding that all insurance providers cover Planned Parenthood and their services in the health-insurance exchanges,” she said.

Participants in the...READ MORE

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Different Generations, Common Commitment to Life (3509)

African American Catholics Elbert Guillory and lawyer Louis Brown explain why their faith impelled them to shift their political allegiances.

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Louis A. Brown, Jr.

DETROIT — As a law student at Howard University, Louis Brown loved politics. He had immersed himself in the world of the Democratic Party. The 20-something Detroit native had spent a summer working for U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. He spent another summer as a law clerk at Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s office for legal counsel.

“It was an exciting time being a student in Washington, D.C. I loved every minute of it. I was a political junkie, in every sense of the word,” recalled Brown.

During his third year in law school, Brown had a reversion back to his Catholic faith: “I was facing graduation, had just broken up with my girlfriend and was feeling the real need to be...READ MORE

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Families Face Moral Dilemmas With Obamacare (9794)

With federal regulations putting the squeeze on families and their options, some Christian ministries offer a hopeful alternative.

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks Oct. 30 during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.

– YouTube

WASHINGTON — The disastrous rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has challenged the president’s famous promise: “If you like your plan, you can keep it; if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

But according to Catholic and other Christian critics, Obamacare appears also to say that if a person likes his morals, he can’t keep those either.

Scott Griswold, a Catholic insurance agent in South Carolina, said health insurance has been part of his insurance business for more than two decades. But the ACA’s mandates have made him decide that his conscience won’t allow him to sell health policies in the future.

“I’m going to...READ MORE

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