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Komen's Rapid Policy Reversal Blamed on Planned Parenthood Shakedown (5709)

Pro-life breast-cancer survivors upset by charity’s abrupt about-face.

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U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) speaks during a press conference at a Planned Parenthood Clinic Feb. 3, in Seattle. Murray commended the Susan G. Komen Foundation's reversal of a decision to not fund breast exams at Planned Parenthood.

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Pro-lifers were shocked today as the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure of Breast Cancer, perhaps the world’s leading cancer-advocacy group for women, announced that it is backtracking on an earlier decision to halt funding to abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

They are going to honor current grants to Planned Parenthood and suspend future funding pending the outcome of a congressional investigation of the abortion and contraceptive provider.

The National Right to Life Committee charged in a statement that Komen is “succumbing to pressure from the mainstream media and Planned Parenthood” and noted that Planned Parenthood performs approximately 27% of the abortions done yearly in...READ MORE

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Mitt Romney Writes Op-Ed Against HHS Mandate (3899)

Other Republican presidential candidates also oppose the mandate.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has pledged to overturn the HHS contraception mandate that he says takes “particular aim” at Catholics.

“I stand with the Catholic bishops and all religious organizations in their strenuous objection to this liberty- and conscience-stifling regulation,” Romney wrote in a Feb. 3 Washington Examiner column titled “President Obama vs. Religious Liberty.”

If elected president, the former Massachusetts governor said, he would eliminate the mandate “on day one.”

“Such rules don’t belong in the America that I believe in.”

The mandate, announced on Jan. 20, requires employers to provide insurance coverage for FDA-approved sterilization procedures...READ MORE

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Opportunistic, Misogynist, Pro-Choice Male: The Jig is Up, Does Morality Inhibit Freedom, and more! (2957)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Opportunistic, Misogynist, Pro-Choice Male: The Jig is Up. Click on the link by Kim Vandapool to read more.

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

Opportunistic, Misogynist, Pro-Choice Male: The Jig is Up - Kim Vandapool, Uniconoclast

Catholics & War: 7 Thoughts from St. Thomas Aquinas - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Will Pro-Choicers “Do a 180” Thanks to this Video? - Stephen Herreid, Crisis Magazine

Church, Mass What’s the Difference & Why Does It Matter - Richard Gerard Evans, Catholic Boy Richard

Why Contraception Is a Bad Idea #1: Natural Law - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Marco Rubio Introduces Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Nigeria: Silent Christian Exodus - Giacomo...READ MORE

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How Lila Rose Became Pro-Life … and Catholic (11950)

The founder of Live Action recalls early influences from Protestant parents who read the Church Fathers.

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At 9 years old, Lila Rose saw an image of an aborted baby in a book at her home. She said it struck her to the heart, and she asked, How could anybody do this to a baby?

In time, she became educated about the abortion issue and wanted to act, to speak out, and help save some of the lives that were being taken.

At 15, Rose started her organization Live Action, which she continues to lead today. In 2006, Rose began her series of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood that revealed non-reporting of apparently illegal situations. Rose and friends would pose as minor, pregnant girls seeking abortions, while videotaping conversations with workers, and then later posting the videos on YouTube....READ MORE

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7 Steps to a Proper Catholic Home, Susan G. Komen Breaks from Planned Parenthood, and much more! (3790)

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Susan G. Komen Foundation Breaks Partnership with Planned Parenthood. Click on the link by DarwinCatholic to read this wonderful news.

The Domestic Church: 7 Steps to a Proper Catholic Home - Carlos Urbina, St. Peter’s List

Susan G. Komen Foundation Breaks Partnership with Planned Parenthood - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Are You Struggling to Live Your Catholic Faith? - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Go Tell the Susan G. Komen Foundation Thanks! - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Why The Magisterium Makes Sense To Me - Colin Gormley, Ignitum Today

How Does Theology of the Body Fit in with Same-Sex Attraction? - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Be Not Afraid: Hope for Parents Whose Babies Will Likely Die - Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews.com

Family Breakdown Accelerating in the West - Susan Yoshihara PhD,...READ MORE

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Pope Celebrates Christ the Light on Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (2002)

Benedict XVI celebrates Candlemas and World Day for Consecrated Life Feb. 2.

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Pope Benedict XVI marked the feast of the Presentation of the Lord with vespers and explained that the presentation of Jesus in the Temple reveals Christ as the light of the world.

“In the encounter between the old man Simeon and Mary, a young mother, the Old and New Testaments come together in a wondrous way in giving thanks for the gift of the light that shone in the darkness and has prevented it from prevailing: Christ the Lord.”

The Pope presided over solemn vespers at St. Peter’s Basilica Feb. 2.

The feast recalls the occasion when Mary and Joseph, in observance of Jewish custom, presented their firstborn son to the priest in the Temple in Jerusalem 40 days after his birth.

There,...READ MORE

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Maryland Parish Joins the Fight Against Same-Sex 'Marriage' as Battle Heats Up (2971)

Supporters of traditional marriage resist efforts to make 'marriage equality' a pro-family cause.

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The Maryland statehouse.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Early this week, a busload of parishioners from Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Bethesda, Md., headed to the Annapolis Statehouse to register their opposition to a proposed same-sex “marriage” bill.

The 30 parishioners met with their representatives in the Maryland Senate, scheduled to consider a “marriage equality” bill for the second time in two years. Afterward, the Bethesda church group joined a throng of activists at a rally in support of traditional marriage.

During the hour-long bus ride from the parish to the statehouse, their pastor, Msgr. Edward Filardi, led the group in the Rosary. Parishioners also rehearsed the arguments they planned to air with their...READ MORE

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More Bishops Visit St. Peter's Tomb (3183)

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati: Bishops are 'instruments through which Christ is working.'

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Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati

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VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News)—Nobody is “worthy” of the call of Christ, and yet Jesus still calls everybody to him, Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati said at the tomb of St. Peter on Feb. 1.

Archbishop Schnurr said he often hears young men who think they are called to the priesthood exclaim, “Archbishop, I’m not worthy of that!”

“But that’s the point, isn’t it?” he said. “None of us is worthy to be considered an instrument of God, shaping his Church, shaping his people, making them into the livings stones upon which the Church is built.”

Yet, “in humility, we accept that role,” especially since anything can be achieved by a person “filled with Christ and filled with confidence in...READ MORE

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