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Irish Pro-Lifers Rally at Defining Moment in Abortion-Law Debate (2549)

Advocates for the unborn plan to deliver a message Jan. 19 to politicians about the importance of protecting the littlest lives.

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Unite 4 Life www.unite4life.net

Dec. 4 pro-life vigil in Dublin

– Unite 4 Life www.unite4life.net

DUBLIN — A Jan. 19 pro-life vigil in Dublin aims to rally against the government's proposal to permit some abortions, warning that abortion advocates are blurring important moral distinctions in the debate.

“Time and again, when the distinction is made between current medical practice which cares for both the mother and baby and direct, intentional abortion, voters give their unambiguous support to pro-life laws,” Caroline Simons, a legal consultant for the Pro Life Campaign, said in a Jan. 14 announcement.

She said the debate over the legalization of some abortions is a “defining moment for Ireland,” and Irish people need to “make their voices heard loud and clear.”

The rally will...READ MORE

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No Catholic Kings and Queens at Buckingham Palace (9388)

U.K. Catholics are lukewarm about proposed legislative changes that would allow royal-family members to marry Catholics but also maintain the existing ban on a Catholic monarch.

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House of Windsor's coat of arms

LONDON — The U.K. government has proposed a new law that would allow members of the British royal family to marry Catholics without forfeiting their claim to the throne — but Prince Charles, the current heir to the throne, is reportedly unhappy with this idea.

The new law would also end the rule of primogeniture, with baby girls being given the same inheriting rights as boys.

The proposed changes mean that if the unborn child of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is a girl, the baby will become third in line to the throne, after her grandfather, Prince Charles, and her father, Prince William. Previously, a firstborn royal-family daughter could have had her claims superseded by a younger...READ MORE

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Notes for the Etiquette of New Age, Why Do People Want to Learn Chant? Glory Dawns and Much More! (2227)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Notes for the Etiquette of a New Age: Fallen Episcopals. Follow the link by blogger Hadley Arkes of The Catholic Thing blog to read more.

Notes for the Etiquette of a New Age: Fallen Episcopals by blogger Hadley Arkes of The Catholic Thing blogBig Pulpit

Why Do People Want to Learn Chant? - Jeffrey A. Tucker, Crisis Magazine

Glory Dawns (John 2:1-12) - Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

France’s Surprising Resistance to Gay Marriage – Robert Royal, First Things/On The Square

Five Signs We Get Wrong at Mass – Abram Muenzberg, Ignitum Today

Estimated One Million+ March in Paris Against Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Plans – Jeanne Smits, LifeSiteNews

Government as False Savior – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

French Anti Same-Sex Marriage Protests Prompt Ire of the B. B. C. – George Conger,...READ MORE

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Pew Survey on Abortion Attitudes Criticized as Misleading (2721)

The executive director of Students for Life of America said the 'horrible' wording of the survey led to skewed results.

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Kristan Hawkins

– StudentsforLife.org

WASHINGTON — A U.S. pro-life leader says a new study showing alleged support for legalized abortion among Americans is in fact exaggerated and unclear.

Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America, said that she was “outraged” by the “horrible” wording in the survey, which led to misleading results about the views of Americans.

On Jan. 16, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released a report about American attitudes on abortion after 40 years of its legalization throughout the country.

The report claimed that 63% of Americans do not want to see the Supreme Court completely overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationally.


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A Tragic Anniversary (1262)

Book Pick: Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars

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The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars

By Monica Migliorino Miller

Saint Benedict Press, 2012

298 pages, $26.95

To order: www.saintbenedictpress.com

(800) 437-5876


When Roe v. Wade was decided, I was 13.  As I began reading about abortion, I was struck by four photos in Hilgers and Horan’s Abortion and Social Justice, depicting victims of the four types of abortion then used. These were little individual babies whose lives were ended in excruciating pain — and supposedly intelligent people called this a “right.” 

40 years later, Monica Miller has written a hard-hitting, very personal account of her pro-life activism.  Part biography, Miller, who has spent...READ MORE

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Pope’s Former Butler Given Hospital Job (2140)

Released from prison after the Holy Father pardoned him for leaking confidential documents, Paolo Gabriele is now working at the Vatican’s Bambino Gesu hospital.

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Rome Reports

Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict XVI's former butler.

– Rome Reports

VATICAN CITY — Paolo Gabriele, the Pope’s former butler who was released from prison just before Christmas, has a new job working for an extension of the Vatican hospital Bambino Gesu.

According to the German Catholic agency KNA, Gabriele has been offered a job doing clerical work for a new branch of the hospital near the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. He will also receive assistance with housing, since his wife and three children must move out of their current Vatican apartment.

The new extension of the hospital was opened on Sept. 10, 2012, and focuses on outpatient care for children. In early 2013, it will include a research center dedicated to pediatric diseases and...READ MORE

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Bishop Murphy: N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s Promotion of Abortion ‘Excludes God’ (12286)

In an exclusive Register interview, the bishop of Rockville Centre, N.Y., discusses the New York bishops’ concerns about the governor’s legislative push for on-demand abortion up to birth.

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Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, N.Y.

– licatholic.org

Bishop William Murphy of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., spoke this week to the Register about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make abortion on demand, all the way up to birth, a “fundamental right” in New York state law.

Cuomo has tied his abortion expansion to a women’s-equality bill, but Bishop Murphy, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the other bishops in the New York State Catholic Conference warn that Cuomo’s plan could not only make New York the abortion capital of the world, but potentially might even force Catholic hospitals, institutions and licensed health-care providers to close their doors.


Bishop Murphy, please share with our readers your thoughts about Gov....READ MORE

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Stanford Inaugurates Nation’s Only Legal Clinic for Religious Freedom (3667)

‘One of a kind’ program will train law students to litigate religious-freedom cases.

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Stanford Law School.

– Wikicommons

STANFORD, Calif. — Religious-freedom debates have shaped the American experiment in ordered liberty since its foundation and still fire the passions of its citizens.

Capitol Hill and state legislatures often draw much of the heat during partisan contests over issues like prayer in public schools, immigration or the federal contraception mandate. But the nation’s courts are often the places where religious plaintiffs find relief in their quest for legal accommodation for beliefs and practices that challenge community standards or government regulations.

Mindful of the need to train a new generation of lawyers capable of effectively litigating a broad array of First Amendment and...READ MORE

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