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Human or Superhuman? (18531)

Church Teaching on Genetic Engineering: May 6 issue column.

05/12/2012 Comment
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Human genetic engineering has always been the stuff of science-fiction novels and blockbuster Hollywood films. Except that it is no longer confined to books and movies.

Scientists and doctors are already attempting to genetically alter human beings and our cells. And whether you realize it or not, you and your children are being bombarded in popular media with mixed messages on the ethics surrounding human genetic engineering.

So what does the Church say about the genetic engineering of humans?

The majority of Catholics would likely say that the Church opposes any genetic modification in humans. But that is not what our Church teaches. Actually, the Church does support human genetic...READ MORE

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Make Mother's Day Special (1456)

Family Matters column from May 6 issue.

05/12/2012 Comment
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My husband is loving and a good father, but I’m always a little disappointed when Mother’s Day or my birthday rolls around because he doesn’t do much to mark the day.  I feel silly complaining about trivial events because he is such a good provider otherwise. Is it wrong that my feelings get hurt?

Tom: Of course not! All of us need plenty of affirmation and encouragement, and we especially need to hear that we are loved. Mother’s Day and birthdays are natural occasions for this to happen. Let’s face it: In the whirlwind of modern family life, most of us forget to express our gratitude for each other, and we could use a reminder — or two or three! Maybe Mother’s Day has been ridiculously...READ MORE

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Help in Time of Miscarriage (5724)

Saturday Book Pick: Karen Edmisten offers her experience and insights to hurting mothers.

05/12/2012 Comments (8)

When I lost my second child to miscarriage nearly 20 years ago, I searched Catholic bookstores in vain for a book on miscarriage.

I suffered interiorly for years, until my parish held a healing Mass on Feb. 2 (feast of the Presentation) for mothers who had lost a baby. It was an extraordinary evening of grace. We named our babies, writing their names on certificates which were laid upon the altar as we entrusted them to Christ.

Relishing the peace I found in this Mass, I thought, Someone should write a book for Catholic mothers who have miscarried.

I am grateful that such a book has been written by gifted writer and devout Catholic Karen Edmisten. It is an exquisite collection of...READ MORE

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Cardinals With Most Twitter Followers, the Holiness of St. Therese of Lisieux's Parents (830)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/11/2012 Comments (2)

Cardinals with the Most Twitter Followers. Click on the link by Fr. Z to read more.

Cardinals with the Most Twitter Followers - Fr. Z's Blog

The Holiness of St. Thérèse of Lisieux's Parents - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

President Obama, Jesus, the Golden Rule, Nancy Pelosi, Same-Sex "Marriage" & the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. - The Pulpit

From Martini's to Big Girl Pants - Ashley McGuire, The Catholic Thing

World Renown Chef on Why Families should Always Eat Together - Richard Corrigan, Catholic Herald

Examining the Role of Grandmothers in Society - Russell Shaw, OSV Newsweekly

6 Ideas for Integrating Catholic Faith with Work - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

J & P Pontifical Council: Turning Profit is a Wonderful Thing - Solidarity with...READ MORE

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Miraculous Medal of Mary, Facebook Status: Unfriendly, Catastrophe of Catholic Copyrights, and more! (3247)

The Best In Catholic Blogging

05/11/2012 Comments (4)

The Miraculous Medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Click on the link by Mystics of the Church to read more.

The Miraculous Medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mystics of the Church

Facebook Status: Unfriendly - Elizabeth Yore, Catholic Vote

The Catastrophe of Catholic Copyrights - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

President Obama, Jesus, the Golden Rule, Nancy Pelosi, Same-Sex "Marriage" & the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. - The Pulpit

Science and Faith - R. Jeffrey Grace, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Perpetual Adolescence Goes on Display in San Francisco - Paul Adams, MercatorNet

Subsidiarity: What It Really Means - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/In Depth Analysis

Fr. Robert Barron on Caritas in Veritate (video) - Kayla Peterson, Ignitum Today

St. Hildegard of Bingen Named a...READ MORE

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Why Kathleen Sebelius Needs to Speak at Georgetown (6499)

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05/11/2012 Comments (58)

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There is a reason “pro-choice” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hasn’t quietly bowed out of delivering a commencement-day address at Georgetown University May 18: Sebelius needs Georgetown more than Georgetown needs Sebelius.

Sometimes a controversial speaker will spare the embattled host institution embarrassment by suddenly discovering a “forgotten” engagement. A quiet announcement that overlooked scheduling issues preclude Sebelius from speaking at Georgetown might come in handy for the beleaguered Jesuit institution. Not likely to happen, though.

Former President Bill Clinton, a Georgetown alumnus, also recognized the usefulness of a Georgetown setting....READ MORE

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San Diego Baseball Camp Has Christ at Its Center (3404)

MLB All-Star Mike Sweeney will lead the innovative clinic this summer.

05/11/2012 Comments (4)
Mike Sweeney’s Catholic Baseball Camp

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Mike Sweeney’s Catholic Baseball Camp, to be held July 24-26 at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, is not your average baseball camp. In addition to the customary fielding, hitting and base-running, this camp will include daily Mass, confession and praying the Rosary.

Participants will learn not only how to become great baseball players, but great human beings as well. Contrary to what some think, the two are not incompatible, the camp’s originator and leader, Sweeney, explained.

“The reason I started the camp was to share the integration of two of my loves in life: baseball and the Catholic faith. Of course I value playing baseball, but, more importantly, I set a...READ MORE

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At Georgetown, Most Professors Critical of Ryan Fail to Sign Letter Protesting Sebelius Visit (4251)

Patrick Deneen gets signature of one colleague, but no response from nearly 90 others.

05/10/2012 Comments (28)
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Patrick Deneen, the founding director of the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy at Georgetown University, and several other faculty members drafted a letter to Georgetown's president, John DeGioia, asking him to rescind the Georgetown Public Policy Institute’s invitation to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Deneen supplied a copy of the letter to the Register and said that his group invited a “large number of faculty to join, including all faculty in Catholic studies and all signers of the letter to Congressman [Paul] Ryan, along with faculty whom we believed might be inclined to sign. A total of nine faculty elected to sign this letter.”

Ryan, the...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, catholic social teaching, georgetown university, john degioia, kathleen sebelius, patrick deneen, paul ryan, religious freedom, religious liberty, usccb

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