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Obama Administration Backtracks in Tyndale House HHS Case (2908)

The government’s appeal withdrawal gives temporary relief to the Illinois-based Bible publisher.

05/08/2013 Comment

WASHINGTON — An Illinois-based Bible publisher has secured temporary relief from the federal contraception mandate after the Obama administration asked an appellate court to dismiss its challenge to a preliminary injunction.

Matthew Bowman, senior legal counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending the publisher, told Catholic News Agency that the move indicates “that the government knows it is taking an extremist view against religious freedom, and it is afraid to defend that in court.”

As a result of the court order, the Bible publisher will remain protected by a temporary injunction and will therefore be able to conduct its business free from the demands of the federal...READ MORE

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Franciscan President Recalls 13 Years Battling Culture of Death (4044)

Father Terence Henry is passing on the torch of leadership at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Franciscan Father Terence Henry.

– Franciscan.edu

Franciscan Father Terence “Terry” Henry is wrapping up a 13-year tenure as president of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Having built upon the legacy of Franciscan Father Michael Scanlan, Father Henry now leaves Franciscan in the strongest position in its history, as he passes on the torch this June to his successor, Franciscan Father Sean Sheridan.

In this interview with Register correspondent Peter Jesserer Smith, Father Henry discusses how fighting the culture of death was the core of his mission and comments on the grave danger of the federal contraception mandate. He also talks about the addition of NCAA sports, a new friary on campus and G.K. Chesterton, as he gets ready...READ MORE

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Ethicist Lauds Ireland's Ruling Against Assisted Suicide (2742)

Ireland’s top court said ‘there is no constitutional right to commit suicide or to arrange for the determination of one’s life at a time of one’s choosing.’

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DUBLIN — The finding of the Irish Supreme Court that citizens have no right to assisted suicide is being welcomed by an ethicist and health-care professional as an affirmation of the value of human life.

“It's a clear tragedy when society endorses assisted suicide. ... I was happy to see the supreme-court decision in Ireland,” Marie Hilliard, director of bioethics and public policy at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, told Catholic News Agency May 7.

On April 29, the supreme court of the Republic of Ireland ruled against Marie Fleming, who has multiple sclerosis and so is unable to commit suicide. Fleming wanted to ensure that she could end her life with the help of her partner,...READ MORE

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Doctor Calls Stem-Cell Surgery on Toddler Revolutionary (4971)

The bone-marrow procedure supports Catholic moral teaching and helps to 'revolutionize medicine,' Dr. Mark Holterman says.

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Hannah Warren gets her nails painted by a nurse after her operation.

– CNA/Jim Carlson OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Ill.

PEORIA, Ill. — The doctor who helped transplant a windpipe grown from a child’s own stem cells said the procedure supports Catholic moral teaching while at the same time helping to “revolutionize medicine.”

On April 9, 2 1/2-year-old Hannah Warren underwent an intensive nine-hour surgery to install an artificial windpipe grown from her own bone marrow to correct a birth defect that left her unable to breathe, eat, swallow or speak on her own.

Rather than using embryonic stem cells, Dr. Mark Holterman of Children’s Hospital of Illinois — part of OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria — said the experimental procedure upholds the hospital’s mission of providing for the sick with the...READ MORE

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Vatican Doctrine Office Perplexed by Cardinal’s LCWR Comments (6690)

The congregation rejects the claim it acted unilaterally and affirms that reform of the organization of American religious sisters will continue.

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Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s doctrine congregation has released a statement saying the media misreported a cardinal’s remarks about the ongoing reform of a group of American sisters, but an inside source at the department says it is confused because the matter is their “exclusive responsibility.”

An official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith told Catholic News Agency May 7 on the condition of anonymity that the congregation is “perplexed” by Cardinal João Braz de Aviz saying it did not discuss with him the decision to require an American group of religious superiors to undergo reform.

“We are perplexed because the matter is the exclusive responsibility of the...READ MORE

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Marriage: A Battle Hundreds of Years in the Making; Unmythical Martyrs; and Much More! (3071)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Marriage: A Battle Hundreds of Years in the Making. Follow the link by Don. Prudlo to read more.

Marriage: A Battle Hundreds of Years in the Making by Don. Prudlo - Big Pulpit

Unmythical Martyrs: Candida Moss Borrows from Gibbon – Ephraim Radner, First Things

A Chastity Interview With a Sex Therapist - Arleen Spenceley, Ignitum Today

Celebrate Mother’s Day a Different Way - Dorothy Pilarski, Catholic Lane

Challenging Unorthodox Catholics About Abortion & Obama - Mary Rice Hasson, Catholic Stand

The Return of Abbey Brewing to America - R. Jared Staudt, Crisis Magazine

Kirsten Powers and the Still Small Voices - Donald R McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Theology of the Bottle - Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers

First Pontifical O. F. Mass of Msgr. Ettore...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ World Youth Day Itinerary (4592)

Stops on the Holy Father’s eight-day visit include a shanty town, a youth detention center and the national shrine.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for World Youth Day — his first papal overseas visit  — will include an address in a shanty town, meeting with juvenile prisoners and praying at the country’s national shrine, the Vatican confirmed today.

But contrary to the advice reportedly given by Brazilian organizers, a stop in his native Argentina is not on the itinerary, increasing the probability of vast numbers of people traveling to Brazil for the eight-day visit.

Up to 4 million people are expected to turn out to see the Church’s first Latin-American pope during his July 22-29 trip, presenting considerable logistical challenges for the authorities. Organizers plan...READ MORE

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Anointing of the Sick at the Boston Marathon (5190)

Denied access to the terror scene, Father John Wykes sought to administer the sacrament to victims from a distance.

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Immediate aftermath of the first Boston Marathon bomb explosion.

– Wikipedia

BOSTON — On April 15, when he learned that two bombs had exploded at the Boston Marathon, Father John Wykes grabbed his holy oil and sprinted for the finish line. He encountered two police officers at the corner of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue, two blocks from the blast site. He identified himself as a priest and showed them the holy oil.

Trying to clear the area, one of the officers told Father Wykes to get back. Separately, his brother priest, Father Tom Carzon, also rushed to the site with oils and was also turned away. Both are members of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary and live at St. Clement's Shrine, three blocks from the finish line.

Now, the Boston Police...READ MORE

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