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Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Homosexual Scouts (9334)

Bishop Guglielmone, the USCCB’s liaison with Catholic scouts, says ‘we can live’ with the compromise approved May 23 by the BSA’s national leadership.

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GRAPEVINE, Texas — In a policy shift for the Boy Scouts of America, openly homosexual youth will no longer be barred from scouting.

The 1,400-member national council voted yesterday to add the following line to the requirements for being a scout: “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” The resolution passed with 61.5% voting in favor of the change and 38.5% opposed. It goes into effect Jan. 1, 2014, and is binding on all councils and units.

In a May 23 statement, the organization said: “The Boy Scouts of America will not sacrifice its mission or the youth served by the movement by allowing the...READ MORE

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Hobby Lobby Has Hearing Before Federal Appeals Court Regarding HHS Suit (3644)

Christian store's lawyer is encouraged after arguing the case before full panel of 10th Circuit judges.

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The lawyer representing Hobby Lobby and its Christian owners in a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate is heartened following the case's hearing before a federal appeals court.

“We were encouraged by it; we were able to make our points forcefully, and we felt the judges heard what we were saying,” Kyle Duncan, general counsel with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, told Catholic News Agency May 24.

The arts-and-crafts retailer is one of well over 100 plaintiffs challenging a mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services requiring that employers provide insurance coverage for contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs and sterilizations.


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Gosnell’s Conviction Focuses Attention on Fetal Pain Abortion Bans (2837)

A federal bill to bar abortions after 20 weeks was considered this week by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee.

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Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell

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WASHINGTON — The murder trial and conviction of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell may have increased public awareness and sympathy to unborn children who are capable of feeling pain in the womb as early as 20 weeks after conception.

This public awareness could assist in gaining support for legislation to ban abortion on the basis of fetal pain, such as a bill that was discussed this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The horrible, horrible suffering inflicted on little human lives in every abortion is now brutally clear to anyone who followed the Pennsylvania proceedings. After the Gosnell case, nobody can claim that abortion is victimless. The tiny victims experience...READ MORE

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Religious Freedom and the Need to Wake Up (3635)

Philadelphia's archbishop writes: 'The day when Americans could take the Founders’ understanding of religious freedom as a given is over. We need to wake up.'

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This column was first published May 24 at CatholicPhilly.com.

“IRS officials have, of course, confessed that they inappropriately targeted conservative groups — especially those with ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their names — for extra scrutiny when they sought nonprofit status. Allegations of abuse or harassment have since broadened to include groups conducting grassroots projects to ‘make America a better place to live,’ to promote classes about the U.S. Constitution or to raise support for Israel.

“However, it now appears the IRS also challenged some individuals and religious groups that, while defending key elements of their faith traditions, have criticized projects dear to the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Zen: Day of Prayer for China Vital (5601)

The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong says the communist government ‘is enslaving our Church.’

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Cardinal Joseph Zen, archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong.

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VATICAN CITY — The former bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, has underlined the importance of today’s worldwide day of prayer for the Church in China, saying the country currently faces a “really desperate” situation.

Speaking to the Register by telephone from Hong Kong May 24, the cardinal said it’s “very important” to pray for China, as the situation is “very bad,” and the “only hope is from heaven.”

Summarizing the situation in the country, where China’s 12 million Catholics continue to be divided into two communities because of communist state control, he said the government is “enslaving our Church.”

“Our bishops are slaves; they’re just brought everywhere to do what the...READ MORE

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Canada’s Politicians Criticized for ‘Failure’ to Protect Children (2725)

Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform organized a postcard campaign that reveals powerful Canadian politicians who support abortion.

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Chris Fane via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Canadian Parliament

– Chris Fane via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

CALGARY, Canada — A pro-life group in Canada is renewing its efforts to ignite discussion and conversion in their country by calling out major politicians who support abortion.

“We very much want to change public opinion so that we can change public policy,” Stephanie Gray of the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform told Catholic News Agency May 21.

The campaign called “Face the Children” consists of postcards featuring images of some of Canada’s most powerful politicians alongside graphic pictures of aborted children.

“Our experience has been that when people see the pictures it does change their minds,” Gray explained.

With a team made up of volunteers, summer interns and...READ MORE

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Western Culture ‘Lost God’ Through Demise of Family (3162)

Mary Eberstadt suggests that those wishing to challenge the trend of declining religious observance should support families in times of need.

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Mary Eberstadt


WASHINGTON — Scholar Mary Eberstadt says most theories of secularization do not take into account the role of the family in religious practice, noting how its demise is critically linked to an increasingly secular West.

“The reasons commonly offered for secularization don’t hold up when you scrutinize them,” Eberstadt, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, told Catholic News Agency May 23.

“This means that modern secular sociology has gotten a pretty big thing wrong, and it’s gotten it wrong because it’s ignored the role of the family and what motivates people to go to church.”

She noted that “the conventional storyline” often assumes secularization...READ MORE

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Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Openly 'Gay' Members (2203)

The resolution, which allows 'gay' youth members, was passed with an over 60% majority of votes.

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Mass Comm. Spec. Nat Moger/US Navy

– Mass Comm. Spec. Nat Moger/US Navy

WASHINGTON — The Boy Scouts of America has voted in favor of a resolution that lifts the ban on openly "gay" members but will not allow "gay" adult troop leaders.

During its annual meeting in Grapevine, Texas, some 1,400 Boy Scouts delegates voted on whether or not the group should lift its ban on openly homosexual youth members.

The resolution, which allows "gay" youth members, was passed with an over 60% majority of votes.

In a May 22 op-ed for USA Today, Boy Scouts of America's president, Wayne Perry, said the resolution to lift the ban on openly gay scouts “reinforces that scouting is a youth program and that any sexual conduct, heterosexual or homosexual, is contrary to the...READ MORE

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