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The Fight to Eliminate Down Syndrome: Eugenics at Work? (10269)

Are medical advances and health-care reform leading to the elimination of unborn babies with Trisomy 21?

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A boy and his dog. New prenatal tests for Down Syndrome could mean far fewer children will be allowed to reach birth.

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. It should be: Down Syndrome is at the center of a critical human-rights issue.

Many recent headlines concerning Down have extolled the “life-saving” advantages of a new blood test, administered in the first trimester of pregnancy, which can determine, with high accuracy, if an unborn child had the syndrome. The test, MaterniT21, will eliminate the miscarriage risk of chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis, both invasive tests, and is far more reliable than current early blood tests.

But it is not a life-saving discovery for everyone. The fact is: 92% of mothers who discover that their unborn child has Down syndrome choose abortion.

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Filed under abortion, down syndrome, healthcare, jerome lejeune, obamacare

What the Protect Life Act Means for America (2768)

Bill passed the House last week by a vote of 251-172. Bishops' spokeswoman: 'By passing the Protect Life Act, the House has taken an important step toward authentic health-care reform that respects the dignity of all, from conception onward.'

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Oct. 13 that would prevent federal taxpayer funding of abortion under President Obama’s health-care law. The approved measure would also strengthen conscience protection for health-care employees.

“A ban on taxpayer funding of abortion is the will of the American people and ought to be the law of the land,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on the House floor.

“But the law, particularly as it is currently enforced, does not reflect the will of the people. This has created additional uncertainty, given that Americans are concerned not just about how much we’re spending, but how we’re spending it.”

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Ron Paul's New Ad Highlights His Pro-Life Stance (1808)

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—A new campaign ad for the Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul highlights his commitment to defend the lives of the unborn.

“This whole notion of life not being valuable just is something I was never able to accept,” Rep. Paul, R-Texas, says in the ad, which was released Oct. 12.

The TV spot hails Paul as “a man of faith, committed to protecting life.” It recalls his years as an OB-GYN, applauding the fact that he has personally delivered “more than 4,000 babies.”

Paul has pledged to end taxpayer funding of abortion and to select only pro-life appointees to important Cabinet and executive-branch positions.

However, he has faced criticism for his proposal to...READ MORE

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Pope's Tips for Doing Business (2623)

Economic values should support family life, Benedict says.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI called for new ways of doing business, in keeping with the dignity of workers and their families, during an Oct. 15 address to promoters of Catholic social doctrine.

“Family and work are privileged places for the construction of the vocation of man, collaborating in the creative work of God today,” he told the Fondazione Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice, a Vatican-based lay organization that spreads the Church’s social teaching around the world.

Its members met in Rome for a two-day conference on the relationship between family and business.

In his speech to the foundation, the Pope recalled how the Second Vatican Council “spoke of the family...READ MORE

Filed under common good, economy, family, family life, jobs, pope benedict xvi, work

The Mighty Macs, St. Ignatius of Antioch, Liberty, Technology, Social Networking, and much more! (2789)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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"The Might Macs": Basketball and the Power of Faith. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to learn more about this Catholic basketball story.

An Introduction to Distributism, Part II - Donald P. Goodman III, The Distributist Review

St. Ignatius of Antioch & the Early Church - Kenneth D. Whitehead, Ignatius Insight Scoop

On the Authority of Bishops, from St. Ignatius of Antioch - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Liberty, Technology, & the Advent of Social Networking - Gladden J. Pappin, First Principles

“The Might Macs”: Basketball and the Power of Faith - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Hope - Anna Williams, VirtuousPla.net

Ten Public Policies for Renewing Family Life - Phillip Longman, MercatorNet

Wm. Henry Bissell, First Catholic Governor of Illinois - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Guess Who is a...READ MORE

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New Ukrainian Prelate Speaks of Hope for Church Unity (4495)

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk discusses his role in fostering ‘unity of action.’

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Ukrainian Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk is flanked by Bishop Richard Seminack of the Chicago Eparchy of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (l) and Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of the Latin-rite Archdiocese of Chicago. Archbishop Shevchuk celebrated a Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Cathedral in the Windy City.

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Last March a bishop who had not yet reached his 41st birthday was appointed head of the largest Eastern-rite Church in communion with Rome. Only recently appointed a bishop to serve the South American Ukrainian Catholic faithful, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, was elected major archbishop of Kiev-Halychna, thus taking the helm of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church from Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, who had already served three years past normal retirement age.

With some 10 million faithful worldwide, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church holds a unique position within the Catholic Church. It bridges Eastern and Western Christianity, tracing its roots to the Church in Kiev, which broke with Rome during the...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, catholic church, liturgy, soviet union, sviatoslav shevchuk, ukraine, ukrainian greek catholic church

Love Come Alive Fest Sings for Life (2286)

Nashville concert features Catholic musicians to promote 40 Days for Life. Oct. 23 issue feature.

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Marie Bellet, a mother of nine who resides in Nashville, who regularly prays in front of abortion clinics, performs as part of the festival.

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NASHVILLE — The 40 Days for Life’s fall campaign in the Diocese of Nashville got a rocking boost on Sept. 24 with a festival of music that garnered support and commitment from a youthful audience. Produced and promoted by Mysterium Records, the live concert of eight Catholic musicians and rock bands was recorded for a CD that will help promote 40 Days for Life. (The CD will be released by Mysterium Records and made available to LifeTeen and through Ignatius Press.)

Jimmy Mitchell, 25, president of Mysterium Records and producer of the Love Come Alive Festival, was inspired to get more deeply involved in the pro-life movement because of 40 Days for Life.

He was also moved by reading Abby...READ MORE

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Pope Issues Letter Explaining Need for Year of Faith (3492)

Benedict wrote: "The 'door of faith' is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. He hopes this year will bring a rediscovery and renewal of faith within the Church and world.

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VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News)—Pope XVI Benedict says the Church’s Year of Faith, starting October 2012, which he announced yesterday, Oct. 16, comes in response to a “profound crisis of faith that has affected many people” and left them searching for answers.

“Ever since the start of my ministry as Successor of Peter, I have spoken of the need to rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever clearer light on the joy and renewed enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ,” the Pope wrote in his letter, Porta Fidei (Door of Faith), announcing the yearlong initiative, which was released Oct. 17.

“The ‘door of faith’ is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and...READ MORE

Filed under evangelization, pope benedict xvi, vatican ii, year of faith

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