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'All Ireland Rally for Life' Marchers Tell Politicians to Keep Abortion Illegal (2493)

Irish pro-lifers came out in force to oppose attempts to change the country's laws.

07/07/2011 Comments (9)
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DUBLIN, Ireland (CNA) — Thousands of people attended a large pro-life rally in Dublin to oppose attempts to force abortion on Ireland by changing its laws.

Organizers said the July 2 “All Ireland Rally for Life” was “hugely successful” and serves as a warning to the political party Fine Gael that the Labour Party’s plans to legalize abortion in Ireland are “unacceptable to the majority of Irish people.”

Speakers called on Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to keep his promise that his party would be opposed to the legalization of abortion, according to rally co-sponsor Youth Defence.

The European Court of Human Rights in December ruled that Ireland’s abortion ban breached the rights of a...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez: Laws Put Children at Risk (2413)

Recent column targets new or proposed rules regarding video games, STD vaccines, and lessons on homosexuality in the history curriculum.

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LOS ANGELES (EWTN News) — Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez says the state and federal governments are strengthening their own authority at the expense of American families with new or proposed rules regarding video games, sexually transmitted-disease vaccines, and lessons on homosexuality in the history curriculum.

“There was a time not too long ago when American society encouraged family values and tried to strengthen the bonds of parents and children,” the archbishop wrote in a July 5 column for his archdiocese’s weekly newspaper. “Recent events in our state and nation remind us that’s not always the case anymore.”

In his column, Archbishop Gomez spoke with concern about a June 27...READ MORE

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Fertility Monitor Offers Ethical Hope for Infertility (3454)

Company claims device has the same success rate as a round of IVF.

07/07/2011 Comments (9)
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LONDON (EWTN News) — Developers of a new fertility-monitoring system claim it is as effective as in vitro fertilization in helping women become pregnant.

It could allow better treatment for the infertile without using drugs, invasive techniques or unethical means (the procedure often creates “leftover” human embryos whose lives are at risk. Catholic ethicists also object to IVF’s separation of procreation from marital sex.)

New Zealand-born Shamus Husheer, founder of the company Cambridge Temperature Concepts, told The Wall Street Journal that six months’ use of his
DuoFertility monitor has the same success rate as a round of IVF, according to a peer-reviewed study his company has...READ MORE

Filed under catholic ethics, fertility monitor, human life, in vitro fertilization, marriage

New York Redefinition of Marriage: A Prophetic Sign of the Times (3514)

07/07/2011 Comments (9)

The state of New York redefined marriage to accommodate same-sex couples on the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. This may have been a prophetic occurrence, as one recalls: “John the Baptist did not lose his head because he protested against Roman occupation or other social injustices,” as Jesuit Father George Schultze once reminded me. “He lost his head because he pointed out that Herod had no ‘right’ to marry his brother’s wife. This was against the law. This was the prophetic statement that was most challenging to Herod, and it dealt directly with marriage and the nature of family.”

A statement released by the New York bishops stated, “We realize that our beliefs about the...READ MORE

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Possible Pius XII Miracle Investigated (3746)

Husband and wife travel to Rome to tell their story to the Vatican.

07/07/2011 Comments (3)
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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News) — Maria Esposito has come to Rome to tell the Church and the world about the man she believes saved her life from deadly cancer: Pope Pius XII.

“I’m convinced of this. I’m convinced that my healing was a grace, thanks to Pope Pius XII and his intercession. I was listened to. All of us who prayed were heard — so many of us,” the 42-year-old teacher told EWTN News.

The couple traveled to Rome from their home in Castellammare di Stabia, a coastal town near Naples in southern Italy, to publicly support the creation of a museum dedicated to the wartime Pope, an idea that is backed by the mayor of Rome.

Pope Pius XII occupied the papacy from 1939 until his death in...READ MORE

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Moral Revolutions in America, Is Unconditional Love Realistic, Speaking of Liturgy, and much more! (2579)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/07/2011 Comment

Want to know about the liturgy in the first three centuries, click on the Dallas Catholics link and learn!

Why Gay Marriage is Straight Business - Doctor Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org/On the Culture

Moral Revolutions in America - George Weigel, Crisis Magazine

Is Unconditional Love Realistic for Marriage? - Anthony Buono, Catholic Exchange

Speaking of the Liturgy. . . - Tantamergo, Dallas Catholics

The Story of My Abortion. . . - Infinite Grace, Postabortion Journey

The Emergence of an Authentically and Distinctly Catholic Culture - Catholic Cogitations

Biggest-Ever All-Ireland Rally for Life Holds - John Smeaton, SPUC

Red Skelton, Abraham Lincoln and One Nation Under God - Donald R. McClarey

U.S.: Shrine of Our Lady Near Green Bay Sees Attendance Soar - Alex Morrell, Green Bay Press...READ MORE

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Shakespeare: Closet Catholic? (4586)

The Portsmouth Abbey conference considers clues of ‘papist’ playwright theory.

07/06/2011 Comments (10)
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Engraving of William Shakespeare from the First Folio of year 1623

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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — The archbishop of Canterbury recently broke his church’s long silence on the religious beliefs of England’s foremost playwright — William Shakespeare.

During a presentation at the Hay Festival held in May in Britain, Rowan Williams lobbed his bombshell about the Bard: “I think he probably had a Catholic background and a lot of Catholic friends and associates.”

Archbishop Williams speculated that Shakespeare the man “wasn’t a saint.”

“How much he believed in it, or what he did about it, I don’t quite know,” he said. “He wasn’t a very nice man in many ways — it’s always very shocking, that. The late Shakespeare was hoarding grain and buying up property in Stratford — it...READ MORE

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Facebooking Monk, Building Truly Catholic Schools, Good Night Good Prince, and much more! (2641)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/06/2011 Comment

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, the Ordinary Christian. A Christian's Christian.

Messaging Monk Keeping It Real on Facebook - Joel Davidson, Catholic Anchor

How Do We Build Truly Catholic Schools? - Father Christopher Jamison, C. T. S. Catholic Campus

Good Night, Good Prince - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine. . .

A Flash of Joy (Gospel of Saint Matthew 11:25-30) - Father John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Ordinariate’s Liturgy: If Ecclesia Anglicana Stayed Catholic - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

. . .Catholic Herald: Ordinariate Receives Controversial £1M Donation. . .

Should Anointing of the Sick Be Given Before Surgery? - Reginaldus, The New Theological Movement

Distributism & the Current Crisis: The Scale of Government - John Médaille, Catholic Lane

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