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New Prenatal Testing Could Drastically Increase Abortion Rate (8374)

Advances in prenatal testing, ‘wrongful birth’ suits and increasing coercion in pregnancy care fuel a culture of designer babies and abortion.

06/25/2012 Comments (25)

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A team of scientists at the University of Washington has cracked the entire code of a human fetus using only a sample of blood from its mother and a saliva smear from its father.

The technology is a significant step toward standard comprehensive testing of babies in the womb for genetic defects — those that mark serious disorders as well as those indicating risk for such diseases as alcoholism and obesity. And it potentially provides a window into non-medical heritable traits, such as hair and eye color, athletic prowess and IQ.

Rather than saving lives, pro-lifers see this test as an enhanced “search and destroy” diagnostic tool that exponentially expands the genetic information...READ MORE

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Catholic Charity Helps Lift People Out of Poverty (2073)

Christian Foundation for Children and Aging is a Catholic nonprofit that helps children and the elderly through sponsorships. June 17 issue feature

06/24/2012 Comment
Christian Foundation for Children and Aging

– Christian Foundation for Children and Aging

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Allison Yancey and her family, of Wadesville, Ind., had been sponsoring a Filipino child through the charitable organization Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) for 11 years, but it wasn’t until she joined a mission trip in 2011 and met her sponsored child that she fully realized the impact of their sponsorship.

“Before the trip, it was writing a check and an occasional letter — and hoping that it reached its final destination,” said Yancey. “After going on the trip, I was impressed with the integrity and the level of commitment of CFCA and the hope that the sponsored children have.”

The mission-like international nonprofit was founded by lay...READ MORE

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Famous Babies (2320)

User’s Guide to Sunday, June 24.

06/24/2012 Comment

– Wikipedia

Sunday, June 24, is the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist.

Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66, 80

Our Take
It’s hard to find a famous baby. But they are out there. When Charles Lindbergh Jr., son of the famous aviator, was born in Englewood, N.Y., a small army of journalists were camped outside the estate of his birthplace to tell the world. Atchison, Kan., bills itself as the birthplace of another famous aviator: Amelia Earhart. But she is only a famous baby in retrospect. When she was born a few blocks away from our house, in a room that overlooks the Missouri River, no one was waiting to report the news to anyone outside the...READ MORE

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Approaching the Year of Faith (4755)

A Former Anglican Theologian Rethinks Vatican II: June 17 issue column.

06/24/2012 Comment
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The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) is a topic much spoken of today, especially in light of the impending Year of Faith announced by Pope Benedict XVI in his motu proprio Porta Fidei.

This pronouncement seems to have caused much excitement among the faithful. But for some, the excitement is tinged with a touch of trepidation because discussions on Vatican II often provoke anti-ecclesial rhetoric among certain circles of clerics and laity.

As I am a relatively new member of the Church, I know of a good number of people who might all too soon point out that my strong allegiance to the Pope and the Church can be attributed only to the fact that I am still too green in the Church for...READ MORE

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Charities Share the Gospel and Change Lives (1316)

How businesses and programs across the country put faith into action. June 17 issue feature.

06/23/2012 Comment
Photo by Suzanne Konopka, Catholic News Herald

George Pfaff supports seminarians as part of his charitable work.

– Photo by Suzanne Konopka, Catholic News Herald

One way people live out Gospel values is through charities, foundations and their businesses. They show there’s no room for an “either/or” response — a “both/and” answer is needed.

One business living Christian charity in a big way is Broetje Orchards of Prescott, Wash. The company’s tagline alludes to Scripture — “First Fruits of Washington” (FirstFruits.com). As one of the largest privately owned apple orchards in the country — the orchard sends apples and cherries coast-to-coast — Broetje’s stated mission as a Christian organization is founded on a biblical principle: “to be a quality fruit company committed to ‘bearing fruit that will last’ (John 15:16).” “The orchard was founded on...READ MORE

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The Crisis of Contemporary Catholic Art & Literature, Making Time for Prayer, and much more! (2637)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/23/2012 Comment

The Crisis of Contemporary Catholic Art & Literature. Click on the link by J. E. Foyer to read more.

The Crisis of Contemporary Catholic Art & Literature - J. E. Foyer, Saint Peter's List

Making Time for Prayer - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

23 Reasons Why A Priest Should Wear His Collar by Msgr. Charles M. Mangan & Fr. Gerald E. Murray of the Courageous Priest Blog - Big Pulpit

Alabaster Shrine of St John the Baptist - Fr. Lawrence Lew OP, New Liturgical Movement

Fortnight For Freedom Day 2: Martyrs for the Liberty of the Church - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Children of Same Sex Couples - Michael Cook, Crisis Magazine

Death is Not a Right - Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

Study Finds Children of Same-Sex Partners Face Difficulties as Adults -...READ MORE

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Vatican Unveils ‘Year of Faith’ Plans (10769)

Kickoff to coincide with the golden anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council.

06/23/2012 Comments (21)

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has approved a formula for a special “Mass for the New Evangelization” for the upcoming Year of Faith, as well as devised an official hymn, a dedicated website and a multilingual pastoral guide to coincide with the event.

The innovations were revealed at a June 21 Vatican press conference on the Year of Faith, led by the president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, Archbishop Rino Fisichella. The year will be held Oct. 11, 2012-Nov. 24, 2013. October 11 is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

The Italian archbishop said the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments had approved “the...READ MORE

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Faith and Freedom in Napa (2222)

A look at the Napa Institute in California, which encourages Catholic business leaders in their work. June 17 issue feature.

06/23/2012 Comment
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– Courtesy of the Napa Institute

When Tim Busch has gotten good ideas, he’s run with them successfully. In 2010, he got an excellent one that is proving to be a winner for Catholic leaders: the Napa Institute.

The first Napa Institute Conference, which was held last year, attracted approximately 250 people from across the country. For this year’s July 26-29 conference at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., 350 attendees are already expected.

What is attracting attendees?

For one, speakers like George Weigel. For another, the intriguing tagline of the Napa Institute, which Busch credits to Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput:“Equipping Catholics in the ‘Next America’” (via an article Archbishop Chaput...READ MORE

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