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Is Denial of Life-Saving Care for Mentally Disabled Girl a Sign of Things to Come? (7316)

Philadelphia hospital won’t discuss the case, but medical experts view the situation cautiously.

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Courtesy of wolfhirschhorn.org

Amelia Rivera

– Courtesy of wolfhirschhorn.org

PHILADELPHIA — When Joe and Chrissy Rivera sat down with a physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to talk about their child’s medical prognosis, the couple had no inkling they were about to become part of a heated national debate.

Their 3-year-old, Amelia, has a rare genetic disorder, Wolf Hirschhorn syndrome, a condition caused by missing chromosomal material. It causes mental disabilities and may include other birth defects. Amelia’s kidneys were failing, and she would need a kidney transplant sometime within the next year or so.

As described in a blog post by Chrissy Rivera, a high-school English teacher, the doctor, who is not named, placed two sheets of paper on the...READ MORE

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Angels in Africa (3400)

British Catholic's charity organization helps children with disabilities in Tanzania.

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Matthew McIlvenna

– Courtesy of Friends of the Children of Tanzania

Matthew McIlvenna, a Catholic from Britain, was inspired by his faith to found a charity to help children with disabilities in Tanzania. Called Friends of the Children of Tanzania (FOCT), it is a U.K.-based non-governmental organization that provides aid to faith-based action groups on disability in the northwest of the country, around Lake Victoria. It has helped forge a network of Christian denominations and a Muslim non-governmental organization to work for the benefit of Tanzania’s poverty-stricken children with special needs, whom he describes as the “poorest of the poor.”

McIlvenna has worked many years for the U.N. World Food Program and spent much of the past 20 years based in...READ MORE

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My Sister the Hermit, Pro-Life or Anti-Abortion Who Decides?, A Pro-Life Rap Song, and much more! (2354)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/01/2012 Comments (1)

My Sister the Hermit. Click on the link by Theresa Thomas to read more.

My Sister the Hermit - Theresa Thomas, Integrated Catholic Life™

Pro-Life or “Anti-Abortion”? Who Decides? - Richard Gerard Evans, Catholic Boy Richard

Abortion, Rape, Redemption Tackled in Pro-Life Rap Song - Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews

Perfection: Thomism and the Spiritual Life - Super Trad Mum, Etheldredasplace

Three Prophesies About Christ That Couldn’t Have Been Made Up - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Envy is The Diabolical Sin - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Review: Convenient TLM “Travel” Altar Card set for Mass Kits - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

St. Thomas Aquinas On Suicide: Three Reasons It Is Unlawful to Kill Oneself - Saint...READ MORE

Filed under anti-abortion, catholic blogosphere, christopher west, envy, hermit, joe pots, spiritual life, st. thomas aquinas, suicide, thomism

Southern Bishops Say They Return from Rome Energized for a Year of Faith (2711)

Pope Benedict expresses interest in EWTN during ad limina visits.

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Stefano Dal Pozzolo - Vatican Pool via Getty Images

Pope Benedict XVI during a recent meeting at his private library in the Vatican.

– Stefano Dal Pozzolo - Vatican Pool via Getty Images

ROME—The bishops of several southern U.S. states say they are returning home from their ad limina visit to Rome refreshed and ready to evangelize.

One bishop reported that Pope Benedict XVI expressed interest in progress at the Eternal Word Television Network, based in Irondale, Ala., and the parent company of the Register.

“I think we just felt so energized by being present with the Holy Father,” Archbishop Thomas Rodi of Mobile, Ala., told EWTN News on Jan. 27.

“He is such a gracious man, a great man, a welcoming man. And I just feel very affirmed in my role as a bishop and now look forward to returning to Alabama so I can share that with the people of God.”

Archbishop Rodi and 21 of...READ MORE

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Rubio Introduces Bill to Protect Church Organizations Against Obama's Mandate (11577)

HHS contraceptive requirement, with narrow exemption, 'tells us a lot about the administration's overreach in all parts of our lives,' Florida senator says.

01/31/2012 Comments (23)
Courtesy of the Office of Sen. Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio

– Courtesy of the Office of Sen. Marco Rubio

WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 today, marking the GOP’s first legislative response to the Obama administration’s regulation requiring coverage of contraception and sterilization for all private employer health plans.

The bill is designed to repeal the narrow religious exemption included in the federal rule. Approved on Jan. 20, it has since been denounced by Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and more than 100 bishops throughout the nation.

In a statement released Jan. 31 marking his sponsorship of the legislation, the freshman senator described the...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, bishops, catholic, congress, contraception, contraceptive mandate, health and human services, health care reform, healthcare

Life Worthy of Living, 10 Must-See Web Resources for Catholics, How to Love Your Neighbor, and more! (3392)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/31/2012 Comment

Life Worthy of Living. Click on the link by Fr. George W. Rutler to read more.

650th Anniversary Founding of English Hospice in Rome - Gerard O’Connell, La Stampa

St. Paul and Me: My Conversion Story - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire

Life Worthy of Living - Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine

The World Ends With You - Jared Dale Combista, Ignitum Today

Ten Must-See Web Resources for Catholics - Mark Shea, Our Sunday Visitor

Call Me “Mrs.” Please! - Lorraine Murray, Integrated Catholic Life™

(Im)Patience - Liam Ferguson, Dulcius Ex Asperis

“Two Thumbs Up” to Professor Patrick Deneen - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

How To Love Your Neighbor - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

The Girl Scouts: Latest Front in the Culture War - Over the Rhine and Into...READ MORE

Filed under canon law, catholic blogosphere, charismatic movement, girl scouts, homosexuality, justice, patience

Mentally Ill Woman Fights Court-Ordered Abortion and Sterilization (6944)

Court intervenes in a Catholic mother's treatment, but 'Mary Moe' gets reprieve from appeals court.

01/31/2012 Comments (9)

Judge Andrew Grainger denounced a lower court's order for a mother's sterilization, saying it had been produced 'out of thin air.'

– mass.gov

BOSTON — A Catholic mother, struggling with mental illness, is fighting for the life of her unborn child in a Massachusetts court. The 32-year-old woman, known by the pseudonym “Mary Moe” in court documents, successfully appealed an order that would have forced her to have an abortion and to undergo sterilization.

Moe, who has schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, is believed to be five months pregnant. Her court-appointed lawyer, Douglas Boyer, did not return calls seeking comment.

The ordeal began last October, when Moe went to the emergency room and doctors discovered she was pregnant. Court documents do not state the reason for her hospital visit. Soon after, the Massachusetts...READ MORE

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What Does Centesimus Annus Teach, The Question of Just Wage, Is Usury Still a Sin, and much more! (2565)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/31/2012 Comment
The Portrait of Pope John Paul II is by Elaine Golden of Ignitum Today

What Does Centesimus Annus Really Teach? Click the link by Thomas Storck to learn more.

– The Portrait of Pope John Paul II is by Elaine Golden of Ignitum Today

Scholar Punctures Illusions of Pro-Cohabitation Study - Benjamin Mann, Catholic News Agency

What Does Centesimus Annus Really Teach? - Thomas Storck, Catholic Lane

The Prickly Question of a Just Wage - Omar F. A. Gutierrez, Regnum Novum

Is Usury Still a Sin? - Thomas Storck, The Distributist Review

Former Altar Boy Turned Gang Member on Death Row Revert - Patti Maguire Armstrong

Consolation & Desolation: What are “Spiritualized Capital Sins”? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Thriving Catholic Schools - Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Body Issues - Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing

Missa Pange Lingua, Josquin - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

On Perfection: Fervent...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, centesimus annus, christopher west, cohabitation, just wage, perfection, same-sex "marriage", theology of the body, usury

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