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Planned Parenthood Sues South Dakota (2353)

The physician co-founder of a crisis-pregnancy center responds to the developments, noting that the '72-hour waiting period ... is a major threat to Planned Parenthood, because it’s going to affect their bottom line.'

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (CNA) — Planned Parenthood is suing the state of South Dakota, saying its new abortion law threatens women’s privacy and free speech. The co-founder of a South Dakota crisis-pregnancy center says the real threat is to abortion providers’ business model, which relies on women being coerced into abortion.

“A woman who’s being asked to destroy her unborn child with a 72-hour waiting period — a time to learn all about what this procedure is, to think about it, and to get as much information as possible —is a major threat to Planned Parenthood, because it’s going to affect their bottom line,” said Dr. Allen Unruh, a chiropractic physician who founded the Alpha Center with his...READ MORE

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Bishops Will Vote on Statement Opposing Assisted Suicide (3130)

First priority at upcoming meeting in Seattle.

06/02/2011 Comment


WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — The U.S. bishops will debate and vote on a statement that strongly opposes physician assisted suicide — one of the most controversial topics in American society.

“After years of relative inaction following legalization of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon in 1994, the assisted-suicide movement has shown a strong resurgence in activity,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, head of the bishops’ pro-life committee.

“The Church needs to respond in a timely and visible way to this renewed challenge, which will surely be pursued in a number of states in the years to come,” he said.

The bishops will vote on a document on doctor-assisted suicide at...READ MORE

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Pope Marks End of Mary's Month (1664)

On the feast of the Visitation, Benedict recalled the Blessed Mother's acceptance of God's will and the witness of Blessed John Paul II.

06/02/2011 Comment

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VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — Pope Benedict XVI concluded a month of Marian celebrations with a procession and Rosary in the Vatican Gardens on May 31, the feast of the Visitation. He offered the faithful a message about Mary’s fearless trust in God, for whom “nothing is impossible.”

“The one whom Elizabeth welcomes into her home is the Virgin who ‘has believed’ the Angel’s annunciation, who responded with faith, courageously accepting God’s plan for her life and thus embracing within herself the eternal Word of the Most High,” he said.

The procession traveled from the Church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians to the grotto dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, following a yearly custom that...READ MORE

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St. Sixtus II, Post-Post-Modernism, Can't Name Guardian Angel, Clarity with Charity, and more! (3624)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/02/2011 Comment

Venerable Pope Pius XII. New information continues to pour in removing all calumny against His Holiness.

Papal Profile: Pope Saint Sixtus II - The Mad Monarchist

Post-Post-Modernism Advances in Europe - Bryan P. Bradley, MercatorNet

You are Not Allowed to Name Your Guardian Angel - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Clarity With Charity - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

June & the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Do Not be Afraid to be Pious - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Uncovered World War II-Era Cable Adds to Pope Pius XII Debate - Brian Fraga, Our Sunday Visitor

Modern Insights and Ancient Virtues - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

Same-Sex Marriage and Human Fulfillment - Carson Holloway, Public Discourse

The Contraception Contradiction - Daniel...READ MORE

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Discover Your Charism, Presbyterian Convert, Canadian Ordinariate Coming, and much more! (2518)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/01/2011 Comment

Saint Joan of Arc.

Discover Your Strengths, Charisms, & Temperament - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

. . .Brandon Vogt of The Thin Veil: best Catholic books of all-time. . .

Presbyterian Convert: Father Carter Griffin - Why I’m Catholic

Canadian Ordinariate Coming! - Anglican Ordinariate in Toronto

Mike Long:  Fighting the Good Fight - George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

UK: Revolutionary Thinking: Bishops’ New Mass Translation Pastoral Letter - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

. . .Catholic Herald: old rite training at Buckfast Abbey. . .

Pope Benedict on Saint Joan of Arc - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Reactionary Pols & Catholic Social Doctrine - George Weigel, First Things

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Notre Dame and Emily’s List (20470)

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During the firestorm that followed the University of Notre Dame’s decision to honor President Barack Obama two commencements ago, the university’s president, Father John Jenkins, wrote a letter to the Class of 2009 explaining his position. He stated his sadness that the honors bestowed on Obama had been taken as “ambiguity in our position on matters of Catholic teaching.” Notre Dame, he asserted, “was unequivocally committed to the sanctity of human life and to its protection from conception to natural death.”

Remember those words: “unequivocally committed” with no “ambiguity in our position.” How are these words reconciled with the university’s announcement that Roxanne Martino has been...READ MORE

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Public Adoption Ceases in Rockford Diocese (2586)

State’s new civil-union bill prompted the decision.

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Rockford, Ill. (EWTN News) — The Diocese of Rockford, Ill., is ending its publicly funded adoption and foster-care services, citing the lack of religious-conscience protections in a state law that established same-sex civil unions on June 1.

The State of Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act does not allow child welfare agencies to restrict their adoption and foster-care work to married heterosexual couples, even in cases where these agencies partner with religious groups.

Rather than face lawsuits or violate Catholic teaching, the diocese will permanently stop all state-funded adoptions and foster-care placements.

At a May 26 press conference, diocesan...READ MORE

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Pray Like Moses (1994)

Pope Benedict XVI discusses intercessory prayer at his general audience.

06/01/2011 Comment

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Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) — Pope Benedict XVI said at the June 1 general audience that intercessory prayer helps us to grow in deeper knowledge of God and his mercy and makes us more capable of loving others in a self-sacrificial way.

Drawing upon the life of Moses, the Pope told pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square that the Old Testament prophet not only led his people out of slavery in Egypt but also gave them — and us — an example of how to offer prayers of intercession.

“Even when the people at Sinai asked Aaron to make the golden calf, Moses prays, and this is very emblematic of his role as intercessor,” the Pope said.

The Pope identified various aspects of the intercessory prayer of...READ MORE

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