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Catholic Pushback Stalls Cuomo’s N.Y. Abortion Blitz (5823)

With the support of evangelicals and pro-life allies, Cardinal Dolan and other state bishops are rallying Catholics against the New York governor’s pro-abortion bill.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s political blitzkrieg won victories for same-sex “marriage” and gun-control advocates, but mounting opposition by Catholics and their pro-life and evangelical allies have slowed down his efforts to expand abortion in New York.

Pro-life state Sen. Ruben Diaz, D-Bronx,  said those efforts now give him a glimmer of hope that Cuomo’s plans to expand abortion in an omnibus women’s equality bill can be stopped.

“Little by little, the pressure is working,” Diaz said.

Just a few weeks ago, Diaz said it looked like Cuomo had the votes to ram the legislation through the 63-member Senate. But strong public opposition led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York...READ MORE

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Report: Chinese Persecution of Christians Increases (2186)

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MIDLAND, Texas — A new analysis by ChinaAid found that persecution of Christians by the Chinese government increased in 2012, and focused on the eradication of Protestant “house churches.”

“Last year the ... central government continued to adhere to an ultra-leftist anti-Christ ideology, sparing no effort in persecuting Jesus Christ’s church in mainland China and plotting and scheming to completely eradicate house churches,” read ChinaAid’s annual report, released Feb. 4.

“China’s churches ... suffered greater pressure and persecution last year; they also demonstrated great endurance and perseverance.”

The report found that the number of people sentenced for Christian faith jumped...READ MORE

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Vatican Official Rejects Claims That He Endorsed Same-Sex Unions (2129)

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VATICAN—Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, denounced media assertions that his recent comments show Vatican support for homosexual unions.

The archbishop said he was “very surprised” by reports claiming that some of his recent statements signaled an “openness” on the part of the Church to same-sex unions.

On Feb. 6, Vatican Radio asked Archbishop Paglia about his statements in a press conference two days earlier, in which he had spoken about individual rights of inheritance. Some media outlets interpreted these comments as an allusion to gay couples.

“Obviously I am very surprised by what some of the media reports say,” the archbishop responded. He...READ MORE

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U.K. Bishops Decry Advancement of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Bill (1950)

The legislation will have profoundly negative effects on British society, the bishops warn.

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LONDON — After a bill allowing same-sex “marriage” passed in the U.K.’s House of Commons, local Catholic bishops have warned that the legislation will have profoundly negative effects on society.

“Marriage is rooted in the complementarity of man and woman. For these reasons, the Church opposes the government’s bill to redefine marriage,” Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark said Feb. 5.

“Despite claims by supporters of the bill that the central issue is one of equality, the bill actually seeks to redefine marriage and will have consequences for society at large.”

On Feb. 5, the lower house of the British Parliament voted in favor of the marriage bill, allowing marriage for same-sex...READ MORE

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European People’s Party Demands Cuba Respect Basic Freedoms (853)

A series of party resolutions call on Cuba to end violations of basic rights such as conscience and political expression.

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HAVANA — A major European political party has approved a series of resolutions calling on Cuba to end violations of basic rights such as conscience and political expression.

The Christian Liberation Movement, a peaceful dissident group in Cuba, explained during its recent general assembly that the European People’s Party has issued a strong call to the Cuban regime to respect freedom of expression and association. 

The party also demanded the release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Cuba.

In addition, the oppression of peaceful protestors who seek democratic change in the country must come to an end, it said, and the Communist regime must respect the right...READ MORE

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HHS Mandate — Big Bucks for ‘Big Pharma’? (4242)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Co-pay-free contraception and abortifacients likely will deliver windfall profits to pharmaceutical companies eager to sell expensive ‘brand drugs.’

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WASHINGTON — Health-care reformers eager to control costs have pressed for policies that incentivize patients to choose less expensive generic versions of popular drugs.

Indeed, President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act ostensibly promotes the use of generics, but there’s one glaring exception: the mandated “preventive services for women.”

That controversial rule, which requires private employer health plans to provide co-pay-free contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, allows patients to choose pricy brand-name drugs with no penalties.

The puzzling inconsistency in the federal government’s promotion of generics and discounted brand drugs has already prompted scrutiny of the...READ MORE

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George Weigel: New Evangelization Is Future of Catholicism (4768)

According to the papal biographer, third-millennium Catholicism will live out its fidelity ‘in a distinctive way.’

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WASHINGTON — As the Catholic Church works to shape the culture in the 21st century, her members must embrace reality while fearlessly proclaiming the truth, said author George Weigel.

“It is the same Church, the same faith and, above all, the same Lord,” emphasized Weigel, a noted Catholic commentator and biographer of Pope John Paul II.

However, he explained, “the evangelical Catholicism of the third millennium” will live out its fidelity “in a distinctive way.”

Weigel spoke Feb. 5 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. His lecture, hosted by the Ethics and Public Policy Center, coincided with the release of his new book, “Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century...READ MORE

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Catholics and the Question of Gun Ownership (6253)

With no definitive Church teaching on the matter, believers fall on both sides of the issue.

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WASHINGTON — Authentic Catholics oppose abortion in all instances and pray for world peace.

So when a maniac shoots up a school, some believe Catholics also should favor gun control, just as they support legislation to stop abortion.

“If I had my way, society would have no guns,” said Franciscan Father Joseph Nangle, associate pastor of Our Lady, Queen of Peace parish in Arlington, Va.

Father Nangle spoke with the Register after joining 63 other priests, bishops, nuns and Catholic theologians in signing a letter that urges “fellow Catholics in Congress” to support more restrictive gun laws.

“Pro-life citizens and elected officials have a responsibility to show greater moral...READ MORE

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