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Va. Senate Passes Ultrasound Bill (6892)

Legislation with Gov. Bob McDonnell's amendment passed by 21-19 vote that fell along party lines. Now it returns to the House of Delegates.

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

RICHMOND, Va. — A campaign by pro-abortion forces to portray a particular kind of ultrasound used in early pregnancy as invasive and tantamount to rape seems to have paid off in Virginia.

Gov. Bob McDonnell initially supported a bill that required a woman have an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion, then backtracked last week and asked for an overhaul of the bill that seriously dilutes it.

While not entirely abandoning the ultrasound bill, McDonnell called for amendments specifically banning the transvaginal ultrasound, which is required to pick up a baby’s heartbeat early in a pregnancy. Abortion-rights activists singled out this procedure as invasive — even comparing it to an act...READ MORE

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Susan B. Anthony List President Stands Strong With Other Women in Opposition to HHS Mandate (3270)

Pro-life leader says Americans will 'stop this attack' on religious freedom. Other women shared their thoughts at a Feb. 27 panel of women at the Catholic Information Center in Washington.

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WASHINGTON (CNA)—The head of a group that works to elect pro-life candidates said that this election year women want to defend their freedom of conscience against attacks by the Obama administration.

“Women do not think the president and a small group of federal officeholders should succeed in co-opting freedom of conscience,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List.

Dannenfelser told CNA on Feb. 27 that although those who oppose the Obama administration’s contraception mandate have been depicted as oppressive to women’s interests, many women in America actually object to the federal rule.

But those who support the rule have argued that women have a right to...READ MORE

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How Catholicism Contributed to the King James Bible (7669)

New Vatican exhibit explains the Church connection to the 400-year-old book of Scripture.

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Title page of the 1611 version of the King James Bible

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A new interfaith exhibition that opens this week at the Vatican reveals how the roots of the 1611 King James Bible are almost entirely Catholic, despite the fact that the translation was often viewed as a highpoint of Protestant European culture.

“If it had not been for the Catholics of the 1500s, there would be no King James Bible,” exhibition organizer Cary Summers told EWTN News.

“Many of the original Bibles that formed the basis of the King James Bible came from Catholic priests. Very few changes were made. The ancient writings that the King James writers actually mimicked and copied were by Catholic priests,” he explained.

The “Verbum Domini” (Word of the Lord) exhibition runs from...READ MORE

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Papa Bene Tweets, Deeper in Lent, A Sea Change, Do Sunday's Count in Lent?, and much more! (5022)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/28/2012 Comment

I’m the Pope & I Have Approved the Content of This Tweet. Click on the link by Jeffrey Miller to read more of the Tweeting Pope.

I’m the Pope & I Have Approved the Content of This Tweet - Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

Deeper into Lent: Living in the Kingdom of God - Dc. Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

A Sea Change - Fr. Bevil Bramwell OMI, The Catholic Thing

Do Sundays Count? A Lenten Consideration - Fr. Joseph Totton, PrayTheMass.org

How I Came To Have A Personal Relationship With Jesus - Leticia, Catholic Sistas

Revenge of the Lent Police - Pursued by Truth

Pope Benedict XVI & the Word of God: Distinct Themes of Verbum Domini - Vincent Demeo, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Lent of the Church: Either Supremacy or the Cross - Sandro Magister, Chiesa

Religious Liberty: A Council Ahead of it’s...READ MORE

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CUA President John Garvey Provides Critical Support in HHS Mandate Fight (6659)

As the USCCB mounts its offensive against the controversial federal rule, the constitutional scholar takes a public role.

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John Garvey

– The Catholic University of America

WASHINGTON — These are challenging times for a Catholic university president with expertise in constitutional law and a penchant for standing his ground.

In the wake of his 2010 appointment as president of The Catholic University of America, John Garvey made headlines — and even provoked a lawsuit — when he called for a return to single-sex dorms on the Washington campus.

Now Garvey is making waves as he takes an increasingly public role in the fight to repeal President Obama’s contraception mandate.

While the U.S. bishops spearhead an escalating national campaign to rescind a new federal law requiring virtually all private employers to provide contraception — including...READ MORE

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What Are You Going to Give Up This Lent? (4815)

Cardinal George offers an ominous vision of a future without Catholic health care.

02/28/2012 Comments (12)

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What are you going to give up this Lent?

The Lenten rules about fasting from food and abstaining from meat have been considerably reduced in the last 40 years, but reminders of them remain in the fast days on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and in the abstinence from meat on all the Fridays of Lent. Beyond these common sacrifices that unite us spiritually to the passion of Christ, Catholics were and are encouraged to “give up” something voluntarily for the sake of others. Often this is money that could have been used for personal purposes and instead is given to help others, especially the poor.

This year, the Catholic Church in the United States is being told she must “give up” her...READ MORE

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Pope Applauds Ethical Infertility Treatment While Congress Works to Prohibit Gender-Based Abortions (3462)

The Pope calls for treatments that are the 'expression of the concrete possibility of fruitful dialogue between ethics and biomedical research,' and the House Judiciary Committee passed the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s call for more research into ethical treatments for infertility as an alternative to in vitro fertilization is being applauded by a leading Catholic bioethicist.

“The Pope is quite right when he says that IVF is a profit-making business; they make a lot of money, and their success rates are not great,” Dr. Edward Furton of the National Catholic Bioethics Center told CNA on Feb. 27.

“The profit motive here is not good. There are lesser known, more ethical, more effective methods which are being ignored because these labs are making money telling couples that IVF is the best or only option.”

Pope Benedict made his remarks on Feb. 25 at a workshop hosted by the...READ MORE

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Who Is Sister Carol Keehan? (34863)

The powerful Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, a congregation that professes to be devoted to serving the poor through corporal and spiritual works of mercy, often finds herself at odds with the Church.

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Sister Carol Keehan

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She has been photographed with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

She is frequently cited by the mainstream media as the ultimate authority on Catholic health care. She has consistently been in the top tier of “The 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.” And she is credited with capturing the “Catholic vote” needed to pass the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly called Obamacare.

So, who is Sister Carol Keehan? And how did the Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul come to wield such power?

Sister Carol did not respond to repeated requests for an interview for this article, but, like most powerful people, she leaves a considerable paper trail...READ MORE

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