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Morally Tainted: Products Made Possible by the Killing of Innocent Human Life (13509)

Feb. 26 issue column: We live in a culture of death — a reality that means we truly do need labels that warn consumers: 'This product was made possible by the killing of innocent human life.'

03/03/2012 Comments (42)

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Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey has introduced a bill to the Oklahoma Legislature that has caused quite a stir. S.B. 1418 says it would ban any product for human “consumption” that contains aborted human fetal tissue or where the research or development of any of the ingredients required the use of aborted fetal tissue.

Now, currently, there are no aborted fetuses in any food products. But some pundits interpret “consumption” in this bill to mean not just food products, but any product humans “consume,” like drugs, vaccines, treatments or even beauty products.

In the national response to S.B. 1418, the jokes about Soylent Green abound, and those from all political persuasions mocked Shortey...READ MORE

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Vatican Secret Archives Revealed (5877)

Historic letters to and from popes are on display in new museum exhibit in Rome.

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For the first time in history, the Vatican is making public more than 100 historical documents from its Secret Archives.

“They are revealed as a cultural context, as a fascinating appeal to the memory of our past, the past of the Church, of empires, kingdoms, duchies and republics,” said Cardinal Raffaele Farina, archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church.

The “Lux in Arcana” exhibit at Rome’s Capitoline Museum was created to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Vatican’s Secret Archives and includes notable items such as the 1521 decree from Pope Leo X excommunicating German monk Martin Luther.

The display also features a 1530 petition asking Pope Clement VIII to annul Henry...READ MORE

Filed under church history, history, papal history, popes, vatican secret archives

Human Beings Are Not Things (3294)

Saturday Book Pick: Father Spitzer lays out a guide to a pro-life society.

03/03/2012 Comments (4)

It is hard to believe that abortion would have been legalized by the U.S. Supreme Court back in 1973 if Father Spitzer had been around to argue the pro-life position before the high court.
Roe v. Wade, the court case that legalized abortion, could well be known as the case that protected human life in the womb, and not the opposite, if the content of Spitzer’s well-written book had been cogently presented to the justices.
Back in 1973, though, Father Spitzer was a young man just beginning his long trek through Jesuit formation. That process culminated in his receiving a doctorate in philosophy. He has spent the years since teaching, writing, speaking and thinking about the principles that...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, father robert spitzer, pro-life

Cardinal Dolan Issues Letter Hinting at Legal Challenge (20118)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Church recalibrates after negotiations with White House stall and Blunt Amendment is defeated in the Senate.

03/02/2012 Comments (112)

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WASHINGTON — Cardinal Timothy of New York, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a letter to his brother bishops today, reporting that negotiations between the conference and the White House had “stalled” and that he was exploring legal remedies to address the First Amendment threat posed by the contraception mandate approved by the Obama administration.

“[O]ur bishops’ conference, many individual religious entities, and other people of good will are working with some top-notch law firms who feel so strongly about this that they will represent us pro bono. In the upcoming days, you will hear much more about this encouraging and welcome development,” wrote...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, bishops, cardinal timothy dolan, contraception, health and human services, religious freedom, religious liberty, u.s. conference of catholic bishops

'Survival Guide' for Single Catholic Women, Vocation Video Surpasses 10,000 Views, and more! (4485)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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‘Survival Guide’ for Single Catholic Women. Click on the link by John Norton to read more.

‘Survival Guide’ for Single Catholic Women - John Norton, OSV Newsweekly

Vocation Video Surpasses 10,000 Views - Fr. Benedict Croell OP, Order of Preachers Vocations

Crown of Thorns Centerpiece - Marie, Catholic Sistas

Is Castro Re-Converting to Catholicism? - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

5 Things I Learned From My Internet Fast - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Lying vs. Deception - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Post-Birth Abortion: Ethicists Argue for Right to Kill Newborns - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Dr. Mengele Can Empathize - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Reproductive Technologies & Quest for Immortality - Alana S. Newman, Public...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, deception, euthanasia, fasting, fidel castro, lent, lying, reproductive technologies, single catholic women, zeppelin

Will New Hampshire Restore Traditional Marriage? (3908)

A bill would turn back the 2009 law that legalized same-sex ‘marriage’ in the state. If the bill passes, it would mark the first time that a legislature will have reversed itself on the contentious issue. This comes amid a host of state bills on the issue.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — New Hampshire State Rep. David Bates, R-Windham, says he wants to restore the real definition of marriage in the Granite State.

“We have, right now, an illegitimate definition of marriage in our state,” said Bates, the lead sponsor of a bill that would turn back the 2009 law that legalized same-sex “marriage” in his state. If the bill passes, it would mark the first time that a legislature will have reversed itself on the contentious issue.

The New Hampshire Legislature is expected to vote later this month on Bates’ bill, which appears to have enough support to pass the Republican-controlled state House and Senate. Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat who opposed same-sex...READ MORE

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Papal Preacher's Lenten Homilies to Focus on the Fathers of the Church (2429)

Theme inspired by Hebrews 13:7: 'Remember your leaders and imitate their faith.'

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VATICAN CITY (CNA)—The preacher to the Papal Household has revealed the topics for the four homilies he will preach to Pope Benedict XVI during Lent.

“Every time we will be at the school of one of the ‘four great doctors of the Eastern Church,’ Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen and Gregory of Nyssa, to see what each one says to us today about the dogma” each of them championed, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., said in a statement issued March 1 by the Vatican.

Those teachings were, respectively, “the divinity of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity and the knowledge of God,” he explained.

The sermons will be held in the Vatican’s Redemptoris Mater chapel at 9am over four Fridays...READ MORE

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How Catholics Voted on the Blunt Amendment (4282)

More on the March 1 vote.

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An amendment to ensure religious freedom against the recent federal contraception mandate, known as the Blunt Amendment, was voted down in the Senate with the help of 13 Catholic politicians March 1.

Of the 24 Catholic members of the U.S. Senate, 13 Democrats opposed the amendment, while 11 Republicans and three Democrats supported it.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., expressed his disappointment with the bill’s narrow defeat, but said the “fight is not over” and that he would continue to work to protect the First Amendment.

Chairman of the U.S. bishops’ committee on religious freedom, Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., said that he would continue working to “build on this base of support”...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, blunt amendment, congress, contraception mandate, religious freedom, senate

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