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Catholic Hospitals and Bishops: Trust, but Verify (5763)

Could the dispute in Phoenix between Bishop Olmsted and St. Joseph’s Hospital be just the tip of the iceberg? Bishops and public-policy experts weigh in on what can be done about a silent and growing problem.

01/27/2011 Comments (21)
2010 CNS photo/J.D. Long-Garcia, The Catholic Sun

Nurse Diane Dick listens to the heartbeat of an unidentified woman at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in September last year.

– 2010 CNS photo/J.D. Long-Garcia, The Catholic Sun

WASHINGTON — Awash in red ink, U.S. Catholic hospitals are navigating a daunting health-care environment roiled by the 2010 health-care reform legislation and other potential threats to their religious mission and ethical practices.

The shifting scene has further complicated the relationship between Catholic health-care institutions and the bishops charged with securing their adherence to the moral teachings of the Church, as outlined in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ “Ethical and Religious Directives” (ERDs). Critics and whistleblowers previously raised concerns about routine sterilizations, contraceptive services and even abortions at some hospitals.

But in the wake of the...READ MORE

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When a Pupil Has 2 Daddies (7518)

Boston Catholic schools will accept kids of same-sex ‘parents,’ but other dioceses take a different approach. The Archdiocese of Boston has decreed that children of same-sex couples can enroll in its parochial schools.

01/27/2011 Comments (74)
CNS photo/Archdiocese of Toronto

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston is pictured during a press conference at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington Feb. 26, 2009.

– CNS photo/Archdiocese of Toronto

BOSTON — The Archdiocese of Boston has decreed that children of same-sex couples can enroll in its parochial schools, reversing a controversial 2010 decision at the parish level refusing one such admission.

The decision, very different from one made by the Archdiocese of Denver last year, drew a mixed reaction from Catholics, but won the swift endorsement of Michael Reardon, executive director of Boston’s Catholic Education Foundation, an independent organization that funds school construction and repair as well as scholarships. The foundation had announced in the wake of last year’s rejection of a same-sex couple’s child that it would provide no scholarships to schools that discriminated...READ MORE

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Middle East Genocide of Christians? (6463)

Sarkozy speaks of a ‘cleansing.’ Are attacks on Christians in Islamic countries on the rise? Part I of a 2-part look at Christians in the Middle East

01/26/2011 Comments (2)
REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

IS THERE A FUTURE FOR HER? A young Christian worshipper reverences an icon along the east bank of the Jordan River Jan. 21. Orthodox Christians flocked to the Jordan to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany at the traditional site where St. John the Baptist baptized Christ.

– REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

BEIRUT — Religious cleansing, genocide and outright extermination are terms now used to describe the plight of Christians in the Middle East, particularly following recent horrific attacks on Christians in Iraq and Egypt.

While attacks on Christians in the Middle East are nothing new, the situation has escalated.

There was the Oct. 31 massacre in Baghdad’s Syriac Catholic Church of Our Lady of Salvation, for example, which killed 58 people, including two priests, and wounded 75.

Then, on Jan. 1, an attack on the Orthodox Coptic Church of the Saints in Alexandria, Egypt, killed 21 people and wounded more than 100.

“Christians are scared and are continuing to leave,” said Chaldean...READ MORE

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United for the Unborn (8031)

UPDATED: Walk for Life West Coast draws record crowds, as other events bring together pro-lifers.

01/25/2011 Comments (6)
Walk for Life West Coast

– Walk for Life West Coast

More updates added Jan. 27 starting with “More Masses and Rallies.” Updates also added on Jan. 25 beginning with “More Positive Results.”

As marchers gather in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life today, Jan. 24, pro-lifers across the country have been gathering for days.

On Saturday, Jan. 22, in downtown San Francisco, Walk for Life West Coast broke another record: More than 40,000 people gathered to hear pro-life speakers, pray and stand united for an end to abortion.

The seventh-annual walk took place on the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

“We are here to break the bondage of the culture of death,” Walk for Life co-founder and co-chair Dolores Meehan told the crowd.

Meehan said...READ MORE

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March for Life 2011 (9846)

Pro-lifers — mostly young people — flood the streets and churches of our nation’s capital to mark the 38th anniversary of Supreme Court abortion decision.

01/25/2011 Comments (17)
CNS photo/Peter Lockley

March for Life participants make their way up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building in Washington Jan. 24. The annual pro-life demonstration marks the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the nation.

– CNS photo/Peter Lockley

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As they have for 38 years, the pro-life movement gathered in force in the nation’s capitol on Monday for the March for Life, protesting the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the country. A crowd estimated between 100,000 and 200,000 contended with a water main break on the Beltway and below freezing temperatures to demonstrate their support for a culture of life.

While the march was the primary event, there were also many other conferences, prayer vigils, Masses and rallies designed to complement the March for Life’s goals. Father Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, compared the march, though it is a nonsectarian, nonpartisan event, to “a...READ MORE

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Growing Threat: Abortion Conscience Coercion at Med Schools (5983)

Pro-life medical and nursing students are mobilizing to fight back at Vanderbilt and across the country.

01/24/2011 Comments (6)

– Shutterstock

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Pro-life medical and nursing students across the country say they face the same pressures to violate their consciences as two recent applicants to Vanderbilt University’s nursing residency program who were told that they would have been required to participate in abortions.

“No one really knows how common it is, but we believe it goes on every day at virtually every medical school in the United States,” said a spokesman for Medical Students for Life of America, a growing pro-life organization with 25 chapters at medical schools across the country.

The spokesman didn't want to be identified but said he had recently spoken with a medical student in Pennsylvania who...READ MORE

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Handing Off the Legacy (5659)

Our publisher tells the story of the sale of the Register to EWTN.

01/24/2011 Comments (20)

This publisher’s note was going to be very different. A draft began like this: “We are praying for a miracle. The Register’s current financial situation is so bleak that, barring the unforeseen, the next issue of the Register will be its last.”

What happened? Well, we had been praying for a miracle. What we got was a whole series of miracles, one after another, so fast-moving that some were simultaneous.

The Legion of Christ had reached the conclusion that it could no longer subsidize the Register. The decision was made in November to close the paper in December. The funds to take it into January, much less the rest of the year, were simply not there.

Within days, I received a letter...READ MORE

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Change and Continuity (4001)

Our editorial on what the Register's mission is, and why we're excited about its future under new ownership.

01/23/2011 Comments (11)

Our mission is clear.

The Register’s mission is to promote the New Evangelization, by selecting news at the intersection of faith and culture, analyzing it in light of Church teaching, and presenting it to active Catholics so they can keep up on the emerging secular culture, understand and evaluate it, and so be enabled to engage it.

Our long-time readers and loyal donors will undoubtedly recognize that. We talk about it all the time. Lifted verbatim from the editorial guidelines we have distributed to all of our writers for years, that’s the special spark that inspires what we do. Father Owen Kearns and our editorial team developed it, but we can’t take credit for it.

Who’s the one...READ MORE

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