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Irish Bishops, Pro-Lifers Mobilize Against Proposed Abortion Law Changes (2510)

‘The direct and intentional killing of an unborn child can never be morally justified,’ the bishops stress in their response to an expert report.

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Pro-life advocates rally Dec. 4 outside the Dáil Eireann in Dublin.

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DUBLIN, Ireland — The Irish bishops’ conference is insisting that almost all the options recommended by a recent report for changing the country’s abortion laws are unacceptable, since allowing abortion cannot be morally justified.

“Of the four options presented by the Report, three involve abortion — the direct and intentional killing of an unborn child. This can never be morally justified,” the bishops wrote in their Dec. 5 initial response to the report.

The Irish government is debating a 58-page report on abortion that advocates abortion legislation and abortion regulation, the Irish newspaper The Independent reports.

The report was released Nov. 27 after its preparation by a...READ MORE

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Pope to Bishops: Keep Church Charities Catholic (3010)

Pope Benedict XVI’s new motu proprio affirms the importance of Catholic charities and outlines the stewardship responsibilities of bishops.

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Detail of an old engraving, ca. 1880, depicts St. Vincent de Paul and the Daughters of Charity.

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WASHINGTON — Seven years after his first groundbreaking encyclical, Deus Caritas Est (God Is Love), Pope Benedict XVI has issued a motu proprio, De Caritate Ministranda (The Service of Charity), designed to guide and strengthen episcopal stewardship of Church-affiliated charitable institutions.

Formally dated Nov. 11, but released in December, the motu proprio (on his own initiative) affirms the central role of charity in the Church’s mission and provides directives for diocesan bishops charged with securing the Catholic identity of Church-affiliated outreach programs.

While that first encyclical drew praise for its rich portrait of “the God with a human face,” the Pope describes the...READ MORE

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Forty-Six Percent of Americans Support HHS Mandate Exemption (1160)

According to a new poll, support for the religious exemption increases dramatically alongside the frequency of church attendance.

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WASHINGTON — A new poll shows that Americans support a religious exemption from the Obama administration's contraception mandate, with support increasing dramatically alongside church attendance.

A Rasmussen national phone survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted Dec. 2-3 revealed that by a 5% margin, Americans favor the option for churches, religious organizations and business owners to be able to “opt out of providing coverage for contraceptives.”

46% of potential voters favor a religious exemption from the federal contraception mandate, while 41% favor the mandate even if providing such coverage “violates deeply held beliefs” of a particular church, religious organization or...READ MORE

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Students Revolt at a Catholic University, Catholic League Defends Bishop Robert Finn and Much More! (3362)

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Students Revolt Against Worldly Catholic President at a Catholic University. Follow the link by Matthew Archbold of The CNS Blog to read more.

Students Revolt Against Worldly Catholic President at a Catholic University by Matthew Archbold of The CNS BlogBig Pulpit

Catholic League about New York Time’s attack on Bishop Robert Finn – Fr. Z’s Blog

Pro-Family Movement: With This Strategy, Get Used to Losing – Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSiteNews

The End of the Pro-Life Physician? – Christopher Kaczor PhD, Truth and Life Forum

An Antique Black Chasuble – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Bread in the Holy Gospel of Saint John – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Interview with Fr. John Hollowell: On Homosexuality and Unnatural Law – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Out of the Wreckage – James Kalb,...READ MORE

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Duchess of Cambridge's Illness Could Save Lives, Author Says (6383)

Like the British princess, Ashli McCall has suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy, and she says proper treatment can prevent abortions.

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DENVER — The Duchess of Cambridge’s stay in the hospital for severe morning sickness could help other women avoid aborting their children, according to author Ashli McCall, who has experienced the condition.

In a Dec. 3 announcement, a representative for the British royal family confirmed the pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge, but also said that the princess has been hospitalized with hyperemesis gravidarum.

The illness, which is a severe form of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, affects less than 2% of pregnancies and is often underdiagnosed, causing some women to abort their children.

Ashli McCall, an author and hyperemesis gravidarum sufferer, suggested that the duchess’...READ MORE

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Pope: Advent Is Time to Focus on God’s Loving Plan (1586)

‘Advent invites us, in the midst of many difficulties, to renew the assurance that God is present,’ the Holy Father tells pilgrims at his weekly general audience.

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VATICAN CITY — As the Church celebrates the season of Advent, Pope Benedict said that Catholics should remember “God is present” and recall his “plan of loving goodness.”

“Advent invites us, in the midst of many difficulties, to renew the assurance that God is present,” he told thousands in his general audience at the Vatican on Dec. 5.

Pope Benedict XVI called Advent the time which prepares us for the coming of Christ, which he said is “the great plan of loving goodness” that God wants to use to draw us to him.

“He came into the world, becoming a man like us, to fulfill his plan of love; and God demands we become a sign of action in the world,” he told the pilgrims at Paul VI...READ MORE

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A Nuerosurgeon’s Experience of Heaven; NPR's Mary: Bitter, Mad at Christians, and More! (2157)

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A Neurosurgeons Experience of Heaven. Click on the link by Tomas Bogardus to read more.

A Neurosurgeons Experience of Heaven – Tomas Bogardus, First Things/On The Square

NPR’s Mary: Bitter, Angry, and Mad at Christians by Carl E. Olson of The CWR BlogBig Pulpit

Review: Rituale Romanum from Nova et Vetera – Fr. Z’s Blog

Dual Wielding the Bible and Catechism – Edmund Mitchell, Ignitum Today

San Salvador de Valdediós, Villaviciosa, Asturias, Spain – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Raising Independent Catholic Kids in an Age of Conformity – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Have Pro-Abort Politicos Excommunicated Themselves? – Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made Easy

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Chinese Pro-Life Activist Calls for Reform, International Attention (1886)

Chen Guangcheng calls China’s one-child policy ‘a sin, because life is sacred.’

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Chen Guangcheng gives his video message from New York City.

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NEW YORK — The deteriorating human rights situation in China should inspire action on the part of the Chinese government and people, as well as the international community, said pro-life advocate Chen Guangcheng.

“Unfortunately, the human rights situation in China is in fact getting worse,” the blind activist warned. 

“This has to garner more attention from the world,” he said. “And the United States, in particular, as a beacon of freedom, needs to play a leading role.”

In a video recorded several days before World Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, Chen detailed the human rights abuses that are still regularly occurring in his home country.

“The violence in maintaining China’s...READ MORE

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