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Pro-life Attitudes to Unplanned Pregnancy, Fr. Corapi Announcement, and much more! (5310)

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06/16/2011 Comment

The rise of Mexico's Catholic Monarchy culminated with Maximilian I becoming Emperor of Mexico.

A Tribute to Falsely Accused Priest, Writer Slams Lawyer - TheMediaReport.com

1863 A.D.: The Rise of Mexico’s Catholic Monarch - The Mad Monarchist

The Pro-Life Attitude Toward Unplanned Pregnancy - Elizabeth Hanna, Crisis Magazine

Father John Corapi Announcement? - Deacon Greg Kandra, The Deacon’s Bench

An Example of Civilization Without God - Tom Hoopes, Catholic Vote

Quaeritur: Mass Obligation & Traditional Anglican Communion - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Cardinal Ruini on Medjugorje Commission: Not Close to Done - Dianne M. Korzeniewski O.C.D.S., Te Deum Laudamus!

Vatican II: Common Ground - Todd Hartch, The Catholic Thing

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Filed under andrew jackson, anthony weiner, cardinal kasper, cardinal ruini, civilization, communist china, down syndrome, excommunication, fr. john corapi, medjugorje

Vatican Teams With U.S. Company to Advance Ethical Stem-Cell Research (2700)

NeoStem has pioneered adult stem-cell research the last five years.

06/16/2011 Comments (3)

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)— The Vatican has signed its first-ever commercial agreement with an outside company. The contract with U.S.-based bio-pharmaceutical firm NeoStem will advance ethical research into stem cells.

“We would like to create a hotspot for scientists, benefactors, academics (and) Church leaders that will now join this group and would work together for the benefit of humanity,” Father Tomaz Trafny of the Vatican’s Council for Culture told EWTN News June 16.

The deal was announced before the global media in Rome.

“We are a public company pioneering new medical research with adult stem cells,” explained Dr. Robin Smith, the CEO of NeoStem, which is based in New York....READ MORE

Filed under adult stem-cell research, bio-pharmecuticals, ethical research, vatican

U.S. Bishops Target Physician-Assisted Suicide (2605)

At Seattle meeting, first topic focuses on the human dignity of ill and suffering.

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Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

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SEATTLE — Just weeks after the death of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a powerful document that challenged ongoing efforts to present his cause as a “compassionate” solution for the terminally ill.

The bishops voted 191-1 today, the second day of their Spring General Assembly, to approve the language of the document, “To Live Each Day With Dignity.” It argues that lethal actions — characterized as a compassionate response to the pain and despair experienced by some patients —  actually undermine human dignity by eliminating the sufferer rather than providing essential care.

“Catholics should be leaders in the effort to defend and uphold the principle...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop joseph naumann, assisted suicide, cardinal daniel dinardo, compassion & choices, disabilities, euthanasia, hemlock society, jack kevorkian, national catholic bioethics center, usccb

'Under God' Remains in Pledge of Allegiance (4101)

Supreme Court rejects atheist’s latest challenge to remove phrase.

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WASHINGTON (CNA) — On June 13, the Supreme Court ruled against atheist activist Michael Newdow’s latest attempt to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.

“Not surprisingly, the Supreme Court has again rejected the argument that saying the pledge of your own free will creates an official state religion,” said attorney Eric Rassbach, litigation director at the religious-liberty defense group the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

“The words ‘one nation under God’ make clear the bedrock American principle that our rights come not from the state, but are endowed by our Creator.”

On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected Newdow’s appeal from the First Circuit Court of...READ MORE

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Conflict of Interest in Prop. 8 Ruling? (2058)

Federal judge: Homosexual judge who overturned measure defining marriage as the union between a man and a woman did not have to recuse himself. But traditional marriage groups disagree.

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SAN FRANCISCO (CNA) — A homosexual judge who overturned California’s 2008 ballot measure defining marriage as the union between a man and a woman had no obligation to remove himself from the case because of a possible conflict of interest, a federal judge said on June 14.

me“The ProtectMarriage.com legal team obviously disagrees with today’s ruling,” said Charles Cooper of Cooper & Kirk, lead counsel for Proposition 8 backer ProtectMarriage.com. “Our legal team will appeal this decision and continue our tireless efforts to defend the will of the people of California to preserve marriage as the union of a man and a woman.”

Judge Vaughn Walker, a George H.W. Bush appointee, invalidated...READ MORE

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The Dallas Charter Didn't Invent Victims' Services (2117)

Something to consider as the U.S. Bishops ponder changes to the 2002 document.

06/16/2011 Comments (6)

In Philadelphia, we have two grand jury reports and — in the eyes of the public — two failed attempts to get things right. I have been engaged in victim assistance work for 30 years, and I have never seen as much pain as I have in the last four months. It’s emanating from the victims’ experience, the added pain of failing to get it right, and Catholics’ feeling of confusion and betrayal.

While I cannot address any specific cases, my tenure at the archdiocese has provided some insight into how the Church provides victim assistance and how those services could be improved.

Society is still grappling with the sexual abuse of children. The Church is dealing with an issue that the larger...READ MORE

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Helping Widows, The Importance of Fathers, Saying "I Believe in Public", and much more! (4851)

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06/16/2011 Comment

Is there an animus towards Christians at Google?

Church’s Ministry to Widows: The Opportunities, Challenges - Emily Stimpson, Our Sunday Visitor

The Importance of Fathers in Our Search for God - Archbishop Charles Chaput O.F.M. Cap., Catholic Lane

Hungary’s New Constitution Protects Life from Conception - CatholicCulture.org

What?! Pope Benedict’s Berlin Mass Moved to Nazi Olympic Stadium!? - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Catholic League Responds to David Letterman’s Remark About Priests - Lisa Graas

Google Holidays Revisited - Tom Hoopes, Catholic Vote

Philadelphia Catholic Clergy Abuse Trial Update - TheMediaReport.com

Cardinal Ratzinger: A Liturgy With No Kneeling is. . . - Father Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine


Filed under cardinal ratzinger, catholic league, david letterman, dignity, fathers, google, hungary, kneeling, liturgy, modernity

Pope: Follow Elijah's Example (2568)

'Let us be ever more convinced of the power of intercessory prayer, so that we can help all people to know the one true God, to turn away from every form of idolatry, and to receive the grace offered to us on the wood of the cross and in the fire of the Holy Spirit,' Benedict said.

06/15/2011 Comment

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VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — “When God disappears, man falls into the slavery of idolatry,” Pope Benedict XVI said at his June 15 general audience in St. Peter’s Square, the sixth Wednesday audience delivered by the Holy Father on the topic of prayer.

This phenomenon, he said, is clearly “shown by the totalitarian regimes of our time and with various forms of nihilism, which make man dependent on idols and idolatry, which enslave.”

The Pope said that this “seduction” of “the illusion of being able to ‘serve two masters’” has been a “constant temptation to believers” throughout salvation history.

To make his case, Pope Benedict drew upon the Old Testament story of the prophet Elijah....READ MORE

Filed under elijah, god's mercy, holy spirit, intercessory prayer, pope benedict xvi

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