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ACLU Tries to Force Abortions on Catholic Hospitals (7766)

HHS is considering its request. But can it hold up in court?

11/03/2010 Comments (21)
2007 CNS photo/Don Blake, The Dialog

Franciscan Sister Camillus McGoldrick talks to a patient in the emergency room at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del., in this file photo.

– 2007 CNS photo/Don Blake, The Dialog

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services is considering a request from the American Civil Liberties Union that it compel Catholic hospitals to provide emergency abortions.

But the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has vowed not only to provide free legal defense for any hospital the HHS takes action against, but to sue the feds to stop them.

“We have acknowledged receipt of letters from the ACLU and an organization holding the opposite view, but have taken no other action,” said Ellen Griffith, spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “All we can say is that the matter is before us for consideration.”

But Becket Fund director of litigation Eric...READ MORE

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How to Pray for the Holy Souls (6283)

Susan Tassone speaks about the best ways to help the souls in purgatory.

11/02/2010 Comments (64)
OSV

– OSV

Every Nov. 2, the Church remembers the faithful departed in a special way on All Souls’ Day and dedicates the whole month to the holy souls in purgatory. After that, we sometimes forget that the Church urges us to pray for them all year.

Susan Tassone’s one-woman mission and ministry is to help everyone know the whys and the how-tos of helping those in purgatory. Little wonder she’s affectionately called the “purgatory lady.”

That nickname came during her appearances on EWTN’s “The Abundant Life” with co-hosts Johnnette Benkovic and Holy Cross Father Edmund Sylvia.

“Nobody has done more than Susan has over the years,” says Father Sylvia, citing interviews with her going back to the earliest of...READ MORE

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Generation Y: The Pro-Life Generation (8144)

Pro-life is becoming mainstream. Are we at a tipping point?

11/02/2010 Comments (10)
CNS photo/Peter Lockley

YOUNG PEOPLE FOR LIFE. March for Life participants make their way up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building in Washington Jan. 22.

– CNS photo/Peter Lockley

America’s pro-life future is looking brighter thanks to Generation Y, the Millennials, those 60 million people born between the late ’70s and the late ’90s.

“Our generation is the pro-life generation,” said Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America (SFLA) in Arlington, Va., adding that she hopes that her generation is the one that will overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that struck down anti-abortion state laws in the United States.

Opinion polls show a shift in the views of this generation from earlier generations, as well as that our country has become more pro-life than “pro-choice.”

Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus,...READ MORE

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The 'Glue That Holds America Together': Religion (3444)

A fascinating look into the complex future of religion in America.

11/01/2010 Comments (1)
Simon and Schuster

– Simon and Schuster

The United States stands out among Western nations for its high level of religiosity and also for the great variety of churches and faiths. Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell examine the state of religion in the U.S. in their recently published book American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (Simon and Schuster).

Looking over the recent past, the authors identify three major shifts in religious practice. The first was the cultural and sexual revolution of the ‘60s that saw a notable drop in church attendance. This was followed by a reaction by religion, especially among the evangelical churches. Finally, a growing number of young people are renouncing any religion at all in the...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, american grace, bible, catholic, catholic church, david campbell, education, homosexuality, italy, marriage

Get Out the Vote (2318)

National pro-life leader stresses importance of Election Day.

10/30/2010 Comments (3)
2008 CNS photo/Jim Westa

– 2008 CNS photo/Jim Westa

In just a few days, the pro-life people of our country will have their first concrete opportunity to begin to take back the ground lost in the 2008 election.

Consider the setbacks to life that have taken place since President Obama moved into the Oval Office. The Mexico City Policy was reversed, again allowing for U.S. financing of international programs that fund abortion; the Food and Drug Administration, over the strenuous objection of many in the medical field, approved Ella, an emergency contraceptive that Catholic bishops and others recognize as an abortifacient; federal funding has been restored to embryonic stem-cell research, which kills human life; a health-care law was passed...READ MORE

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Celebrities Bring Catholic Bible to Life (15262)

New audio version is endorsed by the Vatican and has a foreword by Pope Benedict.

10/29/2010 Comments (19)

A monumental project that brings the New Testament to dramatic audio form is ready to reach listeners everywhere in November.

Two years in the making, “Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible New Testament” brings together more than 70 actors, over 20 audio engineers and 100 media-development experts across three continents who amassed 10,000 production hours for this first-ever Catholic edition of the New Testament.

Listeners will hear every word from Matthew through Revelation dramatized by world-renowned actors like Neal McDonough as Jesus, Julia Ormond as Mary, Stacy Keach as John, Blair Underwood, Michael York, Kristen Bell, and John Rhys-Davies.

Since we’re naming names, this...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Prognosis (3225)

Will next week’s elections help the pro-life cause? An interview with insider Charmaine Yoest.

10/29/2010 Comment
Courtesy Americans United for Life

– Courtesy Americans United for Life

Fresh out of college, Charmaine Yoest “fell in love with D.C. and the political process” as she sought to “make a difference in the political arena concerning life-and-family issues.”

Her first job landed her in the Reagan administration, where she began a career addressing these vital issues in a variety of political, nonprofit and academic capacities.

In 2004, she became president and CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL), the first national pro-life organization. AUL’s legal strategists have been involved in every pro-life case before the Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade, and they seek to influence pro-life legislation at all levels of government. A mother of five who put her career...READ MORE

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Susan B. Anthony List Defends Campaign Ads in Ohio (2910)

Are these pro-life billboards telling the truth about health-care reform?

10/28/2010 Comments (1)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An elections commission in Ohio will convene today to consider whether a pro-life organization can put up billboards criticizing a candidate on his vote for Obamacare.

A federal court Oct. 25 allowed Democratic Rep. Steve Driehaus’ case to proceed against the Susan B. Anthony List.

The SBAL, which supports pro-life women running for public office, wanted to put up billboards saying Driehaus’ vote on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in March was a vote for taxpayer funding of abortion.

The contentious sign reads: “Shame on Steve Driehaus. Driehaus voted for taxpayer-funded abortion.”

Taking SBAL’s side in the dispute is the American Civil Liberties Union...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, aclu, congress, healthcare, obama, steve driehaus, susan b. anthony list

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