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Lila Rose vs. Planned Parenthood (8686)

The Virginia attorney general may investigate clinic following Live Action exposé. One clinic stands by its employees who allegedly counseled shady abortions.

02/09/2011 Comments (16)
CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz

Pro-life advocate Patricia Bankeser of St. Joseph Parish in Kings Park, N.Y., holds a placard near the entrance to a Planned Parenthood center in Smithtown, N.Y., Jan. 19.

– CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz

NEW YORK — Employees at a federally funded Planned Parenthood abortion business appear to aid and abet a self-described child-sex trafficker, telling the man how to get away with and pay for abortions for sex slaves as young as 13.

The man is told to present himself as “guardian” of the girls, and he is assured that his secret will be safe with Planned Parenthood.

The shocking conversations appear on the latest undercover video shot during a sting operation by Live Action Films, which has carried out undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood for the past five years. Live Action was founded by Lila Rose while she was a student at UCLA.

The latest video, shot on Jan. 14, shows a Live...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, human trafficking, lila rose, live action films, planned parenthood, sexual abuse

Benedict 'Gets' Facebook (3017)

A Register editorial explores how the communications revolution has made our style of evangelization like that of the first Christians.

02/09/2011 Comments (1)


“We are the nation of Google and Facebook,” mused President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address on Jan. 25.

Is it good for us? People reflect on it more and more nowadays. Is virtual contact taking the place of human contact? Is “friendship” being redefined by the social networks? Have we invented a new way to “turn on, tune in and drop out”?

Two years ago, Pope Benedict asked those same questions in his annual message for the World Day of Communications. It was a groundbreaking text for the Vatican: The WDC message had always been a formality, a stylized — and arguably ineffectual — exhortation to media professionals on media ethics.

This, on the other hand, was addressed to...READ MORE

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'A Consumer of Catholic Education' (3898)

Meet The Catholic University of America’s New President

02/08/2011 Comments (4)
Courtesy of The Catholic University of America

John Garvey, the new president of The Catholic University of America.

– Courtesy of The Catholic University of America

JOHN GARVEY believes it is vital for a Catholic university to have faculty who are committed to the witness of the Catholic faith.

“The universities themselves will only be distinctive and distinctively Catholic if they hire people who want to make them that, and to do that you have to count, and not just count people who have a baptismal certificate, but those who really care about putting those things together,” he told Register senior writer Tim Drake in a wide-ranging interview the day after his inauguration as president of The Catholic University of America. “In hiring non-Catholics, you need to pay attention to what they will contribute to the culture of the institution.”

While...READ MORE

Filed under catholic higher education, catholic identity, catholic university of america, ex corde ecclesiae, john garvey, mandatum

Catholic-Education Awareness in Traffic (2791)

Schools put pride on cars — and hope to raise funds

02/08/2011 Comments (1)
Montana Department of Justice

TRAVELING MESSAGE. Supporters of Billings Catholic schools have been able to purchase a Montana-approved organizational license plate.

– Montana Department of Justice

Billings, Mont. — Looking for an innovative way to increase awareness and donations for its four Catholic schools, the Billings Catholic School System turned to the streets.

Since last month, supporters of Billings Catholic schools have been able to purchase a Montana-approved organizational license plate that will carry the school’s message.

People behind the plan hope it will instill school pride among alumni, students, teachers and parents.

The four Billings Catholic schools are St. Francis Primary, grades K-2; St. Francis Intermediate, grades 3-5; St. Francis Upper, grades 6-8, and Billings Central Catholic High School, grades 9-12.

“The total number of students is slightly more...READ MORE

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Abortion Has No Mental-Health Impact? (5061)

Pro-lifers immediately pointed out the flaws in this Danish study. Even a ‘pro-choice atheist’ finds it questionable.

02/07/2011 Comments (9)
CNS photo/Jose Luis Aguirre, Catholic San Francisco

CLEAR MESSAGE. Young people and others carry a banner during the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco Jan. 22. More than 40,000 people attended the event on the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

– CNS photo/Jose Luis Aguirre, Catholic San Francisco

Danish researchers have released a study that they claim shows no evidence of abortion having a mental-health impact on the women involved.

“Women should be aware that going through the procedure of [an] induced abortion does not increase their risk of having a psychiatric episode within the first 12 months after the procedure,” said lead researcher Trine Munk-Olsen of Aarhus University.

Pro-life critics were swift to accuse the study of methodological flaws, as did one researcher who identifies himself as “a pro-choice atheist.”

New Zealand researcher David Fergusson said, “As a research scientist who is a pro-choice atheist and whose research suggests possible small, harmful effects...READ MORE

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'From the Heart of the Church' (2735)

A Register Editorial

02/07/2011 Comments (1)
CNS photo/Matt Cashore, courtesy of the University of Notre Dame

– CNS photo/Matt Cashore, courtesy of the University of Notre Dame

There has been encouraging news lately for those of us who are concerned with strengthening the Catholic identity of Catholic colleges and universities.

As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reported Jan. 20, bishops and Catholic college and university presidents will undertake a 10-year review of the 2001 norms guiding the American application of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Pope John Paul II’s 1990 letter on Catholic education. The bishops plan to discuss the specifics of how best to promote Catholic mission and identity on college campuses.

Anyone who kept tabs on developments throughout the 1990s will recall the sometimes fierce battles involving implementation of Ex Corde in the United...READ MORE

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Packers' Pastor (7360)

This chaplain is ready for the Super Bowl.

02/04/2011 Comments (6)
Mike Biever/Green Bay Packers

CHEERING ON THE TEAM. Father Jim Baraniak on the sidelines next to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy in Chicago during the NFC game against the Chicago Bears.

– Mike Biever/Green Bay Packers

Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6, will conclude Father Jim Baraniak’s 14th year as the chaplain for the Green Bay Packers. And he is getting ready for his first Super Bowl sermon at the team Mass before the Packers take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Father Baraniak posted his request for homily ideas two weeks ago on his blog (Baraniak.blogspot.com), immediately following the Packers’ victory over the Chicago Bears that secured their spot in the Super Bowl.

He has been humbled by the outpouring of responses and suggestions on what to say before the big game.

“I asked people for some help and, boy, were they helpful,” Father Baraniak says. “It was just beautiful the things that people have been...READ MORE

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Where Do Iraqi Christian Refugees Go? Turkey (4457)

Here’s the situation they find when they get there.

02/03/2011 Comments (5)
Simon Roughneen

NEW HOME? Sarmad and Sandra assign donated clothes for refugee families, at the KADER office in Istanbul.

– Simon Roughneen

ISTANBUL — For Sarmad, translating e-mails from English to Arabic for fellow Iraqis is a welcome change from the incessant fear of murder he lived through in Iraq. In his hometown, Mosul, attacks on Christians have been an almost-daily reality throughout the past few years since the ousting of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

“I was stopped at the university,” Sarmad recalls. People he describes as “terrorists” told the 18-year-old mechanical engineering student, “If you come here again, we will kill you.”

Full names in this article have been withheld upon request.

Al Qaeda in Iraq has targeted the country’s fast-disappearing Christian population, describing them as “legitimate targets” and...READ MORE

Filed under iraqi christians, islam, refugees, turkey

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