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Catholic Ethicists Question Choice of IVF Inventor for Nobel Prize (3594)

10/07/2010 Comments (19)
CNS photo/Lee Besford, Reuters

FATHER FIGURE? British scientist Robert Edwards, a retired professor at the University of Cambridge, was named winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine Oct. 4 for the development of in vitro fertilization. He is pictured in a 2003 photo with Louise Brown, the world's first 'test-tube baby.'

– CNS photo/Lee Besford, Reuters

WASHINGTON — Robert Edwards was credited this week for some 4 million people that would not exist today were it not for a groundbreaking technique he developed.

But others pointed to the untold numbers of embryos that perished and hundreds of thousands in frozen preservation because of it.

It was announced Oct. 4 that Edwards would receive the Nobel Prize for Medicine. The British biologist and clinician, with his physician colleague Patrick Steptoe, developed in vitro fertilization.

Louise Brown — the world’s first “test-tube baby,” born in 1978 — applauded Edwards’ achievement. But Catholic bioethicists and some researchers and clinicians challenged the Nobel Prize Committee’s decision...READ MORE

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The Puzzling Decline in Abortions (4313)

Researchers Debate: Is Contraception the Cause?

10/06/2010 Comments (1)
REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Babies are baptized in Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral in Tbilisi, Georgia.

– REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

MOSCOW — Abortion is declining in some countries around the world, and the statistics are startling in some places.

In Russia, whose population is apparently in a death spiral, for example, the abortion rate has fallen from 126.6 per 1,000 women of childbearing age in 1988 to 38 in 2008 (1.2 million abortions).

With United Nations demographers predicting the nation’s population will shrink by 23 million in the next 40 years, after falling 11 million over the past 16 years, the government of Vladimir Putin has offered $11,000 grants to families who have two children. Some regions of the vast country made Sept. 12 “Family Contact Day,” urging couples to stay home and do their best to make...READ MORE

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Restoring the Integrity of Medicine (2919)

Catholic Medical Association to Meet in Midst of Change

10/05/2010 Comment
Clement P. Cunningham, M.D.

FORMING PHYSICIANS. Bishop Robert Vasa and Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, a bioethicist with the National Catholic Bioethics Center, distribute communion at a Catholic Medical Association board meeting in Springfield, Ill.

– Clement P. Cunningham, M.D.

SEATTLE — The initial inspiration for the 79th Educational Conference of the Catholic Medical Association comes from Psalm 8: “What is man that you are mindful of him?”

“‘What is man?’ [is a question that] should be answered before any student or practitioner of medicine approaches a patient,” according to Dr. Jan Hemstad, the president-elect for the association.

He is overseeing CMA’s annual gathering, held in Seattle this year Oct. 28-31. Its theme is “Restoring the Integrity of Medicine: An Imperative for a Christian Anthropology.”

“Our primary focus for these conferences is always the proper formation of physicians, the topics [arising] from the critical issues of the day,” he...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, catholic medical association, healthcare

U.N.’s (Anti-)Family Values (3358)

Mexico Conference Bodes Ill for Year for Youth

10/04/2010 Comments (1)
2009 CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz

The United Nations building in New York.

– 2009 CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz

NEW YORK — The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute has been a watchdog at the United Nations since 1997.

C-FAM, as it’s known, strives “to be present where international social policy is made,” said its president, Austin Ruse. That includes presence at the international criminal court’s establishment and the five-, 10- and 15-year reviews of the Cairo and Beijing conferences.

“We have participated in every major social-policy negotiation since 1997,” said Ruse.

But the kickoff conference to the U.N.’s International Year of Youth is different, he said.

“The reason I’m so alarmed about this particular conference is that it’s aimed at kids.”

C-FAM had personnel at the Aug. 23-27...READ MORE

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On the Move (3511)

Landmark Church Survives the Wrecker’s Ball By Being Transported to Georgia

10/03/2010 Comments (11)
Photo courtesy of MovedByGrace.com

TASTE OF THE ITALIAN RENAISSANCE. St. Gerard Church in Buffalo, N.Y., is a one-third-scale version of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome.

– Photo courtesy of MovedByGrace.com

NORCROSS, Ga. — All kinds of things happen to churches that close: If they’re not torn down they might be sold to different congregations or be turned into other types of facilities.

In Buffalo, N.Y., a historic church is being preserved in an unusual way — it’s being moved to an area of the country and an archdiocese where the Catholic population is expanding rapidly and booming with well over 900,000 Catholics.
If the plan works, St. Gerard’s will be the largest building in the United States ever taken down, moved and reconstructed.

The move to the Atlanta suburb of Norcross, Ga. — 900 miles away — is more than an engineering feat. It’s a testimony to preserving a magnificent church...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Power Station (3669)

40 Days for Life Launches Fall Campaign

10/02/2010 Comments (1)
Thomas L. McDonald

Bishop Joseph Galante of Camden, N.J., joins laity praying outside the Cherry Hill Women's Center in Cherry Hill, N.J., for 40 Days for Life.

– Thomas L. McDonald

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — One year ago, abortion procurer and Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson stood opposite participants in the 40 Days for Life campaign in College Station, Texas. This year she’s on the side of the culture of life, giving speeches to encourage those praying outside abortion businesses across the country.

“We need to believe that more people will come out of the abortion industry because our God is a God of miracles,” she told those gathered in Fayetteville, Ark., for the kickoff of 40 Days for Life’s fall campaign.

It only took days for Johnson’s prayer to be realized.

On Sept. 25, an abortion nurse in El Paso, Texas, left work and handed a slip of paper with her...READ MORE

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The Little Flower’s Basilica (3545)

Travel Feature for St. Thérèse’s Feast Day

10/01/2010 Comments (1)

– Wikipedia

I always look forward to October: The feast days of many of my favorite saints seems to be grouped together this month, including St. Thérèse of Lisieux on Oct. 1.

St. Thérèse was born Thérèse Martin. The French Carmelite nun was more commonly known as the “Little Flower of Jesus.”

Her spirituality was known as the “Little Way,” and she always had a preference for hidden sacrifice, which she believed could convert souls. She described this in her popular autobiography,Story of a Soul: “I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul.”

In her spiritual treatise, she explains that it was unnecessary to accomplish heroic acts in...READ MORE

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Military Physicians Oppose Abortion Mandate (4502)

09/30/2010 Comments (8)
2009 CNS photo/Paul Haring

Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical Association, is among those voicing opposition to the Obama administration's proposal to allow abortions at military facilities.

– 2009 CNS photo/Paul Haring

WASHINGTON — Christian physicians in the U.S. military are concerned that Congress may soon vote to require them and their colleagues to participate in elective abortions at U.S. military bases domestically and overseas.

The highly controversial provision is included in the annual bill that directs spending for the Department of Defense.

The bill, which was rejected by all 41 Republican senators in September due to concerns over the military abortion provision and other controversial items it included, will be brought up for another vote after the midterm elections.

So Christian physicians and their pro-life allies are gearing up for another fight.

Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the...READ MORE

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