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Let's Publicize Abortion (5430)

A Register Editorial

06/01/2010 Comments (2)
CNS photo/Peter Lockley

Maria Burud, left, of Madison, Wis., holds a pro-life sign next to demonstrators for legal abortion at the Jan. 22 March for Life outside the Supreme Court building in Washington.

– CNS photo/Peter Lockley

This editorial appears in the June 6 print edition, due to arrive to subscribers this week.

It’s “the No. 1 preventable cause of death in America.” The 400,000 lives it cuts short every year are “more lives lost than from automobile accidents, alcohol abuse, illegal drugs, AIDS, murder and suicide combined.”

That’s why Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., fought for more than a decade for legislation giving the federal government “broad authority to regulate the sale, distribution and advertising” of a product that kills a third of its users. And as Kennedy lay dying in June 2009, President Obama signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act into law, saying that the bill would...READ MORE

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Memorial Day: Remembering the Fallen, Helping the Wounded (2348)

05/31/2010 Comments (2)
CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters

– CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters

Memorial Day is a day to remember those killed in the nation’s wars.

But war has caused other kinds of death, and many veterans are living with the effects. They have suffered many kinds of loss — of limbs, faculties, comrades, physical or mental health, relationships, employment, hopes and dreams, or a former way of life.

Sadly, the suicide rate within all branches of the military is rapidly increasing among both active servicemen and women and returning veterans.

“Every serviceman or woman returning from a tour of duty will suffer post-traumatic stress disorder,” said Peter Kleponis, assistant director of Comprehensive Counseling Services in Conshohocken, Pa. Kleponis is certified to...READ MORE

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Joe Scheidler: Pro-Life Stalwart Fights On (4740)

'The Abortionists and Radical Feminists Hate Us Because We’ve Been So Successful in Fighting Abortion'

05/31/2010 Comments (4)
2005 photo courtesy of the Pro-Life Action League

Joe Scheidler

– 2005 photo courtesy of the Pro-Life Action League

June 1 will mark the 30th anniversary of one of the best-known and most effective pro-life organizations in the country, the Pro-Life Action League.

Since its founding by Joe Scheidler in 1980, the league’s mission has been to keep the ugliness of abortion in the public eye, recruit and train pro-life activists to do battle with the abortion industry in their communities, and take to the streets to persuade abortion-minded women to choose life. Dubbed the “Green Beret” of the pro-life movement by commentator Patrick Buchanan, Joe Scheidler, at age 82, and the league he founded are still going strong.

Scheidler was born into a devout Catholic family. Scheidler was an altar boy and wanted...READ MORE

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Wait for Love, Jane Austen Says (5503)

Arts & Letters: The Novels of Jane Austen

05/30/2010 Comments (2)
Bethany House Publishers

– Bethany House Publishers

“To you I shall say, as I have often said before: Do not be in a hurry. The right man will come at last.”

That’s what Jane Austen told her niece Fanny Knight in a letter.

Well said, Jane!

Waiting for the right man is the theme of all of her novels. She has provided us with great examples of true heroines: women who wait for true love — and work on becoming better women while they wait for Mr. Right.

Through her witty plotlines, Jane Austen gives us deep insights on courtship and marriage. She champions marriages that foster the development of love, such as those of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy and Jane and Mr. Bingley in Pride and Prejudice.

That’s not to say there’s no courtship strife....READ MORE

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Military Kids and the Faith (4041)

Life Teen Links Up With Evangelical Group to Help ‘Third Culture Kids’

05/28/2010 Comments (2)
Evelyn Rennich, MCYM staff

– Evelyn Rennich, MCYM staff

WASHINGTON — They’re known as “third culture kids,” sons and daughters of military personnel who move from base to base, never quite being part of the wider world.

Problems often experienced by teenagers are exacerbated by the life experiences of military kids.

“These teens are a subculture within a bigger youth culture,” said Randy Raus, president of Life Teen, an international Catholic ministry. “They don’t know from day to day if their parent will come home. They move frequently and become very resilient very quickly. They suffer from increased pressure that many teens in the U.S. just don’t feel.”

Now there is a Catholic outreach to this group, a partnership between the...READ MORE

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A Magical Knife Turns Back Time … (6592)

Review: Video Game-Turned-Movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Isn’t Memorable

05/27/2010 Comments (15)

ANCIENT ACTION HERO. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Dastan, an orphaned street rat whose courage and derring-do in a marketplace dustup impresses the noble king in The Prince of Persia.

– Disney

Are there five less inspiring words in the English language than “based on a video game”? You never know, of course. “Based on a theme-park attraction” sounds, in theory, like it would be worse, but producer Jerry Bruckheimer beat the odds with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, so anything is possible.

Bruckheimer’s latest Disney production, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, is based on a long-running video game franchise. Lightning has not struck twice. Not even a distant roll of thunder or a shadow of a storm cloud, except in the Jerry Bruckheimer Films logo at the start of the film.

No one expects it to be art. When a movie is called Prince of...READ MORE

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Immigration Integration (4783)

Bishops Educate, Advocate for Humane Treatment of Illegal Immigrants

05/27/2010 Comments (18)
CNS photo/J.D. Long-Garcia, Catholic Sun

OUTRAGED. Protesters hold their hands up in prayer May 1 during a demonstration against Arizona's tough new immigration law outside the state Capitol in Phoenix. Demonstrators at rallies across the nation criticized the law, which makes it a state crime to be in the United States illegally.

– CNS photo/J.D. Long-Garcia, Catholic Sun

WASHINGTON — No matter where Americans stand on illegal immigration, the U.S. bishops hope they will first look at the people involved as individuals who need to be treated humanely.

“We aim to educate Catholics on this issue,” the need to recognize that illegal immigrants are people first deserving of the dignity God gives everyone, said Kevin Appleby, director of Migration Policy and Public Affairs in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration & Refugee Services Office.

The pastoral education effort of Catholics comes as Congress again considers an overhaul of the nation’s immigration policy, including a controversial legalization for millions of illegal immigrants. The bishops,...READ MORE

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Nationwide Shift in Pastoral Outreach (2849)

Archbishop Wenski a Sign of the Times

05/26/2010 Comments (2)
CNS photo/Jacque Brunds, The Florida Catholic

PRESS CONFERENCE. Archbishop Thomas Wenski gestures during an April 20 press conference in Orlando, Fla., held to announced his appointment as the fourth archbishop of Miami. The new archbishop, head of the Orlando Diocese since 2004, succeeds Archbishop John C. Favalora, 74, who has been in Miami since 1994.

– CNS photo/Jacque Brunds, The Florida Catholic

MIAMI — Once, Hispanics gathered at the fringes of the Catholic Church in the United States, and dioceses struggled to locate a Spanish-speaking priest to celebrate the sacraments.

Now, the headlines greeting the appointments of Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Fla., to the Miami Archdiocese and Archbishop José Gomez of San Antonio to the Los Angeles Archdiocese underscore a critical shift in priorities as outreach to Hispanics emerges as a central concern for the U.S. hierarchy and the Vatican.

The enthusiastic response to the appointment of Archbishop Wenski, 59 — a Florida native and a product of South Florida’s fully bilingual seminary program — provides an opportunity to examine the...READ MORE

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