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New Jersey Defunds Planned Parenthood (6531)

09/29/2010 Comments (8)
CNS photo/Jeff Zelevansky, Reuters

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

– CNS photo/Jeff Zelevansky, Reuters

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill that included funding for Planned Parenthood has withstood a challenge from Democrats in the state senate.

The veto deprived the state’s leading abortion provider of money that is essential to its continued operation.

The $7.5-million cut in funding is part of Christie’s wide-ranging austerity program for cash-strapped New Jersey. Although the governor is pro-life, both his aides and senate Republicans were quick to emphasize that this was primarily a fiscal decision. The funding bill, S2139, was part of a trio of spending bills vetoed simultaneously because there was no money to pay for them.

The bill in question was a...READ MORE

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Deprivatizing Religion in America (7531)

09/28/2010 Comments (9)
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Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum

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“Faith is part of the fabric of our country. It always has been and it always will be. As you, Your Holiness, have said, faith is not a problem for legislators to solve but rather a vital part of our national conversation. And we are proud of that.”

That was how Great Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron thanked Pope Benedict XVI for his recent visit there, in which he spoke unapologetically against the culture of relativism and secularism. “You have really challenged the whole country to sit up and think,” said Cameron, “and that can only be a good thing.”

Cameron paid homage to that which once was a given in so much of Europe, speaking above a political noise that is not always open...READ MORE

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New U.N. Women’s Agency Gets Pro-Abortion Chile’s Ex-President as Leader (3893)

09/27/2010 Comments (2)
REUTERS/Michael Fiala

DANGER? Chile's President Michele Bachelet, shown speaking in Singapore last November, will now head the United Nations’ new superagency for women. Many pro-life activists are concerned.

– REUTERS/Michael Fiala

NEW YORK — Feminist groups are exultant while pro-life groups lament the appointment of Michelle Bachelet as head of a new United Nations superagency for women.

Bachelet had been the Socialist president of Chile from 2006 until earlier this year.

“Bachelet is a leftist and feminist,” said Joseph Meaney of Human Life International, a pro-life group that watches the United Nations closely. “As president of Chile, she tried very hard to undermine the pro-life laws and constitution of her country. … Now that she will be free to do what she wants at the U.N., I think she will lobby energetically within the U.N. system to support the anti-life agendas at UNFPA [the U.N. Population Fund] and...READ MORE

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‘The Calling of Saint Matthew’: A Personal Encounter With Christ (6592)

Weekend Arts & Letters Feature

09/25/2010 Comments (5)

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Life can change at the most unexpected moment in the most unexpected way. It is not uncommon for God to enter life with a spiritual 2 x 4 to wake you up and redirect you towards himself.  Nowadays, it is rare for him to do so by literally walking into your life, but that is what he did with St. Matthew.

Caravaggio’s masterpiece captures the birth of a vocation and an encounter between God and man. It reveals a dramatic moment in which two persons meet and two separate worlds converge.  With his characteristic realism, he visualizes a spiritual event and portrays the dynamism of a personal epiphany.

Matthew, absorbed in his world of money and friends, is caught off guard. A ray of light...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews "Waiting for ‘Superman’" (6092)

Powerful Documentary Takes Aim at Failing Public Education System

09/24/2010 Comments (13)
Paramount Pictures

– Paramount Pictures

American public school students have fallen far behind other developed countries in basic skills: reading, math and science. In one respect, though, we’re still No. 1: American students have the most confidence in their scholastic abilities. Johnny can’t read or add, but he has boundless self-esteem. Is the glass one-third full or three-quarters empty? Would Johnny know the difference?

Davis Guggenheim’s celebrated, controversial documentary Waiting for “Superman” takes a searching look at the hard realities of American public education today. The picture is grim. There are statistics, illustrated by smart animation: 70% to 80% of students can’t function at their grade level, and while...READ MORE

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Missouri Increases Pressure on Abortion Clinics (4190)

Second State to Recognize That Abortion Takes Life of ‘Unique Human Being’

09/23/2010 Comment
2008 CNS file photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier

SEEING IS BELIEVING. A physician administers an ultrasound in a doctor's office in Montour Falls, N.Y.

– 2008 CNS file photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri has passed into law an informed-consent amendment requiring abortion clinics to tell clients that “abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.”

As has South Dakota since 2005, Missouri is legally recognizing that life begins at the moment of conception.

The information must be provided in person to a woman seeking an abortion — and 24 hours prior to the procedure.

It’s one more step in an incremental approach by state pro-life groups that has been chipping away since the 1980s at the blanket approval given abortion by Roe v. Wade.

Missouri abortion providers are already calling Senate Bill 793, which became law in...READ MORE

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Blessed by Blessed John Henry Newman (4616)

09/22/2010 Comment
CNS photo/Andrew Winning, Reuters

Pope Benedict XVI leads Mass and the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman Sept. 19 at Cofton Park in Birmingham, England.

– CNS photo/Andrew Winning, Reuters

Legionary Father Thomas Williams is a Michigan-born professor of theology and ethics at Regina Apostolorum University in Rome. He is also a prolific author and frequent television commentator. He was in England to witness the papal visit there and beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman. He reflects on the visit, some of the controversy surrounding it, Blessed John Henry Newman and the priesthood.

What was the mood there?

The mood in the U.K. this past week was truly electrifying. Very few, if anyone, expected such an enthusiastic response from the British.

Were the fears that this would be a P.R. disaster unfounded? Overdone? It certainly doesn’t seem to be that thus far.


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Benedict Wows Britain (4954)

09/20/2010 Comments (13)
CNS photo/Darren Staples, Reuters

WEARING HER HEART ON HER ... BOOTS. A pilgrim wears decorated Wellington boots as Pope Benedict XVI leads Mass and the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman Sept. 19 at Cofton Park in Birmingham, England.

– CNS photo/Darren Staples, Reuters

“Pope Benedict’s declarations over the past few days have been remarkable and, in modern Britain, virtually unprecedented,” writes English columnist Stephen Glover in today’s Daily Mail. “They were delivered in the calmest, meekest and least ranting way possible, and yet they carried a great authority that largely comes, I think, from the Pope’s evident goodness as well as from the dignity of his office. Even hard-hearted cynics and skeptics could not fail to listen.”

“A very successful visit” was the general consensus in the British press this morning after Pope Benedict XVI ended his four-day state visit to Britain.

His presence brought out an estimated 500,000 people in Scotland and...READ MORE

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