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BY John Lilly
Chicago Cardinal Suffers Setback in
CHICAGO — Chicago Cardinal Francis George returned
to intensive care at Loyola
Center Aug. 5, after some
bleeding was discovered as he recovers from cancer surgery.
On July 27 Cardinal
George, 69, had a five-hour operation to remove his bladder, prostate gland and
sections of his ureters — the tubes that carry urine
from the kidneys to the bladder — at the hospital in Maywood, Ill. Just before
midnight that night, he went back into surgery after his blood pressure became
unstable; doctors found a small bleeding artery and closed it off. A few days
later he was moved to a general medical/surgical wing.
On Aug. 5 the
Archdiocese of Chicago announced in a brief statement that the cardinal had
that morning undergone an upper endoscopy and other
tests to investigate what was described as “usually minor” bleeding that tends
to stop on its own.
Knights’ Resolutions Address
Deterioration in Culture
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Knights
of Columbus’ 124th annual convention in Orlando
closed with a memorial Mass celebrated by Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn.,
the Knights’ supreme chaplain, and a reaffirmation of its members’ faith in the
form of resolutions aimed at stemming what they consider the deterioration of
the American values-based culture.
The Knights adopted
resolutions on marriage, life issues, the Pledge of Allegiance, school choice
and decency in the media and the Internet, and also expressed support for the U.S. armed
In his homily,
Bishop Lori invoked the spirit of the Knights’ founder, Father Michael
McGivney, a candidate for sainthood. “From his place in eternity, Father
McGivney continues to teach us how to live the principles of our order —
charity, unity and fraternity,” Bishop Lori said.
“Every time we talk
about the principles of the order, we’re talking about Father McGivney,” Bishop
Lori said. “We’re talking about a parish priest who exemplified those ideals,
and it inspires us and teaches us how to live them from eternity.”
Music Ministers: Don’t Get Mad. Be Glad
— Music ministers should focus on building bridges and creating unity, speakers
said at the National Association of Pastoral Musicians’ Western Regional
Convention in Sacramento
The principle that
all are one in the body of the Lord is more important than cultural,
ideological, musical or liturgical differences, they said. “We need to resist
going down the black hole of anger regarding how we translate our texts, what
we will sing, or which musical styles are most appropriate for our Masses,”
said liturgical composer David Haas in an opening keynote Aug. 1. About 600
people, mostly church musicians but some liturgists and clergymen as well,
attended the convention.
BY Jim Cosgrove
C-FAM and Culture of Life Foundation to Merge
WASHINGTON — The New York-based Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute and the Washington-based Culture of Life Foundation announced June 24 the formation of a strategic alliance.
The boards of each organization also announced that Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute — an advocate for pro-life issues at the United Nations — will assume the title of president of the Culture of Life Foundation and will join its board of directors. Ruse will continue as president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute and will run both organizations from Culture of Life Foundation offices in Washington, D.C., according to a joint press release by the organizations.
Also as part of the agreement, two other Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute board members will join the Culture of Life Foundation board: Robert Royal, president of the Faith and Reason Institute; and Steve Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute.
Judge Allows Disabled Florida Rape Victim to Give Birth
ORLANDO, Fla. — A 22-year-old mentally disabled woman who was raped at a state-run facility and is now more than six months pregnant was given a court order to carry her baby to term, CNN's Web site reported June 25.
Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Kirkwood signed off on the recommendation by the woman's court-appointed guardian, Patti Jarrell, who had the woman checked by at least two doctors, one of whom specialized in high-risk pregnancies.
The Orlando Sentinel reported June 3 that Jarrell had said she would have no problem recommending an abortion for the woman if it were medically necessary.
The woman, known in court records only by the initials J.D.S., reportedly suffers from autism and cerebral palsy and has no family. She had lived in the group home where she was raped since she was a child.
Family of Woman Who Died After Abortion Files Lawsuit
LOS ANGELES — The family of Diana Lopez, 25, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against a doctor and the Planned Parenthood clinic where the woman bled to death last year, the Associated Press reported June 25.
The lawsuit alleges Dr. Mark Maltzer “worked so quickly, recklessly and negligently pulling out sharp body parts of Diana Lopez's 19- to 20-week-old unborn infant that severe, irreparable damage was done.”
According to a state Department of Health Services report, within minutes of the operation Lopez's cervix was punctured and she began to bleed profusely. Doctors were unable to control the bleeding. Lopez was taken to a hospital, where an emergency hysterectomy was performed. She died of trauma from the procedure, the coroner's report said.
Martha Swiller, acting president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, said the organization “feels tremendous sympathy for this woman's family and we share their grief.” She added: “While abortion is extremely safe,” Lopez's death “is a tragic reminder that ... some risk does exist.”
The Associated Press noted that Maltzer was still performing abortions in the Los Angeles area despite being under investigation by the Medical Board of California.