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Is Planned Parenthood Altering Abortion Procedures to Obtain Intact Body Parts? (939)

In the latest undercover video, released Tuesday, a Planned Parenthood official says the organization’s abortionists can perform procedures ‘in a way that they get the best specimens.’

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Melissa Farrell, the director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, discusses the harvesting of fetal tissue from aborted babies in an undercover video released Aug. 4.

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WASHINGTON — The latest in a series of undercover videos on Planned Parenthood shows an official from the organization saying that abortion procedures can be altered to obtain more “intact” fetal organs.

The director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Melissa Farrell, promised actors posing as tissue harvesters that abortion doctors in Planned Parenthood facilities can perform abortions “in a way that they get the best specimens.”

“If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, we can make it part of the budget that any dissections are this, and splitting the specimens into different shipments is this,” she said discussing prices for the organs....READ MORE

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Investigators of Planned Parenthood Pledge to Press on in Face of Legal Challenges (2563)

A lawsuit and restraining order have been filed against the Center for Medical Progress for its undercover investigation into Planned Parenthood and the fetal tissue-procurement industry.

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SAN FRANCISCO — A citizen journalism group investigating the procurement of organs and tissue from aborted children has pledged to contest a court order barring the release of recordings made of an abortionists’ conference.

The Center for Medical Progress said that it follows “all applicable laws” and that it will fight “any attempts to suppress our First Amendment rights to free speech or silence the freedom of the citizen press.”

On July 31, federal Judge William Orrick in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order in response to a lawsuit against the center from the National Abortion Federation.

The court order said the National Abortion Federation could suffer irreparable...READ MORE

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Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood Fails, Falls Mostly on Party Lines (1645)

Two Republicans and two Democrats crossed party lines in the 53-46 count, which fell seven short of passing.

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McCWASHINGTON — The Senate failed to bring a bill to block federal funding of Planned Parenthood to the floor on Monday evening, in a much-anticipated vote.

Senate Republicans introduced the bill to defund Planned Parenthood on July 28. An Aug. 3 effort to bring the bill to a vote rendered a split of 53-46, gaining support from the majority but falling short of the 60 votes necessary to end debate and bring the bill to the floor.

Two Republicans joined most of the Senate Democrats opposing the bill’s passage to the floor — Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. Two Democrats joined Republicans pushing to end debate, Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.


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Can an Americanized Christianity Sustain Itself? (2495)

COMMENTARY: Pseudo-Christianity has much in common with hard-left progressivism.

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Bruce Jenner, America’s most famous man-turned-woman, regards himself a Christian. Damon Linker, writing at The Week, asks: Who are we to judge?

Linker’s was the latest contribution to a discussion begun by Will Wilkinson in his essay on now-Caitlyn Jenner and American Christianity. Channeling Harold Bloom, Wilkinson suggests that Jenner’s transformation is emblematic of American religion, which forever quests after a kind of authentic inner self.

The drive to be the “real me” is, in the American understanding, more than sheer self-creation. It’s a spark of divinity that can be found within each of us, which both precedes and surpasses any objective laws of “nature,” such as Aristotle or...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' First Comments on Laudato Si', A Crisis Among Catholic Families, and More! (2007)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Click on Pope Francis’ First Comments On Laudato Si’ by Rocco Palmo of Whispers in the Loggia link to read more.

Pope Francis’ First Comments On Laudato Si’ by Rocco Palmo of Whispers in the Loggia - Big Pulpit

How Planned Parenthood’s Greed Helps Explain Climate Change – Elizabeth Scalia, The Anchoress

Same-Sex ‘Marriage': The Victims, The Children - Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

An Insider’s Look at the Papacy of Francis – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

If #LoveWins, What Has Lost? by Father Anthony Gerber of Pursued by Truth - Big Pulpit

A Crisis Among Catholic Families – Dr. Gregory K. Popcak, OSV Daily Take

Discernment Games - Emma King, Ignitum Today

From Mystical Premonitions to Contemplation – David Torkington, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Contemporary Culture Wars: Is History...READ MORE

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Priests Go to School ... as Teachers or Administrators (1719)

Why ‘theology of presence’ is key to solid Catholic education.

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Students take part in Mass at San Miguel School.

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SAUK CITY, Wis. — When parents enroll their children at St. Aloysius, a pre-K-through-fifth-grade Catholic school in Sauk City, Wis., they know that Catholic priests will be an integral and highly visible part of their children’s school days.

Five priests, all of whom have parish duties elsewhere, serve on the staff at St. Aloysius.

St. Aloysius mother Jenny Bellinder, who will have four children attending the school this fall, values having the priests as religious instructors. But she’s also pleased that one of the priests is a math teacher. This sends the right message about the breadth of the Church’s interests, according to Bellinder. “Our kids understand that sometimes priests study...READ MORE

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Nuns, Guns and the Wild West — the Extraordinary Tale of Sister Blandina (6987)

Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister of Charity Blandina Segale.

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Sister of Charity Blandina Segale

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SANTA FE, N.M. — Billy the Kid, a notorious bank and stage-coach robber of the Wild West, met his match in the most unlikely of people when he met Sister of Charity Blandina Segale.

According to legend, and to Sister Blandina’s journal and letters, one of Billy the Kid’s gang members had been shot and was on the brink of death when the doctors of Trinidad, Colo., refused to treat him. Sister Blandina decided to take him in and cared for him for three months, nursing him back to health.

But the notorious outlaw, born Henry McCarty (1859-1881), was still unhappy. Word got out that Billy the Kid was coming to town to scalp the four doctors of Trinidad in revenge. When he arrived, Sister...READ MORE

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Following the Supreme Court’s Logic in Obergefell, Is Polyamorous 'Marriage' Next? (2502)

COMMENTARY: Our culture no longer seems to have the spiritual or intellectual resources to reverse steps or prevent the next ones.

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The direction American law has been taking about matters of sex, marriage and family is getting harder and harder to distinguish from descent into insanity. How?

Writing for the majority in Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), in which the Supreme Court upheld the “right” to abortion established by Roe v. Wade, Justice Anthony Kennedy asserted:

“At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe and of the mystery of human life.”

In his dissent from the majority opinion in Lawrence v. Texas (2003), another landmark decision striking down all sodomy laws, Justice Antonin Scalia referred derisively to the Casey paragraph containing...READ MORE

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