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Rationing? Obamacare Health Care Plans Have 34 Percent Fewer Doctors, Hospitals

July 22, 2015 World News Comments Off

According to the Washington Examiner, a new study reveals that Obamacare plans have 34% fewer doctors and hospitals than other health insurance plans. The information was released today by Avalere Heath and proves that exchange networks actually provide fewer heart and oncology specialists as well as fewer primary care and mental health providers. Additionally, the exchange networks provide 24% fewer hospitals than normal health insurance plans. The vice president of Avalere said the following about the new facts: “Patients should evaluate a plan’s provider network when picking insurance on the exchange.” The statistics come from surveying the plans in North Carolina, Florida, California, Texas and Georgia. However, the information from Avalere isn’t exactly “new” because in 2013, the New York…Continue Reading

Cdl. Vincent Nichols to Expand LGBT Ministry

July 21, 2015 World News Comments Off

WESTMINSTER, July 21, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) – Cardinal Vincent Nichols, president of the Catholic bishops conference of England and Wales, is pushing to expand the Church’s ministry to those in the LGBT community. Monsignor Keith Barltrop, parish priest of St. Mary of the Angels in London, has been appointed to head this new ministry. He describes his parish as “one of the most fascinating and welcoming communities” he has served in, “[w]ith a great mix of people from all sorts of social and ethnic backgrounds” and “a parish everyone can feel at home in.” In a recent interview to GayStarNews, Barltrop makes controversial statements about transgenderism, claiming the Church has “no official position” on it, and that She “should be fully…Continue Reading

LA gets three new auxiliary bishops, including Fr. Robert Barron

July 21, 2015 World News Comments Off

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 21, 2015 / 07:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Known for his online videos which tackle everything from the saints, to the “new atheism,” to the latest blockbuster film, Fr. Robert Barron will have a new responsibility: auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, one of the cultural capitals of the world. “It was with enormous surprise that I heard the word of my appointment last week, but it is with a humble and joyful heart that I have accepted it,” said the Chicago-native in a July 21 statement. “I am grateful to Pope Francis for his confidence in me and to Archbishop Gomez for his willingness to allow me to minister in this beautiful, richly diverse, and spiritually vibrant…Continue Reading

New video: Planned Parenthood official haggles over baby body part prices, jokes ‘I want a Lamborghini’

July 21, 2015 World News Comments Off

July 21, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — A second video allegedly showing a senior Planned Parenthood official negotiating for fetal tissue and fetal parts for profit has been released. In the video, released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), Dr. Mary Gatter, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s for-profit Medical Directors’ Council, is seen haggling over prices of fetal parts.

Bravo . . . Brit Hume

July 21, 2015 World News Comments Off

The recent assault on Archbishop Chaput is a taste of what awaits many others.

July 19, 2015 World News Comments Off

No small part of the extraordinary success of the pro–“gay marriage” movement has been its ability to sell the idea that this really is No Big Deal. Same-sex-attracted men and women, the claim goes, simply want what other people want — stable, loving relationships, in which responsibility is assumed for those for whom we care. When the state recognizes that, all will be well, calm will prevail, and we can all get on with our lives. It’s a culturally powerful argument, especially when wrapped in the mantle of the classic civil-rights movement, and the polling numbers suggest that a lot of people who couldn’t have imagined “same-sex marriage” even five years ago have been persuaded. Yet the notion that agitations…Continue Reading

Catholic university president deletes tweet celebrating gay ‘marriage’

July 18, 2015 World News Comments Off

July 17, 2015 (CardinalNewmanSociety) — The Jesuit president of the University of San Francisco (USF) has removed the University’s controversial social media post celebrating the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling last month, and he assured The Cardinal Newman Society that USF supports Catholic teaching on marriage—a position, however, that contradicts a long history of LGBT activism at USF that has included advocacy for same-sex marriage and honors for its leading proponents. On Friday, June 26—the same day as the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges—the University of San Francisco sent out a message celebrating the decision, as previously reported by the Newman Society. The tweet, which was originally distributed by the University’s Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common…Continue Reading

Mass exodus continues from German Catholic Church

July 18, 2015 World News Comments Off

More than 200,000 Germans formally left the Catholic Church in 2014, accelerating the downward trend in the Catholic proportion of the country’s population. Germans who are officially enrolled in congregation are subject to a “church tax,” and so disaffected Catholics have an incentive to drop their registration, rather than simply stop attending Mass. The number of Catholics taking that step has increased sharply in recent years. In 2013, 178,805 Catholics formally dropped off the parish rolls in Germany. In 2014 that figure jumped by 22%, to 217,716, according to official statistic released by the German bishops’ conference.

Baby Parts Video . . . The problem is the producers not the video’s contents: One Jesuit’s “critical” review of the unedited footage…

July 17, 2015 World News Comments Off

Over at America magazine, the Reverend Sam Sawyer, SJ posted a blog, titled “Outrage over Planned Parenthood Video: A Review of the Unedited Footage.” In his initial post, Fr. Sawyer–who claims himself to be aligned with the pro-life cause but not some of its tactics–diverted attention away from what Dr. Deborah Nucatola of Planned Parenthood admitted in the video to be doing in her medical practice. Instead, Fr. Sawyer focused upon the folks who produced the video, the Center for Medical Progress (CPM), arguing that they selectively edited the full, unedited undercover video. That editing, Fr. Sawyer asserted, was “by any fair standard, wildly misleading

Documents from controversial ‘Shadow Council’ in Rome now published

July 17, 2015 World News Comments Off

ROME, July 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — On July 15, the German, Swiss and French Bishops’ Conferences finally published the documents from their much-criticized “Shadow Council” of May 15 at the Gregorian University in Rome. As the German Branch of Vatican Radio reports, the documentation is now available in German, Italian, and French and it contains six presentations about: The words of Jesus concerning marriage and divorce – and reflections on a Catholic Hermeneutic of the Bible Sexuality as an expression of love – reflections on a theology of love The gift of one’s own life, and reflections as a contribution to a theology of biography The president of the German Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, explained in his recent pr