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Francis, Faith, and False Assurances

February 27, 2014 World News Comments Off

February 25, 2014 There are a lot of people who are going to be surprised by how Catholic the Pope really is Carl E. Olson Who, exactly, is reassuring whom? And about what? Those were my thoughts upon reading David Gibson’s spin-laden, cliché-soaked piece,“U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke: Pope Francis opposes abortion and gay marriage” (Feb 21, 2014), for Religion News Service. Gibson’s report was on an essay by Cardinal Burke, who is Prefect of the Sacred Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, titled “The Pope’s radical call to the new evangelization”, for L’Osservatore Romano earlier the same day. Gibson’s first sentence immediately tries to stuff Cardinal Burke’s essay into a narrow, politicized framework: As Pope Francis led the world’s cardinals in talks aimed at shifting…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood’s Shocking 2013 Decline

February 26, 2014 World News Comments Off

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – By Rob Gasper  Planned Parenthood Federation of America closed 48 locations while opening 13 in 2013, marking eight straight years of decline. Planned Parenthood is now reporting a total of 695 facilities, which is the lowest number reported since 1973, and is 177 less than the reported 872 facilities in operation in 2005. The 2013 facility closings occurred in 16 states, showing that this is a broad trend rather than a local or regional phenomenon. Why is Planned Parenthood contracting in such a dramatic fashion? It has most frequently cited pressure from legislation—be it defunding efforts or laws tightening clinic standards—as the main reason for facility closings. In states where legislative pressure was not felt,…Continue Reading

Arizona’s Brewer Vetos Bill . . .

February 26, 2014 World News Comments Off

Dad May Join Two Moms for Disease-Free Designer Babies

February 26, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Elizabeth Lopatto Feb 24, 2014 11:01 PM CT A new technology aimed at eliminating genetic disease in newborns would combine the DNA of three people, instead of just two, to create a child, potentially redrawing ethical lines for designer babies. The process works by replacing potentially variant DNA in the unfertilized eggs of a hopeful mother with disease-free genes from a donor. U.S. regulators today will begin weighing whether the procedure, used only in monkeys so far, is safe enough to be tested in humans. Because the process would change only a small, specific part of genetic code, scientists say a baby would largely retain the physical characteristics of the parents. Still, DNA from all three — mother, father…Continue Reading

Arizona bill letting businesses deny service for religious reasons sparks heated debate

February 24, 2014 World News Comments Off

Published February 24, 2014 FoxNews.com Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is facing pressure from both sides of a heated debate over religious rights, as she weighs whether to sign a bill that would legally protect businesses that deny services to customers for religious reasons. The bill cleared the Arizona Legislature last week. Opponents are calling the measure “state-sanctioned discrimination” and raising such scenarios as gays being denied restaurant service or medical treatment when a business owner’s religion doesn’t condone homosexuality. The bill updates existing Arizona law on the “exercise of religion” and protects businesses, corporations and people from lawsuits if they deny services based

Catholic Groups Seek Meeting With Pope Over Reforms

February 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

Letter sent to Pope Francis from 52 organisations Leaders of 52 organisations from Europe, the United States and Asia working for reform in the Catholic Church have sent a letter to Pope Francis requesting a meeting. Included are the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) in Ireland and the Irish We Are Church lay movement. In the letter, they urge the pope to take immediate steps to appoint more women to church leadership positions and to end the practice of banning people from Communion. “We share with people throughout the world the great joy of your election to the Chair of Peter and the abundant hope engendered by your vision for our church,” the letter says. “Of the many issues you have addressed this first year in your new ministry,…Continue Reading

Court Rules Against Notre Dame In ObamaCare Contraception Case

February 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

  Published February 22, 2014 Associated Press   CHICAGO –  A federal appeals court on Friday ruled against the University of Notre Dame in a case over parts of the federal health care law that forces it to provide health insurance for students and employees that covers contraceptives.   The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld a federal judge’s earlier ruling that denied the Roman Catholic school’s request for a preliminary injunction that would prevent it from having to comply with the birth control requirement as the university’s lawsuit moves forward.   The lawsuit challenges a compromise in the Affordable Health Care Act offered by the Obama administration that attempted to create a buffer for religiously affiliated…Continue Reading

Contraception Is The Root Cause Of Abortion!

February 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

February 22, 2014 By Judie Brown Imagine that your doctor has just given you the terrific news that your annual checkup went well and that all of your tests show that you are in perfect health. Then imagine that he hands you a script and says, “Take this every day. It has many side effects, including lethal ones.” You would be loath to begin this regimen. Yet, this is what countless women do each day when they use contraception to “prevent” a pregnancy. On the heels of news that former daytime talk show host Ricki Lake is producing a forthcoming documentary on the dangers of contraception, we find a unique concern. “Lake will act as executive producer alongside director Abby