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Cardinal Outlines Possible Paths To Communion For Divorced, Remarried

February 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church needs to find a way to offer healing, strength and salvation to Catholics whose marriages have failed, who are committed to making a new union work and who long to do so within the church and with the grace of Communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper told the world’s cardinals. Jesus’ teaching on the indissolubility of sacramental marriage is clear, the retired German cardinal said, and it would harm individuals and the church to pretend otherwise. However, “after the shipwreck of sin, the shipwrecked person should not have a second boat at his or her disposal, but rather a life raft” in the form of the sacrament of Communion,…Continue Reading

Archbishop: Pay attention to Ukraine

February 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

New Prenatal Test Will Further Eugenic Targeting Of Down Syndrome Children: Ethicist

February 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

  by Dustin Siggins Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:45 EST     BOSTON, MA, February 28, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A bioethicist is warning that a new method of testing for Down syndrome will only help further the eugenic targeting of disabled children.   In America, approximately 90% of children with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome are aborted.   “Now, a new test makes the search part of the overarching search and destroy mission less invasive and more accurate,” writes Wesley J. Smith on his Human Exceptionalism blog.   A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows the new blood test – far safer for unborn babies than current methods – is ten times better at accurately…Continue Reading

Cardinal: Ignorance About Marriage Is No Reason To Change Doctrine

February 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just because many Catholics do not understand the church’s teaching about the indissolubility of marriage, that does not mean the church can change that teaching, said Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Speaking to reporters Feb. 25 — just days after the College of Cardinals held a two-day meeting to discuss the pastoral care of families — he said the widespread lack of understanding among Catholics about church doctrine was “lamentable.” However, just because people don’t understand Jesus’ word doesn’t mean it can or should be changed, he said. “It would be paradoxical if the church said, ‘Since not everyone knows the truth,…Continue Reading

Western Conservative Conference Tackles Issues In Phoenix

February 27, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Dexter Duggan 2/23/14 Written for Arizona Daily Independent Western Conservative Conference tackles issues in Phoenix      Topics at the Western Conservative Conference for political activists in downtown Phoenix included warnings of potential financial ruin for the United States, political strategizing, Obamacare, media, gun ownership and immigration.      About 450 people from Arizona and out of state attended speeches and panels at the Phoenix Convention Center on Feb. 22. A “roast” of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio occurred later that evening, with about 650 people registered.      Starting the day, U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon (R.-Ariz.), the conference chairman, pointed to the nation’s dangerously high $17.5 trillion debt, a figure that doesn’t even take into account huge additional liabilities.      “Please,…Continue Reading

Francis, Faith, and False Assurances

February 27, 2014 World News Comments Off
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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