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Contradictions in the Catholic position on abortion?

I ran across this quote on the BBC web page about Catholicism: Research and publications from the Alan Guttmacher Institute in America illustrate some contradictions in the Catholic stance against abortion. The evidence is as follows: Catholic women in the United States are as likely as women in the general population to have an abortion, […]

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Camosy interview

Artur Rosman of the Patheos blog called “CosmosTheLost” recently interviewed Charles C. Camosy is Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Fordham University. “The Anti-Abortion Supermajority: Beyond the Abortion Wars.” Camosy is the author of Beyond the Abortion Wars: A Way Forward for a New Generation (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2015). In the interview Camosy discusses whether […]

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SCOTUS rules on Hobby Lobby case

I usually leave it to the attorneys to post on legal decisions, but this one seems big, so I want to get it out there. The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialities are exempt from the HHS contraceptive mandate because the terms of the Religious Freedom Restoration […]

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First plenary session: Mother Agnes Donovan, SV

The first plenary session on Saturday of the Life and Learning Convention featured Mother Agnes Donovan of the Sisters for Life. The title of her talk was “Witness to Truth: A Spirituality to Sustain Us.” Mother Agnes invited pro-life activists to invite the doubtful and the hurting into a relationship of love with Jesus, who […]

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Cardinal Burke’s excellent speech to the Rome Life Forum

Here is a link to an excellent speech given by Cardinal Raymond Burke to the Rome Life Forum on May 3, 2014. The speech is largely a reflection on Pope Saint John Paul II’s great encyclical Evangelium Vitae. http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/cardinal-burke-s-address-to-international-pro-life-conference-in-rome-may-3rd Richard M.

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The Church, the UN, and American Foreign Policy talk at St. Thomas

The Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas is sponsoring a talk by Susan Yoshihara, director of research at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, entitled “The Church, the UN, and American Foreign Policy.” Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. University of St. Thomas McNeely Hall, Room 100 2078 Grand Avenue […]

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Interview about Dr. Jerome Lejeune

Here is an interview by Peter Jesserer Smith in The National Catholic Register with Aude Dugast, who is working for the canonization (declaration of sainthood) in the Catholic Church of Dr. Jerome Lejeune, who discovered the genetic cause of Down’s Syndrom and who was an advisor for University Faculty for Life until his death in 1994. […]

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Colosi on religion in the public square

UFL member Pete Colosi gave a talk about the importance of specifically religious discourse in public square debates about moral issues, including esp. the life issues. He focuses on the dialogue between Habermas, Pera, and Benedict XVI/Ratzinger. He points out, for instance, that Habermas promotes the idea that religious ideas should have equal footing in […]

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Pope Francis and abortion

It was trendy for a while to picture Pope Francis as “soft” on social issues that other popes were “hardliners” about, such as abortion. In his new Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis makes his most authoritative statement on abortion. Let’s let him speak for himself: 213. Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to […]

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Moral Theology and the Irish abortion law

LifeSiteNews.com, in “Ireland’s abortion bill the result of 40 years of bad moral theology: priest/professor,” reports that a leading Catholic moral theologian and long-time defender of life, Fr. Vincent Twomey, blames the passage of the recent Irish abortion law on years of bad moral theology training in the seminaries that is “radically at variance with […]