‘Destruction of the defenseless’: Pro-life archbishop condemns Biden’s pro-abortion executive orders

‘I continue to call on the President and all our elected officials to increase support and care to mothers and babies, rather than facilitate the destruction of defenseless, voiceless human beings,’ wrote Archbishop Lori. By Michael Haynes A leading U.S. Catholic bishop has hit back at President Joe Biden’s August 3 executive order facilitating abortion, …

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Chilean Bishops Warn New Constitution Threatens Life and Religious Freedom

By Parliamentary Network for Critical Issue  A new constitution is set to be approved or rejected in a national vote on September 4. The Catholic bishops conference in Chile has studied the text and is warning that “An informed discernment and a conscientious vote is necessary”. The bishops most strenuously object to the proposition that …

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Help the church provide real choices to pregnant women

By Joseph Naumann, archbishop for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Editor’s note. This is taken from May 20th issue off The Leaven, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Kansas City. Once again, I encourage every member of the archdiocese to vote in favor of the “Value Them Both” amendment. While I earnestly …

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Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas City will not be deterred by theft, vandalism, and intimidation

Church of the Ascension’s grade school was vandalized around 1 a.m. on July 10. This message was accompanied by another on the school’s front doors. The vandal also spray painted a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the parish grounds.  By The Leaven Editor’s note. The Leaven is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese …

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California bishops launch ‘born ready’ movement ahead of Roe decision

By Pablo Kay, Angelus News California’s Catholic bishops are mobilizing faithful in support of families, especially women facing difficult or unexpected pregnancies, as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on the future of legal abortion in the country and state lawmakers push to “enshrine the most extreme forms of abortion into the California Constitution.” …

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‘Life and Dignity for All’ Is Religious Freedom Week Theme June 22-29

WASHINGTON – The theme for this year Religious Freedom Week is Life and Dignity for All. “This year, as we approach the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is especially mindful of the debates around our country about abortion. The Catholic Church plays a crucial …

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Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone bars House Speaker Pelosi from receiving Holy Communion in San Francisco

By Dave Andrusko San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced on Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) is barred from receiving Holy Communion because of her pro-abortion stance. “Archbishop Cordileone told Pelosi in a letter Thursday that she had not offered ‘an accommodation to my many requests to speak with you again since you vowed …

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A thought-provoking counter-cultural option 

A French order of nuns for women with Down syndrome  By Chiara Bertoglio  If you seek a quintessentially counter-cultural story, then that of Sister Marie-Ange is definitely it. It is told in a recent book, issued in French with the title of Choisie pour l’étérnité! (“Chosen for Eternity”, by Raphaëlle Simon, published by Artège). Indeed, …

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‘Unjust law’: EU bishops torch Macron over proposed ‘right to abortion’ in European law

Enshrining a ‘right to abortion’ would be ‘an unjust law, devoid of an ethical foundation and destined to be a cause of perpetual conflict among the citizens of the EU,’ the European bishops wrote. By David McLoone BRUSSELS – The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) has spoken out against French …

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“Life is a gift, not an accident.” The future belongs to people who think and hope inter-generationally

 By Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Editor’s note. Charles J. Chaput, who is now retired, was the Archbishop of the diocese of Philadelphia from 2011 until 2020. The following is a lengthy excerpt from the Tocqueville Lecture he delivered  at the University of Notre Dame on September 16, 2016. I can’t imagine a better time than now to …

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Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod will hold prayer service day before Supreme Court hears oral arguments on “Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act”

By Dave Andrusko We are 13 days removed from when the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments over Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act, passed in 2018.  Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization centers on a law that prohibits abortion after the 15th week with narrow exceptions. The pro-life Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) will host a Prayer …

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Pope Francis insists on right to conscientious objection for abortion refuseniks

By Michael Cook Editor’s note. This is excerpted from BioEdge and reposted with permission. Health workers have a non-negotiable right to conscientious objection if they are asked to participate in an abortion, Pope Francis told a conference of hospital pharmacists this week. Conscientious objection is actually “fidelity to your profession, if validly motivated,” he said. …

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