Archive of March 9, 2018

In Ireland, unborn children's rights axed ahead of abortion repeal vote

Mar 9, 2018 - 05:24 pm .- In a decision that some critics are comparing to Roe v. Wade, the Irish Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that unborn children have no other rights except those guaranteed by the Eighth Amendment – which is targeted for repeal this year by pro-abortion rights groups.

Analysis: Overturning Humanae Vitae's teaching, a 'crime against the Church'

Mar 9, 2018 - 04:16 pm .- Speaking at a presentation of a book on Humanae Vitae, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stressed Wednesday that attempts to change the Church’s teaching are “a crime against the Church.”

Vatican's Korea diplomat to help bridge the gap between North and South

Mar 9, 2018 - 04:14 pm .- The Vatican’s recent diplomatic appointment to South Korea gained added significance as President Donald Trump announced that he will meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un for nuclear negotiations within the next two months.

Syria is a new 'massacre of the innocents,' nuncio says

Mar 9, 2018 - 03:54 pm .- As the number of civilian victims in Syria's bloody civil war continues to climb, Cardinal Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio in Syria, said the situation is “hell on earth,” especially for vulnerable children.

Mississippi governor: stronger abortion ban protects unborn children

Mar 9, 2018 - 03:10 pm .- The Mississippi legislature has passed one of the strongest restrictions on abortion in the U.S., barring most abortions 15 weeks into pregnancy.

Students 'hack' away at global problems during Vatican hackathon

Mar 9, 2018 - 01:58 pm .- A March 8-11 “hacking marathon” at the Vatican is in full swing, with 120 students of different backgrounds, faiths, and disciplines working to “hack” into global social problems in 36 hours of innovative brainstorming.

Pope Francis: We abandon God through sin, but he never abandons us

Mar 9, 2018 - 12:09 pm .- At his annual Lenten penitential service on Friday, Pope Francis said that it is not God who abandons us when we sin, but we who separate ourselves from him by choosing to sin, and that no matter what we do, God never stops loving us.  

Father Neuhaus remembered as civil rights, pro-life advocate

Mar 9, 2018 - 11:45 am .- In a room full of Lutheran and Catholic intellectuals on Wednesday, one women stood up and shared a story about a civil rights advocate whom she met in New York City in the late 1960s. At a time when many in her civil rights community were beginning to get caught up in abortion advocacy, this man took the time to sit down with her to help her to understand the theological basis for defending the human dignity of both minorities and the unborn.

Commentary: Quitting old paths - The Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church

Mar 9, 2018 - 10:46 am .- The Jesuit theologian Henri de Lubac once noted a correspondence between the Reformation's criticism of Mary and its criticisms of the Church. That correlation is in some sense logical - you can't have Mary without the Church, nor the Church without Mary. They exist in such an intimate and mutual relationship that one cannot be fully understood without the other. And we see clearly enough in our present day what happens when they are separated: Mary, elevated in excess, loses her humanity and begins to appear as a quasi-fourth-person of the Trinity; and the Church, reduced in excess, loses her divine foundation and appears as an exclusively male-run institution.

Utah, Pennsylvania consider banning Down syndrome abortions

Mar 9, 2018 - 10:30 am .- The states of Utah and Pennsylvania are considering legislation that would ban abortions solely due to a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis, in an effort to protect babies with disabilities from discrimination.

Dialogue must serve truth, Catholic leader says in response to women's conference

Mar 9, 2018 - 09:55 am .- A women’s conference in Rome this week called for changes in Church teaching that organizers say would promote equality, but the head of a Catholic women’s organization cautioned that true equality must adhere to truth.

Vatican confirms papal visit to Baltic nations in September

Mar 9, 2018 - 04:12 am .- Rumors of a papal visit to the Baltic states this year have been going around for months, however, the Vatican confirmed the news Friday, announcing that Pope Francis will visit Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in September.

In touching documentary, son reunites with mother who almost aborted him

Mar 9, 2018 - 02:49 am .- Clapper’s original idea of filming the reunion as a pro-life video clip soon turned into the makings of a film, now called “I Lived on Parker Avenue.”Coles found herself pregnant at the age of 18.