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  • Not just Catholics: Orthodox priest explains why all Christians once rejected birth control

    06/22/2016 10:13:21 AM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 06-13-2016 | Life Site News
    CHICAGO, June 13, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholics are not alone in holding that birth control is a sin against God. Father Patrick Henry Reardon, pastor of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Chicago, who’s also an author and senior editor for the Christian magazine Touchstone, spoke in a recently published YouTube video of how throughout history until the 20th century all Christians, not just the Orthodox, but the Church fathers and Protestants as well, regarded birth control use as immoral and a sin. “Now it’s lost,” he states in the video. “And the Church really must not go with...
  • LA archbishop rips the seamless garment: Abortion and euthanasia ‘stand alone’

    06/08/2016 5:05:03 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 06.07.16 | Claire Chretien
    LOS ANGELES, June 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Archbishop José Gomez tore apart the “seamless garment” argument that intrinsic evils and social ills are morally equivalent in the Los Angeles archdiocesan newspaper June 3.  Advocates of the “seamless garment” approach to moral issues and social justice, promoted by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, often use it to suggest a moral equivalency between issues like abortion, poverty, and immigration.  “The hard truth is that not all injustices in the world are ‘equal,’” wrote Gomez. “We can understand this perhaps better about issues in the past than we can with issues in...
  • Falling birth rates could spell end of the West - [Rabbi] Lord Sacks

    06/07/2016 1:51:10 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 65 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6 June 2016 | John Bingham
    Western civilisation is on the brink of a collapse like that of ancient Rome because the modern generation does not want the responsibility of bringing up children, the former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has warned. ... ultimately, he said, European society as we know it “will die” because of the demographic crisis. And mass immigration is not a solution because of problems integrating new arrivals into existing society. "Europe is going to die because of this because Europe can only maintain its population by unprecedented levels of immigration" - Lord Sacks This makes him one of only a handful of...
  • After 'sons of whores' comment, Philippines' Duterte says he will defy Church w/ three-child policy

    05/23/2016 12:51:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 23, 2016 | Reuters
    MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he will defy the Roman Catholic Church and seek to impose a three-child policy, putting him on a new collision course with the bishops a day after he called them "sons of whores". The southern mayor has yet to be declared the May 9 poll winner, but an unofficial vote count by an election commission-accredited watchdog showed him ahead over his four rivals, three of whom conceded defeat. Duterte assumes office on June 30. Duterte's often outrageous comments have won him huge support and his tirades about killing criminals and a joke...
  • Supreme Court Sends Little Sisters of the Poor Case Back to Lower Courts

    05/16/2016 3:40:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 16, 2016 | John Burger
    In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court on Monday vacated lower court rulings against religious non-profits objecting to Obamacare’s “contraceptive mandate.”The court did not rule on the merits of Zubik v. Burwell, a closely-watched case that included the Little Sisters of the Poor, several Catholic dioceses and colleges and Priests for Life. But in the unsigned decision, the eight justices said the government may not fine the non-profits involved. The court sent the case back to the lower courts, saying the parties to the case “should be afforded an opportunity to arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates petitioners’ religious exercise while at the same time ensuring that women covered...
  • The Little Sisters of the Poor Just Beat the Obama Administration at the Supreme Court

    05/16/2016 3:29:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | May 16, 2016 | DAVID FRENCH Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/435446/little-sisters-poor-just-bea
    While the consensus view seems to be that the Supreme Court “punted” today by sending the Little Sisters of the Poor case back to the lower courts, I must respectfully dissent. Although the Court didn’t rule on the merits of the case, the Little Sisters won a significant victory — one that is likely (though not yet certain) to persist through the next administration.  First, the Supreme Court vacated the lower court ruling holding that the Little Sisters had to facilitate access to contraceptives and denied that the mandate substantially burdened their religion. Speaking as a person who’s argued a...
  • Pope insists conscience, not rules, must lead faithful

    04/08/2016 5:58:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 8, 2016 8:07 AM EDT | Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll
    Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics should look to their own consciences more than Vatican rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift its emphasis from doctrine to mercy in confronting some of the thorniest issues facing the faithful. In a major church document entitled “The Joy of Love,” Francis made no explicit change in church doctrine and upheld church teaching on the lifelong bond of marriage between a man and a woman. But in selectively citing his predecessors and emphasizing his own teachings in strategically placed footnotes, Francis made innovative openings in...
  • There’s No Public-Health Case for Making Nuns Provide Free Birth Control

    03/25/2016 1:30:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | Michael J. New
    Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a group of cases challenging the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that non-profit employers offer health-care coverage that includes contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization. The challengers in the consolidated cases, captioned Zubik v. Burwell, include Little Sisters of the Poor, Priests for Life, and a variety of religious non-profits. Many of the arguments that have been put forth in support of the plaintiffs involve conscience rights. These are important arguments that certainly deserve attention. However, in the amicus brief I filed in on behalf of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, I emphasized public-health...
  • Little Sisters' Religious Liberty Goes On Trial

    03/25/2016 7:02:54 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 25, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    This is the kind of case the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia liked to sink his judicial teeth into -- whether the federal government can compel a religious entity like the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their religious beliefs and acquiesce to the ObamaCare contraceptive coverage mandate. As LifeSite News reported on Wednesday’s hearing: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a 175-year-old religious order of women who have vowed their lives to care for the elderly poor.
  • Who are the Little Sisters of the Poor, and why should you care?

    03/25/2016 1:42:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    catholicnewsagency.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Jenny Uebbing
    If you were totally avoiding the internet today, or if you live under a particularly pleasant and comfortable rock, maybe you don’t know that the federal government and a bunch of nuns are duking it out before the Supreme Court over birth control. More to the point, they’re fighting over the Little Sisters of the Poors’ refusal to subsidize contraception and abortion-causing drugs for their employees via their health insurance coverage, all of whom, by the way, are mandated by the President Obama’s signature eponymous government overreach law to purchase their own health insurance. Well, fair’s fair, right? I mean,...
  • The Pope and the Baby Killer [Catholic Caucus]

    02/28/2016 3:54:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | February 26, 2016 | Hilary White
    The Pope and the Baby Killer In 2010, after I had lived in Italy about two years and had begun to understand the byzantine complexities of this country's politics, Emma Bonino decided to run for the office of governor of the region of Lazio. Once I found out what kind of person she was, I was seized with the urge to buy a crate of spray paint and go around Rome writing, "10,000 bambini assassinati non abbastanza per Emma 'la Bicicletta' Bonino," on all her posters. "10,000 murdered babies not enough for Emma 'the bicycle' Bonino." I thought of it...
  • A parish priest writes to the Pope re: the confusion caused by his recent interview [Cath Cauc]

    02/24/2016 3:22:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 2/24/16 | Father Richard G. Cipolla
    Dear Pope Francis: I write this letter to you as a priest to the Bishop of Rome and as a son to a father. I write with a heavy heart, and I know that heaviness of heart is shared by many of my Catholic brethren both clergy and laity. I watched the early news one morning last week to find that one of the headlines proclaimed that in an interview on the flight from Mexico to Rome you indicated that the Church's teaching on contraception may be undergoing a change. As in the past, I went to the official translation...
  • Peters on reactions and claims about Francis’s off-the-cuff contraception remark

    02/23/2016 2:19:15 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 22, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From the canonist Ed Peter’s fine blog In The Light Of The Law. He doesn’t have a combox over there and doesn’t mind if we use his stuff here. DO, however, go over there to his place regularly. Emphases are from Peters, comments mine: Misunderstanding the (alleged) 'Congo contraception' caseEven by the standards of his reign, the presser Pope Francis conducted on his return flight from Mexico has provoked an unusual number of questions. [No kidding. You should see my inbox, too!] I wish to address only one of those here.Preliminarily, I note that the burden is not on the...
  • Is the Magisterium in crisis?

    02/26/2016 10:54:29 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 2/25/16 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    CONTRACEPTION So Fr Lombardi believes, apparently, that Papa Bergoglio was right: B Paul VI did permitt nuns in the Congo to guard themselves contraceptively against the consequences of rape. If there is evidence that Montini made some utterance to this effect, then we have a right to be told where it is so that we can go and look at it. That, surely, is why the Apostolic See publishes its Acta. If people are required to respect and obey a Magisterium, then Natural Justice requires that they should have the means to acquaint themselves with their obligations. Otherwise, why decimate...
  • Pope calls Italy’s foremost abortion promoter one of nation’s ‘forgotten greats’

    02/25/2016 5:09:03 PM PST · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 2/25/2016 | John-Henry Westen
    In a February 8 interview with one of Italy's most prominent dailies, Corriere Della Serra, Pope Francis praised Italy's leading proponent of abortion - Emma Bonino -- as one of the nation's "forgotten greats," comparing her to great historical figures such as Konrad Adenauer and Robert Schuman. Knowing that his praise of her may be controversial, the Pope said that she offered the best advice to Italy on learning about Africa, and admitted she thinks differently from us. "True, but never mind," he said. "We have to look at people, at what they do." At 27, Bonino had an illegal...
  • Nightmare at 35,000 Feet – Part II [Catholic Caucus]

    02/25/2016 2:06:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | February 23, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In my previous column on this subject, I discussed how Pope Francis, in another of his freewheeling, offhand commentaries to the press at the back of the airplane, condoned the use of contraception -- both condoms and pills -- to avoid conception during the so-called Zika crisis. In other words, he condoned contraception for eugenic motives: to prevent conception on account of a birth defect that the virus might cause (microcephaly). In support of this astonishing suggestion, Francis cited the tale of how Paul VI supposedly "permitted nuns [in the Congo] to use contraceptives in cases of rape." Even if...
  • National Catholic Bioethics Center Directly Contradicts Pope Francis on Contraception

    02/25/2016 11:08:09 AM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Manhound's Paradise ^ | February 24, 2016 | Manhound
    A few days ago, Pope Francis and his spokesman Federico Lombardi directly contradicted the traditional teaching of the Catholic Church on contraception, including directly contradicting the clear words of Pope Paul's 1968 encyclical Humanae vitae. Various "Catholic" individuals and groups quickly lined up to support Francis, including the often heterodox Filipino Catholic Bishops Conference. But a surprisingly large and strong set of Catholics--beyond the expected set of minority traditionalists--has now risen up to resist, as if Francis, after years of this this sort of thing, has now crossed an obvious line. Who knew that line would be you know where....
  • Congressman: Essure ‘contraceptive’ caused hundreds of fetal deaths

    02/24/2016 6:19:47 AM PST · by wagglebee · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/23/16 | Drew Belsky
    Washington D.C., February 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A Pennsylvania congressman is calling for a controversial contraceptive device to be pulled from the market pending safety studies, saying it is behind the deaths of more than 300 unborn children.Representative Mike Fitzpatrick said Wednesday that the Food and Drug Administration has ignored roughly 303 fetal deaths that were linked to the abortifacient sterilization device Essure.Fitzpatrick, along with the grassroots support group for victims of Essure complications, said the FDA's own data indicates that the device's "adverse event reports" for miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, and stillborn deaths were feasibly misreported as simple injuries or...
  • Bayer, FDA accused of downplaying Essure fetal deaths, complications

    02/23/2016 6:29:20 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | February 23, 2016 | Rebecca Downs
    Essure, a permanent form of birth control which involves inserting coils into a woman’s fallopian tubes, has been in the news since last year, and not for a good reason. Women have reported experiencing horrific, debilitating side effects. Now comes news of another issue with the device. Women have become pregnant despite the use of the device (no form of birth control – besides abstinence – is 100 percent effective), and it is being blamed for the deaths of already conceived children. Bayer and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have, according to some, downplayed the issue, but Representative Mike...
  • It’s not an urban legend, it’s a LIE: Paul VI did NOT give permission to nuns (contraceptives)

    02/21/2016 1:36:35 PM PST · by NYer · 66 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 20, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The other day Pope Francis, in the infamous post-Mexico airplane presser, said: Paolo VI – il grande! – in una situazione difficile, in Africa, ha permesso alle suore di usare gli anticoncezionali per i casi di violenza. … Paul VI – the great one! – in a difficult situation in Africa, permitted sisters to use contraceptives for cases of violenze. I’ve heard this before. I never believed it.Years ago on the COL Forum (which I ran) we had a discussion about this. One of the staffers tried to dig up the old files. In the meantime he – The Great...
  • The errors in theology from the Pope's Plane Interview (and discussions that followed!)

    02/21/2016 11:51:53 AM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Tenth Crusade | 2/21/16 | The Tenth Crusade
    I wanted to briefly mention a few observations of discussions about the Holy Father's latest plane interview. 1. Astoundingly, when Catholics raise concerns about Pope Francis suggestion to women that they can use birth control pills and condoms to prevent perfectly healthy babies from being conceived because of a remote chance of birth defects, I am still seeing Catholics claim the press is misinterpreting what is being said. I will not cite the dozens of examples, suffice it to say that the Father has accountability for his own words and actions. His contradiction of Humane Vitae was as clear as...
  • Spirits Of 1930 Lambeth Conference And Eugenics In Yesterday's Papal Interview

    02/20/2016 2:08:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Restore DC Catholicism ^ | 2/19/16 | Restore DC Catholicism
    Many people think that Roman Catholics (and maybe a smattering of evangelical denominations) are retrograde neanderthals when it comes to allowance for contraception. Well, let's face it. Our Lord entrusted to the One True Church His infallible teachings. One of those teachings is that sexual activity is to be conducted by one biologically-born man and one biologically-born woman united in faithful matrimony and open to the generation of children. Any deviance from that constitutes grave matter for mortal sin. Until 1930, all protestant denominations adhered to that Christian teaching. But during that year, the Lambeth Conference (of the Anglican denomination)...
  • Catholic teaching on contraception cannot be changed by Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    02/19/2016 8:56:40 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Renew America ^ | February 19, 2016 | Jenn Giroux
    "There are times that lay Catholics have to step forward to say what we as priests cannot." These were the words spoken to me during a time in my life that I felt called as a Catholic to defend my Catholic Church from an assault from within. That time has come again this week. To do so is never easy. For nearly three years now Catholics have defended Pope Francis as being "taken out of context" or "misunderstood" by the media. We have watched and cringed at what has come out of the Vatican, been ignored by the Vatican, and...
  • Pope Open to Discuss Contraception as Response to Zika Epidemic

    02/18/2016 6:29:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    Pope Francis hinted that the use of contraceptives may be morally acceptable as a response to the Zika epidemic, during an question-and-answer session on February 18. Speaking to reporters who accompanied him on his return flight to Rome, after a visit to Mexico, the Pope said that "avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil." While abortion cannot ever be justified, he suggested, avoiding pregnancy could be a "lesser evil" in light of the alleged dangers of birth defects. During an interview session that proved controversial even by the standards of this pontificate, the Pope said: * US presidential candidate Donald...
  • Pope Francis’ latest airplane presser remarks, post Mexico. Fr. Z’s take.

    02/18/2016 3:50:56 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | February 18, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Another trip, another presser, another post.A priest friend wrote to me: I’m writing a new prayer for all of us … a “Nine Hour Pope Plane Ride Novena.” I will write now what I have written before.Again, when I am elected Pope, We shall take the name of Pius X-II (“Pius Decimus Secondus” – or maybe “Clement Ganganelli”), We shall not give interviews or press conferences.  We shall forbid the Lord Cardinals from speaking to the press without permission.  We shall disappear into the Apostolic Palace for lengths of time so long that the press will begin to speculate that We may have died.  Our...
  • What did Pope Francis actually say about contraception?

    02/18/2016 1:52:34 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    EWTN News ^ | February 18, 2016
    Despite a rush of headlines claiming Pope Francis is softening the Church's stance on contraception. A closer look at his recent remarks could suggest otherwise. During an in-flight press conference on his way back from Mexico, Pope Francis was asked by a reporter about the threat of Zika virus in many Latin American countries. Noting that the virus may be linked to birth defects when transmitted from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby, the reporter asked the Holy Father about proposals involving "abortion, or else avoiding pregnancy" in areas where Zika virus is prevalent. The Pope responded by emphatically...
  • Pope Francis OK's Contraception Use in Zika-Affected Countries

    02/18/2016 12:27:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    VOA ^ | 02/18/2016
    Pope Francis has suggested it is acceptable to use artificial contraception methods in countries affected by the Zika virus. "Avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil," he told reporters en route to Rome following his five-day trip to Mexico. He cited Pope Paul VI's decree in the 1960s that allowed nuns serving in Africa to use contraception due to the threat of rape. He said, "In certain cases, as in this one, such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear." But he maintained the church's stance against abortion calling it "an absolute evil". CDC's advice...
  • Pope Francis Says Contraception May Be 'Lesser of Two Evils' During Zika Virus Outbreak

    02/18/2016 9:34:13 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 75 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | February 18, 2016 | Gillian Mohney and Terry Moran
    With the mosquito-borne Zika virus continuing to spread through Central and South America, Pope Francis said today that contraception could be seen as "the lesser of two evils" if women are concerned about having children with the birth defect microcephaly. The Zika virus is usually mild, but has been associated with a rise of the alarming birth defect, characterized by an abnormally small head and brain, often leading to significant developmental delays. The pope compared the situation to a decree issued by Pope Paul VI, which said nuns in Africa could use contraception due to the threat of rape.
  • Will Religious Liberty Die With Scalia?

    02/15/2016 4:02:36 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 33 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2//15/2016 | David Catron
    The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was more than a tragedy for his family and American jurisprudence. It was a calamity for religious liberty. The Court will soon hear Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell, which challenges the Obamacare contraception mandate. Because the loss of Scalia reduces the number of justices to eight, the spectre of a tie vote now looms over the case. If the remaining justices vote as they did in the Hobby Lobby case, the result will be a per curiam decision whereby a prior miscarriage of justice by the Tenth Circuit Court of...
  • Influential Evangelical leader: The sexual revolution started with contraception

    12/20/2015 4:51:09 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 105 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12-18-15 | Ben Johnson
    December 18, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – One of the most influential evangelical Christian leaders in the United States says the sexual revolution began with the widespread availability of birth control. Dr. Albert Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, made the remarks Saturday on David Wheaton's "The Christian Worldview" radio show. “We are clearly at a very important turning point, but you have to go back to the early twentieth century when sexual revolutionaries largely funded an effort to separate sex and procreation, and that was birth control," Dr. Mohler said. "Most Christians seem to think today...
  • Girls Given Risky Meds Don't Get Contraceptive Advice

    12/17/2015 4:17:38 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    consumer.healtday.com ^ | December 17, 2015 | Randy Dotinga
    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research from a Midwestern hospital suggests a wide majority of teen girls and young women fail to get information about contraceptives when they take medications that could cause birth defects. At issue are so-called "teratogenic" medications, used for conditions ranging from acne to anxiety, that boost the risk of birth defects when taken during pregnancy. Physicians often tell sexually active women to take birth control while they're on the drugs to avoid becoming pregnant, but it's unclear whether younger females routinely get the same kind of guidance. In the new study, researchers...
  • Birth Control – A Two-Edged Sword? (Modern Mechanix, March, 1922)

    11/20/2015 7:07:38 AM PST · by wagglebee · 13 replies
    Modern Mechanix ^ | March, 1922 | Albert Edward Wiggam
    It Is the Only Road to Race-Improvement, But - May It Mean Retrogression? - What Is Your Own Relation to It?By Albert Edward WiggamPRESIDENT HARDING recently wrote, a letter which ought to have attracted international attention. The letter was addressed to a citizen of the United States, whose name would never otherwise have gotten before the public, congratulating him upon the fact that he had achieved a family of sixteen children. I naturally supposed upon reading President Harding’s laudatory comments that the parents of these children were persons of exceptional distinction in some field of science, commerce, art or public...
  • Little Sisters of the Poor vs. Government Almighty

    11/16/2015 3:25:58 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 1 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 11/16/2015 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court decision to hear Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell means that another group of Christians bedeviled by Beltway bureaucrats must beg permission from nine unelected government officials to practice their faith unmolested. This is not about women’s health or reproductive rights. It is just another battle in the war on religious liberty waged by various manifestations of the state for two millennia. Whether it is President Obama ordering his HHS secretary to bring intransigent nuns to heel or the Emperor Trajan advising a provincial governor on the proper punishment of unrepentant Christians, it is all about...
  • There's Another Supreme Court challenge to Obamacare contraception mandate

    11/07/2015 11:27:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/06/2015 | Rick Moran
    For the fourth time, Obamacare is going before the Supreme Court, this time to decide if forcing religious nonprofit groups to provide contraception against their beliefs is constitutional. Politico: The case represents yet another trip for the Affordable Care Act before the justices since the law's passage more than five years ago — and this one could represent another Obamacare-Supreme Court flash point in an election year. But unlike some of the earlier Obamacare challenges, a ruling against the administration would not cripple the legislation. The law's major provisions, such as the health insurance exchanges, the subsidies and Medicaid...
  • Doctor fights ‘wrongful death’ suit by claiming baby wasn’t viable, so not a person

    10/27/2015 6:14:50 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/26/15 | Father Mark Hodges
    HARTFORD, Connecticut, October 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Melanie and Floyd Foster's baby died, they say, because their doctor, OB/GYN Corinne de Cholnoky, ruptured the baby's membrane while trying to remove an IUD. As a direct result, they say, their premature baby was later born alive but died after two hours. Because the baby was only 22 weeks along, Dr. de Cholnoky says the baby was not viable and therefore not a person, and no wrongful death occurred. Because the baby was born alive, the Fosters – and the judge presiding over the case – say the baby was a person,...
  • Pope's climate push is 'raving nonsense' without population control, says top US scientist

    09/25/2015 5:03:03 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 44 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 9-24-2015 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    One of America’s leading scientists has dismissed as “raving nonsense” the pope’s call for action on climate change – so long as the leader of the world’s 1 billion Catholics rejects the need for population control. In a commentary in the journal Nature Climate Change, Paul Ehrlich, a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, argues that Pope Francis is simply wrong in trying to fight climate change without also addressing the additional strain on global resources from population rise. “That’s raving nonsense,” Ehrlich told the Guardian. “He is right on some things but he is just...
  • The Pope, the Little Sisters, and ObamaCare

    09/28/2015 10:08:29 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 28, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Pope Francis’ unexpected and unscheduled visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor, a convent of elderly nuns fighting ObamaCare’s contraception mandate in the courts, is a clear message shot across the Obama administration’s bow that such religious persecution is not acceptable, backing up the American Catholic Church’s mantra: we will not comply While the lamestream media focuses on the Pope’s seeming alignment on issues such as climate change and immigration reform, the chattering class ignores this ongoing battle over religious liberty.
  • Major appeal by theologians urges Pope to delete ‘seriously defective’ Synod text on contraception

    09/15/2015 4:41:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 14, 2015 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, September 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — As many as 60 highly distinguished Catholic moral theologians and philosophers are appealing to Pope Francis to delete a controversial paragraph from the preparatory document for the Synod of the Family that they say “contradicts” Catholic teaching against the “intrinsically evil act” of using contraception. They say if the text is approved during the Synod next month in Rome, it could have “devastating consequences for the faithful.” “As Catholic moral theologians and philosophers, we feel morally obligated to speak out against the distortion of Catholic teaching implicit in paragraph 137,” state authors David Crawford...
  • Federal judge: Moral objections are enough to override HHS contraception mandate

    09/01/2015 6:52:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/01/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    In a stunning decision, a federal judge permanently barred the Department of Health and Human Services from enforcing the contraception mandate under ObamaCare against an employer for moral rather than explicitly religious grounds. Judge Richard Leon, the same DC district court judge that ruled the NSA phone collection program unconstitutional (and was reversed last week), rebuked the federal government for violating the Equal Protection clause by only allowing religious groups a waiver for objections to contraception and other products and services. Ruling in favor of March for Life, Leon said that the 14th Amendment demands equal protection for similarly...
  • Synod preparatory document “poses a very real danger to the family”, says Voice of the Family

    08/06/2015 4:55:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | August 5, 2015
    The preparatory document for the Catholic Church’s Family Synod “poses a very real danger to the family”, says Voice of the Family http://voiceofthefamily.info , an international coalition of pro-life and pro-family organisations. The document, known as the Instrumentum Laboris (Latin for “working tool”), will be discussed by bishops from around the world, when the second round of the Church’s Synod on the Family is held in the Vatican this October. Matthew McCusker of Voice of the Family has authored an in-depth analysis (executive summary and full text) of the document. John Smeaton, co-founder of Voice of the Family, said: “The...
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood would increase abortions

    08/02/2015 5:32:10 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    Houston Cronicle ^ | July 31, 2015 | Ruth Marcus
    I have to admit that my first reaction to the Planned Parenthood videos was to cringe and try to avoid the topic. Even for those who support abortion rights, there is a stomach-churning aspect to the surreptitiously taped conversations with Planned Parenthood officials - the cold-blooded discussion, between bites of salad and sips of red wine, of "less crunchy" techniques to obtain specimens, and the precise placement of "graspers" to avoid having to "crush" a valuable body part. If you hear this and fail to squirm, there is something wrong with you. That response is, of course, what the anti-abortion...
  • Catholic Family Wins Against HHS Mandate

    07/25/2015 2:47:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | July 22, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    A Catholic politician sued the Obama administration, arguing that as a Catholic he has a right to be able to purchase health insurance that doesn't cover contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and abortifacients. Paul Wieland serves in the Missouri House. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He has three daughters, who, because of the actions of the Obama administration, will have access to free contraceptives. “As a parent, it is disturbing,” said Wieland in an older news report. “We value our faith and make a sacrifice to teach our children the faith, to send them to Catholic schools. We...
  • Misappropriated Womanhood (Is Mr. Potato Head now "Potato Head Person"?)

    07/18/2015 1:20:56 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    The Stream ^ | July 17, 2015 | Jennifer Hartline
    I see the liberal, secular feminist and the homosexual/transgender ideologies running smack into each other like bulls. The losers in this bloody clash? There will be many, but let’s talk about the most ironic losers: women. Neither ideology respects true femininity and the beauty of womanhood. Both want to empty it of its gift and uniqueness. Both have created a caricature of woman. Both exploit what they find useful about the female body and shun the rest. Both have reduced womanhood to only the parts that serve their agenda. Both the modern, perpetually-contracepting woman and the transgender “woman” are sterile....
  • Obama Beats Nuns in Birth Control Mandate Court Battle; Fight Not Over, Little Sisters Say

    07/15/2015 8:06:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/15/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    An appeals court has ruled against a Catholic order of nuns in their lawsuit against the Obama administration's birth control mandate. The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday against the Little Sisters of the Poor, concluding that having to fill out a form requesting that an another party provide insurance for contraceptives does not violate the order's religious liberty. "Although we recognize and respect the sincerity of Plaintiffs' beliefs and arguments, we conclude the accommodation scheme relieves Plaintiffs of their obligations under the Mandate and does not substantially burden their religious exercise under RFRA or infringe upon their First...
  • 10th Circuit to Little Sisters of the Poor: You Must Comply with contraception mandate

    07/14/2015 11:03:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/14/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Guess which ObamaCare case will be headed to the Supreme Court next? At least, that’s the option open for the Little Sisters of the Poor and their defense team at The Becket Fund for the restoration of a temporary injunction against compliance with the HHS mandate. The 10th Circuit handed the nuns a defeat this morning, vacating the earlier temporary injunction ordered by a lower court: Moments ago, in a departure from the U.S. Supreme Court’s protection of the Little Sisters of the Poorlast year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the Little Sisters...
  • New Rule Widens Access to Birth Control Regardless of Employers’ Beliefs

    07/11/2015 9:29:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The ACLU ^ | July 10, 2015
    The federal government today released a new rule to ensure that women will have birth control coverage in their health insurance, even if they work for closely held for-profit companies that have a religious objection to contraception. The rule follows the Supreme Court’s decision last year that Hobby Lobby and other closely held corporations could not be required to provide contraceptive coverage to their female employees, even though that coverage is guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act. “Today’s guidance is a positive development for women denied access to important healthcare in the troubling aftermath of the Hobby Lobby ruling,” said...
  • Obama Won’t Take “No” for an Answer, Circumvents the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision

    07/11/2015 4:48:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | July 10, 2015 | Kathy Schiffer
    The victory was brief. Last year’s Supreme Court victory for Hobby Lobby has little meaning today, because the Obama Administration has just circumvented the law to extend contraceptive benefits to all.And who’s paying for it? Why, you and I, of course, through our tax dollars! By Bryancalabro (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsThe case involving the Green family’s Hobby Lobby stores went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court; and last June, the Court ruled that some private companies can be exempted, on religious grounds, from an Affordable Care Act requirement that employer-sponsored health insurance policies must...
  • Girls should receive contraceptive implants in school before they become sexually active

    07/06/2015 8:49:50 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/3/15 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    AUCKLAND, NZ, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Every girl in New Zealand will be put on long-acting reversible contraceptive drugs, delivered through implants or patches, before they become sexually active, if a group of health researchers at New Zealand's Otago University gets its way. "I would imagine, off the top of my head, that it would happen a bit like vaccinations happen," Neil Pickering, a senior bioethics lecturer at the university, told Radio New Zealand report. “It would be a routine thing, and being done through schools would be an obvious way.”Helen Paterson, of the University of Otago's department of women's and...
  • Reactions to the Pope’s Encyclical on Contraception

    06/11/2015 2:19:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 11, 2015 | DALE AHLQUIST
    It is interesting now to look back at the various reactions when the pope issued his encyclical on contraception. I dug up the following, and I think they pretty much speak for themselves. It is hardly necessary to add any comments at all except to say how little things have changed.A leader from an association of Protestant mainline denominations called it “the most important encyclical ever promulgated in the entire history of the papal succession.” He said, “I am glad that this pronouncement is so thoroughly clear-cut and uncompromising.” He was glad that everyone had to be either for...
  • Why young Christians can’t grasp our arguments against gay ‘marriage’

    05/29/2015 6:00:47 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 67 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 5/28/15 | John Stonestreet
    May 28, 2015 (BreakPoint.org) -- For five years, Dr. Abigail Rine has been teaching a course on gender theory at George Fox University, an evangelical school in the Quaker tradition.At the beginning of the semester, she tells her students that “they are guaranteed to read something they will find disagreeable, probably even offensive.”Writing at FirstThings.com recently, she related how five years ago it was easy to find readings that challenged and even offended the evangelical college students “considering the secular bent of contemporary gender studies.”But today, things are different. “Students now,” she says, “arrive in my class thoroughly versed in the...