Belgium to execute rapist-murderer—at his request

From the BBC: A Belgian man serving a life sentence for rape and murder will be allowed to have doctors end his life, after a landmark ruling. Unable to control his violent sexual urges, Frank Van Den Bleeken, who is 50, argued he would never be freed. The decision follows a three-year legal battle by [Read More...]

Missouri enacts 72-hour waiting period for abortion

From The New York Times: The Republican-controlled Missouri legislature has enacted one of the most stringent waiting periods for women seeking abortions, overriding a veto by the state’s Democratic governor, Jay Nixon. The bill, which will take effect next month, increases to 72 hours, from 24, the amount of time a woman must wait to [Read More...]

A deacon recounts the final moments of a man on death row

A haunting testimony about the death of Joe Woods, from Deacon Ed Scheffer in the Diocese of Tuscon, via The Catholic Sun:  I prayed the rosary seven times as I sat in a small cinderblock room watching Joe gasp for air. He finally died one hour and 58 minutes later. In that time of prayer [Read More...]

What if your child had Down syndrome? “If he can’t have a shot at becoming president, we don’t want him”

Because, you know, it’s all about getting what we want when we want it. Otherwise, forget it. Details: The abortion rate for Down syndrome babies is tragically high. Some studies put the number at 90%. Our culture puts so much value on independence and individual achievement that human beings who do not “measure up” to certain [Read More...]

WH offers compromise on birth control for religious employers

Somehow, this slipped under the radar today: The Obama administration outlined a new compromise Friday aimed at shielding religious business owners and Christian universities and charities from the health law’s contraception-coverage requirements, but a chilly initial response from Roman Catholic bishops suggested the move wouldn’t assuage their concerns. Federal officials laid out fresh rules to [Read More...]

Archdiocese throws cold water on the “ice bucket challenge”

And if you read on, you’ll see one of our Patheos bloggers mentioned. Details:  The Cincinnati Archdiocese has warned Catholic school principals against donating to the ALS Association due to concerns that the money could wind up funding research that uses embryonic stem cells. Archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Catholic schools [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: the pope’s silent pro-life statement in Korea

Details:  Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button “culture war” issues like abortion, arguing that the church’s doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he’d rather emphasize other aspects of church teaching. But he made a strong, albeit silent anti-abortion statement Saturday during his visit to South Korea, stopping to pray at a [Read More...]

Couple who abandoned surrogate baby: “We would have preferred to abort him”

Astonishing:  The Australian couple accused of abandoning their surrogate baby in Thailand have admitted they would have preferred to abort the boy, who has Down’s syndrome, because “no parent wants a son with a disability”. In their first public comments since it emerged that they had left the boy called Gammy and returned to Australia [Read More...]

Swords into plowshares: Catholic church taking over building used by Michigan abortion clinic

Details:  A Catholic church will soon “take over” the space currently being rented by the last free-standing abortion clinic in Lansing, the Lansing Diocese announced this week. Bishop Earl Boyea authorized the Church of the Resurrection, located at 1531 East Michigan Avenue, to lease the 4,100-square-foot office space at 1601 E. Grand River. The church [Read More...]

Dozens of strangers turn out for funeral of baby girl in Chicago

Details:  To the haunting refrains of Amazing Grace, 150 strangers on Thursday attended the funeral of a seven-month-old girl who died of starvation in a basement that resembled a ‘dungeon’ in January. Police, firefighters and members of the public who never knew little May Edwards arrived at St. Anne Catholic Church in Barrington, Chicago, to [Read More...]


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