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FEBRUARY 2014 | VOLUME 6.2
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Cardinals' meetings focus concern on marriage, family

(CNA/EWTN News).- In a series of closed-door meetings this week, cardinals from around the world expressed a common care and concern for the state of marriage and the family in the modern world.

“One of the things that we’re facing is a whole culture that doesn’t appreciate the significance, value, and importance of families.  The secular culture we’re a part of just dismisses the importance of family,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. told CNA on Feb. 22.

The extraordinary synod on the pastoral care for the family will be held this October. The topic of the family was a major topic of Vatican meetings ahead of the recent consistory. Cardinal Wuerl said that the upcoming synod and its related discussions “just highlight that family is the bedrock of civilization, and we have to do everything we can to support it.”

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the retired Archbishop of Westminster, noted that at the meetings which preceded today’s consistory, among all the cardinals was “a concern for the state of marriage in their countries...What the Church feels and what I feel is that family is at the heart of society. Marriage is at the heart of society, because obviously from marriage comes children and (the question) becomes, how do they grow up?” he explained. MORE


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Pope issues letter to families


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis issued a letter to families on Tuesday in which he asks for prayers for the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. The Pope's letter in English follows: “Dear families, With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family. MORE

Diocese of Steubenville Men’s Day of Renewal


(Steubenville Register) – A fifth annual Men’s Day of Renewal will be held March 22 at St. Mary Church, St. Clairsville. Annoucement of the day was made by Charles J. Schneider, chairman of the men’s day, which begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 3:30 p.m. Featured speaker for the event is Ray Guarendi, a clinical pysychologist in North Canton, Ohio. Guarendi received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, and his doctorate from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. A father of 10, Guarendi, too, is an author, national radio and television host, consultant, columnist and public speaker. (See page 4 for MORE)

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VIDEO: 2013 Diocese of Steubenville Respect Life Conference Keynote Address >>


Pope Francis: Be Courageous, Go To Confession >>


Little Sisters of the Poor Ask Appeals Court to Protect Them From Obamacare HHS Mandate >>


West Virginia House Passes Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks >>


Denver Hospice Dedicated To Upholding Church Teaching >>


Global poll prompts call to overcome Catholic divisions through fidelity >>


Pontifical academy to address science, ethics of aging >>


The 'Right' to Abortion and Its Consequences >>


Vatican Blasts UN Committee That Asks Church To Change Teaching on Abortion and Homosexuality  >>


Appeals court denies University of Notre Dame injunction on HHS mandate >>


7 Media-Savvy Skills All Parents Need in 2014 >>


Message in a bottle inspires pregnancy care worker to reach out to mysterious woman hurt by abortion >>


Archbishop asks prayers for marriage, World Meeting of Families >>


Pope Francis To The Pontifical Academy For Life: What Is A Man Worth? >>


Planned Parenthood Told Them Their Abortion Was Risk-Free, Now They Can’t Have Children >>


Whatever Happened to the Natural Law? >>


UNFPA Continues Pushing Legalized Abortion Worldwide >>


Louisiana Bill Protects Women From Abortion Practitioners Without Admitting Privileges >>


US athlete says she missed shot at Olympics because of blood clots from contraceptive device >>

Supreme Court Forces Arizona Residents to Fund Planned Parenthood, Abortions


(LifeNews.com) – The U.S. Supreme Court today let stand a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruling that struck down an Arizona law protecting taxpayers from being forced to pay for abortions and to fund Planned Parenthood. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit struck down the law in August. The Whole Woman’s Healthcare Funding Prioritization Act prohibits taxpayer dollars from funding most abortions and prioritizes family planning funds to health care entities that best provide comprehensive health care to women. The Whole Woman’s Health Funding Priority Act of Arizona (HB 2800) de-funded abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood of state family planning money. The bill prioritizes family planning funds away from abortion-centered businesses like Planned Parenthood to entities that provide women with comprehensive health care. MORE

Abortions Down but So Are Births, and Cause Is Unknown


(NCRegister.com) — The U.S. abortion rate is as low as it has been since 1973. But the reasons for the downward trend are unclear and in dispute, as the birth rate also continues to drop, raising questions as to whether the United States is actually shifting in a pro-life direction or is instead becoming ever more reliant on contraception. The Guttmacher Institute, an abortion research firm with historical ties to Planned Parenthood, reports that the abortion rate dropped 13% over a period of three years to 16.9 abortions in 2011 for every 1,000 women between the ages of 15-44. The annual number of children aborted in the U.S. dropped to under 1.06 million in 2011 from 1.21 million in 2008, when the rate was 19.4 abortions per 1,000 women. The study shows the abortion ratio has declined, but only slightly. In 2011, 21.1 women out of 100 opted for abortion instead of birth. MORE


Ethicists warn against three-parent reproductive technology


(CNA/EWTN News).- Concerned about the effects of a new technology that involves three parents providing genetic information to create a child, experts are cautioning against opening up the technology to human clinical trials. "The desire to help women suffering from mitochondrial disorders or infertility is admirable and worthy," wrote Robert George, McCormick professor of jurisprudence at Princeton, and Dr. Donald Landry, chair of the Department of Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital in a Feb. 18 letter to the Food and Drug Administration. "However, the needs of the children being created through novel technologies also must be taken into account,” they warned. The technology, referred to by the FDA as  "oocyte modification in assisted reproduction,” was developed to avoid mitochondrial disorders, and ultimately means that the child created by the process will inherit genetic information from three parents. MORE

Bill To Protect State Definitions Of Marriage Introduced


(CNA/EWTN News) .- Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have introduced bills bolstering the ability of individual states to declare what they will and will not recognize as a marriage and enforce that definition within state boundaries. The State Marriage Defense Act of 2014 declares that in a given state, the term marriage will "not include any relationship which that State, territory, or possession does not recognize as a marriage, and the term 'spouse' shall not include an individual who is a party to a relationship that is not recognized as a marriage by that State, territory, or possession." The bill was introduced Feb. 14 by Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) in the Senate, and Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas) in the House of Representatives. It comes in response to February statements by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced that the federal government will enforce the Supreme Court's June 2013 ruling on a federal definition of marriage. MORE

Catholic Marriage Preparation Needs To Better 'Evangelize'


(CNA/EWTN News) .- The head of a major U.S. missionary apostolate says that evangelization - not simple catechesis - is needed to prepare Catholics for good marriages by putting Jesus Christ at the center of their lives. "We have got to recognize the difference between evangelization and catechesis," Curtis Martin, co-founder of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, told CNA Feb. 14. "There is an attempt, by some of the best marriage preparation people in the country, to give all the catechesis about marriage that they possibly can, and they haven't evangelized on the importance of Christian marriage." "You're actually filling them with information but they don't know why they need it." Catholics preparing for marriage should have "actually encountered Christ and have chosen to make him the center of their lives, so that this is the driving force in their life and the most important relationship." "That is fundamental," he said.MORE


U.S. and Canada Join China, North Korea, and Vietnam Allowing Abortions After 20 Weeks


(LifeNews.com) – The United States and Canada are among a handful of nations, two of which are the biggest human rights abusers in the world, that allow abortions on babies after 20 weeks. Every other nation on the planet either bans abortions after that time, which is just before viability, or limits them. A new report authored by Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) associate scholar Angelina Baglini and co-released today by CLI and Life Canada finds that the United States and Canada join China, North Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, and Netherlands in allowing abortion beyond 20 weeks, more than halfway through pregnancy and the point at which research shows the unborn child feels pain. “Our fresh review of international statutes and case law was undertaken with the knowledge that U.S. policies, set by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton in 1973, are among the world’s most permissive" ... MORE

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 Patience: Key to a Lasting Marriage


“God, give me patience—right now!” Most of us have probably said some version of that prayer. Perhaps we’re waiting for a wife to finish dressing when we’re already 20 minutes late. Or we find—again—a husband’s dirty socks and underwear on the floor instead of in the laundry basket. When long-married couples are asked the recipe for marital success, many identify patience as a key ingredient. MORE

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Love at First Sight
By Anne McGuire


A week ago I saw what must be the sweetest face I’ve ever seen. It was the face of my first nephew, who is due to be born in a few months – the first of his generation in my immediate family. A couple of weeks ago, my sister sent a generic video clip about Baby’s development, and the thumbnail image gave me pause. It showed the face of a sleeping unborn child. I must have seen hundreds of images like this already, but given the context, it affected me differently. As obvious as it may sound, it suddenly hit me that my nephew has a face. A week later we learned that Baby is “he,” and I was able to see the ultrasound of his face, which already has adorably discernible features. MORE


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Life Matters: Forgiveness and Healing After Abortion (en español)

Susan E. Wills, JD, LLM explains the hope and healing found in the mercy of God following an abortion.

If you or someone you know is in need of healing following an abortion, please contact www.HopeAfterAbortion.org or 888-456-HOPE (4673).

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GREAT QUOTES


“Francis of Assisi tells us we should work to build peace. But there is no true peace without truth! There cannot be true peace if everyone is his own criterion, if everyone can always claim exclusively his own rights, without at the same time caring for the good of others, of everyone, on the basis of the nature that unites every human being on this earth.” (Pope Francis)



"The Church does not engage in proselytism. Instead, she grows by “attraction”: just as Christ “draws all to himself” by the power of his love, culminating in the sacrifice of the Cross, so the Church fulfills her mission..." (Pope Benedict XVI)


"God has assigned as a duty to every man the dignity of every woman." (Pope Blessed John Paul II)


"Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others." (St. Augustine)


NOTEWORTHY

 


UNFILTERED: Equipping Parents for an Ongoing Conversation about Internet Pornography


Covenant Eyes offers a great resource kit to help parents to protect their children from ever-growing saturation of pornography. They also offer an excellent video introduction on their website.




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The Pro-Life Movement is Making Significant Advances CitizenLink reviews the recent achievements of pro-life efforts across the nation. “We still face challenges, but all in all, advances are being made.”


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My House Columbus
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ofit lay apostolate working to promote sexual integrity through pornography prevention family protection, theology of the body information and resources, and accountability and healing networks. My House Columbus is a collaborative effort between Columbus Catholic Men’s Ministry, Columbus Catholic Women’s Ministry, and the Diocese of Columbus. My House offers three aspects: Protection, Healing, and Prevention. Learn more from their website.




CatholicPulse

Catholic Pulse is a service of the Knights of Columbus dedicated to bringing readers the top, daily headlines that Catholics need to know. We seek to present the news from the perspective of Catholics who want to know what’s happening in the Church, nation and world around them. From election coverage and breakthroughs in science, to breaking news and opinions around the globe, Catholic Pulse is the one-stop site that serves up those headlines quickly while providing further resources on social issues that are important to Catholics, such as the sanctity of life and marriage.  Learn more on their website.



 NCBCLooking for Catholic Bio-medical Ethics Information?  FREE consultations are available from the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC).  Established in 1972, NCBC conducts research, consultation, publishing and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences, and derives its message directly from the teachings of the Catholic Church. According to their website, they guarantee that a credentialed ethicist will be available 24/7 to assist any person with those most difficult moral health care decisions one must make from the beginning to the end of life. In 2012 alone, the ethicists of the Center helped over 1500 individuals in their time of need; free of charge. Read more about them on their website.



CPYUThe Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers. At a time when an already confusing youth culture is changing quickly, CPYU helps parents, youth workers, educators, and others understand teenagers and their culture so that they will be better equipped to help children and teens navigate the challenging world of adolescence.  They offer a free e-Update and many other resources.  Read more on their website.

 

FH
Family Honor, Inc.  Rooted in Blessed John Paul II's Theology of the Body, Family Honor seeks to empower parents to educate and guide their children according to God's plan.  Family Honor offers a variety of programs and resources for parents, as well as programs for parents and teens together.  Learn more from their website. 

 

 


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