Skin Cells Become Beating Heart Tissue
SAN FRANCISCO, May 23, 2012 -- Good ethics and good science are an unbeatable combination. For example, I believe that in part due to President Bush’s keeping the focus on the value of human embryonic life, scientists looked for ways to get the hoped for benefits of embryonic stem cells, without destroying or cloning embryos. This led to the induced pluripotent stem cell breakthrough that takes normal cells, changes them to stem cells, and thence into other types of tissue. Now, an important IPSC study has shown that skin cells made into cardiac cells function well in the heart.
Most Americans Support
Religious Rights, Health Care Exemptions- A new survey found that the majority of Americans support religious rights whenever they are in conflict with other laws, as well as the right to opt out of providing drugs, services and procedures for religious reasons.
Mary Ann Glendon:
Why Bishops Are Suing the U.S. Government
BOSTON, May 21, 2012 -- This week Catholic bishops are heading to federal courts across the country to defend religious liberty. On Monday they filed 12 lawsuits on behalf of a diverse group of 43 Catholic entities that are challenging the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) sterilization, abortifacient and birth-control insurance mandate.
Controversy Continues as Girl Scouts Celebrate 100 Years
Promotes Abortion and Anti-Marriage Agenda
Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Girl Scouts of the USA is continuing to fall under scrutiny for its alleged connections to groups that promote abortion, contraception and homosexuality.
Secret Public Records Demanded
For UCSF Non-Physician Abortion Project
CA SB1338 Brought Project to Light
OAKLAND, CA, May 8, 2012 -- On May 10, the Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF) will request in court that essential information related to the non-physician abortion Project sponsored by UCSF/Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health must be made public. According to the California Public Records Act (CPRA), additional Project information should be made public. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, May 10 at 10 AM Pacific Time in Superior Court, County of Alameda, 201 13th Street, Oakland, CA.
North Carolina Victory
What it Means Going Forward
SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2012-- Despite a well financed campaign of deception by opponents, North Carolina's Amendment One received overwhelming support with a 61% to 39% win. This was a huge step forward in protecting the reality that marriage unites men and women and any children born of their unions.
CA "Trojan Horse" Marriage Bill
Moves to Senate Floor
Ask Your State Senator to Vote “No”
SAN FRANCISCO, May 8, 2012 -- When I testified at the recent Judiciary Committee hearing, you should have heard Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) describe how much he cares about churches. He detailed how he and Equality California want to make sure churches are protected should marriage be redefined in California.
Victory on CA SB1338
(Abortion by Non-Doctors Bill)
Unable to Get Enough Votes
Please Make Thank You Calls
SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2012 -- Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) announced late Friday that she was withdrawing her bill to permit certain non-doctors to perform first trimester vacuum aspiration abortions. She was not able to get any Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee members, who had previously voted against the bill, to change their votes. Your phone calls and emails really helped.
New Book Asks:
Is US a 'Nation of Heretics?'- Are Americans actually trading in faith for a more secular outlook? Or is the country's religious center merely shifting – toward a array of sects, visionaries, charismatic leaders and unorthodox doctrines?
After Seven Years,
The Secret of Pope Ratzinger
ROME, April 27, 2012 – Benedict XVI will be remembered more for his homilies than for his encyclicals. And for his audacious, unconventional actions. Like in Madrid, in front of a million young people and right in the middle of a violent storm...
NY Times Writer Defends
Church Teachings in Online Series
-- New York Times writer Ross Douthat has defended Catholic theological and moral teachings, in a series of articles explaining how the Church is not “fundamentalist” but simply “orthodox.”
Proposed Kansas Rule May Force Churches
To Host Same-sex Ceremonies
-- A proposed ordinance in Hutchinson, Kansas could force individuals and institutions – including Catholic churches – to host and participate in events that violate Church teachings on sexuality.
Blessed Are the Persecuted:
Catechesis on Persecution
By the Successor of Peter
ROME, April 23, 2012 – Benedict XVI explains how to respond to the persecutions that are still hitting Christians today. In the same way as the apostles. Without fear, without revenge. With freedom, courage, prayer.
America Needs Religious Awakening,
Supreme Knight Says
-- The leader of the Knights of Columbus called for strong Catholic witnesses to defend religious liberty before a gathering of roughly 1000 members of the faith in Washington, D.C.
- In response to Blessed John Paul II's call to evangelize formerly Christian societies, the Church must build a “culture of witness,” said representatives of the U.S. bishops in a new document.