Petals in the Dust: India's Missing Girls
Gino and Nyna Caputi, Catholics for the Common Good members, provide a wonderful example of the principle of solidarity. They saw something intolerable, something extermely horrible, and they did not turn away. They have taken on a huge project to make a film to let the world know about the deadly assault on girls in India.
U.S. Bishops-- Senate Health Bill Unacceptable
Essential Changes Needed Before Moving Forward
WASHINGTON, DC, Decermber 22, 2009 —The current health care reform bill is “deficient” and should not move forward without “essential changes,” the chairmen of three committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said December 22.
New Abortion Amendment Still Unacceptable
Senate Still Expanding Fed Role in Abortion
WASHINGTON, December 19, 2009 --The Senate health reform bill should not move forward in its current form, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, New York, and Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City said December 19, as senators proceeded closer to a vote. Cardinal DiNardo chairs the bishops’ Committee on Pro-life Activities. Bishop Murphy chairs the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Bishop Wester chairs the bishops’ Committee on Migration.
New US Bishops Bioethical Statements
Reproductive Technologies and Nutrition and Hydration
BALTIMORE, MD, November 17, 2009 - In addition to the Pastoral Letter on marriage, the Bishops approved an important document on reproductive technologies, “Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology,” which addresses Catholic teaching on a range of infertility treatments including in vitro fertilization, embryo adoption, sperm and egg donation and surrogacy and offered recommendations for approved therapeutic means that help a couple conceive. The Catholic Key Blog reported that like the recent Vatican document Dignitas Personae, it raised serious moral concerns about "embryo adoption" without definitively ruling it out as a legitimate option for couples.
USCCB Deep Healthcare Bill Concerns
Bishops Praise Reps for Pro-Life Vote
Not Supporting Any Specific Legislation
WASHINTON, DC, November 10, 2009 -- While the US bishops expressed appreciation to the Representatives that supported the Stupak Amendment blocking federal funding of abortions in the House-passed healthcare bill, they expressed deep concern with other aspects of the legislation. US Catholic Conference of Bishops strongly supports reform that provides affordable universal access to healthcare, however, contrary to some news reports, they are not supporting any specific legislation.
Read Along with President Obama
When President Obama met with Pope Benedict XVI on July 10, 2009, the Holy Father gave him an "unannouced gift," a copy of Dignitas Personae, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's instruction on bioethics that was released last September 8, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The President said he would read it on the plane to his next stop in Africa. Taking him at his word, take a look at what he read: Dignitas Personae
Is Late-Term Abortion Ever Necessary?
In the aftermath of the killing of George Tiller, the Kansas abortionist, on May 31, 2009, we have heard praises of his compassion and courage in performing late-term abortions. According to NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, "Dr. Tiller was one of few doctors with the expertise necessary to provide safe, professional abortions under the most difficult of circumstances: when a woman who had wanted children was told late in her pregnancy that a severe fetal anomaly had developed or that continuing the pregnancy threatened her own life."
Walter Hoye Jailed -- No Mercy
Judge Exceeded Authority
OAKLAND, CA, Mar 20, 2009 -- This afternoon, appearing slight and gaunt from his 40-Days-for-Life fasting, Rev. Walter Hoye was calmly led from the Alameda County courtroom to begin a thirty day jail sentence. The judge denied the defense's motion to stay the sentence pending appeal and remanded Walter into custody. Even people convicted of serious felonies facing long prison sentences are routinely granted bail or released on their own recognizance pending appeal. This case involved a simple misdemeanor -- an unjust conviction with no victim or evidence. (How to write Walter Hoye in jail )
Rev. Hoye Re-sentencing for Unjust Conviction
Courageously Refused Probation Conditions in Feb.
OAKLAND, CA, Mar 18, 2009 -- Rev. Walter Hoye will be re-sentenced before Alameda County Judge Stuart Hing on March 20 after he defiantly refused to accept the conditions of probation proposed by the judge at his first sentencing hearing on February 19. Hoye faces up to two years in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.
New Evidence Embryo Destruction Research Unneeded
SAN FRANCSICO, March 13, 2009 -- Ethicist and Discovery Institute Wesley Smith reported that Geron, the first Company to get FDA permission to test a treatment derived from embryo destruction for spinal cord injury, found that their patients were improving from treatment using adult stem cells before they were able to do their risky experiment. Cells derived from embryos have been know to cause tumors. Adult stem cell are safe and have been used in the treatment of almost eighty diseases.
Obama Pushes Killing Kind of Stem Cell Research
With Taxpayer Funds
SAN FRANCISCO, March 9, 2009 (updated March 12)-- Today President Barack Obama is rescinded President Bush's executive order that prohibited the use of taxpayer funding of research on new stem cell lines created by the destruction of living human embryos. In addition, with little notice or media attention, he rescinded another executive order requiring funding of research seeking ethical alternatives to producing embryo-like (pluripotent) stem cells.
Assisted Suicide Update: Washington and Montana
Letters Needed in California
SAN FRANCISCO, FEB. 6, 2009 -- Since 2005 the California Legislature has consistently rejected controversial efforts to legalize assisted suicide, but Compassion and Choices (the former Hemlock Society) is persistant in continuing to raise the issue in California. It is important that newly elected legislators become aware of the history and consequences of this issue so that they are not talked into supporting such a bill if it is introduced. You can help by sending a letter to your state senator or assembly member, particularly if they are newly elected.
CA Prop 4- Sarah's Law- Fails Narrowly
SACRAMENTO, November 5, 2008-- California voters rejected Prop 4, a measure supported by Catholics for the Common Good that would require the notification of an adult family member before abortion is performed on a minor girl.
Message for Respect Life Sunday:
Build Culture of Life, Oppose FOCA
WASHINGTON, October 1, 2008 - In a statement to mark Respect Life Sunday, October 5, Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia urged Catholics "to help build a culture in which every human life without exception is respected and defended."
CA Governor Signs Suicide Advocates' Bill
SAN FRANCISCO, September 30, 2008 -- Despite a very strong opposition, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 2747, the bill sponsored by the former Hemlock Society.