Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who served from 1997 to 2014, died on Friday at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer, sources confirmed.
The cardinal, who was the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died at his residence just a few months after halting treatment for bladder cancer. In a statement released by his successor in Chicago, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, George was remembered as "a man of peace, tenacity and courage."
"Let us heed his example and be a little more brave, a little more steadfast and a lot more loving," Cupich said at a news conference held outside Holy Name Cathedral to announce the death. more >>
Whenever I read such things as "Why the Founding Fathers Wouldn't Have Been Anti-Vaxxers," I cringe a bit. Not only are these rather desperate speculations, but they are supercilious: We know the things the Founders were for and against, and to infer from their stated convictions and known actions their allegiance to or antipathy toward a contemporary political issue trivializes these remarkable men and the causes for which they fought and, in some cases, died.
So, on this 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln, we should be loath to claim this greatest of all Americans for causes near and dear to our own hearts. Lincoln, the tax-cutter; Lincoln, the defense hawk; Lincoln, the champion of litigation reform – these and a hundred other tinny appellations clank against the edifice of historical integrity.
And yet: How can we not assume that someone whose life became a testament to the fight for human dignity and the liberty attendant to it would be an active opponent of the trafficking of persons in our time? The man who wrote in 1864, "If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I cannot remember when I did not so think, and feel," surely would have been appalled by and actively opposed to the forcible commercialization of some human beings for the sexual and often perverse pleasure of others. more >>
The Democratic Party supports legal abortion until the baby is born, according to Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
When asked if abortion should be legal until the moment of birth, she answered that the decision should be left to the mom and her doctor, adding, "Period. End of story."
Wasserman Schultz's answer came three times. First in response to a question by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and two more times during Tuesday CNN and Fox News interviews. more >>
It would be ironic if it wasn't tragic: A black man speaks out to protect the most crucial civil right Americans have – the right to life – and is sued by what is regarded as the nation's largest civil rights group, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Ryan Bomberger is the chief creative officer of The Radiance Foundation, which he co-founded with his wife Bethany in 2009. Created to "inspire people to embrace their intrinsic value and live a life of meaning," The Radiance Foundation was born out of his own redemptive story: a child conceived during rape, adopted early in life and now an adoptive parent himself.
In 2013, Bomberger wrote a Radiance Foundation op-ed exposing the NAACP's pro-abortion position with the parody headline "NAACP: National Association for the Abortion of Colored People" (a phrase obtained by research, as a court order bars him from saying it.) Soon after the article went live online, an NAACP lawyer sent Bomberger a letter accusing him of "trademark infringement." more >>
In an interview with Focus on the Family's Jim Daly, to be aired Monday but CP obtained an early copy of the audio recording, likely Republican U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush says the United States is the best hope the world has for religious freedom, which is a "non-negotiable point" for him. He also speaks against the killing of unborn children and assisted suicides.
"I don't think being judgmental and kind of coming down from the podium and telling them how it's gonna be is the proper approach," the former Florida governor says, of how he dealt with the issue of unborn children and assisted suicide when he was in office.
"You need to be respectful of the fact that in a diverse society people have different views about this," he adds in the interview. "But I don't think you pull back from your deeply held views. You need to persuade people that protecting an innocent child is a definition of who we are in the broadest possible sense." more >>
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas signed a bill Tuesday banning an abortion procedure in the state popularly called dismemberment abortions which is used to terminate pregnancies up to 24 weeks old by ripping the fetus from the mother's womb in pieces.
Kansas becomes the first state to ban the procedure referred to in the medical community as the dilation and evacuation procedure.
In the process, explains Minnesota Concerned Citizens for Life, "forceps with sharp metal jaws are used to grasp parts of the developing baby, which are then twisted and torn away. This continues until the child's entire body is removed from the womb. Because the baby's skull has often hardened to bone by this time, the skull must sometimes be compressed or crushed to facilitate removal." more >>