A prominent Catholic leader, Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, said in his remarks at the Vatican's ongoing synod meeting that Islamic extremism and Western liberal culture are "almost like two 'apocalyptic beasts,'" which the Church must respond to.
"To use a slogan, we find ourselves between 'gender ideology and ISIS,'" the cardinal said at the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican, according to Catholic News Agency. "Islamic massacres and libertarian demands regularly contend for the front page of the newspapers."
Sarah, head of the Congregation for Divine Worship, added: "Theological discernment allows to see in our times two unexpected threats — almost like the Beasts of the Apocalypse — from two opposite positions: on one side the idolatry of western freedom, on the other religious fanaticism," more >>
(Via LiveActionNews.org) Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards informed the National Institutes of Health that the abortion giant would no longer "accept reimbursement" for baby body parts harvested during and after abortions.
While she wrote that one basis of this decision was to "expose our opponents' false charges about this limited but important work," the very decision itself demonstrates that the charge is anything but false. An "ethical" organization does not need to change policy if it "adheres to the highest legal, medical, and ethical standards." What is there to change?
Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced a change in their fetal tissue donation policy, in a move that one pro-life critic calls "an admission of guilt."
America's largest abortion provider released a statement Tuesday noting that their clinics will no longer accept reimbursements for fetal tissue donations.
"Reimbursement for reasonable expenses related to tissue donation is fully legal, appropriate, and common among health care providers," read the statement in part. more >>
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to hear the Little Sisters of the Poor's religious freedom case against the intrusive accommodation to the Obamacare contraception mandate, a case the Department of Health and Human Services doesn't want the Court to take.
After the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down in September the legality of an HHS Affordable Care Act mandate accommodation that requires religious objectors to allow the government to pay health care providers to provide contraception and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees as part of their health plans, HHS sent a brief to the Supreme Court on Sept. 30 urging the court to resolve the question of whether the accommodation violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Although HHS admits that the Supreme Court should settle the RFRA issue, as there are seven related cases currently pending before the court, the Becket Fund accused HHS of trying to "hand-pick" its own opponent for the case in a reply brief submitted to the court on Tuesday. more >>
A group of Christian leaders gathered outside an abortion clinic in Ohio on Thursday to bless the establishment.
In a shocking move, 15 Christian ministers and rabbis gathered outside the Preterm clinic in Cleveland, Ohio to bless the building and offer support for the pro-choice women. This is the first time that such a blessing was conducted in Ohio, according to The Blaze.
The U.S. Supreme Court began its new term, which will continue through next June. As the nine justices meet to decide which cases from the thirteen lower Courts of Appeals to take up, only the most weighty and controversial issues will rise to the top.
Following a summer which brought unprecedented attention to the issue of abortion, several cases yet to be granted review have people on the right, left and center all closely watching the Supreme Court.
"Abortion And Birth Control Top Supreme Court Agenda" proclaims the Associated Press headline, while a more partisan article begins: "Less than a year from now, Roe v. Wade could be all-but-dead." more >>