Melinda Gates optimistic that Church will change teaching on contraception

But experts say Pope Francis can't change longstanding doctrine even if he wanted to

Pope Francis cannot change Church teaching on contraception, despite the hopes of Melinda Gates. In a recent BBC interview, Gates has said she is “optimistic” that the Catholic Church will change church teaching on contraception in order to help women in developing countries. “We work very extensively with the Catholic Church and I’ve had many discussions with them because we … [Read more...]

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Why Latin endures in the Church

Through Latin we are able to remain in touch with the vast heritage of the Church throughout the ages

Existing in some form since several hundred years before Christ, the Latin language seems like an unlikely subject to still be generating brand new research, especially among young scholars. Nevertheless, the theme this year of the Vatican’s humanities-themed contest, the Prize of the Pontifical Academies, is all about Latin. And the final winner – awarded 20,000 euros (more … [Read more...]

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It’s the law: states can stop funding Planned Parenthood

President Donald Trump signs bill repealing what has been called President Obama’s “parting gift to the abortion industry,” which had made it impossible for states to withhold funding of abortion giant

Pro-life leaders applauded President Donald Trump for signing a repeal of what they called President Obama’s “parting gift to the abortion industry.” “Today we thank President Donald Trump for restoring states' freedom to direct taxpayer dollars away from abortion providers in favor of supporting community health centers that deliver comprehensive women’s care, and already … [Read more...]

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President Trump reinstates Mexico City Policy

Executive order states that foreign NGOs may not receive federal funding if they perform or promote abortions

On Monday, President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, an international pro-life regulation that is generally seen as an indicator of an incoming president’s views on abortion. The executive order was signed January 23, one day after the anniversary of the far-reaching Roe v. Wade decision that mandated legal abortion throughout the U.S. Originally instituted by … [Read more...]

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US bishops: Replace before repeal

Once foes of Obamacare, USCCB now urging Congress to ensure Americans who need healthcare are covered before law is revoked

Any changes to health care law under the new administration should not abandon the principal of genuinely affordable health care for everyone, said the U.S. bishops in a letter to Congress. In American policy, they said, “we must not see health care as a luxury, but as a necessary building block to help individuals and families thrive and contribute to the good of the … [Read more...]

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Tim Kaine claims Catholic Church could change on gay marriage

"Who am I to challenge God for the beautiful diversity of the human family?"

The following comes from a September 11 Catholic News Agency article: Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, a Catholic who is currently the junior Virginia senator, said on Saturday that he thinks the Church will eventually drop its opposition to same-sex marriage. “I think it's going to change because my church also teaches me about a creator who, in the … [Read more...]

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Boston Globe cuts ties with Crux

Catholic news site is in ‘transition’

The following comes from a March 11 Catholic News Agency article: The Boston Globe has said it will no longer be running its Catholic news site Crux as of April 1. Vatican analyst and associate Crux editor John L. Allen Jr. says he hopes to continue the site with other partners. The announcement comes after less than two years of operation for the Catholic site. The … [Read more...]

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