Population control advocates hobnob at the Vatican

Is the Church being penetrated by neo-Malthusians whose end goal is support, via public policies, for birth control?

In 1873, a saint who professed herself “madly fond of children,” who “desire[d] to give many elect souls to Heaven,” gave birth to her ninth child—St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Today, the bishop presiding over the Vatican’s “Biological Extinction” workshop explains that with “education” we “don’t have children. We don’t have seven children. Maybe we have one [or] two children. No … [Read more...]

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Contraception and the Congo nuns

The Church has never taught that if the harms are serious enough, it is permissible to use contraception

The following comes from a February 20 Catholic World Report article by Janet E. Smith: It confuses many that the officials of the Church many decades ago permitted nuns in the Congo who were in danger of being raped to take hormones that prevent ovulation (which is what the “pill” does). In this case the hormones would be taken with the intent of avoiding a pregnancy, but … [Read more...]

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Don’t make us pick between our faith and the poor

Little Sisters' case will go Supreme Court this term

The following comes from a January 6 Catholic News Agency article by Matt Hadro: Religious sisters should not be forced to choose between caring for the poor and obeying their conscience, the Little Sisters of the Poor told the Supreme Court in a recent legal brief, adding that this is what the government is demanding of them through the HHS mandate. “We perform this … [Read more...]

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Like making a Jewish school hire a vendor to serve non-Kosher food

Thomas Aquinas College attorneys rebut HHS Mandate arguments in SCOTUS filing

The following is an August 28 press release from Thomas Aquinas College, a Catholic school offering a 4-year classical curriculum in Santa Paula, California: SANTA PAULA — As part of their ongoing effort to bring Thomas Aquinas College’s case against the federal HHS Mandate before the U.S. the Supreme Court, the College’s attorneys filed a reply brief on August 25 refuting … [Read more...]

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Catholic hospital will tie your tubes after all

Pregnant lawyer threatens to sue, Dignity Health changes its mind on sterilization procedure

The following comes from an August 24 SF Gate article by Bob Egelko: Facing a possible sex-discrimination lawsuit, a Catholic hospital in Redding reversed its position Monday and agreed to let a woman’s doctor sterilize her after she gives birth next month. Mercy Medical Center, owned by Dignity Health of San Francisco, the state’s largest private health care company, had … [Read more...]

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The big deal in signing a little form

What some see as "hair-splitting," the Little Sisters of the Poor view as a violation of their faith

The following comes from a July 27 Aletaia article by John Burger:   The Little Sisters of the Poor claim that the federal government has given them the “impossible choice of either violating the law or violating the faith.”   The federal government is saying, in response, “Don’t worry. All you have to do is sign a form or write a letter stating your … [Read more...]

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The litmus test

Our parents were a warm blanket and a hair shirt to us

The following came in an email to Cal Catholic on July 1, written by Anita Zepeda, one of the 17 Grimm children, raised in Pasadena, most of whom graduated from Thomas Aquinas College. I ordinarily set no store by the idea of planetary influence on our lives, but obviously the Magi did, so I will just say I would not be surprised if the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter this … [Read more...]

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