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Latest undercover abortion video talks about 'group purchasing program'

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: February 12, 2016
Washington D.C., Feb 12, 2016 / 12:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A new undercover video from the Center for Medical Progress highlights a major North American abortion group and its role in the transfer of baby parts, possibly for money. National Abortion Federation members are shown in the video agreeing that payment for fetal parts would be a “win-win” for abortion clinics, according to the latest video from the Center for Medical Progress. “Yeah, it definitely sounds like something some of our members would be really interested in,” Sandy Fulkerson, Training and Education Coordinator at the National Abortion Federation, appeared to tell an actor posing as a representative of a fetal tissue procurement company. Her associate Jennifer Hart, Director of Training and Education at the abortion confederation, then joined the conversation. In the recorded video, she appeared to say that researchers giving money to abortion clinics as a “thank you” for fetal

More allegations emerge as Mount St. Mary's controversy boils

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: February 11, 2016
Emmitsburg, Md., Feb 11, 2016 / 03:42 pm (CNA).- Amid uproar over comparing struggling students to bunnies that should be drowned or shot, Mount St. Mary’s University president is now under fire for criticizing expressions of the Catholic faith at the school. Already facing turmoil, the second-oldest Catholic university in the country is now seeing alumni and former faculty members publicly expressing their concerns over President Simon Newman’s disparaging remarks about the college’s Catholic identity – even reportedly calling some students “Catholic jihadis.” Thane Naberhaus, a tenured professor who was recently fired from the Maryland university, told CNA that the president wanted to downplay the school’s Catholic identity because, in his words, “Catholic doesn’t sell.” “He said publicly,” Naberhaus told CNA, “‘if you go in the marketplace, Catholic doesn’t sell, liberal arts doesn’t s

What does an 'Ice Mass' look like?

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: February 11, 2016
Houghton, Mich., Feb 11, 2016 / 11:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- When snow falls on the campus of Michigan Tech University, Catholic students don't stay boarded up in their dorm rooms with cups of hot chocolate. Instead, they build snow churches and celebrate Mass outdoors. “Building a snow chapel seemed like a really good way to get people thinking about God and the Eucharist and the Church in the midst of winter,” stated Fr. Ben Hasse, pastor at St. Albert the Great University Parish in Houghton. “It was hard work, it was a lot of fun, and I hope it contributes to outreach and evangelization here in Houghton,” Fr. Hasse told CNA. Student Benjamin Metzger said that Fr. Hasse suggested making a snow chapel during Michigan Tech's annual Winter Carnival. The carnival is a friendly competition which showcases various ice sculptures and snow statues to make use of the 200 inches of snow that fall on campus each year. Fr. Hasse received permission from the l

Dating has died at college - but this campaign hopes to revive it

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: February 11, 2016
Princeton, N.J., Feb 11, 2016 / 06:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On a day marked by flowers, chocolate and romantic greeting cards, the Love and Fidelity Network is trying to bring back authentic relationships, especially to college campuses where dating seems to be a thing of the past. “We’ve heard from students so many times over the years that most people on campus – those engaged in the hookup culture and those who have already chosen to forgo it – simply don’t know how to go on a date,” Caitlin La Ruffa, Love and Fidelity Network executive director, told CNA Feb. 9. “Instead,” she explained, “romantic relationships on campus tend to take two forms – anonymous hookups where attachment, communication, or care are against the ‘rules’ or co-dependent serially monogamous pairings where ‘the relationship’ is defined long before suitability of the partnership has been assessed.” “Going on casual

What you think you know about human trafficking is probably wrong

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: February 11, 2016
Washington D.C., Feb 11, 2016 / 03:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Human trafficking. It’s been called “modern-day slavery” and a “silent epidemic.” It affects tens of millions every year and yet remains largely in the shadows – even within the United States. Much remains to be done in fighting the scourge of human trafficking, say experts and survivors. And that starts with a better understanding of what trafficking really looks like. But while initiatives based on awareness, prevention and recovery are taking place at different levels throughout the country, a key part of efforts to combat the practice may be at risk. “The way you’re thinking about trafficking isn’t the reality,” said Tina Frundt, a survivor of human trafficking and founder of Courtney’s House, a survivor-run program offering help and support to survivors in the Washington D.C. area.   Frundt spoke at a conference last summer on human trafficking

This Lent, an opportunity to help Middle East Christians

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: February 11, 2016
New Haven, Conn., Feb 10, 2016 / 07:12 pm (CNA).- A gift of 40 dollars in Lent could help persecuted Christians and other refugees in the Middle East, thanks to the latest appeal from the Knights of Columbus. “During the Lenten season, we recall Christ’s suffering and death,” Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said Feb. 9. “In turn, remembering and assisting those who are today suffering and dying for their belief in Christ is an excellent way to do good where it is most needed and to enter more deeply into the spirit of this season.” Anderson noted the traditional Lenten habit of making sacrifices. He said the Knights of Columbus wanted to provide “an opportunity for their sacrifice to make a difference – not only in their own life, but in the lives of others.” The Catholic fraternal order is promoting its “40 Bucks for Lent” donation campaign using the hashtag #40BucksForLent to benefit its Christian Refugee

A tale of Satanists and political maneuvering in Arizona

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: February 9, 2016
Phoenix, Ariz., Feb 9, 2016 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Even though the Satanists lost, they won. That's the opinion of Phoenix city councilman Sal Diciccio, a practicing Catholic who was embroiled in a heated debate over whether or not a Satanic group would be allowed to give the opening prayer at an upcoming council meeting. Last week, the sharply divided city council voted 5-4 to adopt a moment of silence instead of prayer at the opening of council meetings, effectively blocking an upcoming invocation by a Satanic temple member from Tucson, but also banning all prayer in the future. Diciccio, who voted against the moment of silence, said that banning all prayer was the real end game for the Satanists. “It wasn't about one prayer, they wanted to ban all prayer,” Diciccio said. “That’s their win...they accomplished their goal.” There could have been other ways to effectively block the Satanist group without banning prayer, a tradition of the

Young, white Americans are addicted to this (and what Catholics should do about it)

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: February 9, 2016
Providence, R.I., Feb 9, 2016 / 03:00 am (National Catholic Register).- When recent headlines marked a spike in drug overdoses for white, middle-class Americans, the news saddened but did not surprise Deacon Timothy Flanigan, an HIV specialist at Brown University medical school in Providence, R.I. Beyond the classroom, Flanigan has directed the HIV care program at the Rhode Island state prison for two decades. He knows better than most Americans that no group is immune from the ravages of drug addiction and that controversial medical protocols for treating pain have brought this scourge to bedrock communities as well as inner-city neighborhoods. “Many of my old patients have died of drug overdoses,” said Deacon Flanigan, a physician and a professor of medicine and of health services, policy and practice at Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School. “Opioid addiction is very common in Rhode Island, where more young persons die of opioid addiction than car accidents

Amid religious freedom concerns, relief over Indiana bill's failure

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: February 8, 2016
Indianapolis, Ind., Feb 8, 2016 / 03:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Indiana anti-discrimination bill failed in the state senate because it would have proved disastrous for religious freedom, one legal expert has said. Indiana’s Senate Bill 344 died “because it was a threat to freedom of religion and conscience,” said Roger Severino, director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Society at the Heritage Foundation. “Because when you elevate sexual orientation and gender identity to the same status as race, mainstream religious beliefs about sexual identity are then labeled as bigoted,” he said. The broad anti-discrimination bill, introduced in the state senate in January, prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or active duty military service in areas like housing, employment and education. Republicans in the state senate killed the bill last week, citing strong disapproval from citizens on both sides of the debate. According to Severino

Is religion good or bad for society? Two experts debate

By: CNA Daily News - US
Source: Catholic News Agency: US
Date: February 6, 2016
Boulder, Colo., Feb 6, 2016 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An auditorium on the campus of the University of Colorado bustled with hundreds of people as a crowd of students and non-students alike gathered to watch two experts go head-to-head to debate an age old question: Is religion good or bad for society? “My argument is simply stated: religion is not only good for society, but it is essential to society,” said James Gaston, a professor of history and humanities at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. “Religion is good and thus essential to society because of you...Everyone must search for truth, for self-knowledge...for God. We differ in what we think such happiness exists. Nonetheless, we search,” he continued, saying religion is the pursuit of this search. The Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought, an intellectual arm of ministry on the campus of CU Boulder, sponsored the Feb. 3 debate, in which two scholars discussed the pros and cons of re