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Friday, September 16, 2022

The state of the traditional Latin Mass

The Rings of Power: Season 1 at the halfway mark

By Steven D. Greydanus on Sep 16, 2022 02:00 amHalfway through the eight episodes of the first season of Amazon Prime’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, the pieces are starting to fall into place. A story that started with such [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like The Rings of Power: Season 1 at the halfway mark on Facebook

A Church drowning in sentimentalism

By Dr. Samuel Gregg on Sep 15, 2022 07:00 pmWhenever I teach graduate seminars, I lay down one rule for the participants. While they’re free to say what they think, they cannot start any sentence with the words “I feel . . .” or [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like A Church drowning in sentimentalism on Facebook

Gender ideology as heresy

By Casey Chalk on Sep 15, 2022 06:51 pmWe often hear that nature both recoils at and resists man’s technological exploitation of her and her resources. “Nature is speaking,” declares a prominent conservation organization’s website. “Not only are the oceans and the atmosphere [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like Gender ideology as heresy on Facebook

The state of the traditional Latin Mass: An interview with Joseph Shaw

By Alberto Carosa on Sep 15, 2022 05:23 pmThe Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce (FIUV) and the UK based Latin Mass Society (LMS) are both presided over by British writer and philosopher Joseph Shaw. The Latin Mass Society is undoubtedly the foremost organisation involved [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like The state of the traditional Latin Mass: An interview with Joseph Shaw on Facebook

Interreligious dialogue an urgent need, Pope Francis says at close of Kazakhstan congress

By Catholic News Agency on Sep 15, 2022 06:41 amPope Francis speaking at the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Sept. 15, 2022. / Vatican media Rome Newsroom, Sep 15, 2022 / 04:41 am (CNA). In his final remarks in Kazakhstan on Thursday, Pop... [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like Interreligious dialogue an urgent need, Pope Francis says at close of Kazakhstan congress on Facebook

The death of Queen Elizabeth II and the growing cult of disenchantment

By Andrew Petiprin on Sep 14, 2022 02:01 pmI was supposed to be in England for a conference and other work-related events this week, but twenty-four hours before we were set to fly, Queen Elizabeth II died. For a variety of good reasons, [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like The death of Queen Elizabeth II and the growing cult of disenchantment on Facebook

Lila Rose drops mic on ‘Dr. Phil’: ‘If it’s not a human life why do you have to kill it?’

By Catholic News Agency on Sep 14, 2022 12:06 pmLila Rose, founder of Live Action Denver, Colo., Sep 14, 2022 / 10:06 am (CNA). Lila Rose, the founder and president of the national pro-life group Live Action, recently spoke in defense of the unborn in cases of rape and fetal anomalies to a n... [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like Lila Rose drops mic on ‘Dr. Phil’: ‘If it’s not a human life why do you have to kill it?’ on Facebook

The Holy Cross is an invitation to faith, to life, to love

By Carl E. Olson on Sep 14, 2022 09:55 amOn the Readings for Saturday, September 14th, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like The Holy Cross is an invitation to faith, to life, to love on Facebook

Extra, Extra! News and views for September 14, 2022

By CWR Staff on Sep 14, 2022 05:00 amThe European Conservative – “A quarterly magazine that seeks to defend and promote Western Christian civilization and is known for its Catholic sympathies has been removed by a major U.K. bookstore chain.” UK Bookstore Chain [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like Extra, Extra! News and views for September 14, 2022 on Facebook

Finding the bishops we need

By George Weigel on Sep 14, 2022 03:10 amThere was considerable excitement in some quarters this summer when Pope Francis appointed three women as members of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Bishops, which makes recommendations to the pope for episcopal appointments in much of [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like Finding the bishops we need on Facebook

Anatomist of the Catholic collapse in France and beyond

By John Pepino, PhD on Sep 13, 2022 10:02 pmCatholic practice collapsed in the West in the 1960s: the statistics are overwhelming. France, the eldest daughter of the Church, went from 25% Sunday Mass attendance in the 1950s to less than 2% now; the [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like Anatomist of the Catholic collapse in France and beyond on Facebook

“Communio” at 50: A conversation and an invitation

By CWR Staff on Sep 13, 2022 07:07 pmFifty years ago, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Henri de Lubac, and Joseph Ratzinger, among others, founded the theological journal “Communio,” which set out, as Balthasar put it, to “fight at all costs against the deadly [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like “Communio” at 50: A conversation and an invitation on Facebook

Senate Republicans propose national ban on abortions after 15 weeks

By Catholic News Agency on Sep 13, 2022 04:00 pm
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during news conference to announce a new bill on abortion restrictions on Capitol Hill Sept. 13, 2022, in Washington, D.C. Graham's proposal would enact a national ban on abortions after the 15-week mark. Also pictured, at left, is President of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America Marjorie Dannenfelser. / Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 13, 2022 / 14:00 pm (CNA).

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced legislation Tuesday that would ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in danger.

The Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act is an updated version of Graham’s previous 20-week federal ban.

Speaking at a press conference alongside members of several national pro-life groups Sept. 13, Graham said the legislation was designed to “get America in a position at the federal level that’s fairly consistent with the rest of the world.”

Forty-seven out of 50 European countries have bans on abortions before 15 weeks. France, for example, bans abortions beginning at 12 weeks.

“This act provides the bare minimum protections for vulnerable unborn children,” Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, said at the conference. Mancini added that the United States ranks with North Korea and China in allowing “gruesome, late-term elective abortion[s].”

15-week ban aligns with science of fetal pain

The bill’s rationale rests on the overwhelming scientific and medical consensus that unborn children feel pain by 15 weeks’ gestation. 

“Pain receptors … begin forming at 7 weeks gestational age,” the bill’s text reads. 

The bill cites the fact that anesthesia is used in medical procedures performed on unborn children in the womb to prevent suffering from pain. 

The bill would impose criminal penalties on abortionists who commit abortions on unborn children 15 weeks or older.

It also forbids the prosecution of women who obtain these abortions and allows them to pursue civil action against abortionists in violation of the bill.

Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey, leader of the House Pro-Life Caucus and a Catholic, introduced an identical House version of the bill this afternoon, for which he was joined by more than 80 members of Congress.

“Every day, a whole segment of human beings is being subjected to painful — and deadly — procedures. This unconscionable human-rights abuse must stop,” Smith said in a statement.

Bill would allow most abortions to continue

Graham’s bill is supported by a variety of pro-life groups, including Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, National Right to Life Committee, Americans United for Life, March for Life, and Urban Cure.

It is being messaged as a counter to Senate Democrats’ Women’s Health and Protection Act — reintroduced after Roe v. Wade was overturned this year — which would legalize abortion on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy.

“Democrats’ pro-abortion extremism flies in the face of American public opinion, which strongly supports compassionate limits on abortion like those proposed today by Sen. Graham and Rep. Smith,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America, said in a statement

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Graham’s bill may not garner equal support from all pro-life organizations.

A 15-week ban has been “long denounced by many in the antiabortion movement because it would allow the vast majority of abortions to continue,” the Post wrote.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 92% of abortions occur before 15 weeks’ gestation and around 6% of abortions occur at or after 15 weeks.

“We have our work cut out for us,” Mancini said at the press conference. “At the March for Life, we work for a day when abortion is unthinkable.”

White House, Democrats condemn bill

Graham’s bill faced immediate backlash from pro-abortion activists and prominent Democrats, who are denouncing the move as a reversal from states’ rights.

“‘Let the states decide’ was always a lie,” Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, tweeted. “They want to ban abortion in every state, in every community.”

At the press conference, Graham said that “it is left up to the elected officials in America to define the issue.”

“States have the ability to do it at the state level, and we have the ability in Washington to speak on this issue if we choose. I have chosen to speak,” he said.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued a statement condemning the bill on Tuesday.

“Today, Senator Graham introduced a national ban on abortion which would strip away women’s rights in all 50 states,” Jean-Pierre said. “This bill is wildly out of step with what Americans believe.”

The ban is unlikely to advance, with a Democrat-controlled Congress and the White House held by President Joe Biden, who is on record as one of the most pro-abortion presidents in history.

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Lessons from a great Catholic bishop, preacher, and saint

By Dawn Beutner on Sep 13, 2022 03:41 amOnce upon a time, bishops were often chosen by popular acclamation. That is, when the office of bishop was empty and the people had gathered to choose a new one, crowds would shout out the [..]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like Lessons from a great Catholic bishop, preacher, and saint on Facebook

Bishop Earl Boyea: We need to “form the culture, rather than have it form us”

By Jim Graves on Sep 12, 2022 08:13 pmBishop Earl Boyea, 71, has led the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan since 2008. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan, and grew up in Waterford, the oldest of 10 children. He entered the seminary for the [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like Bishop Earl Boyea: We need to “form the culture, rather than have it form us” on Facebook

Visa CEO remains on Catholic board amid controversy

By Anna Farrow on Sep 12, 2022 03:28 pmA New York Catholic corporate titan who is mired in the legal scandals of a Canadian porn merchant turns out to also be one of the poster boys for the Vatican’s latest social justice adventure. [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like Visa CEO remains on Catholic board amid controversy on Facebook

The good-ish Samaritan, done badly

By Nick Olszyk on Sep 12, 2022 12:41 pmMPAA Rating: PG-13 CNS Rating: Unrated at the time of this review Reel Rating: 2 out of 5 reels (Disclaimer: Spoilers ahead!) The superhero genre is so over saturated that an original film must bring [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like The good-ish Samaritan, done badly on Facebook

Turbulent scenes and votes for homosexuality, women’s ordination at German Synodal Way

By Catholic News Agency on Sep 12, 2022 12:00 pmBishop Georg B├Ątzing, Irme Stetter-Karp, Bischop Franz-Josef Bode at the “Synodal Way” meeting on Sept. 9 2022 in Frankfurt, Germany. / Synodaler Weg / Maximilian von Lachner CNA Newsroom, Sep 12, 2022 / 10:00 am (CNA). With votes supporting ch... [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like Turbulent scenes and votes for homosexuality, women’s ordination at German Synodal Way on Facebook

Thoughts and observations from London

By Joanna Bogle on Sep 12, 2022 12:02 amThe atmosphere in London is solemn, but not sad. The crowds at Buckingham Palace have been huge, and the mood is one of sharing in something sacred, important, history-making. It is dramatic, but not in [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like Thoughts and observations from London on Facebook

Technocracy and the sexes

By James Kalb on Sep 11, 2022 11:30 pmWhy can’t we all agree that the sexes are different, the differences won’t go away, and denial and suppression aren’t the answer? People talk about confronting stereotypes and so on, but the evident effect of [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like Technocracy and the sexes on Facebook

Pope Francis honors nun killed by Islamist terrorists in Mozambique

By Catholic News Agency on Sep 11, 2022 03:30 pmPope Francis speaks at the Angelus address on March 20, 2022. / Vatican Media Vatican City, Sep 11, 2022 / 07:30 am (CNA). Pope Francis honored an Italian missionary sister who was killed by Islamist terrorists in Mozambique, in his Angelus add... [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like Pope Francis honors nun killed by Islamist terrorists in Mozambique on Facebook

9/11 Revisited

By James V. Schall, S.J. on Sep 11, 2022 05:00 amEditor’s note: This essay by the late Fr. James V. Schall was published originally in slightly different form at Ignatius Insight on September 8, 2006, to mark the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like 9/11 Revisited on Facebook

Speak, Memory: A review of All That Will Be New: Poems

By James Matthew Wilson on Sep 10, 2022 07:43 pmThe poet, literary biographer, and Catholic spiritual writer, Paul Mariani published his last book of poems, Ordinary Time, in 2019. Much of it written in the aftermath of his recovery from a brain tumor, the [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like Speak, Memory: A review of All That Will Be New: Poems on Facebook

On-campus drag show blasted for mocking Catholic faith; university will investigate

By Catholic News Agency on Sep 10, 2022 01:22 pmScreenshot of video posted on Twitter by @LandonStarbuck of a drag performance at Tennessee Tech University on Aug. 20, 2022. / null Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 10, 2022 / 11:22 am (CNA). Tennessee Tech University says it is investigating th... [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like On-campus drag show blasted for mocking Catholic faith; university will investigate on Facebook

The Parable of the Perfect Father

By Carl E. Olson on Sep 10, 2022 05:00 amReadings: • Ex 32:7-11, 13-14 • Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 • 1 Tim 1:12-17 • Lk 15:1-32 The parable of the prodigal son is well known, arguably the most famous of Jesus’ parables. Yet, [...]Read in browser »share on Twitter Like The Parable of the Perfect Father on Facebook

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