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Friday, February 3, 2023

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Minnesota’s new abortion law is ‘the worst kind of barbarism’

Bishop Barron says Minnesota’s new abortion law is ‘the worst kind of barbarism’

By Catholic News Agency on Feb 02, 2023 02:45 pm
Bishop Robert Barron spoke out against Minnesota's new abortion law after it passed Jan. 31, 2023. / Credit: Bishop Robert Barron/YouTube

Boston, Mass., Feb 2, 2023 / 12:45 pm (CNA).

Winona-Rochester Bishop Robert Barron called a newly passed Minnesota abortion bill that enshrines abortion rights into law “the worst kind of barbarism.”

“I want to share with you my anger, my frustration over this terrible law that was just signed by the governor in Minnesota — the most really extreme abortion law that’s on the books in the wake of the Roe v. Wade reversal,” Barron said in a Jan. 31 video on social media following Democratic Gov. Tim Walz’s signing of the bill on Tuesday.

The bill, titled the Protect Reproductive Options (PRO) Act, enshrines a constitutional right to “reproductive freedom,” ensuring the right to abortion in Minnesota up to birth for any reason, as well as the right to contraception and sterilization.

“Basically, it eliminates any kind of parental notifications so a 12-year-old child can get an abortion without even telling her parents about it,” Barron said. 

“But the worst thing,” he added, “is it basically permits abortion all the way through pregnancy up to the very end. And indeed, indeed if a child somehow survives a botched abortion, the law now prohibits an attempt to save that child’s life.”

Protection for abortion in the state had preexisted the new law because the state’s Supreme Court ruled in the 1995 decision Doe v. Gomez that a woman had a constitutional right to abortion. Several restrictions to abortion in the state have also been ruled unconstitutional in the courts in prior years, the AP reported. Sponsors of the bill supported it because they wanted abortion protections in law, despite the political leaning of future appointed justices, the AP reported.

Pro-life advocates fiercely opposed the bill, as it gained national attention and underwent several hours of debate in the state Senate. The pro-life advocacy organization Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America called the legislation “the most extreme bill in the country.” 

Barron said that “I don’t know why this is really debated anymore in our country, but this strikes me as just the worst kind of barbarism. And in the name of, I don’t know, subjectivity, and freedom, and choice and all this, we’re accepting this kind of brutality.”

Barron’s condemnation of the law echoes that of the Minnesota bishops who raised their voices against it before its passage. 

The states’ bishops wrote in a Jan. 26 statement: “To assert such unlimited autonomy is to usurp a prerogative that belongs to God alone. Authorizing a general license to make and take life at our whim will unleash a host of social and spiritual consequences with which we as a community will have to reckon.”

In his video, Barron added: “What strikes me is this: If a child is born and now a day old, or two days old and resting peacefully in his bassinet and someone broke into the house and with a knife killed the child and dismembered him, well, the whole country would rise up in righteous indignation.”

Friends, there is a morally outrageous bill that has now been signed into law by @GovTimWalz. This bill is the most radical abortion law in the country. We must continue to stand against this barbarism. Pray for the conversion of hearts and minds. pic.twitter.com/9A2CI3Xq5w

— Bishop Robert Barron (@BishopBarron) February 1, 2023

“But yet, that same thing can happen with complete impunity as the child is in his mother’s womb about to be born. Again, I just think this is so beyond the pale and that we’ve so lost our way on this issue,” he said.

He acknowledged that there was no possibility of blocking the now-enacted legislation, but said that “we can certainly keep raising our voices in protest.”

“We can keep praying for an end to this barbaric regime in our country,” he said.

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Callings, consequences, and vocational crises

Callings, consequences, and vocational crises

By Rachel Hoover on Feb 02, 2023 09:48 pm
Spend time with any group of devout young Catholics, and you will inevitably hear some talk of vocational discernment. Religious life, priesthood, or marriage? The decision comes easily to some, but others spend years discovering [...]
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“Inclusion” and Catholicism

Holy children and teens of the Church

By Dawn Beutner on Feb 02, 2023 05:00 am
When Ellen Organ died at the age of four, the adults who knew her considered her to be a saint. More people began to believe in Ellen’s sanctity when her body was found to be [...]
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Catholic Schools Week 2023: The Financial Question

By Peter M.J. Stravinskas on Feb 02, 2023 04:00 am
For the 47th year, the Church in the United States observes Catholic Schools Week, this year from Sunday, January 29, to Saturday, February 4. As regular readers of CWR know, I am an indefatigable proponent [...]
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“Inclusion” and Catholicism

By George Weigel on Feb 02, 2023 12:00 am
Back in the day, kiddie-Catholics learned that the Church had four “marks:” the Church is one, holy, catholic (as in “universal”), and apostolic. These marks derived from the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, which we recite at Mass [...]
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The Vatican’s new guidelines for ethical investing: A Q&A with Dr. Samuel Gregg

By Kathy Schiffer on Feb 01, 2023 08:18 pm
In his World Youth Day address of 2015, Pope Francis echoed the teaching of Pope Benedict when he posited that “Purchasing is always a moral – and not simply an economic act.” With this observation, [...]
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Acquitted pro-life activist Mark Houck reveals details of ‘reckless’ FBI raid; will press charges

By Catholic News Agency on Feb 01, 2023 03:31 pm
After being acquitted of federal charges by a jury in Philadelphia on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, Mark Houck embraces and kisses his wife, Ryan-Marie Houck. Also with Houck are his son Mark Houck Jr., 14, and his daughter, Ava Houck, 12. / Joe Bukura... [...]
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Radical Inclusion Requires Radical Love

By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila on Feb 01, 2023 11:59 am
I have written of my concerns in the past with the German Synodal Process, as well as concerns with other bishops and cardinals and their take on the process. They essentially ignore the oft repeated [...]
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Extra, extra! News and views for February 1, 2023

By CWR Staff on Feb 01, 2023 09:43 am
Going Under the Big Tent – “I suggest that prior to any talk about “enlarging the tent,” Catholics and particularly their bishops should strive to realize anew whose “tent” it is, and the doxological end [...]
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Why didn’t Jesus consider these inclusive ideas?

By Thomas M. Doran on Jan 31, 2023 06:52 pm
In an age when so many have raised inclusivity to the status of a Commandment, I have been pondering how Jesus might have better incorporated this priority into his teachings, priorities, and disciples. We ought [...]
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Utah bans transgender surgery for minors, places hold on hormone drugs

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 31, 2023 01:50 pm
null / Image credit: ADragan/Shutterstock Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 31, 2023 / 11:50 am (CNA). Transgender surgery for minors is now prohibited in Utah and the prescription of transgender medicine for minors has temporarily been placed on ... [...]
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Cardinal McElroy’s Grand Deception

By Larry Chapp on Jan 30, 2023 09:56 pm
Cardinal Robert W. McElroy of San Diego, in his recent manifesto on synodality (“Cardinal McElroy on ‘radical inclusion’ for L.G.B.T. people, women and others in the Catholic Church”) in America magazine, has done us a [...]
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Saints by the numbers: Catholic martyrs from the first century to the twentieth

By Dawn Beutner on Jan 30, 2023 06:37 pm
How many martyrs have there been in the history of the Catholic Church? This turns out to be a more complicated question than one might think. Take, for example, the group known collectively as the [...]
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The next Doctor of the Church?

By Casey Chalk on Jan 30, 2023 02:43 pm
Last January, Pope Francis declared Church Father St. Irenaeus of Lyon (d. 202) to be a Doctor of the Church, a title given to those of eminent learning, a high degree of sanctity, and having [...]
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German bishops’ president rebukes Pope Francis for criticism of Synodal Way 

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 30, 2023 01:45 pm
Bishop Georg Bätzing, chairman of the German bishops’ conference, meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, June 24, 2021. / Vatican Media. CNA Newsroom, Jan 30, 2023 / 11:45 am (CNA). Bishop Georg Bätzing has criticized Pope Francis and dismisse... [...]
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Pope Francis accepts Ouellet’s resignation, appoints American to lead Dicastery for Bishops

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 30, 2023 09:27 am
Bishop Robert Francis Prevost was named prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Bishops on Jan. 30, 2023. / Credit: Frayjhonattan, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Rome Newsroom, Jan 30, 2023 / 07:27 am (CNA). Pope Francis on Monday named an Am... [...]
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Where is Mass attendance highest? One country is the clear leader

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 29, 2023 04:00 pm
A group of school girls receiving the sacraments of baptism and confirmation in Onitsha, Anambra, Nigeria, on May 30, 2022. / Shutterstock St. Louis, Mo., Jan 29, 2023 / 08:00 am (CNA). A compilation of new data by the Center for Applied R... [...]
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Sanity, synodality, and Germany

By Christopher R. Altieri on Jan 29, 2023 11:54 am
A headshrinker could have a field day with the interview Pope Francis gave to the Associated Press last week. There was plenty of grist for the mill, and news nonetheless buried between the argle and [...]
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Pope Francis decries culture that ‘throws away’ unborn children, elderly, poor

By Catholic News Agency on Jan 29, 2023 07:55 am
Pope Francis greets the crowd at his Sunday Angelus address on Jan. 29, 2023. / Vatican Media Vatican City, Jan 29, 2023 / 05:55 am (CNA). In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis decried a culture that “throws away” unborn children, the eld... [...]
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A Warning Ignored

By Marcus Grodi on Jan 28, 2023 04:37 pm
Thirty-seven years ago today, on January 28, 1986, seven astronauts suffered a horrendous death as the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded in mid-air seventy-three seconds after takeoff. Almost anyone, at least in America, who was alive [...]
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Pope Francis’s remarks to AP about Rupnik are confusing and contradictory

By Christopher R. Altieri on Jan 28, 2023 01:03 pm
A papal interview made real waves in the news this week, for the first time in a good while and for very good reason. The really big piece of news from the AP interview was [...]
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