January 2013

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A review of aleteia

Via Frank Weathers I saw that aleteia had been officially launched. Now you might justifiably ask “What the heck is aleteia?” It is an effort by the Foundation for Evangelization through the Media which was founded in 2010 to respond to Pope Benedict XVI urging members of the Catholic media to proclaim the Gospel on […]

Catholic World News

Pro-lifers urge new Secretary of State to support human rights

Washington D.C., Jan 31, 2013 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Senator John Kerry is confirmed as Secretary of State for Obama’s second administration, pro-life groups have encouraged the official to protect human rights, especially for the unborn.

“International diplomacy with a central focus on the dignity of the human person will bear tremendous fruit in building a more loving, healthier and more stable world,” Jeanne Monahan, president of March for Life, told CNA Jan. 31.

“The March for Life Education and Defense Fund deeply hopes that the new Secretary of State will work to combat the human rights abuse of today, abortion – both in the U.S. and internationally.”

Kerry was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Legislators voted 94-3 to confirm the nomination on Jan. 29. The three no votes came from three Republicans – Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, and both of Texas’ senators.

Kerry was the Democratic candidate for president in 2004, and his abortion advocacy views have drawn ire from many in the Catholic sphere.

Critics have been quick to point out, however, that during his presidential campaign he said that “life begins at conception,” while also supporting legislation to promote abortion rights.

“John Kerry…is an outspoken champion of abortion and homosexual marriage,” Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute, told CNA.

“There is little doubt that this unfaithful Catholic will continue the policies of Hillary Clinton and push the developing world, under threats of losing development aid, into accepting abortion on demand and homosexual marriage. I have little doubt that traditional peoples around the globe are cringing today at this choice of the Obama administration for Secretary of State.”

The state department is responsible for America’s foreign relations. Under Clinton, the department promoted abortion access overseas as part of “reproductive health.”

“We are concerned Sec. Kerry will seek to impose his extreme anti-life views in America’s name. In addition, there are serious questions about his commitment to religious freedom, having been part of an effort to gut the vital USCIRF as a senator,” Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association said Jan. 31 to CNA.

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom is a commission of the federal government which supports religious freedom throughout the world.

The issue of religious freedom was raised during Kerry’s confirmation hearings this week. Senator Marco Rubio questioned him about the case of Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor and an American citizen who was recently sentenced to eight years in an Iranian prison for his work with Christian churches in the nation.

Kerry indicated that he, and the federal government, condemn Iran’s violations of religious freedom and are calling for Abedini’s release.

“Sen. Kerry, who has now been confirmed and will take the oath of office soon, has the opportunity to lead a worldwide effort needed to free Pastor Saeed…it’s our hope that the strong statements he put on paper during his confirmation process will be transformed into full engagement when he takes office,” Jordan Sekulow, director of the American Center for Law and Justice said.

The Center also indicated that they “fully intend to hold him to this commitment upon his confirmation. Senator Kerry has an ideal opportunity to begin his tenure at the State Department by reaffirming American commitments to religious freedom.”

Kerry has served as a senator for Massachusetts, and his resignation will be effective Feb. 1. The state governor has appointed William Cowan to take his senate seat until elections can be held this summer.

Catholic World News

Pope Benedict XVI’s Lenten Message

Here is the translation of Pope Benedict XVI’s Lenten Message for 2013. * * *
Believing in charity calls forth charity
“We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us” (1 Jn 4:16)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The celebration of Lent, in the context of the Year of Faith, offers us a valuable …

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Catholic World News

Doctor says Colombian coverage of abortion drug harms women

Bogotá, Colombia, Jan 31, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An official leading the Colombian bishops’ pro-life efforts expressed regret over a recent decision to continue covering a drug used to induce early abortions in the nation’s health care plan.

On Jan. 23, the Colombian press reported on the decision by government officials to continue providing coverage for the drug, Misoprostol. Leaders of the Catholic Church and other religious bodies have criticized the decision.

Dr. Danelia Cardona Lozada, director of the Colombian Bishops’ Department for the Promotion and Defense of Life, voiced disappointment over the move, arguing that it is part of efforts by the World Health Organization and other groups to promote abortion in Colombia.

According to a statement on the Colombian bishops’ website, Lozada warned that with this measure, “the institutions that legislate and should be seeking the common good in our country ‘are failing women.’”

The response of the Church and other pro-life institutions to this abortion culture must be a continued promotion of the right to life, she said, as well as compassionate care for one’s neighbor, in this case, pregnant women.

The drug Misoprostol, “in addition to causing psychiatric disorders such as post-traumatic stress, also has biological and physical consequences such as hemorrhaging and infections,” said Lozada.

“The termination of a pregnancy at a later gestational age can cause a high risk for rupture of the uterus and other serious complications,” she added.

Senator Claudia Wilches also criticized the government’s decision as irresponsible, warning that it is a further step towards the full legalization of abortion. 

“This is what some groups want,” she said, “but my concern is whether this is what Colombians want.”

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