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Filthy Lucre: The UK’s abortion industry...

The latest statistics for abortions in the United Kingdom have been made public by the Department of Health. The revised abortion figures released just days prior to Christmas show that in 2017 the numbers of UK abortions were at a ten-year high. The figures also unveil Britain’s culture of death and the money being made from it...

Tucker Carlson amplifies a debate the right needs to have...

The most interesting thing in conservative politics right now is not the government shutdown and Donald Trump’s flailing attempt to claim victory while being defeated on all fronts. Instead it’s an ideological battle over Tucker Carlson’s recent Fox News soliloquy, in which he accused his fellow Republicans of building an anti-family...

Gallup Poll: Faith in clergy’s honesty drops among U.S. Catholics...

Fewer than a third of U.S. Catholics rate the honesty and ethical standards of clergy as “very high” or “high,” the latest evidence of the hierarchy’s diminished credibility as a result of the clergy sex abuse scandal, according to a Gallup poll released Friday. The record-low 31 percent honesty rating marked an 18-percentage-point drop from 2017...

In a divided Poland, Pope St. John Paul II is claimed by all sides...

On his knees, head bowed before bloodstained robes, a Polish man was deep in prayer. He was worshiping in a chapel at the John Paul II Center in Krakow, a sprawling complex where relics of the former pontiff are displayed, including the clothes he was wearing when nearly killed by an assassin’s bullet in 1981. An engineer, the man said he preferred to keep his prayers private and asked that only his first name...

Federal judge in California blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in 13 states, DC...

A U.S. judge in California on Sunday blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C. Judge Haywood Gilliam granted a request for a preliminary injunction by California, 12 other states and Washington...

Final resting place: What to do with the body?

Throughout the centuries, the Catholic Church has expressed respect for the human body – and reinforced Church teaching regarding the resurrection of the body – by requiring that the deceased be buried. For most of its history, the Church has banned cremation, which it considered a sacrilegious act that implied disbelief in the resurrection of the body...

The deep meaning of Rome’s “Three Coins in the Fountain” contretemps...

Anyone who’s ever been to Rome on holiday - for that matter, anyone who’s ever seen movies such as “Three Coins in the Fountain” - knows what you’re supposed to do at the city’s famed Trevi Fountain. You toss in a coin and make a wish, hoping that good fortune will be yours. Last year, roughly $1.7 million worth of coins was tossed into the fountain...

Episcopal presiding bishop restricts Albany bishop in gay marriage dispute...

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry placed a restriction today on the ministry of a leading traditionalist bishop and has begun a disciplinary process after the bishop declined to permit same-sex marriages in his diocese. Bishop William (Bill) Love of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, New York, issued an eight-page letter read aloud to local parishes following services on Sunday...

Pope baptizes 27 babies in Sistine Chapel, says “transmission of the faith is parents’ responsibility”...

At Mass in the Sistine Chapel Sunday, Pope Francis baptized 27 babies, reminding their parents that the first space in which children learn and witness the faith is at home. “Yes, when they go to catechism class, they will study the faith well, they will learn catechesis,” he said Jan. 13. “But before being studied, faith must be transmitted...

Jesus does not go into the water alone. He takes us with Him.....

This Sunday’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord is a time to reflect on not only the Lord’s Baptism but our own. In an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of His Body. As Christ enters the water, He makes holy the water that will baptize us. He enters the water and we follow. In these waters...