Life and Dignity

Letter to Congress on health care reform

The Pennsylvania Catholic Health Association (PCHA) and the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) sent the following letter to U.S. Senators Robert Casey and Arlen Specter and the rest of the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation regarding health care reform: By this point in time, u
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U.S. Bishops launch website on health care

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) launched a Web page promoting its support of “truly universal health policy with respect for human life and dignity.” The page, http://www.usccb.org/healthcare/, includes letters from bishops to Congress, videos, fac
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Abortion provisions in House’s health care bill unacceptable

Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia urged preservation of “longstanding federal policies that prevent government promotion of abortion and respect conscience rights,” and called current House health care legislation “seriously deficient” on the issue of mand
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Putting ‘Caritas in Veritate’ into practice

Caritas in Veritate, Charity in Truth, is the recent encyclical from Pope Benedict XVI. It addresses the global economic crisis by discussing the moral aspects of economics, poverty, human rights and environmental responsibility.An encyclical is a letter from the Pope that serves as a
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Health care reform must not be vehicle for ‘abortion rights’ agenda

Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali, Chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC) wrote on July 29 to the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee urging th
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NIH Stem Cell Guidelines Ignore Comments, Give Go Ahead for Funding of Destructive Research

Commenting on the final guidelines on Human Stem Cell Research published by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) last week, Philadelphia Archbishop Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said “The comments of te
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Ethicist Speaks Plainly About Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Pennsylvania priest, neuroscientist, and ethicist Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk spoke recently with ZENIT, an international Catholic news agency. Father Pacholczyk, director of education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, said that the truth of embryonic stem cell
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The Pope’s new social networking website

In honor of World Communications Day on May 23, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI launched a new website linking users to the Vatican’s presence on popular social networks like Facebook and YouTube.  The new website is http://pope2you.net/index.php
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U.S. Bishops express ‘profound regret’ about shooting death of abortion doctor

Speaking on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, expressed profound regret upon learning of the shooting death of abortion doctor George Tiller.
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