Category: National and International

House bill’s ‘life protections’ said laudable, other aspects ‘troubling’

WASHINGTON  |  The inclusion of “critical life protections” in the House health care bill is laudable, but other provisions, including those related to Medicaid and tax credits, are “troubling” and “must be addressed” before the measure is passed, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, who… Read more »

Congress urged to pass conscience protections for health care providers

WASHINGTON  |   Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore have urged the House and Senate to past the Conscience Protection Act of 2017. They called it “essential legislation protecting the fundamental rights of health care providers … to ensure that those providing much-needed health care and health… Read more »

Immigrant teacher fears Trump undermining what she has fought to lift up

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.  |  An immigrant teacher and White House honoree fears President Donald Trump is undermining the community she has fought to lift up. “It’s only been two, three weeks since he was sworn in and I can see the fear and uncertainty in my students and their undocumented parents,” said Maria Dominguez, who teaches… Read more »

Trump’s action banning refugees brings outcry from U.S. church leaders

WASHINGTON  |  President Donald Trump’s executive memorandum intended to restrict the entry of terrorists coming to the United States brought an outcry from Catholic leaders across the U.S. Church leaders used phrases such as “devastating,” “chaotic” and “cruel” to describe the Jan. 27 action that left already-approved refugees and immigrants stranded at U.S. airports and… Read more »

March for Life: Sanctuary of the womb should not be violated

WASHINGTON  |  The faithful were squeezed more tightly than usual in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Jan. 26 opening Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life. Pews in the left transept were blocked off so work crews could continue work on the shrine’s Trinity Dome, which should… Read more »

Austin bishop: Wall will ‘tear families apart,’ harm communities

WASHINGTON  |  The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration criticized President Donald Trump’s executive memorandum to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying it would “put immigrant lives needlessly in harm’s way.” Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration, also criticized Trump’s memorandum on… Read more »

Natural death should be blessing, not burden

Editor’s note: October is Respect Life Month. The Florida Catholic takes this month to delve into different aspects that culminate into the culture of life. This edition looks at aging and dying with dignity. MELBOURNE  |  Euthanasia by any other name — whether it be mercy killing, physician-assisted suicide, terminal sedation and stealth euthanasia —… Read more »

What are the facts (not the myths) surrounding immigration?

Editor’s note: Respect Life Month is celebrated in October. In celebration of the month, the Florida Catholic will offer a variety of stories that span the intricate culture of life. In this edition, the Florida Catholic explores immigration myths and facts. While not traditionally seen as a “respect life issue,” at the heart of immigration… Read more »