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Gosnell's Guilt - And Ours


Everything about the trial of Kermit Gosnell was gruesome and horrific. It was difficult to read the stories, hard not to turn away from the television screen when the photos were displayed. This was the culture of death at its worst.


The trial was also telling. In the wake of Roe v. Wade, Daniel Callahan wrote these words in the pages of Commonweal, words I have quoted before, but which remain as haunting as when they were first written. Sadly, now, they are also prescient:

+O'Connell Stands Firm on Dallas Norms


Here is the press release from the Diocese of Trenton, posted on their homepage, about the resignation of the priest and youth ministers who violated the policies adopted by the diocese to comply with the norms of the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children. Unlike the statements from the Archdiocese of Newark, which have been frequently incorrect, this statement is clear and unequivocal. More bishops need to treat their obligations under the Dallas norms with the same forthrightness.  

Camosy on Ireland's Abortion Laws


At the Washington Post's "On Faith," blog, Charles Camosy looks at the abortion laws in Ireland and explains how Ireland is one of the safest place for pregnant women on the planet. The money quote: "Even after the malpractice which led to Savita’s horrible death, Ireland remains one of the safest places in the world for pregnant women. It is a great example of a developed country which refuses to choose between women and their prenatal children.


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June 16-29, 2017