- Aug 15, 2020
In a series of tweets, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban cited estimates that there have been more than 57 million abortions in the U.S. since the Supreme Court legalized it in 1973 and that black women make up 31 percent of the cases, suggesting those numbers approach a “genocide.”
Hundreds of Catholics crowded into a Minnesota cathedral in late June to venerate relics of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, two English saints martyred for their faith, and whose relics were on an American tour as part of the U.S. bishops’ annual “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign.
According to a new set of pastoral guidelines for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia governing implementation of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, people living together outside of marriage, and same-sex couples are eligible for Communion only if they “refrain from sexual intimacy.”
Founded by a mother-daughter duo who are also nurse practitioners, Bella Natural Women’s Care in Denver Colorado, in effect offers an alternative to clinics such as those run by Planned Parenthood, though it’s actually designed simply to provide “excellent care for all women.”
Of the 56 Founding Fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence, the last survivor was the lone Catholic, Charles Carroll of Maryland, a cousin to the country’s first Catholic bishop and a man who believed that religious freedom is a core element of the American experiment.
Hatred and violence directed at Muslims have not figured prominently in the U.S. bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom campaign, but the history of anti-Catholic prejudice in America suggests Catholics ought to be especially concerned about similar bias today directed at their Muslim neighbors.