September 9, 2015
FOR THE rest of America, this has been the Summer of Donald Trump. For Greater Philadelphia, it has been the Summer of Pope Francis, transformed from global religious leader to ringmaster of a festival. We have witnessed the expanding semifiasco of Philadelphia laying out, pulling back and then re-folding the welcome mat. Hotel rooms that were said to be as scarce as water holes in the Sahara are now available. That seemed impossible just a few weeks ago. It also seemed impossible selfie sticks would be banned.
September 4, 2015 |
In expanding the Catholic clergy's ability to forgive women who have had an abortion, Pope Francis this week earned praise from both sides of one of the United States' most polarizing social issues. In a letter Tuesday, the pope said rank-and-file clergy can grant absolution to those who repent with "contrite" hearts during the Holy Year of Mercy, also known as a Jubilee year. Previously, such forgiveness required the approval of a diocese. Bishops in Philadelphia, Camden, New York, and elsewhere have long allowed their priests to grant absolution for abortions, but many other dioceses did not. Pro-choice and antiabortion leaders from across the Philadelphia area praised the pope's stance as opening up a more understanding dialogue.
September 4, 2015 |
IN HIS LETTER Tuesday about the upcoming Holy Year that starts in December, Pope Francis expanded on the general idea that all people who seek forgiveness will be forgiven as an experience of God's mercy. He added that during this special year, also known as a Holy Year of Mercy, all priests will have authority to forgive women who have had abortions. In many parts of the world, only bishops have had the authority to forgive abortion. Francis' letter doesn't represent a change in the church's doctrines.
August 19, 2015
DEAR ABBY: Two years ago, I met a gentleman, and he eventually decided we were "soul mates. " I agreed. Over time, we shared our life stories, good and bad. I confided that I'd had an abortion at the age of 18, which has haunted me all my adult life. Recently he was reciting a chronology of my life. When he got to the abortion, he said, ". . . and then you became a child murderer. " His comment stunned me. He finds nothing wrong with it. Was this total disrespect, or am I overreacting?
July 24, 2015
I AM A BIT HOT under the collar at the Rev. Clenard Childress. Tell you why. First, the best way to prevent abortions is to promote a sound sex-education program in the schools and communities and strongly encourage the use of contraception. Second, instead of putting the burden on women to be more sexually responsible, share the burden with men (and boys) to be more sexually responsible by keeping their zippers zipped. That was the message that both Jesse Jackson and Bill Cosby (his conduct with women notwithstanding)
July 22, 2015 |
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Gov. Christie returned to South Carolina for the first time as an official presidential candidate Monday, laying out a number of conservative positions on gun control and abortion, but asserting he was best suited to break gridlock in Washington because of his experience in working with Democrats in New Jersey. Speaking at two town-hall-style meetings, in Hilton Head Island in the morning and outside Charleston in the evening, Christie assailed President Obama's accord with Iran over its nuclear program and said Obama's was the worst presidency since Jimmy Carter's.
July 17, 2015
BLACK PEOPLE using the Confederate battle flag to promote their cause - a smart attention-grabber, or out of bounds? On a large poster outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Monday through Wednesday, smack in the face of 3,000 people attending the 106th Annual NAACP Convention, was the rebel flag, the same one recently hauled down by South Carolina. Given what was going on inside, the poster shrieked. The flag was the left panel of two condemning abortion. The right panel depicted a 10-week-old aborted fetus.
July 5, 2015 |
When the State of New Jersey yanked Steven Brigham's medical license last fall, the lead prosecutor lambasted the abortion doctor for 20-plus years of being "slippery and disingenuous. " Now Brigham is at it again, according to a complaint filed last month by the Attorney General's Office. The complaint is actually against Vikram Kaji, the 79-year-old medical director of Brigham's eight clinics in New Jersey, which make up the bulk of his multistate abortion business, advertised as American Women's Services.
June 29, 2015 |
WHEN I WAS 11, the Supreme Court legalized abortion. It jumped into the social battles that had been waging across the country at a slow boil, snatched a constitutional right from the penumbral shadows and gave dignity to the coat hanger. After all, it was this bloody symbol that had been raised to prove that women needed abortions, and when they couldn't get them they'd resort to fatal home remedies. And voila , the issue was finally laid to rest. Now let me dislodge my tongue from my cheek.
June 11, 2015 |
FOR TWO YEARS, anti-abortion activists have fought with city health officials over the fate of the so-called Gosnell babies - the remains of 47 fetuses found in abortionist Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia clinic. But it turns out the city quietly cremated and buried the fetal remains in Laurel Hill Cemetery in East Falls about a year ago. So at 11 a.m. today, the Pro-Life Coalition of Philadelphia will hold a news conference and prayer service at the 78-acre historic cemetery where the "Gosnell babies" are buried.