Life issues

MO attorney general to appeal judge's decision striking down abortion laws

Missouri's Attorney General plans to appeal a federal judge's decision striking down state abortion laws.

U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs in Kansas City, Mo., on April 19 ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood's challenge of laws that require abortion doctors to have local hospital privileges and abortion clinics be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers.

The ruling follows a U.S. Supreme Court decision last June that invalidated those aspects of abortion regulation in Texas.

Solidarity walk, Mass focuses on supporting neighbors

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Sylvia McLain and her family take the "loving your neighbor part of Catholicism" seriously, she said while waiting with her husband, their three children and several hundred others for a prayer service to start on the St. Louis University campus April 8.

House OKs legislation to protect alternatives-to-abortion agencies

The Missouri legislature took another step toward protecting alternatives to abortion agencies and pre-empting cities from enacting ordinances that infringe upon the religious liberty rights of individuals and organizations.

The Missouri House on March 30 approved HB174, which acknowledges the rights of alternatives-to-abortion agencies, such as pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes, to freely assemble and engage in religious practices or speech without government interference. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter).

‘Godsend’ to ex-inmates struggles after cut in state funds

Brian Moore, who spent more than three decades in prison, said he felt that no one cared after he was released from prison for the first time, after 10 years. With the help of the Criminal Justice Ministry, he is on the right track in his life. The ministry, what he calls a “godsend,” helped him get an apartment, job and someone to take care of, his dog Ruby.

Brian Moore spent more than three decades in prison. The first time, he was exonerated after going to jail at age 16 and spending 10 years in prison. But with limited education and skills and resentment about his conviction, he said, he felt no one cared whether he succeeded.

Federal judge issues injunction against Missouri abortion laws

A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction that the prohibits enforcement of abortion-related laws in Missouri.

U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs in Kansas City, Mo., on April 4 granted a motion by Planned Parenthood to block longstanding laws requiring abortion doctors to have local hospital privileges and that abortion clinics be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers.

Sachs wrote in a memo, however, that he would give the state time to develop a plan to "collateral and unintended damage to standard medical regulations."

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Fifty years later, ‘Populorum Progressio’ takes on new life through Pope Francis

A woman and dog walked amid garbage along a street in 2015 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Blessed Paul VI’s 1967 encyclical “Populorum Progressio” rooted the Catholic Church in solidarity with the world’s poorest nations.

WASHINGTON — These days when Pope Francis talks about integral human development and his vision of a Church that goes to the margins of the world, he likely thanks a predecessor of 50 years ago for the inspiration.

Blessed Paul VI addressed "the progressive development of peoples" as "an object of deep interest and concern to the Church" in his encyclical "Populorum Progressio" ("The Progress of Peoples") that emerged in the years following the Second Vatican Council.

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