Catholic Church: Champion of Scientific Advance

Dr. Dan Kuebler, professor of biology here at Franciscan University of Steubenville, penned an article for National Catholic Register on the latest “breakthroughs” in embryonic stem cell research (ESC). Apparently some scientists published their research showing that they finally were able to get cloned human embryos to develop to the point where ESCs could actually be harvested. This ... More

Reader: Rick Perry’s ad doesn’t help marriage cause, Newt’s campaign faces hurdles, Ron Paul courts evangelicals

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Catholic blogger Matthew Warner thinks Rick Perry’s new ad about gays in the military is overly simplistic red meat that doesn’t help the pro-marriage cause. (I think Matt’s right.) http://cvote.to/9m   Non-partisan political analyst Charlie Cook says Newt Gingrich’s campaign fundamentals are very... More

Reader: Another conservative Latino VP prospect, Oldest Catholic college drops “Catholic,” Who might miss OH ballot?

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Luis Fortuño Hey, I’m pretty depressed about Mitt and Newt leading the pack. So let’s talk about the #2 slot. A lot of conservatives say it would be great to have a conservative Latino as the GOP VP candidate. So Marco Rubio, right? Well, Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal notes there’s actually a... More

Am I starstuck by Newt?

Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek thinks I might be “star struck” by Newt Gingrich. She quoted from my Sunday post here on CatholicVote.org, which I will reprint here: I am very glad that the Gingrich campaign was quick to respond to the fallout from the ABC News interview and that they came out with a strong pro-life statement which reaffirms the scientific fact that life begins at concept... More

Reader: Newt calls for ‘humane’ immigration policy, Catholic Church wins tax battle with SF, Jimmy Fallon apologizes

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Newt Gingrich calls for a ‘humane’ policy on immigration, says he’s prepared to take the heat for his stance. (I agree with him on this.) http://cvote.to/8n Unfortunately for him, Newt won’t be on the ballot in Missouri. His campaign did not file the paperwork and pay the fee required in t... More

Reader: Rubio urges right to cool down on immigration, Public sours on Occupy Wall Street, Geron stops trials on embryos

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. On immigration, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, urges conservatives to tone down harsh rhetoric. http://cvote.to/8b As Obamacare heads to the Supreme Court, more Americans favor full repeal than those who favor keeping it in place. http://cvote.to/8c Not quite at 99%. Only 33% of Americans say they are supportive o... More

Reader: Pro-abort NH Gov won’t run again, PA GOP looks at electoral college, stem cells debate in WI

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Great news from the Granite State: Pro-abortion Democrat John Lynch, who professes to be Catholic, won’t seek re-election to a fifth two-year term as governor of New Hampshire. His decision opens the race for governor wide open. Pro-life Catholic Ovide Lamontagne, who lost to (now Senator) Kelly Ayotte, ... More

Update 2: When it comes to saving embryos, Campbells Soul is mmm, mmm good! *Solae Too* (Pepsi, Kraft, & Nestle, not so much)

{This post has been updated with more info as well as email addresses & phone numbers. Update 2 – Solae has announced they have severed ties as well!} Yesterday I noticed some disturbing headlines such as “Company Uses Cells from Abortions to Test Artificial Flavors.” A pro-life group has called for a boycott of food companies that maintain a business relationship with the gu... More

No embryos were killed in the making of this skin gun.

Sci-fi is now. Spraying on skin. Stem cells are amazing things. A little living component of the human body that is basically a cellula rasa: It can become almost any type of cell it needs to become with the proper programming and encouragement. I don’t understand the biology of how stem cells work, but I don’t need to. What I do know is that when stem cells are taken from adults, amaz... More

Michael Kinsley needs a miracle

I don’t know much about Michael Kinsley, but I probably should. His opinion column (published in such outlets as Politico and the LA Times and titled “Don’t Let ‘Miracles’ Trump Science”) gives me a very poor first impression of him. Kinsley’s beef with the news that Pope John Paul II is to be beatified is that a) only one person has been certified to have... More

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