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Abortion is ‘gruesome sign’ of what society has forgotten, says Catholic archbishop

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While Christian leaders continue to celebrate the overturning of Roe v. Wade this past June, they acknowledge there is still work to be done to empower and support pregnant women and the babies they deliver.

The new head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, Michael Burbidge, said the pro-life movement will have to adjust its strategies in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which struck down the landmark abortion ruling Roe v. Wade.

On the second day of the USCCB’s 2022 Fall General Assembly this past week in Baltimore, Maryland, Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, noted there are “so many ministries” within the Catholic Church that are “helping our brothers and sisters at every stage of life that are asking for support and help.”  

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Burbidge was clear the work is not finished in the wake of the Dobbs decision.

“I think we have to continue to educate,” he said at the conference. 

“We have to continue to do advocacy and witnessing. But service is at the heart of what being pro-life is — and we do that at every stage, from mothers in crisis pregnancies [to] mothers in need [and] protecting the unborn.”

"Service is at the heart of what being pro-life is, and we do that at every stage, from mothers in crisis pregnancies [to] mothers in need [and] protecting the unborn," said Bishop Burbidge of Arlington.

“Service is at the heart of what being pro-life is, and we do that at every stage, from mothers in crisis pregnancies [to] mothers in need [and] protecting the unborn,” said Bishop Burbidge of Arlington.
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As the individual states now grapple with the abortion issue, Burbidge said he is facing a unique challenge compared to past chairmen of the pro-life committee. 

States such as New York, Michigan and California guarantee access to abortion in their state laws. Other states have moved or are moving to restrict the procedure.

“Here are some resources that will help you to engage with elected officials and to inspire your neighbors and your family members …”

Burbidge said he believes his role is to “provide resources for people who are out in the field,” including his brother bishops, pro-life directors at the local level and ordinary laypersons. 

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“And so our job is [to say], ‘Hey, listen, let’s make sure you know what’s at stake in your local state right now, and here are some resources that will help you to engage with elected officials and to inspire your neighbors and your family members to be part of this issue.'” 

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, wants to shift the focus to providing resources and advocacy to those on the local level. 

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington, Virginia, wants to shift the focus to providing resources and advocacy to those on the local level. 
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Kat Talalas, associate director of pro-life communications at USCCB, told Fox News Digital that the Dobbs decision was “a great moral and spiritual victory of our time” — and that “we praise God for the fruit borne of the prayers and sacrifices of millions of faithful pro-lifers.”

She added, “The Catholic Church will continue to advocate for the protection of human life at the federal and state level, expand education [about] the extreme cruelty of pro-abortion legislation and proclaim the value of every human life.”

“Abortion destroys innocent human life, and it also weakens the fabric of society.”

The Church, she explained, is the “largest provider of social services outside the government,” and is “poised to support women in need all over the United States.” 

In addition to religious orders such as the Sisters of Life, Catholic hospitals and Church-affiliated pregnancy care centers, the USCCB sponsors parish ministry called “Walking with Moms in Need,” said Talalas. 

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“The Church also continues to extend Christ’s mercy to men and women who have been wounded by abortion through the confidential and compassionate help of Project Rachel Ministry,” she said, referencing the Catholic Church ministry that helps those who have been involved in abortion.

Pro-life protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in late June. "The Catholic Church will continue to advocate for the protection of human life at the federal and state level, expand education [about] the extreme cruelty of pro-abortion legislation and proclaim the value of every human life," said Kat Talalas of the USCCB.

Pro-life protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in late June. “The Catholic Church will continue to advocate for the protection of human life at the federal and state level, expand education [about] the extreme cruelty of pro-abortion legislation and proclaim the value of every human life,” said Kat Talalas of the USCCB.
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Burbidge was elected chairman on Wednesday, Nov. 16, after Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore vacated the role. 

This past week, Lori was also elected vice president of the USCCB. In a presentation to the assembly, he spoke candidly about the reality of abortion, calling it a “gruesome sign that we have forgotten that we belong together.”  

While the overturning of Roe v. Wade was a “great victory,” it would be a “pyrrhic victory” if hearts and minds are not changed on the issue of abortion, said Lori.

“We are bound to these women and their unborn children by bonds of a common humanity, by bonds of radical solidarity,” he said. 

“Abortion destroys innocent human life, and it also weakens the fabric of society,” said Lori. “It weakens the sense that we are all brothers and sisters.”

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Lori said that while the overturning of Roe v. Wade was a “great victory,” it would be a “pyrrhic victory” if hearts and minds are not changed on the issue of abortion.

The Church will win hearts and minds by sharing and honoring "the innate dignity of both mother and child and our radical solidarity with one another," said Archbishop Lori.

The Church will win hearts and minds by sharing and honoring “the innate dignity of both mother and child and our radical solidarity with one another,” said Archbishop Lori.
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“Our Catholic schools are doing heroic work in educating the poor, our Catholic charities are doing heroic work in assisting the poor. Our conference, and our state Catholic conferences, are voices for justice and peace,” he said. 

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But still, “we have more work to do” in sharing Church teachings on abortion — and particularly about educating Catholics who consider themselves to be pro-choice.

“We must not hesitate to engage our fellow Catholics, and encourage them to be closer to the mind and heart of the Church,” he said. 

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Lori said the Church will win hearts and minds “by laying open its heart and its soul” — and by sharing and honoring “the innate dignity of both mother and child and our radical solidarity with one another.” 

The Church must do more to assist mothers after the birth of their children, suggested Archbishop William Lori of the Catholic Church.

The Church must do more to assist mothers after the birth of their children, suggested Archbishop William Lori of the Catholic Church.
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In essence, he said the Church must do more to assist mothers not only during pregnancy and birth, but afterward — and help in providing for them and their child’s needs. 

This, Lori explained, would enable the Church to “speak credibly in a polarized society” on the issue of life. 

“We must continue our hard work of lessening, even eliminating, any divisions, either in our conference or in our dioceses, between our pro-life advocacy on the one hand and our ministries of charity and justice on the other,” he said. 

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He also said the Church can’t ignore the issues that push women toward abortion, said Lori. 

He said that “radical solidarity with mothers and their pre-born children calls us to move beyond stale debates and harmful divisions within our own ministries.” 

“Now is the time to move ahead in baring a robust and united witness to the truth, beauty and inviolable dignity of human life at every stage,” he said. 

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“Our commitment to the sanctity of life from the moment of conception is in full accord with our commitment to serve the poor, to welcome the stranger, to work for juvenile justice reform or to end capital punishment,” he also said.

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10 facts about Black History Month that are well worth knowing during observances in February

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Every February, the nation celebrates Black History Month by honoring the contributions African Americans have made throughout history, while also recognizing that the fight for racial justice continues.

Previously, the theme for Black History Month was Black Health and Wellness, as outlined by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. This year, the association has announced the month’s theme is “Black resistance” with a planned virtual festival hosted by the association throughout February. 

“African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms and police killings since our arrival upon these shores,” said the ASALH in a statement. 

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“These efforts have been to advocate for a dignified self-determined life in a just democratic society in the United States and beyond the United States political jurisdiction,” added the association. 

Jesse Jackson and others pose with copies of "Paul Robeson, the Great Forerunner" by the editors of Freedomways, 1980.

Jesse Jackson and others pose with copies of “Paul Robeson, the Great Forerunner” by the editors of Freedomways, 1980.
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Scores of events across the country – in cities, communities, college campuses and more – are scheduled for this month.

10 key facts about Black History Month

1. The current population of Black and African Americans is 46.9 million, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. Also, 89.4% of African Americans age 25 and older had a high school diploma or higher in 2020, as Fox10 Phoenix reported.

2. A founder of ASALH, Carter G. Woodson, first had the idea of celebrating Black history. Woodson was born in 1875 to newly freed Virginia slaves. He later earned a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He worried that Black children were not being taught about their ancestors’ achievements in American schools in the early 1900s, as Fox 10 noted.

3. By the late 1960s, Negro History Week – the precursor for this month’s celebrations and events – changed into what is now known as Black History Month. In February 1969, a group of Black activist students and teachers at Kent State conducted the first celebration of Black History Month. Within a decade, Black social and cultural institutions throughout the country were celebrating the month, and by 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized it. 

4. The month of February was picked for Black History Month because it contained the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Lincoln was born on Feb. 12, and Douglass, a former slave who did not know his precise birthday, celebrated his date of birth on Feb. 14, Fox 10 also noted.

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5. ASALH has celebrated Negro History Week and Black History Month for 96 years. Woodson, along with the association, announced in 1926 that the second week of February would commemorate the achievements of Black Americans. Initially, prominent Black leaders and newspapers supported the idea, and some education centers along the East Coast observed the monthly celebration. 

6. Fifty years after the first celebrations, President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month at the country’s 1976 bicentennial. Ford called on Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history,” as History.com noted.

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7. Forty years after Ford’s recognition of Black History Month, President Barack Obama delivered this message, in part, from the White House: “Black History Month shouldn’t be treated as though it is somehow separate from our collective American history or somehow just boiled down to a compilation of greatest hits from the March on Washington or from some of our sports heroes… It’s about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans.”

Former President Barack Obama 

Former President Barack Obama 
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8. Canada also commemorates Black History Month in February. Although Black Canadians are approximately 3.5% of the country’s total population, community leaders and activists still celebrate the historical achievements of the Black community. Canadian politicians Jean Augustine and Donald Oliver were instrumental in getting Black History Month officially recognized in the country by 2008. 

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9. At the time of Negro History Week’s launch in 1926, Woodson believed the teaching of Black history was key to the physical and intellectual survival of the race: “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated,” he said in part, as the Journal of Negro History reported.

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10. The 2023 theme for Black History Month is resistance; past themes have included Black health and wellness, family, migration and Black women in American culture and history, among others.

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Reddit user asks her adult daughter to pay half the monthly rent and utilities — family drama ensues

A Reddit user sought advice from others on whether it was OK or not for her to ask her adult daughter to split the rent with her.

Reddit user “throwaway_dating224” posted on the “Am I the A*****e” (AITA) subreddit on Jan. 30 asking if she was in the wrong for wanting her live-in 25-year-old daughter to pay part of the house rent payment.

The user said her daughter moved into her home in 2019 while she was attending college. 

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It’s unclear from the post whether the daughter had moved out, then moved back in; but the daughter has since graduated from college and gotten a paying job, although not enough to move out on her own. 

“I have asked her to split the cost of rent and utilities in half with me … and [she] doesn’t consider it fair,” the user wrote. 

The Reddit user said her daughter (not pictured) does not want to pay rent to her mom for her share of the home — claiming she's either saving for her own extended education or a down payment on a house. 

The Reddit user said her daughter (not pictured) does not want to pay rent to her mom for her share of the home — claiming she’s either saving for her own extended education or a down payment on a house. 
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The poster said her daughter does not want to live with her and has told her that she’s saving money for continued education or a down payment on a house. 

The mother and daughter live in an area with a high cost of living, the Redditor said — but their rent is below average for the area. 

“Why are you too tired to move your stuff but not too tired to cash your daughter’s checks?”

Additionally, the mother said her daughter refuses to invite guests to the house, as she is “embarrassed at the state of the house,” repeatedly asking her mother to get rid of items in the home to make space for more of her things. 

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The mother claims she tends to be tired after work and finds it hard to clean up after herself once she’s back home.

The daughter (not pictured) claims her mother does not pick up around the house and that there's no room for all of her things, the Redditor wrote in her Jan. 30 post detailing a family standoff. 

The daughter (not pictured) claims her mother does not pick up around the house and that there’s no room for all of her things, the Redditor wrote in her Jan. 30 post detailing a family standoff. 
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The Redditor ultimately wanted to know if it’s OK to ask her daughter to split the rent costs 50-50. 

An expert weighs in

This scenario is an example of a classic power struggle between a child and a parent, California-based parenting expert Stef Tousignant told Fox News Digital.

As a parent, there are three choices for how to approach this situation, Tousignant, a parenting expert for Parentdifferently.com, said. 

“Use your power to force or coerce, give in and let your child dictate the complete outcome — or use love, empathy and patience to come up with a solution with your child,” she also said. 

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The daughter in this situation is aware of the consequences of her actions as well as the concept of personal boundaries, said Tousignant, who recommended that the mother and daughter have a civil conversation. 

“Why should she pay half when the home is filled with all [of] your things?”

“The mother needs to come to the table with compassion for her daughter but boundaries for herself — and the daughter needs to come to the table with respect for her mother and accountability for her actions,” the expert recommended. 

The mother and daughter (not pictured) each need to "come to the table" with key points to make in a conversation, said California-based parenting expert Stef Tousignant.

The mother and daughter (not pictured) each need to “come to the table” with key points to make in a conversation, said California-based parenting expert Stef Tousignant.
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Reddit users offered varying opinions on the hot topic. 

“Why should she pay half when the home is filled with all [of] your things?” one commenter wrote, addressing the mother. 

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Another user commented to the mom, “Why are you too tired to move your stuff but not too tired to cash your daughter’s checks?”

On the other hand, some users agree that the daughter should be pitching in and helping with expenses — but maybe not at a 50-50 split.

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“Charging her rent? Fine, no problem there,” one Reddit user responded. 

“But if she doesn’t have … use of half the space in the home yet, then remedy that before you charge her or adjust the rent [percentage] accordingly,” the same user added.

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