‘Origins’ this week features abortion ruling, climate change, Iraq, and more

Here’s the rundown on what’s in the latest edition of Origins: CNS Documentary Service:

  • The syllabus of Gonzales v. Carhart outlines the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act. (Subscribers: click here)
  • Climate change threatens everyone, but some people, nations and regions are more threatened than others. That’s why “a sound concern for the environment cannot be separated from a genuine concern for poverty,” says Archbishop Celestino Migliore. (Subscribers: click here)
  • Archbishop Silvano Tomasi calls attention to the plight of Iraqi refugees and internally displaced persons, and especially that of the women, elderly and children he says bear the brunt of the tragedy. (Subscribers: click here)
  • The Eucharist must be at the heart of all Catholic education, says Cardinal Justin Rigali. But this eucharistic spirituality must not be limited to participation at Mass and private devotions, he says; it must embrace the whole of life and make a clear connection between the Eucharist we celebrate and our daily life. (Subscribers: click here)
  • Bishop Gregory Aymond says Catholic teaching would permit the withdrawal of extraordinary medical treatment for Emilio Gonzales, a dying 17-month-old boy at Children’s Hospital of Austin whose mother has been fighting for the continued medical treatment of her son. (Subscribers: click here)

Surviving the Virginia Tech shootings

If out of tragedy comes triumph, then one of the best stories to come out of the Virginia Tech massacre was the story of Derek O’Dell from Jean Denton, who writes for The Catholic Virginian, newspaper of the Diocese of Richmond. If you missed it earlier, O’Dell’s story of faith as the gunman opened fire on his German class in Norris Hall is remarkable in its simplicity. And he says God answered his prayers with a miracle: More people in his classroom survived the shooting than he initially thought.