Daily Archives: February 2014

Alaska’s Catholic school welcome children of all faiths

CatholicAnchor.org   Catholic education has a long history across the world, including in Alaska where students from varied background and faith traditions have received spiritual and academic guidance for several generations. In the Anchorage Archdiocese, families can choose from one of five Catholic schools. But what about non-Catholics? Like most Catholic schools across the nation,…

Commissioner defends Alaska’s decision regarding payment for ‘medically necessary’ abortions

CatholicAnchor.org Alaska’s Commissioner of Health and Social Services defended the state’s new regulation that requires abortion practitioners to explain why they thought an abortion was “medically necessary” before they receive compensation for the procedure from Alaska’s public funds. As in other states, Alaska is subject to the long-standing federal law — the Hyde Amendment —…

Catholic teaching on ‘direct abortion’

CatholicAnchor.org   The Catholic Church opposes all direct abortions but does not condemn procedures which may result, indirectly, in the loss of the unborn child as a “secondary effect.” There are, for example, rare cases when a pregnancy can be life threatening, such as the case when a mother is suffering from an ectopic pregnancy…

After 41 years of legal abortion, Alaska prolife advocates still have hope

CatholicAnchor.org A group of 75 pro-life advocates braved the chill and freezing rain to pray at the 14th annual Ecumenical Memorial Prayer Service on January 18th at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz opened the ceremony with prayer, reflecting upon Pope Francis’s recent statement about a “throwaway society” that thoughtlessly discards anything undesirable…

Legendary Fairbanks priest-composer dies

CatholicAnchor.org   Jesuit priest Father Normand Amedée Pepin, an acclaimed composer and organist who served the Fairbanks Diocese for more than 30 years, died Jan. 4 in Weston, Mass. Born in Norwood, Massachusetts in 1933, Father Pepin grew up an avid hockey player and served as an altar boy. According to his obituary, in the…

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