The first comes from Kansas, which looks like it is recovering from the governance of Kathleen Sebelius and her scandalous destruction of evidence in the Tiller case. LifeNews reports "Kansas Senate Bans 'Wrongful Birth' Lawsuits, OKs Stem Cell Center":
Pro-life legislation is broader than just abortion limitations, as the pro-life Kansas Senate demonstrated by passing two measures this past week: SB 199, establishing an adult stem cell clearinghouse and therapy center, and SB 142, enhancing civil litigation rights for the unborn.
In other action Thursday, the Senate passed SB 142, “Civil Rights for the Unborn” by a vote of 34-5-1. SB 142 will ban any so-called “wrongful birth and wrongful life” lawsuits claiming that the child, in essence, is a ‘damage’. Nine other states statutorily bar wrongful birth suits and ten statutorily bar wrongful life suits.In other news, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Relics Stolen from Ste. Genevieve MO Church were returned:
The person who took nine relics from a church in Ste. Genevieve returned them Monday. Included with the plastic zip-locked baggie containing the material remains of Catholic saints was a note of apology, and a request for forgiveness.
[Rev. Dennis] Schmidt said he was curious “to know what made them decide to take off with [the relics] in the first place. Was it a devotional thing or did they just want to sell them?” he asked. “I guess that’s a mystery.”
Either way, Schmidt said, the thief — as requested — has been forgiven.
Finally, a very cool story about our beloved Bishop Emeritus of Rome, "The Pope who was Actually a Bear":
Unnoticed by most people, on the coat of arms that he created for his service as bishop Fr. Ratzinger included a puzzling symbol: a bear with a pack on its back.
Just four years later, Pope John Paul II summoned Bishop Ratzinger to Rome. There, for a quarter of a century more—and now as Cardinal Ratzinger—he bore extraordinarily heavy burdens as Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the second most important office in the Church. In the final three paragraphs of the fascinating memoir he wrote while still Prefect of the Congregation, Cardinal Ratzinger explained the significance of the bear:You'll have to click the link for the good parts, I didn't want to give spoilers. Let's just say it's an interesting look into the humility of a humble holy man.