U.S. SUPREME COURT TO CONSIDER OVERRULING STATE LAWS AGAINST SODOMY

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Supreme Court said yesterday it would re-consider the constitutionality of state laws banning homosexual sex, which remain in place in 13 states.  The Court ruled 5-4 in 1986 that was no grounds to declare such state laws unconstitutional.  The case in question involves two men from Texas who face misdemeanor charges.  John Geddes Lawrence and Tyron Garner were arrested under Texas’ Homosexual Conduct Law, which classifies anal or oral sex between two men or two women as deviate sexual intercourse. See the Newsday coverage:  https://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/sns-ap-scotus-sodomy1202dec02,0,809712.story?coll=ny-nationalnews-headlines
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BOSTON ARCHDIOCESE MAY FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY

BOSTON, December 3, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Faced with 450 alleged victims of clerical abuse from the 1970s and 1980s, the Archdiocese of Boston may file for bankruptcy, according to sources within the archdiocese. This move would suspend all civil suits and combine 450 cases into one, placing some limit on the bottomless financial pit of at least $100 million, plus millions in lawyers’ fees, that Boston-area Catholics now face.  Seeking Chapter 11 protection would “amount to an admission by the archdiocese that it is liable for the claims because of its negligence,” reports say. But much of the damage from […]
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VATICAN CONGREGATION RULES MEN WITH HOMOSEXUAL TENDENCIES CANNOT BE ORDAINED

Vatican has confirmed that men with homosexual sexual orientations should not be ordained.  The December bulletin of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments contains a letter indicating that men who have homosexual tendencies should not be ordained priests. Catholic News Service reports that the letter written last May was signed by Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez who retired as the head of the Congregation in October.  The letter was in response to a query on the matter from an unidentified bishop.  The letter said ordaining such men would be imprudent and “very risky.”  While a new document on […]
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UK MPs REJECT USELESS STATUS QUO APPROACH TO TEEN PROMISCUITY

LONDON, December 3, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Thirty British MPs are now backing a Parliamentary Motion for closer scrutiny of the Department of Health’s strategy to combat teenage pregnancy. Contrary to years of multimillion-pound information campaigns, the MPs say easier access to contraceptives such as the morning-after pill does nothing to help reduce teenage pregnancies.  “For 20 years the [Department] has pressured consistently for ever-easier contraceptive and abortion facilities for the young (without parental consent),” the MPs write, “claiming that this would lower our teenage conception rates. However we now have the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe and the second […]
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U.S. SUPREME COURT ALLOWS ‘CHOOSE LIFE’ LICENCE PLATES

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The U.S. Supreme Court has brought to a definitive close the pro-abortion legal campaign to block specialty car licence plates in Louisiana with the slogan “Choose Life”. The plates also have a silhouette of a baby wrapped in a blanket carried in the beak of a brown pelican, the state bird. The Justices on Monday refused without comment to review an appeal by the plates’ opponents of a ruling earlier this year by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which said the groups did not have standing to sue. Tracey Green, a South […]
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PRO-LIFE LEADERS ASK COURT: “IS PEACEFUL PROTEST EXTORTION?”

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The federal racketeering (RICO) case against pro-life activist Joe Scheidler, National Director of the Pro-Life Action League, will go before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, December 4, at 10:00am.  The Court has agreed to review the RICO case on two points:  1. Is a private party (the abortion clinics who sued the pro-lifers) entitled to an injunction under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act; and 2. Is political protest, including sit-ins and demonstrations that obstruct access to a business and interfere with customers’ freedom to obtain services there, properly defined as “extortion?”“This is […]
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