BUENOS AIRES GIVES LEGAL RECOGNITION TO HOMOSEXUAL UNIONS

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, December 16, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Buenos Aires has become the first city in Latin America to give legal recognition to homosexual unions.  The legislation passed Friday gives homosexual couples health insurance and pension rights properly reserved to married spouses. The Catholic Church condemned the move, however, homosexual activists complained that the legislation did not allow for adoption of children.  See the AP coverage from the Guardian:  https://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-2243020,00.html
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POPE ACCEPTS BOSTON CARDINAL’S RESIGNATION

VATICAN CITY, December 13, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pope John Paul II, who earlier rejected the resignation of Bernard Cardinal Law of Boston, today accepted the resignation after Law traveled to Rome to repeat the request personally.  It has recently become the norm that bishops step down at age 75, but Cardinal Law, 71, is the longest-sitting cardinal in the American church, and the highest level prelate to resign in the current scandal involving sexual abuse, drugs, mismanagement and cover-up, mostly occurring in the 1970s and 1980s.  No new archbishop has yet been named for Boston, but the Vatican appointed auxiliary […]
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STANFORD TO CREATE HUMAN EMBRYOS FOR EXPERIMENTATION

WASHINGTON, December 13, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The libertarian-conservative Weekly Standard reports that Stanford University is creating a $12 million research center for producing human clones for biomedical research. The move defies both the July 2001 ban by the U.S. House of Representatives and a four-year moratorium recommended by the President’s Council on Bioethics, write William Kristol and Eric Cohen.  Kristol and Cohen comment: “Stanford’s announcement is important: In a country still weighing the significance and moral dangers of taking the first steps toward human cloning, a major research university has decided to plunge ahead. Stanford seems to believe that the […]
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CANADIAN SCHOOL PRINCIPAL BANS ‘CHRISTMAS’

VICTORIA, December 13, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A school board superintendent in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island wrote an email memo discouraging school principals from using the word “Christmas” in referring to the holiday season.  Carola Lane sent the e-mail to principals and vice-principals, underscoring the district’s “strong commitment” to diversity. “As we look at the celebration of ‘Christmas Concerts,’ we need to be sensitive to ensure that no one feels excluded,” she wrote. “I appreciate your co-operation in ensuring that holiday festivities at schools do not discriminate against any students or their families,” she said.  In response to public outcry, Ms. […]
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U.S. SCHOOL BANS SAYING THE WORD ‘CHRISTMAS’

SACRAMENTO, December 13, 2002 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Crackdowns on Christmas have made news across the U.S. this week. In one case, a first grade teacher in Sacramento County, Calif., says teachers at one school have been ordered by the principal not to utter, or use teaching materials that contain, the word “Christmas,” according to a report from WorldNetDaily.  Deidra Powell, spokesman for the San Juan Unified District, said: “You can say ‘Christmas,’ you can say ‘Hanukkah,’ … It is nowhere written in any policy; I don’t think our board of education or superintendent would prohibit that.” Powell says the policy is […]
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