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CRISIS MAGAZINE RESPONDS TO MICHAEL ROSE’S CRITICISM OF CRISIS MAGAZINE Some of the details in Michael Rose’s book, Goodbye Good men, about the U.S. clergy sex-abuse scandals have generated controversy among faithful Catholic leaders. This is the latest, detailed installment in the saga.  https://www.crisismagazine.com/march2003/feature2.htm
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CANADIAN ASSISTED HUMAN REPRODUCTION BILL CONTINUES DEBATE TOMORROW

OTTAWA, February 26, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Assisted Human Reproduction Act, Bill C-13, is due to be debated in the House of Commons again on Thursday beginning at 10:15 am.  Report stage debate could end tomorrow, wrapping up debates on group 6 amendments as well as those in group 2 which are supported by the pro-life movement.  Political experts suggest that the report stage votes on the amendments will not be held until the first Tuesday after the parliamentary break which would be March 18.  After that third reading and final vote on the bill could occur as early as […]
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RAVE REVIEW FOR TOLKIEN IN VATICAN NEWSPAPER

VATICAN, February 26, 2003 (CWNews.com/LifeSiteNews.com) – In a highly favourable review of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, the official Vatican newspaper has said that the work carries “echoes of the Gospel.”  L’Osservatore Romano remarked that Tolkien’s creative work—now being made available on film—has an “enchantment with which it seduces us, and helps to highlight a significance deeper than what is immediately apparent.” The fantasy world of Tolkien’s work is “like a projection of the real world, where men are agitated by passions, driven by sentiments, slaves to egoism, but open to values of friendship, loyalty, generosity, love—stronger than the […]
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FILIPINO BISHOP WANTS PREGNANT BRIDES TO MARRY IN PRIVATE

MANILA, February 26, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Roman Catholic bishop of Legazpi, 200 miles southeast of Manila, says it would be more in keeping with the significance of the publicly celebrated Sacrament of Matrimony if brides who are visibly pregnant are married in private instead.  Pregnancy outside marriage is “a counter-symbol to the purity, chastity and beauty of the bride of Christ, the Church,” Bishop Jose Sorra explained, adding that his guidance is necessary to protect church marriages from ridicule. One bride went into labour during the wedding mass and had to be taken to hospital, he said, adding: “A […]
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U.S. HOUSE TO VOTE THURSDAY ON HUMAN CLONING BAN

WASHINGTON, February 26, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Thursday afternoon, February 27, on two radically differing approaches to the practice of human cloning.  The House will debate the human cloning issue for about three hours.  The House will consider first the Greenwood Substitute, proposed by Congressman Jim Greenwood (R-Pa.).  This bill would allow the mass cloning of human embryos for biomedical research, while attempting to prohibit the use of any such embryo to “initiate a pregnancy” in a human womb.  If the Greenwood Substitute is defeated, the House will then vote on the Weldon-Stupak Human […]
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US STATE LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP

UTAH HOUSE PASSES PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION BAN AND DEFUNDING ACT In back to back bills Monday and Tuesday the Utah House passed pro-life measures outlawing partial birth abortion and restricting public funding for abortion.  https://www.sltrib.com/2003/feb/02252003/utah/32663.asp https://www.sltrib.com/2003/feb/02262003/utah/32998.asp   WEST VIRGINIA SENATE APPROVES INFORMED CONSENT BILL   https://www.wvgazette.com/news/News/2003022423/  NEW MEXICO SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES PARENTAL NOTIFICATION BILL https://santafenewmexican.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=7142923&BRD=2144&PAG=461&dept_id=461625&rfi=8
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KOPP JURY SELECTION NEXT WEEK; JUDGE WANTS ‘NO MORE DELAYS’

BUFFALO, February 25, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Jury selection in the trial of self-confessed abortionist shooter James C. Kopp will begin next Monday. Erie County Judge Michael L. D’Amico said, “We are picking a jury Monday, we’ll start proof March 17.”  But Kopp attorney Bruce A. Barket still wants state charges against Kopp thrown out, on grounds that France might not have extradited Kopp under current circumstances. Kopp was originally indicted for intentional murder, but after Kopp told reporters he did not intend to kill Dr. Barnett A. Slepian, prosecutors added a new charge of causing Slepian’s death through “depraved indifference […]
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SMALL GROUP OF CANADIAN RESEARCHERS ASK GOV’T TO ALLOW HUMAN CLONING

TORONTO, February 25, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A small group of professors and researchers from various Canadian universities are attempting to influence parliament to allow human cloning. The researchers claim that their aim is to use human cloning for research purposes only. Similar U.S. legislative proposals have been dubbed “clone and kill bills” since such cloning always involves the killing of cloned embryos. The group has written an editorial in the Parliament Hill newspaper The Hill Times hoping to influence politicians to support human cloning. The list of professors includes: Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, University […]
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