Canadian Bishop Warns Priests Who Officiate at Homosexual ‘Marriages’ Will Be Suspended

OTTAWA, June 23, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Ottawa Archbishop Marcel Gervais responded to inquiries from reporters today on homosexual ‘marriage’.  In his communications, forwarded to LifeSite by the archdiocese, the Archbishop warned that any Catholic clergy officiating at a homosexual ‘marriage’ ceremony would be suspended.  “In the Catholic Church, an attempted marriage of two of the same sex would not be recognized and the person officiating would be suspended from their sacred duties,” he said.  Archbishop Gervais stressed that no change in civil law or even a ruling from the Supreme Court would alter the Catholic Church’s position on marriage.  “We […]
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Rep. Greenwood Admits Strategy to Kill Ban On Partial-Birth Abortions https://traditionalvalues.org/article.php?sid=1006   A Media Strategy for Families https://catholicexchange.com/vm/index.asp?vm_id=2&art_id=19035&sec_id=#section35889   Democrats Cynical Abuse of Senate re: Conservative Judicial Nominees https://www.frc.org/?i=WU03F16   Kerry says he’ll filibuster Supreme Court nominees who do not support abortion rights   https://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2003/06/20/national1340EDT0606.DTL   The Battle for Sex Education Supremacy May Be Missing the Point The battles being fought in public schools over sex education, while important, may be missing the point. Questions about sex outside marriage flow directly from issues of morality – and those are best handled in the two places best equipped to do so: […]
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Nigerian Anglican Bishop Threatens Schism Over Homosexual Agenda

CANTERBURY, June 20, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The worldwide Anglican Communion’s drift toward total endorsement of homosexuality has a new and powerful critic. Archbishop Peter Akinola, leader of the 17.5 million Anglicans of Nigeria, warned this week that he will enter formal schism if the British government (which appoints all Church of England bishops) makes Canon Jeffrey John, a flagrant homosexual who claims to be in a life-long same-sex relationship, the suffragan bishop of Reading.  The threat is serious because it is believed that a dozen other churches in developing countries would follow Nigeria’s lead into schism from the Anglican communion. […]
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Baptists Ponder Dual Ministry: For Homosexuals, Vs. Homosexuality

PHOENIX, June 20, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Southern Baptist task force on ministry to homosexuals has issued a call for the church to set up a “dual ministry of speaking the truth about homosexuality and simultaneously ministering to homosexuals,” according to reports.  “There is a dualistic kind of ministry required when we come to this topic,” said Bill Merrell, a member of the task force. “We are not at liberty to renegotiate the teaching of Scripture. We have a proclamation responsibility, which has to do with expositing, exegeting [and] stating very plainly what the Scriptures teach about this or some […]
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Call to Uphold Funding Ban on Overseas Forced Abortion

FRONT ROYAL, June 20, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Population Research Institute wants pro-lifers to urge their Congressmen and Senators to “Oppose Forced Abortion, Defend Kemp-Kasten!” PRI president Steven Mosher has penned a form letter to rally support behind the Kemp-Kasten amendment, a human rights clause in the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act that, since 1985, has ensured taxpayer funds will not go to “any organization or program which supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.”  According to Mosher, UNFPA supporters in Congress are seeking to undermine Kemp-Kasten by amending the State Department Authorization […]
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UNFPA Under Fire for Financial Mismanagement

NEW YORK, June 20, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The director of the United Nations Population Fund, Thoraya Obaid, came under fire from the agency’s own executive board this week, amidst questions surrounding management and financial reporting. Surprisingly, Canada was among several countries that challenged the UNFPA’s competence to manage its affairs.  One document that was cited suggested that UNFPA spending on reproductive health and family planning in 2002 had dropped from $119 million to $104.9 million. It was revealed that in reality such spending had risen to $130 million.  C-FAM and the International Organizations Research Group (IORG) have published an investigative […]
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Catholic Air Force Captain Wins Religious Discrimination Case Against Dept. of Defence

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Capt. Ryan Berry, an Air Force missileer who was punished by superior officers merely for requesting a religious accommodation, finally won the long battle to clear his record Wednesday. In a settlement negotiated by The Becket Fund and ratified by U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defence agreed to remove all derogatory material that had been placed in Berry’s military records and on USAF and DOD websites.  When told of the potential for being assigned to missile alerts with a female officer (24 to 48 […]
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Euthanasia Prevention Group Demands Lifting of Publication Ban On Euthanasia Activist Murder Trial

VANCOUVER, June 20, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A case against pro-euthanasia activist Evelyn Martens is proceeding after provincial court Judge Brian Mackenzie ruled there was enough evidence to move to trial.  Marten, 71, is charged with assisting the suicides of Vancouver teacher Leyanne Burchell, 52, and ex-nun Monique Charest, 64.  Trial dates will be set in B.C. Supreme Court on July 8, however there is a publication ban on the case.  The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) believes that it is in the interest of the public for the publication ban on this case to be removed. “The fact that the investigation […]
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