Florida Bishops Conference Issues Plea to Halt Removal of Feeding Tube from Disabled Woman

MIAMI, August 29, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic Bishops of Florida have finally made a collective statement on the case of Terri Schiavo, the disabled woman whose estranged husband has been in a prolonged legal battle with her family to have Terri removed from her feeding tube, which would result in her death.  In a statement released Wednesday and signed by the eight Florida bishops, they “urge” that the court, which is set to schedule a date for removal of the feeding tube on September 11, take “additional time to allow greater certainty as to her true condition.”“If additional medical […]
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Church, Clergy Doze While Secularists Take Over America “Today, most ministers feel that it is better to convey a positive image without condemning or judging social trends or sins in our communities. This lapse of strong public guidance and criticism among the clergy has resulted in many religious people being confused and mislead about many key moral issues in our day.”“Many Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant leaders continue to support political leaders that condone and even support the abortion business that eliminates over a million babies a year. These same religious leaders refuse to take the moral high ground and address […]
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Ominous Growing Shortage of Geriatic Doctors in U.S.

UNITED STATES, August 29, 2003 (SPUC/LifeSiteNews.com) – The British Society for Unborn Children (SPUC) reports today on a CNN story about the growing shortage of US doctors specialising in geriatric care. Like many developed countries, the US has a rapidly ageing population and there are expected to be 19 million Americans aged 85 and older by 2050. However, there are currently only 9,000 doctors specialising in geriatric medicine and fewer than 10% of US medical schools have compulsory training in geriatric medicine. Approximately 36,000 such doctors will be needed by 2030. This drastic shortage is ominous in that it will […]
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Canadian Bishop Says Catholic who ‘Married’ Homosexual Partner May Not Receive Communion

CORNWALL, ON, August 29, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Alexandria-Cornwall diocese in Ontario has said that a parishioner who underwent a homosexual ‘marriage’ will not be permitted to receive communion.  Although the bishop told the media he would not comment on individual cases, he did say that he was aware of the situation and that while the person in question could not receive communion, he or she would not necessarily be expelled from the church.  All parishes in the diocese will hear a homily this weekend on the marriage issue.  The homily to be read is from Archbishop […]
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Birth Rate Hits Record Low in South Korea

SEOUL, August 29, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Korea’s National Statistical Office released figures Wednesday indicating that the country’s birthrate has reached the lowest rate ever recorded. With a 1.17 fertility rate, well below the replacement rate of 2.1 children per woman, South Korea ranks among countries with the lowest fertility rate in the world.  Korean women gave birth to 490,000 babies last year, down 62,000 from 2001, while the death toll was 247,000, up 4,000.  The figures are causing government officials to examine support for married couples who have children.  See the coverage in the Korea Times:  https://search.hankooki.com/form/t_view.php?terms=birth+code%3A+kt&path=hankooki3%2Ftimes%2Flpage%2Fbiz%2F200308%2Fkt2003082717422411860.htm
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Canada-Wide Sanctity of Marriage Demonstrations Require Organizers

OTTAWA, August 29, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Sanctity of Marriage Week demonstrations, set to take place at local Member of Parliament’s offices throughout the country on September 7 at 3pm, still require local organizers.  Those willing to volunteer to organize demonstrations in their local areas are asked to contact [email protected]   Where an organizer has been assigned at the MPs office prayer will be led by clergy.  At those locations where no clergy are in attendance, say the central organizers, attendees are asked to keep the following intentions in mind for prayer:  The Vote – Pray for God’s will to […]
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Taiwan Cabinet Puts Hold on Abortion Law Change to Strip Dads of Say

TAIPEI, August 28, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A bill which would have stripped the right of fathers to protect their unborn children from being killed by abortion was delayed yesterday in the Taiwan parliament.  The bill would have eliminated the current requirement of consent of the husband when a married woman requests an abortion.  The bill also included allowing married spouses to undergo tubal ligation or vasectomy without the consent of their spouse.  The bill stipulated that the decision to abort a child should be considered for three days prior to its execution.  Religious groups objected to the legislation which was […]
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