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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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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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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Russia Questions Widespread Abortion, Population Decline

MOSCOW, August 27, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Russian legislators are bringing forward new legislation to limit the high abortion rate that is decimating the country’s population. The former Soviet Union was the world’s first nation to legalize abortion in 1920.  Abortion was the favourite “birth control” method during Soviet rule, and Russia still has one of the world’s highest abortion rates: twice as many babies are aborted in Russia as are born.  President Vladimir Putin has called Russia’s dramatic population decline “a creeping catastrophe.” What’s more, Russian authorities are admitting that some abortions have adverse consequences for a woman’s health.  “Artificial […]
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Cloned Pigs Perish in ‘Adult Clone Sudden Death Syndrome’

STORRS, Conn., August 28, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Three adult pig clones unexpectedly dropped dead from sudden heart attacks. The deaths were reported this week by researcher Jerry Yang of the University of Connecticut. “It was totally shocking,” he said, describing the phenomenon as “adult clone sudden death syndrome.” Using a method similar to that used to create the late Dolly the Sheep, Taiwanese scientists created four piglets, one of which died within days. The remaining three died of heart failure at less than six months of age. Nature magazine comments: “The pigs' demise is a stark reminder that cloned animals […]
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