Supreme Court Decision Could Make Every Catholic Group Liable in Abuse Cases

OTTAWA, January 15, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Supreme Court of Canada rules today on whether to make the Church liable to be sued. Such a decision could cripple charitable organizations within the Church in Canada, as well as the work of the Catholic Church as a whole, says a lawyer representing Canada’s Bishops Conference. Lawyer William Sammon is representing the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in the case which will decide whether the Church can retain its legal immunity. In an interview with Canadian Catholic News (CCN) Monday, Sammon said “every Catholic organization, whether it’s corporate or unincorporated, whether […]
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Clement and Stronach Enter Race for Conservative Leadership, Copps Mulls Switch to NDP

OTTAWA, January 15, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Ontario Health Minister Tony Clement widely rumoured to be interested in running for Leadership of the Ontario Tories, has announced he is running for Leadership of the federal Conservative Party.  Also Belinda Stronach the Magna International CEO is set to announce a run for the Conservative Leadership next week. Both candidates are pro-abortion.  In other political news, Liberal MP Sheila Copps, a staunch abortion supporter has spoken with NDP Leader Jack Layton and has refused to rule out moving to the NDP.  “I’ve always figured when a door closes another door opens, and I […]
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China Document Bans ‘Reproductive’ Human Cloning but Permits “Remedial Cloning”

BEIJING, January 15, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – China’s Ministry of Science of Technology and Ministry of Health recently released their “Guidelines for Research on Human Embryonic Stem Cells.” The document forbids ‘reproductive’ human cloning but permits “remedial cloning” and embryonic stem cell research. “Remedial cloning” refers to human cloning where the human beings created through the cloning process are not allowed to be born but are used whose cells are used for experimentation. In a November 2002 address to the United Nations organization “International Convention Against the Reproductive Cloning of Human Beings,” Archbishop Renato Martino, the outgoing Vatican representative to the […]
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French Cardinal Reports Harrassment Against Christians

Paris, January 15, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – French Catholics say militant secularists have turned their sights on outward signs of Christian belief as a debate over the wearing of religious symbols in schools expands.  Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger of Paris said he had received dozens of reports from around the country that Catholic girls have been harassed for wearing a cross and that nuns have been criticized for wearing their habits in public. The cardinal predicted to France-Inter radio that the harassment was “just the beginning of a long crisis.”  The harassment began after a new law was proposed that would ban […]
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Survey finds liberal university profs foist their political views on students Abortion Holocaust Deniers Are Losing Battle Christian College Debate Team Forfeits Rather than argue for Partial Birth Abortion    Selling sex and corruption to your kids
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Australian Archbishop Gives Example of Maintaining Faithfulness despite Gay Relative

SYDNEY, January 14, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Sydney’s Cardinal George Pell was given the opportunity to witness faithfulness in the face of hardship as he was publicly challenged by a relative to deny the Catholic Church teaching that homosexuality is disordered.  A lesbian former nun who is a second cousin of the Cardinal attacked the him in an open published in Australia’s largest paper. Rather than point out the numerous unfair comments in the letter such as “And surely you wouldn’t insult my intelligence by prefacing it with ‘it’s the sin, not the sinner’ stuff,” the Cardinal responded with a simple […]
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Norway Launches New “Contraceptive” Patch

NORWAY, January 14, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The “contraceptive” patch, touted as a new measure to fight Norway’s soaring teen abortion rate, made its debut there yesterday. Norwegian teens have a 2-3 times higher abortion rate than other European countries such as Finland and Italy. The patch, named Evra, is produced by Janssen-Cilag, and claims to be the “latest weapon in the fight against unwanted pregnancy,” newspaper Dagbladet reports.  The patch, expected for sale soon in Canada, releases a steady flow of hormones directly into the bloodstream. It was approved by Health Canada despite the fact that there could be tremendous […]
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Republicans Against Over the Counter Morning-After Pill

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A group of 49 House Republicans have urged President George W. Bush to order the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to overturn a recommendation that a new abortifacient morning-after pill (MAP) become available without a doctor’s prescription.  Debate over making the abortifacient MAP accessible without a prescription in the U.S. last month ended with an F.D.A. panel voting 23-4 in favour of allowing levonorgestrel, marketed under the name “Plan B,” to be sold over-the-counter (OTC).  The Republican House members said that making the pills more accessible could lead to teens engaging in activities they […]
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Pro-Life Groups Push U.S. Senate to Pass the Unborn Victims of Violence Act

WASHINGTON, January 14, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) and other pro-life forces are pushing for action in the U.S. Senate early in 2004 on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (S. 1019). So far, 40 of the 100 senators have cosponsored the bill—but the outcome remains in doubt, as senators allied with pro-abortion advocacy groups continue to obstruct the bill.  Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tn.) has said that he will push for full Senate action on the bill early this year.  The House of Representatives may also take up the bill in the near […]
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U.S. National Pro-life Group Cautions Gephardt on Accusing Dean of Inconsistency

IOWA, January 14, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – It appears Democratic candidates cannot accuse each other of much without their accusations rebounding with vengeance.  In a speech in Iowa today, Congressman Richard Gephardt harshly criticized Howard Dean as inconsistent, stating, “To me, there is no room for the cynical politics of manufactured anger and false conviction.  I believe in standing for something, and I think all of you do too.” In response, the National Right to Life Committee released a copy of a letter written by Gephardt in 1984, in which Gephardt wrote, “As you know, I have always been supportive of […]
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