Canadian Bishop Weighs in on Pro-Abortion Catholic Politician Communion Debate

CALGARY, May 20, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The first Canadian Catholic Bishop known to publicly weigh in on the raging debate over denying pro-abortion Catholic politicians Holy Communion is Calgary Bishop Fred Henry.  In a recently published column, Bishop Henry says he is “anxiously awaiting” the outcome of the US Bishop’s Conference task force on the subject.  He adds, “In the meantime, I believe the question, ‘If a dissident Catholic leader obstinately persists in opposing fundamental Church teaching, should he or she be turned away if they present themselves for Communion,’ has to be answered, ‘Yes.’”  Commenting specifically on the controversy […]
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48 Congressmen “Warn” US Bishops that a Strong Stand May “Re-ignite Anti-Catholic Sentiment”

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The fight over the reception of communion for pro-abortion Catholic politicians is continuing with 48 Catholic Congressmen sending an open letter “warning” bishops to back away from their stand and claiming that their defense of Catholic doctrine will damage the Church’s position. The letter warns the US bishops that their decision to consider barring pro-abortion politicians from communion could re-ignite anti-Catholic sentiment in the US. “For many years Catholics were denied public office by voters who feared that they would take direction from the Pope,” the Congressmen wrote. ” . . . While that […]
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Brazilian Gay Activists and Political Leaders Meet to Strategize on UN Gay Rights Resolution

CURITIBA, BRAZIL, May 20, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – From May 12 to 16, homosexual leaders and groups from all Brazilian states – and representatives from the government, NGOs and international funding agencies and the media – met together in Curitiba, Brazil, to debate major issues, Julio Severo a pro-family activist in Brazil reports to LifeSiteNews.com.  The major discussion involved the “Brazil Without Homophobia” government program, the Brazilian resolution against discrimination based on sexual orientation in the UN, the approval of laws sympathetic to homosexuality in the Brazilian Congress, the influence of “homophobic religious fundamentalists” and allocation of funding for AIDS programs […]
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Dead and Decomposing Child Sent to Mother by Courier in a Cardboard Box

THUNDER BAY, May 20, 2004 (LifeSiteNew.com) – Zeb Kenequanash, the Chief of North Caribou Lake First Nation has demanded a police investigation into the actions of a hospital in Thunder Bay when a mother in his community, after a miscarriage, received the decomposing body of her child in a cardboard box. “The mother went hysterical after she found out the unborn child came through the mail,” Chief Kenequanash said. The mother was medevaced to Sioux Lookout hospital but lost her child. When the family requested the remains, the hospital placed the child’s body in a cardboard box, labelled it “diagnostic […]
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Canadian Physicians Group Warns of Dangers of “Morning After Pill”

OTTAWA, May 20, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Responding to Health Minister Pierre Pettigrew’s announcement on May 18 that Health Canada will move forward with allowing the “morning after pill” (MAP) to be sold without a doctor’s prescription, Dr. Will Johnston, president of Canadian Physicians for Life, expressed concern that such a move could endanger the health of Canadian women and girls and raise serious issues regarding informed consent.  “The policy to make the ‘morning after pill’ available without a doctor’s prescription puts women and girls at higher risk for disease and sexual health problems,” said Dr. Johnston. The “morning after pill” […]
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Canadian Bishops Conference Objects to Government Disinformation on Morning After Pill

OTTAWA, May 20, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), an arm of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Knights of Columbus, has objected to the latest Liberal Government proposal to have the morning after pill sold in pharmacies without a prescription from a doctor.  COLF took issue with the government’s calling the pill ‘emergency contraception’.   A COLF release yesterday said, “Pregnancy begins with conception not implantation. It is thus inaccurate to refer to this pill as emergency contraception, given its potential to act as an abortifacient.”  It stressed, “Women have a right […]
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Ontario Population Crisis: 110 Schools Slated for Closure

TORONTO, May 20, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – People for Education, a parent’s group, learned that 110 schools are slated for closure in Ontario by June 2005. The information was derived from a survey of school boards throughout Canada’s most populous province. The finding is a reflection of a declining population, and scarcity of children. Statistics reveal that Canada’s birth rate has fallen by over 25 percent in the last ten years, with biggest declines seen in Ontario. The most recent statistics released by Statistics Canada, for 2002, reveal the lowest birth rate ever, at only 10.5 live births for every 1,000 […]
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Chilean Mayor Defies Health Ministry over Distribution of Morning-After Pill

SANTIAGO, May 20, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The mayor of Lo Barnechea, Chile, is not yielding easily. The Chilean Health Minister has threatened Mayors to distribute the abortifacient morning-after pill or face sanctions. Marta Ehlers continues to maintain her pro-life position, defying Health Minister Pedro Garcia’s directive. She spoke with the Catholic News Agency (CNA) Tuesday.  “I believe life is the most essential right of the human person and as such is above the authority of the State,” she told the CNA. “The government can only recognize it and protect it, it cannot restrict or limit it in any way.”  The […]
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Canadian Bishop Weighs in on Pro-Abortion Catholic Politician Communion Debate

Reprinted by LifeSiteNews.com with permission of Bishop Fred Henry No communion for John Kerry U.S. candidate Kerry ‘offside’ on fundamental Catholic life issues By BISHOP FRED HENRY Calgary Western Catholic Reporter In 1960, the conventional wisdom was that Protestants wouldn’t elect a Catholic president out of fears that he would take his orders from the pope rather than the Constitution. John Kennedy, reiterating his belief in the separation of Church and state, attempted to neutralize the effects of anti-Catholic prejudice and assured his fellow Americans that his religion would not interfere with his presidential duties. By way of contrast, John […]
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