Vatican Publishes Statement Opposing Embryonic Stem Cell Research

VATICAN CITY, October 22, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Vatican permanent observer at the United Nations commented Thursday on current attempts to have the UN endorse embryonic stem cell research, calling the practice “disrespectful to human dignity.” Archbishop Celestino Migliore, speaking before a committee reviewing the UN’s International Convention Against the Reproductive Cloning of Human Beings, said, “. . . so-called therapeutic cloning, creating human embryos with the intention of destroying them, even if undertaken with the goal of possibly helping sick patients in the future, seems very clearly incompatible with respect for the dignity of the human being, making one […]
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Virginia Bishop Calls Abortion ‘Greatest Evil of Our Age’

WHEELING, West Virginia, October 22, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The bishop of Wheeling-Charleston issued a pastoral letter Wednesday in anticipation of the November presidential election, warning parishioners of his diocese that “abortion is the greatest moral evil of our age.”“As the deliberate killing of an innocent human being, there is ‘no circumstance, no purpose, no law whatsoever’ that can justify or excuse abortion,” Bishop Bernard W. Schmitt wrote, quoting from Pope John Paul II’s document, Evangelium vitae. “It is contrary to the Law of God which is written in every human heart, knowable by reason itself, and proclaimed by the Church.”“All […]
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St. Louis Bishop Burke Regrets it Took Him so Long to Become Outspoken

PEWAUKEE, Ohio, October 22, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking at the annual dinner for Trinity Academy in Pewaukee earlier this week, St. Louis Archbishop Raymond L. Burke expressed regret that is took him so long to take the bold stands in favour of life for which he has recently become renowned. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reports that Burke told the 200 people at the dinner, “People have asked me if I regret having taken the action that I did, and all of the publicity that has resulted, especially people who know that by nature I’m not very fond of controversy.” He […]
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From American Life League Oct. 22 Communique:  The Milwaukee Archdiocesan Priests Alliance has written to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, asking that bishops refrain from telling priests to withhold Holy Communion from known pro-abortion public figures, adding, “We do not think it is wise to ask us to make on the spot judgments about the worthiness of any recipient.” The Milwaukee Catholic Herald reported on the letter without comment. American Life League is asking why Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan has been silent on the issue.  Report Details Hostility to Religious Expression in America https://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/10/afa/212004a.asp   Bishops call on Fox to ensure Mexico […]
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Schiavo’s Life at Risk: Gov Bush Denied Appeal to Save Her

CLEARWATER, Florida, October 22, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s appeal to the state Supreme Court to reconsider striking down Terri’s Law was rejected Thursday. Terri’s Law was created as a last-ditch effort to save brain-damaged Terri Schiavo’s life in 2003, when a court-approved measure instigated by her estranged husband, Michael Schiavo, mandated that her feeding tube be removed. The court ruled the law “unconstitutional” in September this year, paving the way for Michael to follow through with euthanasizing Terri.  Earlier this month, Bush’s lawyer said he may appeal the case to the US Supreme Court if the Florida […]
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Brazilian High Court Rules Against Abortion for Anencephaly

RIO DE JANEIRO, October 22, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) –  The Brazilian Supreme Federal Tribunal in a 7-4 vote, has outlawed abortions for anencephalic babies which had become legal in July. The killing of children with underdeveloped brains was introduced to expand the existing abortion laws that allow abortion for women whose pregnancy is the result of rape, or if a pregnancy endangers the mother’s life. There is no medical evidence showing any threat to the mother of a child suffering from anencephaly. The move was opposed by the Attorney General as well as the Brazilian bishops who said the child “must […]
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Second Utah City Within Five Months Wins Ten Commandments Monument Fight

ANN ARBOR, October 21, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a ruling released Tuesday, Federal District Judge Dee Benson held that Duchesne City, Utah, acted constitutionally when it sold land on which a Ten Commandments monument sits to keep from having to remove it. This is the second case within the past five months in which two public interest law firms, the Thomas More Law Center and the American Center for Law and Justice, have collaborated as co-counsel to prevent the removal of Ten Commandment Monuments in Utah. The Duchesne decision comes within five months after another federal judge ruled in favor […]
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Faith Takes Back Seat to Politics for Left-Leaning U.S. Catholic Clergy and Detroit Bishop Gumbleton

DETROIT, October 21, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Several liberal priests and a Detroit bishop have come out against so-called “one-issue” voting, namely voting based on a politician’s pro-abortion or pro-life record. Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton, pastor of St. Leo’s parish in Detroit, and two liberal priests groups, the Milwaukee Archdiocese Priests Alliance, and a group of 50 priests from Pittsburgh, argue that the Catholic Church should advocate the so-called “seamless garment” view of political policy. Proponents of the garment view argue that all life issues, including such issues as war, capital punishment, poverty and health care should be considered on […]
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