Abortion and Gay Union Bill Soundly Defeated in Paraguayan Parliament

Asunción, Paraguay, May. 31, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Paraguay’s House of Representatives defeated, overwhelmingly, a bill last Thursday aimed at legalizing abortion and homosexual unions. The South American country’s legislators rejected the bill by a margin of 57 to 6. There was no debate and only Carlos Filizzola, the bill’s sponsor, spoke in favour. There were 3 abstentions. Religious and pro-life leaders, who had voiced their opposition to the bill, congratulated the representatives on their decision. Father Juan Claudio Sanahuja, director of the “Noticias Globales” news agency, issued the following statement on the agency’s website: “Today’s results, unthinkable just a few […]
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Pope and Italian Bishops Engage in Tactical Maneuvers to Defend Life in Embryo Referendum

ROME, May 31, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Italy’s law on in vitro fertilization and embryo research is among the most restrictive in the world. In February 2004, LifeSiteNews.com reported that Bishop Elio Sgreccia, vice president of the Pontifical Academy for Life said that although the law “does not reflect Catholic morality,” its restrictions on the some of the more immoral and dangerous practices were praiseworthy. Naturally, these restrictions came under immediate attack by the extremist pro-abortion wing of the political left. In January of this year, LifeSiteNews.com reported that a coalition led by the extreme left Radical Party of Italy, had […]
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Orthodox Jewish Canadians Speak Out against Gay “Marriage” Legislation

TORONTO, MONTREAL, May 31, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a statement circulated Tuesday, several prominent Canadian Orthodox Jewish groups denounced the Liberal government’s plan to introduce same-sex “marriage” legislation, Bill C-38. “As citizens of this great country, we take great pride in our country and the opportunity for religious freedom it has afforded us,” the statement begins. “We are therefore deeply pained by the necessity to take a public stance against the government’s proposal to sanction same – sex marriage.” “Judaism affirms the integrity and sanctity of marriage, which has been the bedrock of civilization and traditional morality for thousands of […]
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Catholic Schoolchildren Wear Black Armbands to Protest University’s Morgentaler Honour

LONDON, Ontario, May 31, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Catholic schoolchildren participating in a track and field meet at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) this week have been invited to protest the University’s decision to confer an honorary degree upon abortionist Henry Morgentaler by wearing black armbands. Sacred Heart School in Parkhill has asked students who will be competing in the track and field meet at UWO today to wear the black armband. Joe Rappai, the director of Education for the London District Catholic School Board said on London’s AM 1290 CJBK Tuesday that he had also emailed all the Catholic […]
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Peruvian Cardinal Says Failing to Stand for Truth On Moral Issues “Is as Serious as the Sinful Deed”

LIMA, Peru, May 31, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a recent interview with Agenzia Fides, Cardinal Archbishop Juan Luis Cipriani came out strongly on a number of pro-life, pro-family issues and emphasized that, for the “modern apostle” who neglects his duty on these issues, “the sin of omission is as serious as the sinful deed.” “The modern apostle must not be afraid to stand up for what is true and good, even if it means losing a job, coming under attack, and at times offering one’s life,” said the Cardinal. Cardinal Cipriani was responding specifically to many Latin American’s governments’ attempts […]
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NY High Court Says New Paltz Mayor Should Stand Trial for “Marrying” Gays

ALBANY, NY, May 31, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – New York State’s highest court denied an appeal Friday, ruling that New Paltz Mayor Jason West stand trial for defying state law and “marrying” homosexual couples last year. The Court of Appeals ruled that West must face the 24 misdemeanour counts in a trial in the lower courts. Both New York Gov. George Pataki and Attorney General Eliot Spitzer agreed that West contravened the law by “marrying” the same-sex couples in February 2004. Meanwhile in Massachusetts, the Supreme Judicial Court denied a bid by Catholic Action League’s executive director Joseph Doyle to temporarily […]
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Experts Worldwide Find Gay Adoption Harmful for Children

MADRID, Spain (LifeSiteNews.com) – In light of a pending vote in the Spanish Senate on same-sex marriage HazteOir, together with the Spanish Forum for the Family and the Institute for Family Policy, has published and distributed an in-depth report on the effects that being raised by same-sex parents has on a child. The report, entitled “Report on Infantile Development in Same-Sex Couples” and available only in Spanish at this time, gathers and compares information from a vast number of studies carried out on the issue. HazteOir, concerned by the apparent unquestioning acceptance in Spain of homosexual adoption, hopes that the […]
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