USCCB President Says to Become a Priest Candidate Must Accept That Homosexuality is Disordered

By John-Henry Westen SPOKANE, WA, November 29, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an interview with LifeSiteNews.com on the Vatican’s release of the document on homosexuality and the priesthood, the President of the United States Conference of Bishops acknowledged that ordination to the priesthood is only open to men who accept the Church’s teaching on homosexuality. Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, President of the USCCB, told LifeSiteNews.com that the publication of the document marked “a significant moment in the Church.” Much of the media has focussed on the barring of men who are actively homosexual and those with deep-seated homosexual tendencies […]
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Canadian Election Buzz

Bringing Belinda Down Has Become Battle Cry For Newmarket-Aurora Tories“This election will be a referendum on what Belinda did. People are coming from all parts of Canada to work on our campaign,” said Stephen Somerville resident of the Newmarket-Aurora Conservative riding association, of the Conservative push to oust Paul Martin’s human resources minister. “What she did was wrong on so many levels. She betrayed her party, her leader, the values she ascribed to, Conservative voters and all the campaign volunteers, who were stunned. Stunned.”https://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1133219410155&call_pageid=974089105216&col=974089088220 Toronto Sun EDITORIAL: They’re done—stick a fork in ‘em!  After 12 years, four governments and two […]
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Conservative Leader Launches Campaign with Promise to Revisit Homosexual Marriage

By John-Henry Westen OTTAWA, November 29, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a press gallery scrum this morning, the first official day of Election 2006, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper said that if elected, the Conservative Party would revisit the controversial legislation on homosexual marriage. Harper said he would first bring forward a motion (a propsal that a law be enacted) on the traditional definition of marriage. He stressed that there would beÂa free vote on the matter,Âincluding a free vote for cabinet ministers. The free vote for cabinet ministers is significant since during the vote on the homosexual ‘marriage’ legislation, the Liberal […]
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Indiana Court Upholds Waiting Period before Abortion

By Terry Vanderheyden INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, November 29, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld a law requiring an 18-hour wait period before abortion, which also mandates that women receive counseling before abortion. The 4-1 ruling upheld a 1995 law that requires that women show their face at a clinic at least 18 hours before an abortion. Abortionists and their advocates who challenged the law argued that counseling and a waiting period requirement contravened rights of women to privacy. The court disagreed, saying that the law “does not impose a material burden on any right to privacy or abortion […]
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Swedish Pastor Ake Green Acquitted of Hate Speech against Homosexuals

By Terry Vanderheyden STOCKHOLM, November 29, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Sweden’s Supreme Court has acquitted Pastor Ake Green of a charge of inciting hatred against homosexuals. The 5-0 ruling, handed down today, maintained that Green’s sermon was protected by freedom of speech and religion. Green had been convicted and sentenced by a lower court in 2004 for his so-called hate speech. While the media have falsely claimed that Green referred to homosexuals as a “cancerous tumor” on society, Green told the courts he was referring to homosexual acts, not persons. In fact, the only similar reference in his 2003 sermon was […]
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Australian Abortion Doctor to Stand Trial for Manslaughter

By Terry Vanderheyden SYDNEY, November 29, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A doctor who has performed almost 10,000 abortions is going to trial on a charge of manslaughter. In May, 2002, after a mother was turned away from several abortuaries who declined to commit an illegal late-term abortion, abortionist Suman Sood agreed to do the deed. She administered a drug to induce labour of the 23-week-old unborn child. The baby survived for five hours after the woman delivered him at home early the following morning. Sood, 56, is the first doctor charged with an abortion-related offence after abortion was legalized in Australia […]
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Malta, Italy, Germany, Poland and Slovakia Object to EU Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

By Terry Vanderheyden VALETTA, November 29, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Maltese officials joined with officials from five other western European nations to object to European Union support for embryonic stem cell research yesterday. Malta’s Competitiveness Minister Censu Galea launched the complaint in Brussels, emphasizing the country is against the use of human embryos for use in medical research. The objection was a part of a joint declaration also adopted by Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland and Slovakia. The countries petitioned the EU to drop plans to fund research that utilizes human embryos in favour of research that uses adult stem cells exclusively. […]
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Missouri Law Banning Infanticide Ruled Unconstitutional

By Terry Vanderheyden KANSAS CITY, November 29, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Missouri law that bans partial-birth infanticide has been struck down as unconstitutional. A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that the 1999 Infants Protection Act, which limits late-term partial-birth abortions, has decided that the law is unconstitutional because it does not have a provision for the so-called health of the mother. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel of three judges hearkened back to a 2000 Supreme Court ruling that struck down a similar Nebraska law because of a failure of the law to provide for the health of […]
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Massachusetts Turns in Two Times the Necessary Signatures to Repeal Gay “Marriage” on 2008 Ballot

By Terry Vanderheyden BOSTON, November 28, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A family advocacy coalition has submitted double the required number of signatures necessary to ensure voters have an opportunity to overturn a 2003 activist court decision by voting on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex “marriage” during the 2008 general election. VoteOnMarriage.org collected over 120,000 signatures in time for the Wednesday deadline. “I credit this phenomenal effort to thousands of citizen volunteers and over 1,200 communities of faith – including Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim – who have worked tirelessly to give every citizen in the Commonwealth a voice in how […]
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Vatican Drops Singer Daniela Mercury from Christmas Concert over Condom Support

By Hilary White and John-Henry Westen ROME, November 28, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The annual Vatican Christmas concert will not feature condom-supporter, Brazilian rock singer Daniela Mercury. The concert, partially sponsored by the Vatican, is to raise funds for the Jesuit missions, including their work with AIDS sufferers. The agency promoting the concert said that they had received a letter from the Jesuits saying the singer’s support of condoms in the battle against AIDS was “against the moral doctrine of the church,”  Eligio Ermeti of the Prime Time Promotions agency. “We received a letter from the Jesuits asking us to remove […]
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