The Origin of Silent Night – A Christmas Carol is Born

Special to LifeSiteNews.com by Fr. Bernard Heffernan For 22 years I looked after the spiritual needs of senior citizen homes. Volunteers helped. Among them was Anna Cairnduf, a lady who hails from a mountain town in Austria. She’s the grand niece of Father Joseph Mohr, the writer of the Christmas carol “Silent Night” which for a long time was ignored. Why? Great music is expected from great cities and great Cathedrals but hardly from a poor, cold, drafty little mountain church, where a few days before Christmas in 1818, a hungry mouse chewed through the bellows of the old organ, […]
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Liberal Party Campaigner: “Take your NRA, Gun Loving A** Back to the US Where You Belong”

By Hilary White OAKVILLE, December 20, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The latest election gaffe from the Liberals comes from the Oakville Liberal riding association where confirmed abortion-supporter, Bonnie Brown, is running for re-election. Elie Betito, a prominent volunteer for Brown’s campaign, responded to an email to the campaign from a voter who took the Liberals to task in strong terms for the Sponsorship scandal and Paul Martin’s proposal to ban handguns. The email writer, Stacey Cherwonak, who identified herself as a forensic firearms specialist with the RCMP, wrote, “I want to thank your party for making it clear who I should […]
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Abortion-Shoah Comparison Infuriates Abortion Advocates at EU

  By Hilary White BRUSSELS, December 20, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – That it is verboten to compare abortion with the Nazi holocaust is a routine assertion among abortion advocates and is a particularly sensitive dogma among secularist partisans in the European Parliament. The latest example comes from Catholics for a Free Choice (CFFC), which has issued a media release excoriating the European Parliament for allowing the display of a poster that made the comparison. The CFFC release is in conjunction with a statement from a group of 500 self-proclaimed “women’s rights and human rights leaders,” saying they were “outraged” by the […]
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German Conservatives Unite in Plan to Outlaw Late-Term Abortions

By Gudrun Schultz GERMANY, December 20, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Christian Democratic Union and Christian Socialist Union have jointly announced plans to change current abortion laws, making it illegal to obtain an abortion after 23 weeks into a pregnancy. Johannes Singhammer, the parties’ spokesman for women’s affairs, said plans would “change the scandalous practice in Germany,” in an interview with the Munchner Merkur, Bavarian daily press. “No sensible human being can remain calm when a child, which could live, is aborted shortly before its birth, just because it is handicapped, ” Singhammer said. “We must urgently rethink the value of […]
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Even Pro-Abortion Senator Wants this Abortion Doc’s Licence Suspended

PANORAMA CITY, California, December 20, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Senator Barbara Boxer, known for her rabidly pro-abortion views, has demanded that the Osteopathic Medical Board of California immediately suspend the license of abortionist Laurence Reich. In a strongly worded letter, Boxer referred to a recent CNN report about Reich that detailed Reich’s criminal past as a sexual predator, but failed to mention that he is an abortionist. “I never thought I would agree with Barbara Boxer on anything, but I whole-heartedly support her demand for the immediate suspension of abortionist Laurence Reich’s license in the interest of public safety,” said Operation […]
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Pope’s New Representative to U.S. Had Denounced Jerusalem “Gay Pride”

By Gudrun Schultz WASHINGTON, DC, December 19, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Archbishop Pietro Sambi, newly appointed as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, had condemned a Gay Pride celebration planned for Jerusalem last August. Then Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and Palestine, Archbishop Sambi called the planned gathering “a provocation to the Jews, Christians and Muslims of Jerusalem and all over the world,” reported Joel Greenberg for the Jewish World Review. “This is a holy city for people who accept the Lordship of God on their life. It’s not for pride,” Archbishop Sambi said. “No one can assure that this parade will […]
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EU Orders Spain to Start Charging Catholic Church Sales Tax

By Hilary White BRUSSELS, December 19, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The European Union’s Executive Commission has threatened to take the Spanish government to court if it does not agree to start charging the Catholic Church sales tax on the goods it buys. Spain’s socialist government, which since its election has engaged in a project of erasing from law and public life all indications of the Catholic character of the country, is unlikely to demur. The EU has said that a special tax exemption breaks European tax law. Currently, the Church in Spain receives a portion of tax revenues under a 1979 […]
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Former President Clinton Does Tribute Video for Elton John Gay “Wedding”

By John-Henry Westen LONDON, December 19, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Former US President Bill Clinton has done a one-minute video congratulating musician Elton John on his upcoming homosexual ‘marriage’. According to the British paper, The Mirror, on the tape, which is to be played tonight at John’s pre-‘wedding’ bash, Clinton says, “If there were more people in the world like Elton, then the world would be a better place.” Despite his support for Elton John’s homosexual union, Clinton’s political manoeuvres on homosexual ‘marriage’ were dictated by political expedience rather than conviction. It was after all President Clinton, and not President George […]
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