New Vatican Astronomer to Stay Out of Darwinian Debate

By Hilary White ROME, August 25, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Vatican has appointed a Jesuit priest to head the Vatican Observatory, Argentine Fr. Jose Funes. The appointment follows the retirement of Fr. George Coyne, another Jesuit astronomer who had vehemently opposed the Catholic Church’s stand on materialist Darwinism. Father Funes, speaking to Catholic News Service, the official news outlet of the US Bishops Conference, denied that Fr. Coyne had been removed by the Vatican for his opposition to Catholic teaching. Funes put the change down to personnel changes being made by Pope Benedict XVI, a pope widely considered to be […]
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US Condemns Beijing for Farcical Trial of Blind Activist Who Exposed Forced Abortion

By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., August 25, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The United States has condemned China for imprisoning a blind Chinese activist who exposed the forcing of sterilizations and abortions on villagers in accord with the Communist government’s one-child policy. According to AFP, the US State Department described the recent conviction of Chen Guangcheng, 34, as part of a larger attempt to curtail individual rights. Chen faces four years and three months in prison for “willfully damaging property and organizing a mob to disturb traffic”; charges which the State Department called “highly questionable”. Many believe yesterday’s conviction of Chen […]
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Ontario Bishop Urges Catholic Women to Take Political Action on Protecting Marriage

By Peter J. Smith HALIFAX, August 25, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The President of Ontario’s Catholic Bishops told Catholic women that they have a “rare second chance” to reverse Parliament’s legalization of same-sex “marriage” in Canada according to Canadian Catholic News. At the national convention of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) in Halifax, August 15, Pembroke Bishop Richard Smith urged the league’s members to mobilize their 99,000 associates in a grassroots campaign to contact their Members of Parliament and vocalize their support for traditional marriage. Bishop Smith urged them to telephone, write personal letters – not ineffectual petitions – and “knock […]
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Conservative Government Continuing Pro-Abortion Extremism at United Nations

By John-Henry Westen NEW YORK, August 25, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The switch to a Conservative Government seems to have had little effect on the pro-abortion activism of Canadian representatives at the United Nations. While pro-life Canadians did not expect that the Harper government would be pro-life, it did have hopes that the radical promotion of a global right to abortion by Canadian delegates at the UN would cease. Such radicalism has seen several important United Nations documents held up by Canada’s insistence that a right to abortion be included in the wording, a position which is intolerable to numerous African […]
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Blind Chinese Anti-Forced Abortion Activist Sentenced to Over Four Years in Prison

By John-Henry Westen BEIJING, August 24, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The farcical trial of 35-year-old Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese human rights activist who has made known China’s brutal forced abortion practices has ended with Chen being sentenced to four years and three months in prison.ÂÂ The circumstances around the trial and the brutality exhibited by officials, or those hired by them, have demonstrated once again the tyrannical methods of the Chinese government. Chen’s supporters say his conviction on the charges of “wilful destruction of public property” and “gathering a crowd to disrupt traffic” was groundless and one of his lawyers has […]
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South Africa Cabinet Approves Same-Sex “Marriage” Bill

PRETORIA, South Africa, August 24, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – South Africa’s cabinet has approved a bill that would make South Africa the first nation on the African continent to legalize same-sex “marriage”. The bill would amend the 1961 Marriage Act that currently defines marriage as “the union of one man with one woman, to the exclusion of others”. “Basically (the bill) will legalize same sex marriage in compliance with the constitutional court ruling,” said Government spokesman Themba Maseko according to Reuters. At a press conference Thursday, Maseko explained that the government’s bill would amend the Marriage Act, which Maseko said the […]
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