Brazil’s Catholics for a Free Choice Housed in Building owned by Catholic Religious Order

By John-Henry Westen   SAO PAULO, April 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Brazil has led some Catholics to seek to correct scandalous situations in Brazil which have been allowed to fester by Catholic authorities in Brazil.  Topping the list is the fact that the pro-abortion group calling itself Catholic for a Free Choice is housed in a building owned by a religious order, sharing the building with the southern branch of the Brazilian Bishops Conference and the Brazilian Religious conference.   The Spanish Catholic news service ACI Prensa reported in July 2006 that […]
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Brazil Supreme Court Begins Hearings on Human Embryonic Research

By Gudrun Schultz   BRASILIA, Brazil, April 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Debate over the morality of destroying human embryos in research began last week in Brazil, as the Supreme Court opened hearings on the issue to the general public.   For the first time, the Court permitted public attendance during the testimony of 25 doctors, researchers and scientists—dozens of citizens crowded the court during debates on the contentious issue, Reuters reported.   Brazil opened the door to embryonic stem cell research in 2005 with the passage of the biosecurity law. The attorney general challenged the law before the Supreme Court […]
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Dutch Abortion Boat Granted License for International Abortions

By Gudrun Schultz   AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, April 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Dutch abortion boat has been granted government permission to perform abortions in international waters on women up to 7 weeks pregnant, despite a massive national and international outcry, the Times online reported earlier today.   The boat has caused an uproar at home in the Netherlands and abroad. Condemned by governments and pro-life organizations as a propaganda tool for pro-abortion activists, the abortion boat has come under intense criticism for offering to perform abortions on women from countries where the procedure is illegal.   Operated by Women […]
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Ontario Public School Boards Call for Elimination of Catholic Separate System

By Hilary White   HAMILTON, April 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Although separate Catholic school boards in Ontario are guaranteed under the Canadian Constitution, a series of recent motions by public school board trustees has called their continued existence and distinctive religious nature into question.    The Ottawa Citizen reports that the public Ottawa Carleton District School Board voted ten to one on April 10 to eliminate their separate English and French publicly funded schools. The vote reaffirmed a 2001 motion in favour of a unified non-Catholic school system.   In the last municipal election, in order to bring attention to […]
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Pope: “It is my heartfelt hope” that Science Respects and Defends Right to Life

By John-Henry Westen   PAVIA, April 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking at a Catholic hospital in the Northern Italian city of Pavia today, Pope Benedict XVI said, “It is my heartfelt hope that vital scientific and technological progress will always be accompanied by a concern to promote, alongside the good of sick people, such fundamental values as respect for and defense of life at every stage, upon which the authentically human quality of coexistence depend.”   Continuing his address at the “San Matteo” hospital, the Pope highlighted the fact that “in each person suffering from illness it is He Himself […]
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Judge: Catholic Position Against Homosexual Adoption Justifies Government Hostility Towards Church

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In its brief filed last week with the U. S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Thomas More Law Center urged the court to reverse a federal judge’s ruling that an anti-Catholic resolution of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors was constitutionally justified because the Church opposed adoptions by homosexual couples. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, a President Carter appointee and one-time counsel for the National Organization for Women (NOW), ruled that the Board resolution condemning Catholic moral teaching on homosexuality and urging the Archbishop of San Francisco and Catholic Charities of San […]
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Fr. Richard John Neuhaus at National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) –“Remember this,” Richard John Neuhaus told a ballroom full of Catholic luminaries, “The greatest, moral, political, cultural contest of our time is…the contest between the culture of Life and the culture of Death.”   Richard John Neuhaus, a former Lutheran pastor born in Pembroke Ontario, is now a Catholic convert and priest and edits the leading American intellectual Catholic journal First Things. He addressed attendees at the 4th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC earlier this month. In the formal traditional American oratorical style, he encouraged those who had been involved in the […]
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