Illinois Organization Campaigns to Stop Funding of Embryonic Stem Cell Research

By John Connolly ROMEOVILLE, Illinois, December 24, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Using the new pluripotent stem cell research breakthroughs as leverage, the Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI) has begun a push to end state-funded embryonic stem cell research through the Illinois Regenerative Medicine Institute. The CCI, the public policy organization for the Illinois Catholic Bishops, has fought since 2003 to pass legislature blocking state funding for research that uses human embryos. The new push is based on the recent discovery that scientists can use human skin cells to simulate the flexibility of stem cells. The CCI is one of many pro-life […]
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Original Now Deleted St. Frances Cabrini Parish ‘Statement of Reconciliation’

St. Frances Cabrini Parish STATEMENT OF RECONCILIATION We, the members of St. Frances Cabrini Parish, claim as our own the words of the Apostle Paul. “There is no longer Jew nor Greek, there is no longer slave nor free, there is no longer male and female: for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) As members of one body we are grieved by the separation of many of those Catholics who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual from the Catholic Church. We are aware of the centuries of oppression that these brothers and sisters have […]
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Merry Christmas Message from President Bush

The following Christmas message has just been released by US President George W. Bush: Christmas 2007 “But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High…his kingdom will never end.’” Luke 1:30-33 During the Christmas season, our thoughts turn to the source of joy and hope born in a humble manger on a holy night more than 2,000 years […]
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Archbishop has Priest Remove Notice from Parish Website About Blessing Homosexual Couples

By John-Henry Westen ST. PAUL, Minnesota, December 21, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has informed LifeSiteNews.com that after a meeting with Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, Father Leo Tibesar, of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish in Minneapolis has agreed to remove from the parish website “any language from the St. Frances Cabrini parish website that is in opposition to Roman Catholic Church doctrine.” Removed from the parish website was a page titled a “Statement of Reconciliation” which bemoaned Church teaching on sexual purity and married chastity and misrepresented these teachings as a form of “oppression.” The statement […]
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The Golden Compass Battle of Catholic Schools – One Board Bans it While Another Praises It

By John-Henry Westen Hamilton, December 21, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a 5-4 decision the Halton Catholic District School Board decided Tuesday to ban the anti-Catholic book“The Golden Compass” and the other two books in the “His Dark Materials” anti-religion series.  The film, “The Golden Compass” has ignited interest in the books and drawn the attention of Catholic leaders the world over who have condemned it. In addition to several US bishops and archbishops, the Vatican newspaper blasted the film and books in an editorial this week. The removal of the book from Catholic schools comes as no surprise considering the […]
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Christmas Greetings from Canadian Prime Minister Harper

21 December 2007 Ottawa, Ontario Greetings from the nation’s capital. The Christmas season is upon us once again and it’s a wonderful time of year. We can relax and be with our loved ones, celebrate our faith, reflect on our good fortune to live in the greatest country in the world. Of all the joys of the season, perhaps none is more satisfying than the joy of giving. Not just the gifts exchanged between family and friends, but the gifts of time, money and effort many give to people less fortunate than ourselves. That spirit of generosity is one of […]
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“Value-Free” Sex Education already a Value Choice says Hong Kong Cardinal

By Hilary White HONG KONG, December 21, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Sex education can be based on sound moral principles as well as accurate information and does not have to include information about immoral practices or contraception, says a prominent Hong Kong churchman. Joseph Cardinal Zen, the Catholic bishop of Hong Kong has published a pastoral letter for Advent entitled “Love life, a Gift of God” in which he said, “Sex education cannot be anything other than education with value orientation. The so-called value-free idea is already a value choice”. “When a person suggests that abortion, the termination of an innocent […]
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