Quebec Man Charged with Assisting Uncle to Commit Suicide Acquitted

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski ALMA, Quebec, December 17, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Stephan Dufour, who pleaded not guilty to the charge of assisting his uncle Chantal Maltais to commit suicide in September 2006, has been acquitted in trial by jury.   Dufour testified at his trial that Maltais told him to attach a dog’s choke chain to a rope and tie it onto a pole in his bedroom closet. Two days later, on September 9, 2006, Maltais was found hanging in the closet. Dufour told the court that he was reluctant to follow his uncle’s instructions but finally gave in because of […]
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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday December 17, 2008

Re: Hungarian Court Strikes Down Heterosexual and Same-sex Civil Unions over Damage to the Familyhttps://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/dec/08121605.html Bravo to the Hungarian Government for their understanding of the importance of marriage and working to protect it.  Let us pray for them that they may be guided in the upcoming battle that may ensue with the EU.  I wish we could send a letter of encouragement to persevere.  Let us also pray for the new EU president,Vaclav Klaus, that he may guide the EU in the manner of true freedom and democracy. A. Waggoner ____________________________________ Re: Donation Campaign People who take a daily newspaper […]
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LifeSiteNews.com NewsBytes for December 17, 2008

* Disclaimer: The linked items below or the websites at which they are located do not necessarily represent the views of LifeSiteNews.com. They are presented only for your information.   Swedish doctor reprimanded following accidental abortion  https://www.thelocal.se/16380/20081216/   China will raise the annual payment to rural parents who abide by its population control policies to 720 yuan ($105.1) next year from 600 yuan currently  https://ibnlive.in.com/news/china-to-raise-payments-for-onechild-families/80634-2.html   Vatican hits out at controversial abortion pill  https://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jQT9hAFyFU6AmE2jacjoX3Bwu2JA   Canadians expect assisted suicide to be more common  https://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/story.html?id=68fe83dc-e14c-43c7-b2c9-aec6d0bef36f&k=74756   Obama citizenship issue has merit, AOL poll says  https://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=83846 “Pro-Life” Rick Warren to Give Invocation […]
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Question and Answer Session at Cherie Blair Talk at Angelicum (Updated)

(Note: At points marked “——” the recording was inaudible) QUESTION: I am Father Bruce Williams and I teach Moral Theology at this University.  I want to address a question to Mrs. Blair but preface it with a comment if I may.   I was struck with the breadth, the comprehensiveness of your discussion of human rights as they pertain to women in the history of the Church’s broken understanding … broken understanding [of human rights]. For reasons that I think are known to you and me and all of us – I was particularly attentive as to what you had to say […]
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Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas Message to the Anglican Communion

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams’ Christmas Message to the Anglican Communion   Human beings, left to themselves, have imagined God in all sorts of shapes; but – although there were one or two instances, in Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt, of gods being pictured as boys – it took Christianity to introduce the world to the idea of God in the form of a baby: in the form of complete dependence and fragility, without power or control. If you stop to think about it, it is still shocking. And it is also deeply challenging.   God chose to […]
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Hungarian Court Strikes Down Heterosexual and Same-sex Civil Unions over Damage to the Family

By Ellen M. Rice BUDAPEST, Hungary, December 16, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) — Yesterday Hungary’s Constitutional Court struck down Parliament’s Domestic Partnership Act, which gave legal recognition to unmarried and same-sex partnerships, because the Act diminished the importance of true marriage. The Domestic Partnership Act, passed by parliament in 2007, was meant to give any couple the same rights as those enjoyed by married couples.  It gave heterosexual and homosexual couples next of kin status, taxation benefits, health care, inheritance, social security, pension and shared property rights.  It was set to take effect on January 1, 2009. The Hungarian Court says the […]
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UNICEF: Daycare is “A high-stakes gamble with today’s children and tomorrow’s world”

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski December 16, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A surprising new document from UNICEF puts the spotlight on the possible fallout of the decreasing role of the family in raising young children, and the proliferation of daycare in affluent western nations. “What we are now witnessing across the industrialized world,” says the UNICEF report, “can fairly be described as a revolution in how the majority of young children are being brought up.” The report observes that “most children in the developed world are spending their earliest years in some form of care outside the home.” According to the organization, […]
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Homosexual Couples Can Now List Both Names on New York Birth Certificates

By Kathleen Gilbert NEW YORK, December 16, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Homosexual couples in much of New York who have been “married” out of state can now list both their names on children’s birth certificates.  While New York law does not allow same-sex unions to be called marriages, the new birth certificates follow Gov. David Paterson’s initiative to revamp New York law to extend more privileges to homosexuals.  In May, Paterson issued a directive to state agencies ordering them to respect out-of-state homosexual “marriages.” The state Health Department agreed to the change Friday in compliance with the lawsuit of a Canada-“wed” […]
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Letters to the Editor: Readers Respond to “Twenty Years of Eugenic Abortions at Catholic Hospital” S

RE:  Exclusive Report Summary: Twenty Years of Eugenic Abortion at Ontario Catholic Hospitalhttps://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/dec/08121112.html   As a practising Roman Catholic and the mother of five children who lost 3 children, one nine hours after birth, another 24 days after birth, and the last one in my arms at 7 months, I just could not read this entire article without crying.  And coming from a Catholic hospital, it is three times more repulsive.  I condemn this behaviour.   Peggy Kelly – Greely, Ontario  ____________________________________ This is the unauthorised and direct taking of innocent life (God alone can authorise it). In other words, this act […]
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