Obama’s Secretary of Education Pick Proposed Homosexual High School

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., December 17, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two more Obama Cabinet appointees, one a proponent of homosexual schools and another an open homosexual, serve as further indication that the President-elect will eagerly espouse homosexual-friendly policies. On Tuesday, Obama announced that Chicago Public Schools CEO and Chicago Annenberg Challenge collaborator Arne Duncan was his choice for Secretary of Education. Obama praised Duncan as a hands-on leader not “beholden to any one ideology.”  As head of the Chicago public school system, Duncan proposed and approved controversial plans for a special public high school for homosexuals. The Social Justice Solidarity High […]
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Swedish Court Rejects Claim of “Marriage” Between Homosexual “Priests”

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski STOCKHOLM, December 17, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A homosexual couple, who were “married” in Canada, have lost their case against the Swedish Tax Authority in a ruling by the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court (Regeringsrätten) which said that the two could not be regarded as a married couple under Swedish law, reports Sweden’s The Local. Lars Gårdfeldt and Lars Arnell, who are both “priests” in the Church of Sweden, alleged discrimination by the tax authority when their “marriage” was classified as a civil partnership. The Lutheran Church of Sweden already offers “blessings” to homosexual civil unions, which have […]
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It is “Illegal” to Stop Food and Hydration of Vulnerable Patients: Top Italian Minister

By Hilary White, Rome Correspondent ROME, December 17, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A high-level minister in the Italian government has called “illegal” the proposal to starve and dehydrate to death vulnerable patients in the care of the country’s nationalised health service. The news comes within hours of Italian media confirming that Eluana Englaro, known as Italy’s Terri Schiavo, was to be moved this week to a clinic that is willing to participate in her killing by removing her feeding and hydration tube. Maurizio Sacconi, Italy’s Minister of Labour, Health and Social Policies, told a press conference that it is “illegal” for […]
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Full Text of Cherie Blair Speech at Angelicum: Sticks to Support for Contraception, Dodges Abortion

By Hilary White, Rome Correspondent, and John Jalsevac ROME, December 17, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In the lead-up to Cherie Blair’s lecture at the Angelicum last week, pro-life Catholics from around the world contacted the university asking that Mrs. Blair’s appearance be cancelled, due to her public admissions of dissent from key areas of Catholic teaching. In what some pro-life leaders have called a “carefully stage-managed” piece of damage control, however, Mrs. Blair in her lecture made a series of statements presented as assurance of her adherence to Catholic teaching on abortion. (To read the complete lecture, see: https://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/dec/08121705.html To read the complete […]
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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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New Study Find Children Who Live with Biological Parents and go to Church Fare Best Developmentally

WASHINGTON, December 17, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new study from the Mapping America project, co-released by more than 30 state family policy councils, has fund that children have fewer problems at school and home when they live with both biological parents and frequently attend religious services.  Dr. Nicholas Zill, the founding president of Child Trends, and Dr. Philip Fletcher, a research psychologist at Westat, co-authored the new study, which analyzes data from the National Survey of Children’s Health.    Among their remarkable findings: children in this group are five times less likely to repeat a grade, less likely to have […]
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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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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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Lithuanian Law: Public Agitation for Homosexual Acts is Detrimental to Minors

By Ellen M. Rice VILNIUS, December 16, 2008 (LifeSiteNews) – An amendment that the Lithuanian Parliament added to its protection of minors statutes last week says that “public information that agitates for homosexual relations” causes “a detrimental effect on the development of minors” and “defies family values.” The story was largely ignored by the English speaking press, but the UK’s homosexual news source, Pink News, states that the homosexual rights group Tolerant Youth Association (TJA) believes the law will ban homosexual websites, films such as Brokeback Mountain, discos, exhibitions, demonstrations and other public events.  The law is set to be […]
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