Austrian Hierarchy Rebels over Pope’s Selection of Conservative Priest as New Bishop

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman and John-Henry Westen BELGIUM, February 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pope Benedict’s selection of an orthodox Austrian priest as auxiliary bishop in the ultraliberal diocese of Linz has generated a firestorm of protest from liberal Catholics in the laity, among priests and even the bishops of Austria.  The furor was venomous in the media, priests voted to reject the nomination, and last week the priest himself – “not entirely voluntarily” – signed a letter asking the Pope to withdraw his appointment to the bishopric.  The Vatican has not, however, accepted the resignation. The priest’s request to withdraw his nomination […]
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Dr. James Dobson Steps Down as Focus on the Family Chairman

 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., February 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Focus on the Family’s James C. Dobson, Ph.D., has stepped down as board chairman of the ministry he founded 32 years ago, it was announced today. His wife, National Day of Prayer Chairman Shirley Dobson, has also left the Focus on the Family Board of Directors. They have been elected to the positions of Founder and Chairman Emeritus and Director Emerita, respectively, for the nonprofit ministry they started in 1977. The Dobsons’ decision represents the next step in a transition plan begun six years ago, when he stepped down as president in […]
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Sex-Selection and Hair, Skin and Eye Color in High Demand from U.S. Artificial Reproduction Companie

By Hilary White LOS ANGELES, February 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Demand for sex-selection for in vitro fertilization is “rapidly growing” according to many private IVF facilities in the US. In a CNN report on sex-selection and other genetic screening tests at the Fertility Institutes IVF facility in California, a spokesman for the Center for Genetics and Society said that the widespread practice of sex-selective IVF could open the door to “a society where there are new kinds of inequality and new kinds of discrimination, a world that we really would not want to live in.” The CNN report focused on the success […]
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Atheist Ads for London, Ontario Buses Refused By Ad Agency

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski LONDON, Ontario, February 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The atheist bus ads that are popping up on transit vehicles in Toronto that proclaim, “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” have been rejected for use on the busses of London, Ontario, by the US Company that handles advertising for London Transit. Lamar Advertising of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, refused the request for the London bus ads, made by the Canadian Atheist Bus Campaign. Steve Copeland, head of Eastern Canadian Operations for Lamar, said London Transit’s contract with his company gives him the authority to […]
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Bishop Martino Again Rebukes Sen. Casey, Instructs Withholding of Communion from Pro-Abort Politicia

By Kathleen Gilbert SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, February 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop Joseph F. Martino of Scranton issued yet another rebuke this week against “pro-life” Catholic Senator Bob Casey, who persisted in his decision to vote against restoring the abortion-reducing Mexico City Policy.  The bishop simultaneously reminded ministers in the Scranton diocese that public figures in a persistent and objective denial of the Church’s teaching on life must be denied Communion. Bishop Martino had condemned Casey on February 5 for the vote, which permitted taxpayer funds to abortion providers overseas, saying that in so doing Casey “persist(s) formally in cooperating with […]
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Anglican Church of Canada Portrays Jesus as a Recovering Racist

By John-Henry Westen OTTAWA, February 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a brochure on ‘2009 Lenten Meditations’ put out by the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC), Jesus is portrayed as a recovering racist.  The brochure’s reading for March 27 is taken from Matthew 15, which relates the familiar story in which Jesus has a discussion with a Canaanite woman. According to the ACoC, “This is not a story for people who need to think that Jesus always had it together, because it looks like we’ve caught him being mean to a lady because of her ethnicity.”   The brochure quotes the Bible passage […]
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Pro-Life Leaders Hail Bishop Martino’s Courageous Outspokenness for Pro-Life, Pro-Family Values

By Kathleen Gilbert SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, February 27, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-life leaders across the country are hailing Scranton Bishop Joseph Martino for his recent salvo against public anti-life and anti-family forces in the Scranton diocese. Bishop Martino has attracted national attention for his fearless pastoral work on several occasions in the past few weeks.  Known to be a staunch defender of the Church’s teaching on life, Martino made that teaching abundantly clear earlier this month to Sen. Bob Casey, a Scranton parishioner who had voted against restoring the Mexico City Policy. In a letter to the Senator, the bishop urged him […]
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