Two Prominent Catholic Cardinals Defend Religious Action in Public Life

By Hilary White ROME, March 4, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two prominent Catholic cardinals have struck out at the secularist trend of excluding all religious belief from public life. The patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Angelo Scola, and Cardinal Camillo Ruini, a former president of the Italian Bishops Conference and the vicar for the diocese of Rome from 1991 to 2007, have warned Christians not to withdraw from active involvement in public life. Writing in an editorial published February 20, in Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, Cardinal Scola wrote, “It seems to me that we often lose sight of […]
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UK Teacher’s Guidelines to “Promote Equality and Value Diversity” will Violate Religious Consciences

By Hilary White LONDON, March 4, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Christians and other religious groups say they are concerned about the implications of a new “Code of Conduct and Practice” for UK schools telling teachers that they must “promote equality and value diversity.” The draft guidelines from the UK’s General Teaching Council (GTC), the professional regulatory body for teachers, say that teachers must “act respectfully towards all children and young people, parents, carers and colleagues, regardless of their socio-economic background, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion or beliefs.” But to the requirement to “act respectfully” is added a clause requiring […]
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Abortion Worker Arrested, Jailed In Death Of Baby Born Alive During Botched Abortion

MIAMI, March 4, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Unlicensed abortion worker Belkis Gonzalez was arrested today and jailed on two felony counts related to the death of a baby born alive during a botched abortion in Hialeah, Florida, in 2006. According to the arrest warrant obtained by Operation Rescue, Gonzalez was charged with the unlicensed practice of a health care profession resulting in serious bodily injury, a second degree felony, and with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, a third degree felony. She faces a minimum penalty of a fine of $1,000 and a minimum mandatory period of incarceration of one year. […]
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BC Teachers’ Conference Urges Teachers to Change Students’ Attitude to “Celebrate” LGBTQ Issues

Commentary by Ron Gray March 3, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Feb. 20 and 21, I attended the first “Social Justice conference” staged by the BC Teachers’ Federation at University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotford. It was an eye-opener! Although the stated purpose of the conference was to show teachers how to approach the Social Justice 12 curriculum adopted under BC’s Corren Settlement Agreement, an underlying purpose was clearly revealed by a graphic of a staircase, distributed by the BCTF in its information packages: the goal is to move students’ attitude towards LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning) people beyond […]
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Lawsuit Challenges Federal Defense of Marriage Act

By John Jalsevac March 3, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A lawsuit was filed yesterday with the federal District Court in Boston that seeks to declare portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, unconstitutional. The suit addresses the use of DOMA Section 3, which makes clear that spousal protections in Social Security, federal income tax, federal employees’ and retirees’ benefits, and in the issuance of passports are reserved for married couples only. The plaintiffs in the suit are eight homosexual couples who say they are “married” and three individuals […]
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Dozens of Lives Saved So Far in 40 Days for Life Spring Campaign

By Kathleen Gilbert ROCKFORD, IL, March 3, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-lifers across the country have been celebrating as reports continue to pour in of hearts changed and lives saved thanks to the prayerful intervention of 40 Days for Life campaigners. 40 Days for Life organizers report that at least 39 lives have been confirmed saved from abortion since the campaign began last Wednesday. 40 Days for Life has mobilized pro-life advocates in over 130 cities around the world to pray, fast, and keep vigil outside abortion facilities in an effort to raise awareness of the abortion holocaust.  The campaign this spring […]
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“Any” Person Can Be Listed as “Second Parent” for IVF Children: New UK Regulations

By John Jalsevac March 3, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Women who conceive a child through in vitro fertilization (IVF) or sperm donation can name “any” person as the second parent, as long as the person consents to the arrangement, and is not a close relation of the mother, according to new UK regulations. The new rules, put forward by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), blow wide open the doors on what it means to be a parent, making it possible for women to name friends and acquaintances, as well as their lesbian partners as a child’s “father” or second […]
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Small Increases in Priests and Seminarians Indicates Decline Overall in the Catholic Church

By Hilary White ROME, March 3, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Official statistics released this weekend by the Vatican on the numbers of adult converts, priests and seminarians, show that the small growth in some areas is not matching the needs of the Church. Despite several media reports highlighting a modest growth in critical statistics in the Church, the numbers actually reveal a backwards trend. Monsignor Ingacio Barreiro, head of the Rome office of Human Life International and an experienced UN diplomat, told LifeSiteNews.com that the numbers indicate not overall health and growth in the Catholic Church, but a steady decline that […]
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