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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Family Advocates: Ask the Senate to Stop the Child Porn Lawyer from Becoming Dep. Attorney General

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Senate Judiciary Committee last week approved President Obama’s pick for deputy attorney general, David Ogden, despite a deluge of protest from Christian and pro-family advocates who object to Ogden’s extensive history defending child pornography and hardcore pornography giants. Sen. Arlen Specter, the committee’s top Republican, reportedly said on National Public Radio that he had never seen so much opposition from voters against a nominee. According to Specter 11,000 phone calls, letters and other contacts have poured in to the committee protesting the Ogden pick.  Nonetheless, Specter joined 13 other Democrats who […]
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Sex-Selection and Hair, Skin and Eye Color in High Demand from U.S. Artificial Reproduction Companies

Friday February 27, 2009 Sex-Selection and Hair, Skin and Eye Color in High Demand from U.S. Artificial Reproduction Companies 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 […]
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Commentary on LifeSiteNews Reports for March 2, 2009

Dear Readers, The battle goes on as Obama has nominated one the most pro-abortion governors in the United States, Kathleen Sebelius, as Health Secretary.  While Sebelius claims to be Catholic, the scandal of her prominence is lessened greatly by the fact that her outspokenly pro-life and unafraid bishop has publicly told her not to receive Communion. If there were many more Archbishop Chaput’s, there would likely soon be far less of a need for a LifeSiteNews. Read our report today on the conversation we recently had with the Denver Archbishop. Some of what he says is indeed disturbing, but the […]
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Cherie Blair Says Catholic Church Sexist, Credits Personal Success to Contraception

By Hilary White and John Jalsevac LONDON, March 2, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Church “marginalizes” women and keeps them “virtually invisible” in its public face, says Cherie Blair. Speaking on a BBC television program, the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair said that “ambivalence” towards women is a “fundamental weakness” of Christianity and of Catholicism in particular. The controversial remarks were made during the final installment of a documentary, Christianity, that was aired on BBC’s Channel 4 on Sunday night. During a section of the program that dealt with the Catholic Church’s teaching on contraception, Blair credited her use […]
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Pro-Life Leaders Respond to Obama’s Plan to Revoke Conscience Regulations

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., March 2, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Obama is facing heavy criticism from pro-life politicians and activists for setting to work dismantling the Bush era federal regulations that uphold doctors’ conscience rights. The Health and Human Services (HHS) Department Friday confirmed that the president has begun the process of repealing the regulations that had been passed by the Bush administration and that went into effect Jan. 20.  The regulations enforce pre-existing federal law that protects healthcare workers’ right to conscientiously refuse implementation of or involvement in abortions, including dispensation of the abortifacient morning-after pill. Representative Thaddeus McCotter […]
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Ontario Law Makes Reporting Child Porn Mandatory

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski TORONTO, March 2, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In the ongoing fight against the sexual exploitation of children, Ontario has enacted a new Child Pornography Reporting Act which makes it a criminal offense not to report suspected child pornography. The bill amends the Ontario Child and Family Services Act and will be brought into force by regulations outlined by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. The revised act’s definition of child porn now parallels that in the Criminal Code of Canada. Laurel Broten, a lawyer and MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore said the bill seeks to clear up any […]
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