59: Two More Bishops Condemn Notre Dame “Embarrassment”

By Kathleen Gilbert LONG ISLAND, New York, May 1, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Two more bishops have publicly condemned the University of Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama to speak and receive an honorary law degree at their May 17 commencement exercises.  This brings the number of U.S. bishops known to have spoken against the honor up to 59. At the closing Mass of the Rockville Centre diocese’s Catholic Men’s Conference Saturday, Bishop William Murphy exhorted men to renew the Church by standing up for the principles of their faith, and lamented Notre Dame’s lack of such witness in honoring the […]
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Pro-Life Leaders Worldwide Concerned About Weakening of Vatican’s Pro-Life Stand in Wake of Uncorrec

By Hilary White ROME, April 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In recent weeks, pro-life Catholics from around the world have flooded Vatican offices with protests, petitions and letters asking for a retraction or clarification on an article published by L’Osservatore Romano implying that direct abortion could be morally justified or its evil mitigated in some “extreme circumstances”.  However, since the March 15th publication of the article, provocatively titled, “On the side of the Brazilian girl,” by Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, the head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV), nothing has been heard from the Vatican or Fisichella himself. Archbishop Fisichella prompted […]
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Percentage of Americans Approving Abortion Dropped 8% since August: Pew Poll

By Tim Waggoner WASHINGTON, May 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite President Barack Obama’s strong promotion of abortion in his first 100 days as president, a new study has revealed an overall increase in the number of Americans believing abortion should be illegal in most cases. The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press was conducted from March 31-April 21, among 1,521 adults. The survey found that the overall support for legal abortion dropped from 54% last August to 46% this month, with the number of people supporting the illegalization of abortion rising 3% […]
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Souter to Leave Open Seat in June

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., May 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Obama will have his first opportunity to influence the U.S. Supreme Court after Justice David Souter retires at the end of the term in June, according to news reports. An NPR report and sources with the New York Times say that Justice Souter, 69, is in very good health, but is expected to return to New Hampshire amid strong rumors that he had grown to dislike life in the nation’s capital.  The NPR report suggests that Souter waited to retire until President Obama’s term, as he expects the new […]
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France to Recognise Foreign Same-Sex Civil Unions and Partnerships

By Hilary White PARIS, May 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The French National Assembly has approved a measure in which civil unions or legal partnerships contracted in other countries will be recognised legally under the existing French legal definition of civil unions. The bill, which passed in the early hours of April 29, had already been accepted in the Senate and is expected to be endorsed by President Sarkozy. It specifies that foreign partnerships will enjoy the same recognition in France as they do in their country of origin. For British people living in France, this could mean access to certain […]
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