Letters to the editor

Re: Vatican Newspaper Issues CDF Clarification on Abortion in Wake of Fisichella Controversy and Major Vatican Victory for Pro-Life Activists as Vatican Newspaper Rehabilitates Heroically Pro-Life Brazilian Bishop Dear Editor, The article on the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's response to the unfortunate situation created by Archbishop Fisichella in relation to abortion does not do justice to L'Osservatore Romano or the CDF. The CDF statement includes the paragraph: “In this article [by Arhbishop Fisichella], which appeared in “L'Osservatore Romano” on March 15, 2009, the doctrine of the Church was presented, while still keeping in mind the dramatic situation […]
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IRS Backs Off Audit of Pastor’s Preaching on Political Candidates – For Now

By Peter J. Smith WARROAD, Minnesota, July 31, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has backed off an audit – for now – of a pro-life Minnesota pastor. The pastor had told his congregation that they could not in good conscience vote for Sens. Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, because of their stand on abortion and other issues in conflict with Christian principles. Pastor Gus Booth of Warroad Community Church spoke out against the candidates as part of a plan by the Alliance Defense Fund to challenge a half-century-old rule that prohibits churches and non-profit organizations from speaking […]
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US Bishops Urge House Committee to Support Pro-Life Amendments to Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 31, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Cardinal Justin Rigali, Chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, wrote on July 29 to the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, urging them to amend “America's Affordable Health Choices Act” (H.R. 3200) to exclude an abortion coverage mandate and taxpayer funding of abortion. Cardinal Rigali reiterated criteria for “genuine health care reform” set forth by Bishop William Murphy, Chairman of the bishops' Committee on Domestic Policy, in his letter to Congress on July 17.  Rigali said that health care is “a basic right belonging to all human […]
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Albania Considers Legalizing Same-Sex “Marriage”

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski TIRANA, Albania, July 31, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Albania's recently re-elected Prime Minister Sali Berisha announced yesterday that his government is preparing a bill to legalize homosexual “marriage,” despite hostility to the idea from many quarters in the small Balkan country. “A law that could provoke debates and reactions aims to put an end to discrimination and will allow civil unions between same-sex persons,” Berisha said in a government statement. He added that there is “a certain hostility towards minorities” in Albania and called on citizens to respect “the standards of other European countries.” The plan to […]
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The Canadian Museum For Human Rights is a Mess

This article is republished with permission from the July/August 2009 Reality Newsletter of Real Women of Canada OTTAWA, July 31, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg, the construction of which began last April, is a mess. This is due to the fact that the museum has established a biased and duplicitous Content Advisory Committee to determine which displays will be installed in the museum. This Committee has already begun a series of public consultations across the country, beginning on May 21, 2009, which will continue until January 2010. The problem with this Content Advisory Committee, whose decisions are […]
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UK Euthanasia Activist Dares Police to Arrest Him

By Patrick B. Craine LONDON, July 28, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Euthanasia activist and disgraced medical practitioner, Michael Irwin, 77, has issued an open letter to local police challenging them to arrest him for his involvement in the February 2007 assisted suicide of 58-year-old Raymond Cutkelvin.  He has said he wants to be a “martyr” on behalf of those U.K. residents who help their relatives commit suicide and who could thereby face up to 14 years in jail. According to Irwin, at least 115 Britons have sought assisted suicide through the group called Dignitas in Zurich in the last 10 years.  […]
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Prominent Nun Ridicules Healthcare Vote Delay over “Insignificant Details”

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A prominent Catholic nun who is pushing for health care reform has dismissed concerns over Obama's health legislation – which pro-lifers say includes the “largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade” – as “insignificant details,” according to a Catholic News Service (CNS) report. The remarks were given at an interfaith prayer breakfast July 28 in Washington, D.C. where several religious speakers urged hasty passage of health care reform.  Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the national Catholic justice lobby NETWORK, joined in the calls for quick action on the […]
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Deadly Abortion Drug RU 486 Expected to be Approved for Italy

By Hilary White ROME, July 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Italian pharmaceutical regulator is expected shortly to approve the sale of the deadly abortion drug, popularly known as RU 486, under the brand name Mifegyne, according to the Italian daily La Repubblica. The Italian Pharmaceuticals Agency (AIFA) announced the impending approval on Wednesday. The move by the AIFA comes despite restrictions in Italian law allowing only surgical abortion, as well as warnings of the danger of maternal deaths recorded in association with RU 486 around the world. During a 2006 Rome conference of the International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception […]
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New Brunswick Right To Life Group Takes Transit to HRC Over Refusal of Bus Ads

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski FREDERICTON, July 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Fredericton Right to Life Association has filed a complaint with the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission against Fredericton Transit for its refusal to allow pro-life ads on its buses. In the fall of 2008, the transit authority refused to sell advertising space to the pro-life group because it deemed the advertising to be political commentary. The ads, which ran in over 50 communities, were part of a nationwide pro-life campaign, coordinated by Life Canada. The ads depict a pregnant woman in profile. At the top are the words, “Nine […]
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