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New book claims that Bush administration officials objected to giving JK Rowling a presidential medal of freedom on the grounds that her Harry Potter books 'encouraged witchcraft'https://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/sep/29/harry-potter-rowling-medal Homosexual activists design ‘Relational Mysteries’ for Rosaryhttps://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=17261 Influential Former US Bishops' Official Lauds Weakland's Memoir, Excuses Homosexual Encounterhttps://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=4184 University of Alaska Welcomes Ex-Gay Speakerhttps://www.citizenlink.org/CLNews/A000011094.cfm Healing for Internet Pornography Addictionhttps://www.citizenlink.org/CLtopstories/A000011091.cfm Newt Gingrich and the Popehttps://insidecatholic.com/Joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6940&Itemid=48 The Failure of Darwinism to Explain Moralityhttps://insidecatholic.com/Joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6951&Itemid=48
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Down the Hatch: Senate Committee Torpedoes Pro-Life Amendments to Healthcare

By Peter J. Smith Washington, D.C., September 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Senate Finance Committee torpedoed two key pro-life amendments on Wednesday designed to prevent government-subsidies of abortion and guarantee conscience protections for health-care providers in the health-care reform bill. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) proposed to amend the “America's Health Future Act of 2009” under consideration by the Finance Committee led by Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.). His amendments would have codified current conscience protections for health-care providers with moral objections to abortion and also made permanent the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funds from the Department of Health and Human […]
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Senate Panel Narrowly Votes to Restore Abstinence-Funding in Health Reform Bill

By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., September 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Lawmakers on a Senate committee tasked with health-care reform narrowly voted on Tuesday night to approve the restoration of $50 million in annual federal funding for sex education that only promotes the practice of abstinence before marriage among youth. The Senate Finance Committee voted 12-11 to restore the Title V abstinence-only funding by approving the amendment proposed last week by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to the health care reform bill: the America's Healthy Futures Act of 2009.  Hatch's amendment would allot an annual $50 million in federal funds through […]
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1300 March for Life in Berlin

By Matthew Anderson September 30, 2009, Berlin (LifeSiteNews.com) – This past Saturday, September 26, 1300 pro-life demonstrators marched through Berlin from City Hall to St. Hedwig's Cathedral hoping to bring an end to abortion in Germany. The participants marched silently along the route, holding 1000 white wooden crosses as a sign of protest against abortion in Germany. The 1000 white crosses symbolized the estimated 1000 unborn babies killed in Germany each day. Abortion is technically illegal under Germany's constitution, but the German Parliament passed a law in 1995 that eliminated any punishment for abortion in the first trimester. However, the […]
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Calling Out Fellow “Pro-Lifer” Doug Kmiec

Guest Commentary By Joseph Meaney (Meaney is Director of International Coordination, Human Life International ) FRONT ROYAL, Virginia September 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – It is now clear that the chief Catholic apologist for President Obama, Pepperdine Law Professor Doug Kmiec, ignoring the pastoral direction of many American bishops, has only increased his aggressive promotion of the most pro-abortion president in American history. For his successful efforts in confusing Catholics about the Obama administration’s stance on life issues, Professor Kmiec has been appointed to the prestigious post of US ambassador to Malta by the administration he helped to bring to power. […]
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Canadian Catholic Bishop Charged with Possession and Import of Child Porn

By John-Henry Westen ANTIGONISH, NS, September 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Ottawa police investigators charged Antigonish Bishop Raymond J. Lahey with Possession of Child Pornography and Importation of Child Pornography on Friday September 25.  Police announced the charge today.  On Saturday, September 26 the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI had accepted Bishop Lahey's resignation “in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.” Can. 401 ยง2 states: “A diocesan bishop who has become less able to fulfill his office because of ill health or some other grave cause is earnestly requested to present his resignation from […]
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Study: Religiosity and Parental Involvement in Sex-Ed Protect Youth from Risky Behaviors

By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., September 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new study from Marquette University has found that religious attitudes toward sexuality, parent-based sexual education and intact two-parent households have a positive influence upon youth in their sexual practices and the onset of first sexual intercourse. Researchers took a nationally representative sample of 3,168 men and women ages 15-21 years old from a 2002 National Survey of Family Growth and obtained the data from 60-90 minute interviews with participants from the 2002 survey. The study's findings confirmed previous research literature, which suggests “religiosity” – defined by the authors […]
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CA Marriage Fight Brewing Once More as Groups File Proposal to Repeal Prop 8

By Kathleen Gilbert SACRAMENTO, California, September 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A coalition of 40 organizations last Thursday submitted an initiative to the CA Secretary of State for the 2010 ballot to open legal marriage to homosexual couples. The Los Angeles homosexualist group Love Honor Cherish led the Restore Equality 2010 coalition in submitting the ballot proposal Thursday. The proposal would repeal the language in the California state constitution declaring that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California,” and would instead read: “Marriage is between only two persons and shall not be restricted on […]
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