Commentary on Sept. 1 News

Dear readers, The continuing strong commentaries from faithful Catholic leaders are demonstrating more than ever the gravity of the scandal of the Kennedy funeral showcase. Judie Brown of American Life League says she's seen nothing like it in her 65 years, EWTN's Raymond Arroyo is incensed – not by Kennedy – but by Church leadership. Our numerous letters to the editor on the issue today illustrate the deep divisions and different perceptions of it among Catholics and others. Ours is an age of confusion and religious ignorance due in significant part to the disorder within the Catholic Church in the […]
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Letters to the Editor – Ted Kennedy Funeral Coverage – Pro and Con, Praise for LSN

Re: Senator Ted Kennedy Funeral Coverage I seem to be too stupid to understand where Senator Kennedy is coming from. Perhaps someone could enlighten me. How can one “believe and respect the fundamental beliefs of the Catholic church”, and at the same time advocate abortion and sodomy?  All too clever for me I'm afraid. Robert Smith, Australia _______________________________________ To the Editor, I would like to submit the following letter concerning the royal mass the Catholic Church gave  Senator Kennedy, the great defender of the right to take the life of the least and most helpless among us: Today I watched […]
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Illinois Supreme Court Requested to Order Officials to Enforce Parental Notification Law Immediately

CHICAGO, September 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Thomas More Society, a public interest law firm based in Chicago, has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to issue a court order mandating the immediate enforcement of the state's Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995, a law just recently freed from legal limbo, which Illinois public officials have attempted to delay implementing even further. The Thomas More Society has requested the court to issue a “writ of mandamus,” which would order the members of the Illinois State Medical Disciplinary Board, the Acting Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, […]
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ALL President on Kennedy Funeral: “Beyond Anything I have Witnessed in 65 Years”

By Judie Brown, President, American Life League (ALL) September 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Each of us who believe in the justice and mercy of God are called, as an act of charity, to pray for the repose of the soul of the deceased. However, there are some rubrics of decorum that should – at the very least – have been respected over this past weekend. I speak, of course, of the grandiose funeral ceremonies, particularly the Catholic funeral Mass, for Senator Edward M. Kennedy. The entire travesty, from the television cameras to spectacle itself, goes beyond anything I have witnessed […]
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Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ Begin Today in Vermont

By Patrick B. Craine Vermont, September 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As of midnight today, September 1, 2009, same-sex 'marriages' began to be performed in Vermont. Vermont became the fourth state to legally redefine 'marriage' on April 7th, and the first state to do so through legislation rather than through the courts.  The new law gives full marriage rights to same-sex couples who choose to 'marry.' Vermont Governor Jim Douglas vetoed the House of Representatives' April 6th vote in favor of the same-sex 'marriage' bill, but the next day his veto was overturned when the House obtained the needed votes for […]
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Mother Fighting Lesbian for Custody of Child Asks for Prayers in Upcoming Hearing

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman VIRGINIA, September 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Lisa Miller, the woman who has been struggling to keep her daughter from the custody of a lesbian who has no relation to the child, is asking for prayers for her next hearing, which is scheduled for September 4 in Vermont as a telephone “status conference.”   Judge William D. Cohen, who has repeatedly ordered Miller to surrender her child to lesbian Janet Jenkins, may transfer custody to Jenkins at the hearing, according to Miller. “Please keep in prayer the upcoming Sept. 4th hearing which is when Judge Cohen in Vermont […]
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Alberta Parental Rights Over Sex Ed to be Delayed Until the 2010 School Year

By Patrick B. Craine September 1, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The parental rights enshrined by Alberta's controversial Bill 44 will now not come into effect until the 2010 school year, says Alberta Culture Minister Lindsay Blackett. The bill will amend the province's human rights legislation to give parents rights over their children's education, requiring school officials to notify parents of direct discussions about religion, sexuality, or sexual orientation. The bill, which also enshrined'sexual orientation' as prohibited grounds for discrimination, was passed in June, but must be proclaimed by the Minister before it comes into effect. On Sunday, Blackett indicated that he had […]
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Local Catholic Bishops Fight Wisconsin Contraceptive Coverage Mandate

Monday August 24, 2009 Local Catholic Bishops Fight Wisconsin Contraceptive Coverage Mandate By Kathleen Gilbert MADISON, Wisconsin, August 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic bishops of Wisconsin are strongly objecting to a new state budget requiring employers to include contraceptive coverage in their employees’ health insurance, without exemptions for religious employers – a move the bishops call “blatant insensitivity to our moral values and legal rights.” “Nowhere does the Constitution say that the right of conscience is protected except in matters related to human reproduction,” wrote the bishops of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference in the August 20 statement (see the […]
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