LifeSite Special Report – Letter from Bishop James T. McHugh to his Pastors

Goal: $40,000. Donations received: $9,000. Friday October 6, 2000 Letter from Bishop James T. McHugh to his Pastors Office of the Bishop Diocese of Rockville Centre 50 North Park Avenue Rockville Centre, New York 11570 516.678.5800 x. 400 21 September, 2000 Dear Monsignor/Father, As the election campaigns intensify, I wish to call your attention to some important points for us as priests. We are not just private citizens but representatives of the Catholic Church. We have a concern for human dignity and human rights, for the sanctity of life of every person from conception till natural death and for maintaining […]
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September 24 LifeSiteNews Commentary

Dear Readers, Day 4 of our fundraiser and we are almost 1/4 of the way to meeting our very modest campaign goal (in relation to our total need). The size of donations received so far have varied from $2 to one for $1,000. Every little bit is appreciated and helps, but we also need a few much larger gifts to fill in the big gaps. If you are in an income situation that allows for such a donation – please, don't underestimate the importance of this work and the extent of our financial needs. Consider giving to LifeSiteNews as much as […]
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Boston College Jesuit Law School in Disarray Over Prof’s Defense of Marriage

September 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On September 15, 2009, StandForMarriageMaine.com released a television ad which featured Scott Fitzgibbon, a professor at Boston College Law School, arguing in defense of marriage between one man and one woman.  He encouraged Maine voters to vote “yes” on an upcoming ballot referendum which aims to overturn state legislation which legalized homosexual “marriage” last May. Complaints from fellow faculty members at Boston College, a Jesuit-affiliated school, soon began piling up. Merely one day after the ad aired, Boston College Law Dean John Garvey issued a letter to the BC law community, writing, “Several of you […]
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More on Dominican Republic Passage of Complete Abortion Ban

See LifeSiteNews September 18 initial coverage of this development By Samantha Singson September 24, 2009 (C-FAM)  Last week, lawmakers in the Dominican Republic gave their final approval to a pro-life constitutional change despite fierce criticism and pressure from UN agencies and abortion advocates to defeat the measure.  The Dominican Republic’s National Assembly easily ratified a revision of Article 30 in a vote of 128 in favor with 32 opposed. The article now states that “the right to life is inviolable from conception until death.” While the measure was widely supported by Dominican parliamentarians, it met with staunch opposition from international abortion […]
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Hard-Hitting Pro-Life Document Released by Canadian Bishops Co-Founded Group COLF

By Patrick B. Craine September 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF), a group co-founded by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus, has released its annual message to families calling on them to engage society proactively in building a culture of life. The title of the message is 'Families, Let's Build A Better World Together!' The twelve-page brochure, says the description, “invites families to reflect on their thoughts and feelings towards the political class, and on their own commitment to building a culture of life.”  It […]
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Charges against B.C. Polygamists Dropped

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski VANCOUVER, September 24, 2009 (LifeSIteNews.com) – BC Supreme Court judge Sunni Stromberg-Stein has thrown out polygamy charges against two BC men after ruling that former BC attorney-general Wally Oppal had acted unlawfully in appointing a third special prosecutor in the case. Lawyers for Winston Blackmore and Jim Oler argued that Oppal had gone “special prosecutor shopping” after rejecting the recommendation of BC special prosecutors Richard Peck and Len Doust that the case should be tried for constitutionality, instead of criminally prosecuting the polygamists. “The harm in the appointment of successive special prosecutors is that it undermines […]
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Notre Dame Pro-Life Efforts a “Mockery” While Pro-Life Protesters Continue to Face Charges: ND Law P

By Kathleen Gilbert SOUTH BEND, Indiana, September 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – University of Notre Dame law professor emeritus Charles Rice has issued an open letter to University president Fr. John Jenkins this week, criticizing the school's attempts at reconstructing a pro-life facade while still refusing to request leniency for the dozens of pro-lifers arrested for protesting the Obama scandal in May. “As long as you pursue the criminalization of those pro-life witnesses,” wrote Rice, “your newest pro-life statements will be regarded reasonably as a cosmetic covering of the institutional anatomy in the wake of the continuing backlash arising from your […]
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Baby Saved on First Day of 40 Days for Life Campaign

Commentary by David Bereit, National Director, 40 Days for Life September 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – You know 40 Days for Life is off to a great start when there's a report of a baby saved from abortion—at a pre-campaign kickoff event! The 40 Days for Life team in St. Louis began a day of preparation prior to the campaign with prayer at a local church, followed by more prayer on the sidewalk in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion center—prayer that was joined by more than 100 people. At the St. Louis kickoff rally that evening, “we sang, prayed and […]
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Commentary: Prosecution Guidelines in the UK May Open the Door to Assisted Suicide

By Alex Schadenberg, Chairman, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition September 23, 2009 September 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Last July, Britain's highest court told the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) that he must publish a set of guidelines concerning the application of the assisted suicide law in the UK. The decision by the Law Lords was in response to a challenge by Debbie Purdy, a woman who has multiple sclerosis (MS) who has stated that if she decides to go to Switzerland to die at an assisted suicide clinic, she wants to have assurances that her husband would be free from prosecution for […]
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