Commentary on October 8 News

Dear Readers, The US Catholic Bishops Conference is taking a hard line on the lack of conscience protection and clear prohibition of abortion funding in the Democrats' health care proposals. The USCCB is not buying the White House smokescreen. This is good. Is it just me or do most of you also feel acute embarrassment for the infantile tactics of the pro-abortion demonstrators at McGill University? As well, why are university security personel and police so cowardly and totally ineffective when faced with these disruptive, coddled children tantrums? I would be ashamed and get another job. Irish Redemptorist priest, Fr. Gerard Moloney […]
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Hiding Behind Hyde: More “Deception” and “Smokescreens” from the White House on Abortion

By James Tillman Washington, DC, October 8, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Yesterday CNS News reporter Fred Lucas asked White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, if the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was wrong in claiming in a recent letter to the Senate that the health reform bills considered in committee fail to prevent the use of federal dollars for abortion. Gibbs responded: “Well, I don't want to get me in trouble at church, but I would mention there's a law that precludes the use of federal funds for abortion that isn't going to be changed in these health care bills.”  Gibbs' […]
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U.S. Bishops Will “Vigorously” Oppose Health Care if Abortion Concerns Not Addressed

By John Jalsevac October 8, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Three U.S. bishops have written to Congress expressing their “disappointment” that the healthcare bills currently being considered in Congress have not addressed the issue of federal funding of abortion, and warning that unless their concerns are addressed, the U.S. bishops will have to oppose “vigorously” the health care reform legislation. Writing on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the three bishops said in a letter released today, “We are writing to express our disappointment that progress has not been made on the three priority criteria for health care reform that we […]
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Aquinas Catholic College to Host “All Day Long” Homosexualist Event

By James Tillman GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan, October 8, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Aquinas College, a Catholic college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is planning to hold an event titled “Love is everywhere … AQ Celebrates Human Rights” this coming Monday.  The event features showings of multiple movies about homosexuals, a “coming out” story, and “ribbons and face-painting to celebrate our unique differences,” according to the college website. The prospective event will take place “all day long” at various locations and times on the campus. Founded by Dominican Sisters in 1886, Aquinas College is an institution “rooted in the Catholic Dominican tradition,” […]
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French Abortions Do Not Decrease Despite Increase in Contraception: Study

By James Tillman  France, October 8, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – According to a new study by the French National Institute of Demographic Studies (INED), although the number of unplanned pregnancies in France has fallen, the number of abortions in such cases has increased, reports the Monde Actu 24h/24.  Unplanned pregnancies fell from 46% to 33% from 1975 to 2004, ostensibly due to use of contraceptives, according to the study, but the number of abortions of such pregnancies increased from 40% to 60% over the same period.  Over 40% of French women have an abortion at least once in their life.  The […]
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Relativism in Europe has Created Demographic Crisis: European Bishops

By Hilary White ST. GALLEN, Switzerland, October 8, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet empire, the people of Europe have been using their hard-won freedom to indulge in relativism and materialism, said the European bishops in a recent statement. According to the bishops, this materialism has led Europeans to avoid having children which has created a looming demographic crisis The Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe, (CCEE) holding their plenary assembly last week, wrote, “The development of the European Union has gone hand in hand with a growth in consumption, at […]
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Irish Priest Blasts Self-Righteous “Holier-than-Thous” on Kennedy Funeral

By Hilary White DUBLIN, October 8, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic faithful from around the world who protested against the lavish public funeral of the late, notoriously pro-abortion Senator Edward Kennedy were self-righteous “holier-than-thous” who lacked compassion, writes Fr. Gerard Moloney in an editorial of the October issue of the notably liberal Reality magazine. Moloney, a member of the Redemptorist religious order and editor of Reality, said that when it was announced that the funeral was to be held in a Redemptorist church in Boston, the order started receiving numerous calls and emails from Catholics protesting the funeral. The messages, said Fr. […]
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