EU Commission Demands UK Abolish Religious Freedom Rights

By Hilary White LONDON, November 24, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In what may be the first test of the new legal situation created by the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, the European Commission has said that absolutely no exemptions can be allowed in anti-discrimination laws, even for religious conscience. In a letter to the British government, the EU has demanded that Britain abolish laws protecting religious freedom rights with regards to “sexual orientation.” In a “reasoned opinion,” the EU's equal opportunities commissioner, Vladimir Spidla, told the government on Friday that it has failed correctly to implement an EU Council Directive on discrimination. […]
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Bishop Tobin Asked Rep. Kennedy Not to Receive Communion

By James Tillman WASHINGTON, DC, November 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) said in an interview Sunday that Providence Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has instructed him to refrain from Communion because of his pro-abortion political position.  In response to Kennedy's statement, Bishop Tobin has clarified that his request was issued in 2007 and was not the result of the recent highly public exchange between Kennedy and himself. “The bishop instructed me not to take Communion and said that he has instructed the diocesan priests not to give me Communion,” Kennedy told the Providence Journal. The admission comes after […]
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Pro-Life “Silent Siege” a Huge Success in Kelowna, British Columbia

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski KELOWNA, BC, November 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Well over 100 people, the vast majority youth, “stood in the gap” and prayed for an end to abortion in front of Kelowna General Hospital on Saturday morning. The BC Interior Health Authority has run a weekly abortion clinic inside Kelowna General Hospital since 2001. Organizer Dusty Reid reported that 132 people came out to line the sidewalk across from Kelowna's abortion facility wearing red duct tape bearing the word LIFE over their mouths and praying for an end to abortion and a spiritual revival for Canada. Reid, founder […]
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Abortion-Expanding Senate Health Care Bill Passes Procedural Vote

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., November 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Thanks to last-minute deals cut by Senate leadership to win over a handful of conservative Democrat holdouts, the Senate health care overhaul squeezed through a procedural vote Saturday evening – a crucial step that allowed the chamber to begin discussion on the abortion-expanding health care overhaul. 60 Democrats voted the bill through, overcoming a filibuster effort by 39 Republicans.  Ohio Republican George Voinovich was absent and thus did not vote. Although a small handful of Democrats indicated late in the game that they would vote against the motion to proceed, […]
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Right of Hospitals to Opt out of Abortion Must Be Removed: Council of Europe Resolution

By John Jalsevac STRASBOURG, France, November 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A new draft resolution from the Council of Europe aimed at legally limiting the freedom of medical doctors and health care providers who object to abortion has life and family defenders in Europe deeply concerned.  The new draft Resolution is the latest initiative undertaken by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to promote abortion and restrict freedom of religion and conscience. The resolution, sponsored by Sweden's Carina Hägg, is entitled “Women's access to lawful medical care: the problem of unregulated use of conscientious objection.” The resolution has two […]
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Commentary on Nov. 23 News

Dear Readers, We have seen over the weekend that the Obama administration is determined to do whatever it must, including promising hundreds of millions of tax dollars to certain senators, to get its health care reform through – with abortion coverage. No one should underestimate that determination. Bishop Tobin's holy frankness is inspiring. It is encouraging to read the strong support he is receiving in mainstream news comments sections. It is also disturbing to read the lesser, but still significant number of irrational and bigoted comments from those who deny his right to act as a religious shepherd in these situations. But then, […]
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Four US Bishops Did Not Take up Collection for Embattled CCHD

By Patrick B. Craine WASHINGTON, D.C., November 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – While many U.S. bishops have publicly acknowledged problems with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) has confirmed that at least four bishops opted to not take up this year's national collection. A controversy has erupted in the U.S. Church in recent weeks after evidence came to light showing that numerous CCHD grantees have promoted issues and practices in violation of Catholic teaching, including abortion, contraception, and same-sex “marriage.”  In response to the revelations a coalition of Catholic organizations, the Reform CCHD Now Coalition, formed, calling for a […]
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Deputy Supreme Knight to Quebec Knights: Don’t be Afraid to Defend the Unborn

By Georges Buscemi November 23, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The world's number two Knight of Columbus, Deputy Supreme Knight Dennis Savoie, was the keynote speaker at Knight's dinner in North Hatley, just outside of Sherbrooke, Quebec on November 14. The goal of the dinner, which was organized by a local Knight and co-sponsored by Quebec Life Coalition, was to reaffirm the Quebec Knights' core mandate: to defend the Catholic Faith, and to promote a culture of life. Judging by the warm reception given Mr. Savoie's rousing speech, the event – attended by about 50 guests, including Quebec Supreme Director Yves Duceppe […]
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