Caught: Wisc. Planned Parenthood’s Excuse on Failure to Report Sex Abuse Proven False

MILWAUKEE, February 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – After an undercover video released Tuesday showed staff at their Milwaukee abortion clinic agreeing to cover up the sexual abuse of a purportedly 14-year-old girl by her 31-year- old “boyfriend,” Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin says they “were unable to make any report” of the suspected abuse because the girl would not give the clinic any identifying information. Live Action, the group responsible for the video, has released extended footage proving Planned Parenthood's claim false. In the extended footage, a Planned Parenthood counselor, “Sonia,” coaches the 14-year-old to obtain a judicial bypass waiver for her […]
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6,000 Expected at Annual UN Feminist Conference Starting Next Week

By Samantha Singson NEW YORK, NY, February 26, 2010 (C-FAM) – Next week, thousands of participants are expected to descend upon the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York for the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). In anticipation of the meeting, radical feminist groups have been preparing statements and refining messages to push on government delegations at the meeting. This year’s CSW is particularly significant because it marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Beijing Conference on Women.  At the original 1995 conference, advocates attempted to establish a “right” to abortion on demand but failed when governments specifically […]
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President of the Vatican Bank: Zero Population Growth Responsible for World-wide Recession

By Peter J. Smith ROME, February 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A top Italian economist and current President of the Vatican Bank says the culprit standing at the heart of the worldwide economic recession is not banking practices, but rather the low birth rate that has resulted in zero population growth in Western countries.  “The true cause of the crisis is the decline in the birth rate,” said Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, president of the Vatican bank, Institute for the Works of Religion, on Vatican Television's “Octava Dies” as reported by Zenit earlier this month. “With the decline in births, there are fewer […]
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Bishop: CCHD-Backed Network Not Worthy of Catholic Involvement

By Patrick B. Craine GREEN BAY, Wisconsin, February 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay has issued a letter to two interfaith groups affiliated with the Gamaliel Foundation, warning them that if they do not sever their relationship with Gamaliel they will lose the diocese's support.  The bishop's letter is particularly significant in light of the continuing controversy over the U.S. Bishops' domestic social justice arm, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), which has a history of funding Gamaliel affiliates. The bishop emphasized that he values the work of these organizations, called JOSHUA and ESTHER, but […]
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Seventh Bishop Won’t Take Up CCHD Collection

By Patrick B. Craine GREEN BAY, Wisconsin, February 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop David Ricken from the Diocese of Green Bay has decided not to take up a collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) this year, reports the diocesan paper The Compass.  Bishop Ricken is the seventh bishop confirmed thus far to have decided against taking up the collection for the national CCHD since the controversy over the organization erupted again this fall. “There have been some questions about programs that have received funding from CCHD,” chancellor and vicar general Fr. John Doerfler told The Compass.  “That, […]
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NY Archbishop on Outspoken Abortion Teaching: I’m Just Doing My Job

By Kathleen Gilbert NEW YORK, February 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Following a period of relative silence since his installation last year, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan eagerly took an opportunity to set forth Church teaching on controversial points, including the forbidding of public honors for pro-abortion politicians, in a recent interview with NY1.  The bishop also asserted that his outspokenness on such issues was simply part of his job as shepherd and teacher of the faith. When NY1 News reporter Roma Torre asked whether a pro-abortion Catholic should be invited to a “Catholic event” such as the Alfred E. Smith […]
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Maryland AG: Gov’t Can Recognize Out-of-State Gay ‘Marriages’

By Kathleen Gilbert BALTIMORE, February 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Maryland's attorney general issued an opinion Wednesday determining that, under current law, the state could recognize gay “marriages” performed out-of-state. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler addressed the opinion to state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., an open homosexual, who had asked whether such recognition would be feasible. “You have asked whether those marriages may be recognized under State law. The answer to that question is clearly 'yes,'” wrote Gansler in the 53-page opinion.  A footnote emphasizes that, “An Attorney General opinion is not itself the law of Maryland in the same […]
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Bishop of Peterborough Gives Catholics Option of Refusing Donations to D&P

By John-Henry Westen PETERBOROUGH, ON, February 22, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A third Canadian bishop has announced restrictions on funding to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (D&P).  Peterborough Bishop Nicola De Angelis has announced that in addition to withholding a nominal amount (10%) from the 2009 Lenten collection from D&P, he has instituted an option on the 2010 collection allowing Catholics to decide against funding D&P. The Bishop has instructed parishes in the diocese to use Lenten collection envelopes which give parishioners the option to select that their funds go to either “Development & Peace” or “Other Charities.” […]
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Quebec Family’s Appeal Rejected for Exemption from Mandatory Relativism Course

By Patrick B. Craine MONTREAL, Quebec, February 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Quebec Court of Appeal has rejected the appeal of the Drummondville family who sought exemptions for their children from the province's compulsory course in relativism, 'Ethics and Religious Culture' (ERC).  According to Justice Yves-Marie Morissette, their appeal is “doomed to failure.” The parents were appealing the August 31st, 2009 decision of Justice Jean-Guy Dubois, who determined that the program did not violate the family's freedom of conscience or religion because the curriculum does not require the children to believe what it teaches. Exemptions from classes are allowed under Quebec's […]
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