Shepherds and Flocks: Catholic Bishop Personally Leads Pro-Life Protests in Rhode Island

By Peter J. Smith PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, March 31, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop Thomas Tobin, the leader of Rhode Island’s Roman Catholics, took a personal lead in the 40 Days For Life Lenten campaign last Friday, joining his flock and other Christians in two peaceful pro-life demonstrations at Rhode Island abortion clinics. Tobin reminded pro-life advocates that they were setting a positive example by challenging social acceptance of abortion and giving the issue a high profile, when others would rather keep the problem of abortion out of the public consciousness, the Rhode Island Catholic reported. “Your witness to life is […]
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U.S. Study Finds Doctors May Be Euthanizing Dying Children at Parents’ Request

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski BOSTON, March 31, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A study published in the March edition of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine suggests that a few physicians may have killed children who were very sick by giving them fatal morphine doses, after the parents had requested euthanasia. Dr. Joanne Wolfe, a palliative pain specialist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital in Boston, interviewed 141 parents of children who died of cancer in order to explore the parents' motivation in considering and enquiring about hastening their child's death. The study found that 19 of the 141 parents, or 13 […]
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Austrian Church Funds Independent Investigation in Response to Abuse Reports

By Hilary White VIENNA, March 31, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic Church in Austria has set up an independent investigation as hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse of young people by priests have begun to surface. Waltraud Klasnic, a former governor of the Alpine republic’s southern province of Styria will head the investigation, which will be funded by the Church but not staffed with clerics. The cardinal archbishop of Vienna and the head of the Austrian bishops’ conference, Christoph Schönborn, told television news on Saturday, “We want to move inquiries into these allegations away from the church and assign them […]
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The House of Pro-Life Democrats Divided on Health Care Bill

Friday March 26, 2010 The House of Pro-Life Democrats Divided on Health Care Bill By Peter J. Smith WASHINGTON, D.C., March 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The capitulation of Congressman Bart Stupak of Michigan and his group of fellow pro-life Democrats to President Obama’s health care plan has overshadowed the resoluteness of pro-life Democrats who did oppose the measure, including the one pro-life Democrat who stood firm in changing his vote from “yes” to “no” in small part over the bill’s abortion-promoting provisions. Abandoned by Stupak and his fellow pro-life economic liberals, Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) cast his vote against the […]
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Cincinnati Archbishop Condemns ‘Catholic’ Groups’ Support for Health Bill

Tuesday March 23, 2010 Cincinnati Archbishop Condemns ‘Catholic’ Groups’ Support for Health Bill By Kathleen Gilbert CINCINNATI, Ohio, March 23, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Archbishop Dennis Schnurr last week joined a host of U.S. bishops who came out explicitly against the Senate health care bill that was signed into law Tuesday, and condemned as erroneous “groups with ‘Catholic’ in their name” who supported the bill. “Positions on the current healthcare legislation taken by groups with ‘Catholic’ in their name have caused a great deal of confusion about the official position of the Catholic Church,” said Schnurr in a statement to pastors […]
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Pro-Life Activist Lambastes Catholic MP for Backing Liberal Abortion Motion

By Patrick B. Craine GUELPH, Ontario, March 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Veteran pro-life activist Jakki Jeffs has publicly denounced her Member of Parliament, Frank Valeriote (Guelph, Lib), a Catholic and fellow parishioner, for his vote in favor of last week's Liberal motion that called on the Canadian government to promote abortion in the Third World. “As a Roman Catholic politician, he has to take his faith into consideration,” Jeffs, who is the executive director of Alliance for Life Ontario, told LifeSiteNews (LSN) on Tuesday.  “So I would expect him to uphold life in all those things.” The Liberal motion was […]
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Mexican Legal Expert Calls for Objection of Conscience Rights in Face of ‘Gay Marriage’

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, LifeSiteNews Latin America correspondent MEXICO CITY, March 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Mexican legal expert is calling for conscientious objector status for public employees who do not wish to cooperate with Mexico City's new regime of homosexual “marriage.” Alberto Patiño Reyes, who holds a PhD in law, says that the Mexican juridical system “lacks an express recognition of the right of conscientious objection, which is a manifestation of a broader fundamental right, liberty of conscience.” Pointing out that the Mexican government has signed the San Jose Covenant, which recognizes “the right of the person to liberty […]
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A Sex-Ed Curriculum that Respects Human Dignity: Pontifical Adviser Explains “Alive to the World”

By Hilary White ROME, March 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A unique educational curriculum for children that is based on Catholic social and moral teachings, while not being explicitly Catholic or Christian, and that incorporates psychological and neurological science, is sweeping Latin America and making its way into British classrooms. Christine Vollmer, a founding member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life and a close collaborator with the Pontifical Council for the Family, told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) this weekend in Rome about the “Alive to the World” curriculum that she hopes will be used more widely in the English-speaking world. In the interview, Vollmer […]
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Gonzaga President Upholds University Ban of V-Monologues on Campus

March 30, 2020 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite pressure from parts of the student body, Gonzaga University’s Interim President Thayne McCulloh is upholding the Jesuit Catholic institution’s 2002 ban on performances of the vulgar play The Vagina Monologues. Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), a watchdog organization for Catholic higher education, wrote to Dr. McCulloh, “As many Catholic colleges and universities work to renew and strengthen their Catholic identity, your decision not to reverse Gonzaga’s policy reassures Catholic families that Gonzaga continues on that path.  Thank you!” According to CNS the Monologues favorably describes lesbian activity, group masturbation […]
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Judge of Abusive Priest Corrects ‘Sloppy and Inaccurate’ New York Times Smears against Pope

By Kathleen Gilbert and John Jalsevac MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, March 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Fr. Thomas Brundage, a former judge for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee who oversaw the 1996 canonical proceedings against Fr. Lawrence Murphy, has shot back at New York Times and Associated Press articles that have attempted to implicate Pope Benedict XVI in a “cover-up” of clerical abuse by Fr. Murphy, and others. Brundage slammed the news organizations for making “a huge leap of logic and information” in connecting the pontiff to the case involving Fr. Murphy, and for failing to do the basic courtesy of contacting him or checking […]
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