Babies’ Bodies Found Dumped in Chinese River

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski BEIJING, March 31, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The bodies of 21 infants were found floating or lodged in the mud of a river near the eastern Chinese city of Jining last weekend, according to a China Daily report. The bodies—some in diapers, some in plastic bags marked “medical waste”—were found under a bridge over the Guangfu river. Eight of the bodies were said to be wearing identification bands on their ankles showing they had come from the Affiliated Hospital of Jining Medical University. The grisly discovery has sparked outrage all over China, with Chinese-language news services and […]
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Top Vatican Official Rebukes New York Times for Attacks on Pope

By Hilary White ROME, March 31, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Cardinal William Levada, the third highest-ranking prelate in the Vatican has joined his voice to those defending Pope Benedict’s record from attacks by the New York Times in its coverage of the sex abuse cases by priests. Levada, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), wrote in a letter, published by the San Francisco Catholic and dated March 26, that in his dealings with clerics from countries around the world, “I have had to admit to them that I am not proud of America’s newspaper of record, […]
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Brooklyn Bishop: Catholic Church Won’t be NYT’s ‘Personal Punching Bag’

By Kathleen Gilbert BROOKLYN, New York, March 31, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn has joined the chorus condemning the New York Times' attempt to implicate Pope Benedict XVI in clerical sex abuse cover-ups, saying that the Catholic Church will no longer stand to be treated as the paper's “personal punching bag.” “Enough is enough! Two weeks of articles about a story from many decades ago, in the midst of the Most Holy Season of the Church year, is both callous and smacks of calumny,” said the bishop during his homily at a March 30 Chrism Mass at the […]
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Clinton Blasted for Pushing Abortion in Canada’s G8 Maternal Health Plan

By Patrick B. Craine OTTAWA, Ontario, March 31, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Canadian and U.S. pro-life leaders are denouncing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after she weighed in Tuesday on the debate over the Canadian government's G8 maternal and child health initiative, insisting plainly that abortion is necessary for maternal health. “You cannot have maternal health without reproductive health. And reproductive health includes contraception and family planning and access to legal, safe abortion,” she told reporters when asked about Canada's G8 initiative. Reacting to Clinton's comments, Mary Ellen Douglas, national organizer for Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), told LifeSiteNews (LSN), “How […]
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Oklahoma House Passes Pro-Life Bills by Massive Margin

By John Jalsevac March 31, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On Monday the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed three different pro-life bills by a wide margin. The language in all three of the bills, which was drafted by the National Right to Life Committee, was originally included in a single piece of legislation passed in 2008 – but that bill was later struck down by the state Supreme Court, which decided that it violated the “single issue” rule. The original bill has now been split up into seven different pieces of legislation, three of which have now passed both the Senate and the House, […]
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Five Years Later, Pro-Life Leaders Remember Terri Schiavo’s Murder

By Kathleen Gilbert PINELLAS PARK, Florida, March 31, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On the fifth anniversary of the court-ordered death by starvation and dehydration of Terri Schindler Schiavo, Terri’s family, pro-life leaders and anti-euthanasia advocates have united to call attention to the silent abuse of people with disabilities, and the new dangers posed by the recently-passed federal health care reform legislation. The Christian Defense Coalition, Faith and Action and Generation Life announced they will pray and leave a single rose on the public sidewalk in front of the Pennsylvania Ave. NW side of the White House to commemorate Terri's death. The […]
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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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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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