Planned Parenthood Cheers ‘Brave’ Nuns for Supporting Pro-Abortion Health Bill

By Kathleen Gilbert WASHINGTON, D.C., March 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has given her highest accolades to the social justice lobby of Roman Catholic nuns who “broke with the bishops and the Vatican” to support the health care bill that is set to unleash federal funding for abortion. “In the final days before the bill was passed, it was the Roman Catholic nuns who most importantly broke with the bishops and the Vatican to announce their support for health care reform,” gushed Richards in a Huffington Post column March 24, referring to the social justice lobby […]
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Americans for Truth About Homosexuality Labeled ‘Hate Site’ by Ultraliberal SPLC

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman MONTGOMERY, Alabama, March 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The website Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), a conservative activist group that opposes the homosexual political agenda, has been labeled an “anti-gay” “hate site” by the ultraliberal Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC is a non-profit legal organization that specializes in tracking “hate groups.” Its listings are sent to law-enforcement officials around the country, and are used in training some police departments. The “hate site” designation was given to AFTAH by SPLC without any justifying evidence. AFTAH's President Peter LaBarbera has consistently denounced organizations that express hatred towards […]
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Accusations that Pope Complicit in Abuse Cover-Up Fall Flat

By James Tillman March 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Since the New York Times attempted to connect Pope Benedict XVI with the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, pundits have not let up on the pressure on the pontiff. Christopher Hitchens wrote recently that Benedict XVI's “whole career has the stench of evil,” joining a host of pundits that have attacked him over the abuse crisis, and even called for his resignation.  Yet according to defenders of the pope, the noise caused by the three primary claims brought against Benedict is exceeded only by the paucity of the evidence for them. […]
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Michael O’Brien Slams the Media’s Use of the Sexual Abuse Crisis to Attack Pope Benedict

Commentary by Michael O’Brien Note: Michael O’Brien is a Catholic visual artist and author of numerous novels, including “Father Elijah” and “Strangers and Sojourners.” His website can be found here. March 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The media’s desperate straining to find evidence of Pope Benedict’s complicity in a sexual abuse case in Munich is so very interesting, and very revealing. That he is entirely innocent of cover-up or lack of prudence in the matter is ignored, while the little shreds of nuanced inference are whipped up into a global crisis without any basis in fact. It is innuendo, circumstantial “evidence.” […]
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French Religious Community Welcomes Girls with Down Syndrome

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski LE BLANC, France, March 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb are a contemplative religious community in France that enables girls with Down syndrome to respond to a religious vocation. The tiny community, founded in 1985 and based in Le Blanc, in the diocese of Bourges, is made up of seven sisters, five of whom have Down syndrome. In a world where up to 90 percent of Down syndrome children are aborted, the Prioress of the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb says the order exists, “To allow those who have the […]
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March for Life in Johannesburg South Africa Attended by Over 2000

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski JOHANNESBURG, March 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The South African Culture of Life Campaign, formed by lay people of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg at the request of their archbishop, who called for a commitment to promote life, especially life in the womb, held a March for Life on March 13th. Over 2000 pro-lifers gathered for the event. South Africa, where abortion on demand was legalized on February 1, 1997, has the continent's most liberal abortion laws as well as an extremely high maternal mortality ratio of 400 deaths per 100,000. Michelle Joseph, Chairperson of the Culture of […]
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Bishop Vasa Slams ‘Positively Evil’ Health Care Reform Law

By Kathleen Gilbert BAKER, Oregon, March 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop Robert Vasa of the Baker, Ore. diocese has issued a tough rebuttal against health reform lobbyists who downplayed the abortion funding in the federal health care bill, which the Catholic prelate called “positively evil.” “It is often necessary for us to live with that which is imperfect but a plan that includes funds for the direct and intentional killing of innocent human beings is much more than imperfect, it is nothing short of positively evil,” wrote Vasa in a column for the Catholic Sentinel Monday. Vasa said the argument that […]
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Court Vindicates Illinois Law against Secret Abortions for Minors

By Peter J. Smith CHICAGO, March 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An Illinois state judge has dismissed a case launched by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging the constitutionality of the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act, moving the law one step closer to full implementation. Judge Daniel Riley of Cook County Court ruled that the 1970 Illinois State Constitution does include a right to abortion, but he said the law should stand, since the Illinois right to abortion is not broader than the federal right, thereby allowing for certain restrictions. The Parental Notice of Abortion Act requires that one parent […]
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Head of Italian Bishops Conference: Consider “Unfathomable Crime of Abortion” When Voting

ROME, March 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The head of the Italian bishops conference told Italian voters last week that the supreme human right is the right to life and that all other political considerations must be subservient to it. Writing on today’s vote for the presidency of the Lazio region, which includes the city of Rome, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco said that the “unfathomable crime of abortion in all its forms, is one of the non-negotiable issues by which Catholics must vote in the upcoming regional election.” The cardinal said there is a “hierarchy” of values that form the basis of ineradicable […]
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