Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Canadian Government Asked to Quit Funding Abortion Activism, Anti-Religious Bigotry -

TORONTO, August 31, 2005 ( - The Catholic Civil Rights League today urged the federal government to stop funding anti-religious bigotry through its Status of Women Canada Department, or any other fund-granting agency. An Access for Information request by Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott recently found that Pro-CAN, the B.C. Pro-Choice Action Network, received $27,400 in fiscal 2004-05. League President Phil Horgan said that government should not be in effect subsidizing opinions and causes that the vast majority of Canadians would consider to be at best controversialand at worst, insulting.

Wuerl urges U.S. bishops to consult on hot issues - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Concerned about open divisiveness, Bishop Donald Wuerl of Pittsburgh has proposed that his fellow U.S. Catholic bishops consult one another before speaking out on divisive national issues -- particularly whether prominent Catholic politicians who support legal abortion should be denied communion. Though couched in polite, theological language, Wuerl's proposal is an attempt to muffle loose cannons in the hierarchy. The proposal appeared in the Pittsburgh Catholic and was carried nationally through Catholic News Service.

Pope: Have more babies -

Vatican City - Pope Benedict XVI told Catholics to have more babies "for the good of society", saying that some countries were being sapped of energy because of low birth rates. "Having children is a gift that brings life and well-being to society," he told about 15 000 people at his weekly audience in the Vatican, to which he arrived by helicopter from his summer residence southeast of Rome.

United Nations Official Slams US for Abstinence Approach to AIDS in Uganda -

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 31, 2005, ( - The ongoing lament by condom activist Stephen Lewis continues as the U.N. secretary general's special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa vilified Christians and the Bush Administration for their emphasis on abstinence-only programs. He especially blamed the policy for causing a shortage of condoms in Uganda. The Bush Administration has supported abstinence-only programs in Uganda, a country that has seen great success and boasts one of the lowest infection rates in Africa, much lower than Botswana, for example, which promotes condoms and has the world's worst HIV infection rate. This year President George W. Bush's global AIDS plan has budgeted about $8 million for abstinence-only projects in Uganda

Judicial Activists? - Catholic Exchange

What are Ted Kennedy and Patrick Leahy up to? Even their most fervent supporters and devoted staff members would not make the case that the two senators are deep thinkers on the issues of the day. I suspect that their backers would praise them more for being energetic workers with solidly Left-leaning staffs, as men who know how to work the system in Washington, as effective mouthpieces for “progressive” causes. Click here for the rest of the article.

Visit by UN Human Rights Observers to Communist China Likely to be Whitewash -

BEIJING, August 30, 2005 ( - Louise Arbour, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and one of Canada’s most notorious pro-abortion judicial activists and a woman whose career was marked by a determination to deny the right to life of thousands of unborn Canadian children, is in Beijing today for talks with government officials. China has agreed to allow Manfred Nowak, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights and an expert in torture allegations to visit next month. Nowak will, says the UN, have the mandate to make unannounced visits and un-monitored conversations with political prisoners. Click here for the rest of the article.

Pope opens talks with Latin Mass renegades - The Times (of London)

POPE BENEDICT XVI, who reached out to Muslims and Jews last week on his first trip to his native Germany since his election, is preparing to mend an enduring schism within the Roman Catholic Church. Vatican sources say that the Pope is planning to lift the excommunication of a group of renegade ultra-traditionalists by his predecessor, John Paul II, 17 years ago. Click here for the rest of the article. Another related article from the BBC.

Pope meets controversial critic of Islam - AFP via Yahoo! News

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Benedict XVI held a meeting at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo with Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, a strident critic of Islam, Vatican sources confirmed. The 76-year-old writer, who describes herself as an atheist Christian and was sued in Italy for insulting the Muslim faith in one of her books, asked to meet the pope, a source said. Click here for the rest of the article.

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