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Venezuela’s Catholic Leaders Urge Respect For Demonstrators

March 3, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Barbara J Fraser on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 As protests in Venezuela continued the country’s Catholic leaders have urged dialogue and respect for the demonstrators’ human rights. “We have called for the social and political leaders to engage in deep, sincere dialogue” to address the country’s serious problems, including high rates of violent crime and economic difficulties that have caused a scarcity of some basic consumer goods, Caracas Auxiliary Bishop Jesus Gonzalez de Zarate, secretary-general of the Venezuelan bishops’ conference, told Catholic News Service (CNS) in a telephone interview. In a statement issued on Monday the bishops’ justice and peace commission and other human rights organisations called for “urgent action to help guarantee human rights, justice and peace in

Belgium’s Child Euthanasia Move Lamented As ‘Unbelievable’

March 3, 2014 World News Comments Off

Vatican City, Feb 28, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the wake of Belgium’s recent decision to legalize euthanasia for children, several members of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life voiced their dismay at the new practice. John Haas, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, Pa. and governing member of the academy, called the development “dreadful.” “They are appealing to ‘rights of children’ to make these determinations, but children aren’t capable of making those types of self-determinations,” Haas told CNA in Rome Feb. 21. “So what is really going to happen is that, under the rules of children making these decisions for themselves, parents and physicians are going to be making those decisions, for children, to…Continue Reading

Angry pro-life moms: Girl Scouts CEO lying about Planned Parenthood connection (VIDEO)

March 1, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Thaddeus Baklinski Fri Feb 28, 2014 16:02 EST February 28, 2014 ( – In response to a video released by Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez denying that the organization has any ties to Planned Parenthood, a group of pro-life ex-Girl Scout moms has accused Chavez of being “misleading and deceitful.” In her video Chavez had attempted to pacify the growing pro-life CookieCott protest movement that is derailing the annual cookie-selling season, saying, “we do not now, nor have we ever had a relationship with Planned Parenthood.” The moms with MyGirlScoutCouncil retort that this “blatantly false” and say that at the council level of the Girl Scout organization, “there is a long history of local councils working with Planned Parenthood.  Documented examples…Continue Reading

Missing Papa Benedict

March 1, 2014 World News Comments Off

February 28, 2014  By Fr. Dwight Longenecker Today is the anniversary with incredible memories of a frail Pope Benedict waving farewell, climbing into the helicopter and flying across the rooftops of Rome into retirement. I miss him, and here’s why. First of all, I think Pope Benedict shared my love of England and Anglicanism. He made a historic trip to England, giving an amazing speech in Parliament the very place where St Thomas More was tried. During the visit he went out of his way to beatify a saintly man so close to his own heart and character: the gentle scholar John Henry Newman. Newman is the mentor and guide to countless Anglicans on their way to Rome, and Pope…Continue Reading

Cardinal Outlines Possible Paths To Communion For Divorced, Remarried

February 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church needs to find a way to offer healing, strength and salvation to Catholics whose marriages have failed, who are committed to making a new union work and who long to do so within the church and with the grace of Communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper told the world’s cardinals. Jesus’ teaching on the indissolubility of sacramental marriage is clear, the retired German cardinal said, and it would harm individuals and the church to pretend otherwise. However, “after the shipwreck of sin, the shipwrecked person should not have a second boat at his or her disposal, but rather a life raft” in the form of the sacrament of Communion,…Continue Reading

Archbishop: Pay attention to Ukraine

February 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

New Prenatal Test Will Further Eugenic Targeting Of Down Syndrome Children: Ethicist

February 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

  by Dustin Siggins Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:45 EST     BOSTON, MA, February 28, 2014 ( – A bioethicist is warning that a new method of testing for Down syndrome will only help further the eugenic targeting of disabled children.   In America, approximately 90% of children with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome are aborted.   “Now, a new test makes the search part of the overarching search and destroy mission less invasive and more accurate,” writes Wesley J. Smith on his Human Exceptionalism blog.   A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows the new blood test – far safer for unborn babies than current methods – is ten times better at accurately…Continue Reading

Cardinal: Ignorance About Marriage Is No Reason To Change Doctrine

February 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just because many Catholics do not understand the church’s teaching about the indissolubility of marriage, that does not mean the church can change that teaching, said Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Speaking to reporters Feb. 25 — just days after the College of Cardinals held a two-day meeting to discuss the pastoral care of families — he said the widespread lack of understanding among Catholics about church doctrine was “lamentable.” However, just because people don’t understand Jesus’ word doesn’t mean it can or should be changed, he said. “It would be paradoxical if the church said, ‘Since not everyone knows the truth,…Continue Reading

Western Conservative Conference Tackles Issues In Phoenix

February 27, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Dexter Duggan 2/23/14 Written for Arizona Daily Independent Western Conservative Conference tackles issues in Phoenix      Topics at the Western Conservative Conference for political activists in downtown Phoenix included warnings of potential financial ruin for the United States, political strategizing, Obamacare, media, gun ownership and immigration.      About 450 people from Arizona and out of state attended speeches and panels at the Phoenix Convention Center on Feb. 22. A “roast” of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio occurred later that evening, with about 650 people registered.      Starting the day, U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon (R.-Ariz.), the conference chairman, pointed to the nation’s dangerously high $17.5 trillion debt, a figure that doesn’t even take into account huge additional liabilities.      “Please,…Continue Reading