Archive of May 10, 2006

Spanish pro-euthanasia association admits to ‘helping’ handicapped man die

May 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Spain’s pro-euthanasia group “Right to Death with Dignity” (RDD) publicly admitted this week that it provided “technical information” to help a paraplegic man “end his life.”

Lawmaker denounces falsification of studies aimed at legalizing morning after pill in Mexico

May 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Mexican Congressman Fernando Guzman Perez Pelaez has denounced the falsification of recent studies in Mexico aimed at proving that the morning-after pill is not an abortifacient. The studies led to the inclusion of the pill in government-run health care programs.

No authentic democracy, human rights without respect for life, says Spanish cardinal

May 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco said this week “if the precedence of the right to life over the power of the State is questioned, the entire foundation for human rights and the principle of democratic participation of citizens is in jeopardy.”

Jesuits acknowledge drop in vocations

May 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The General House of the Society of Jesus reported this week that the number of Jesuits in the world has dropped by 286 during the last year, thus confirming a 16 year-long downward trend in the order’s vocations.

Did flight 93 hero know his fate before 9-11?

May 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- When Thomas Burnett stepped onto the ill-fated United flight 93 on September 11th, 2001, the California businessman may have already had a premonition that he was going to do something singularly unique with his life.

Law firm defends constitutionality of ‘In God we Trust’ motto

May 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Michigan’s Thomas More Law Center has decided to take a prominent atheist activist to task on the constitutionality of the phrase “in God we trust” and its role as the U.S.’s national motto.

Experts warn: Amnesty International’s support of abortion as ‘human right’ will undercut group’s credibility

May 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the human rights organization, Amnesty International discusses a new proposal which would lead to widespread support and consideration of abortion as a “human right” a cacophony of voices have come out criticizing the plan and urging the group to stay true to its mandate of protecting the weak and defenseless.

Pope Benedict: Faithful episcopal succession is guarantee that authentic teaching of apostles carries through history

May 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to a crowd of some 50,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI used his General Audience today to stress the importance of Episcopal succession, saying that the lineage of today’s faithful bishops is a historical guarantee of the authentic passing down of the Apostle’s teaching.

Hong Kong Cardinal: Chinese Catholics want to be led by the Pope

May 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to the illicit ordinations of two Chinese bishops last week without the Holy See’s approval, Hong Kong’s Cardinal Joseph Zen has said that Catholics in the country “want to be led by the Pope” rather than the church imposed by the Chinese government.

Scourge of abortion more common among poor women, says report

May 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Poor women are increasingly likely to have unwanted pregnancies and abortions than affluent women, says a recent study on pregnancy and abortion, conducted by the Guttmacher Institute. Researchers analyzed federal statistics gathered by the National Center for Health Statistics and other sources.

Swiss Federal Communication Authority prohibits TV ad for Catholic newspaper

May 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Federal Authority for Communications (Bakom) in Switzerland has prohibited the broadcasting of a short TV ad for the Catholic Newspaper “Sonntag” (Sunday) on its national public TV networks such as RTL and VOX.

Apostolic Nuncio in Belgium answers to allegations by newspaper

May 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Inthe wake of a highly publicized scandal regarding occupied churches byMuslims in Belgium, the country’s Apostolic Nuncio, Msgr. Karl-JosefRauber, released a declaration published in the “De Morgen” newspaperaffirming that he fully backed the Belgian bishops in their action infavor of the asylum seekers.

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