Archive of July 31, 2008

Planned Parenthood web site criticized for inaccuracy and sexualizing of youth

Jul 31, 2008 - 09:00 pm .- A new web site produced by the Columbia/Williamette, Oregon Planned Parenthood affiliate features videos in which a middle-aged man “dressed something like Mr. Rogers” advises teens in the middle of suggested sex acts about sexually transmitted diseases. The site, which also presents songs with obscene lyrics, has been criticized for providing erroneous information, sexualizing young people, targeting very young “tweens,” and undermining the sanctity of sex.

U.S. House calls on China to end rights abuses and coercive population control as Olympics loom

Jul 31, 2008 - 06:19 pm .- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a resolution calling on China to end human rights abuses to ensure that the Olympic Games take place “in an atmosphere that honors the Olympic traditions of freedom and openness.” ...

Presence of Pope awakens Catholic fervor in northern Italian region

Jul 31, 2008 - 04:02 pm .- The Italian region of Alto Adige, where Pope Benedict XVI is spending his vacations and where a small but active German-speaking Catholic community resides, is experiencing a renewal of faith with the presence of the Holy Father in the region.

Future Minister for Women’s Affairs in Paraguay is open supporter of abortion

Jul 31, 2008 - 03:18 pm .- Gloria Rubin, who has been tapped as Minister for Women’s Affairs by Paraguay’s President-elect and ex-bishop Fernando Lugo, said Wednesday she openly supports the legalization of abortion in the country.

Brazilian theologian says ex-bishop President-elect will apply liberation theology in Paraguay

Jul 31, 2008 - 02:47 pm .- The controversial ex-priest and leader of Marxist liberation theology, Leonardo Boff of Brazil, said this week that the former bishop and President-elect of Paraguay “fully identifies with liberation theology and plans to implement it in his government, the preferential option for the poor.”

Youth to have rally with Pope Benedict in France

Jul 31, 2008 - 01:02 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of France announced that during Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming visit to the country September 12-15, a “Youth Festival” will be held with the Pontiff to mark the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary at Lourdes.

Spain aborts 9 out 10 babies with Down’s syndrome

Jul 31, 2008 - 10:19 am .- The National Association for the Defense of the Right to Conscientious Objection is deploring new data this week that indicates that 9 out every 10 babies diagnosed with Down’s syndrome are aborted by their parents in Spain.

Pope’s prayer intentions for August released

Jul 31, 2008 - 09:29 am .- The Vatican's Press Office released the Holy Father's prayer intentions for the month of August today.

Pro-abortion Catholic as Obama VP pick would be a mistake, group says

Jul 31, 2008 - 04:58 am .- As reports circulate that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama is considering Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, a Catholic who supports abortion, for his vice-presidential pick, the national Catholic advocacy group Fidelis is arguing that the choice of a pro-abortion Catholic as Obama’s running mate would put off Catholic voters who are still considering his candidacy.

Philippines legislators backing away from population bill

Jul 31, 2008 - 03:19 am .- Following opposition from Catholic laity and prelates, several representatives to the Philippines Congress have withdrawn their support for a pending population policy bill that recommends implementing a “two child” policy and funding sterilizations and the distribution of contraceptives.

Mt. Soledad cross allowed to remain at war veteran memorial

Jul 31, 2008 - 01:04 am .- Tuesday the Federal District Court of Southern California ruled that the 29-foot cross overlooking San Diego County will not be removed from its position on Mount Soledad.  The cross, originally dedicated in 1954 to honor Korean War veterans is the center of a national veteran’s memorial.

Massachusetts House repeals law restricting same-sex marriages to residents

Jul 31, 2008 - 12:16 am .- In what marriage advocates called “part of a cynical strategy to inflict same-sex marriage on the unwilling citizens of other states,” the Massachusetts House on Tuesday voted by a margin of 119 to 36 to repeal a 1913 law that blocked marriage licenses from being granted to same-sex couples from out-of-state.

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