Archive of August 15, 2008

Eighty-four percent of Norway Down’s syndrome diagnoses result in abortion, study claims

Aug 15, 2008 - 09:00 pm .- A newly published Norwegian study of prenatal detection of Down's syndrome, trisomy 21, claims that 84 percent of babies diagnosed with Down’s syndrome in Norway are aborted. The study also says that prenatal detection of Down’s syndrome was “poor” during the study period, which lasted from 1987 to 2004. The poor detection rate could mean that false “positives” have led to the abortion of healthy children.

Dutch authorities now recognizing polygamous marriages contracted abroad

Aug 15, 2008 - 05:19 pm .- Dutch authorities have recognized the marriages of Muslims who have several wives even though polygamy is banned in the Netherlands.

The Blessed Mother watches over all her children, says Holy Father

Aug 15, 2008 - 04:17 pm .- Overlooking the courtyard at the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict recited the Angelus with those present for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The Pontiff stressed that from Heaven, the Mother of God, continues “to watch over the children that Jesus himself entrusted to Her before dying on the cross.”

Caritas Georgia and Caritas Russia working together for victims of conflict

Aug 15, 2008 - 01:00 pm .- Caritas Georgia and Caritas Russia are working together to provide assistance to the thousands of victims of who are suffering due to the conflict between the two countries.

Guatemalan lawmakers sign “Book of Life” despite harassment from abortion supporters

Aug 15, 2008 - 11:40 am .- Led by the president of the Congress, 71 Guatemalan lawmakers signed the “Book of Life,” a document in which they commit to defend life from conception to natural death despite pressure from abortion supporters who protested outside the Congressional building.

Episcopal Bishop clarifies nature of conversations with Catholic diocese in Texas

Aug 15, 2008 - 10:07 am .- Responding to recent reports regarding ongoing conversations between the Episcopal and the Catholic dioceses of Fort Worth (Texas), the Episcopal bishop, Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker issued a statement this week explaining that the short-term goal is not aimed at bringing Episcopalians into the Catholic Church.

Church cannot betray Gospel or adapt it to society, says Spanish priest

Aug 15, 2008 - 08:44 am .- Spanish priest Father Francisco Javier Ruiz said this week that the role the Church has in today’s world is to bring to it the message of the Gospel, “but what she cannot do is betray the message in order adapt it to society.”

Brazilian Supreme Court to consider anencephaly abortion at end of August

Aug 15, 2008 - 05:50 am .- The Supreme Court of Brazil will consider whether to legalize abortion in cases of anencephaly at the end of August, with pro-life groups lining up to present arguments against the support for the change – Catholics for a Free Choice.

Anglican bishops say ‘irreconcilable differences’ driving out some of the ‘faithful'

Aug 15, 2008 - 04:00 am .- Fourteen traditionalist bishops in the Church of England have written a letter to 1,400 clergy explaining that some faithful Anglicans are faced with “apparently irreconcilable differences” in matters of faith and order. Arguing that the plans to ordain women bishops will exclude substantial numbers of Anglicans, the letter calls for the respect of those who have come to believe they can no longer remain within the Anglican Communion.

McCain has not ruled out pro-choice running mate

Aug 15, 2008 - 02:00 am .- Speaking on his campaign plane on Wednesday morning, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain said that some potential running mate choices would not necessarily be ruled out because of their support for abortion rights.

‘The Pill’ affects women’s attraction to some men, study suggests

Aug 15, 2008 - 01:00 am .- A British study of the contraceptive pill suggests the drug can change the kind of men to whom a woman is drawn by unconsciously making genetically incompatible men more attractive to her. The findings suggest factors caused by the Pill could be behind some fertility problems, miscarriages, and relationship breakdowns.

Archdiocese of Chicago arrives at $12.6 million sexual abuse settlement for victims

Aug 15, 2008 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Chicago has reached a settlement totaling $12,675,000 with 16 victims of clerical sexual abuse. Speaking about the settlement, Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Cardinal George said he has to “accept the blame” for the abuse which occurred during his tenure.

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