Thursday, January 27, 2011

Pro-Life Movement Reaches Ascendancy

By Terrence McKeegan, J.D.

WASHINGTON, January 27 (C-FAM) Major events in Paris, Washington DC, and San Francisco this past week exemplified the new face of the pro-life movement: young, vocal, and rapidly expanding.

On the heels of a new poll that reaffirmed that a majority of Americans self-identify as pro-life, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered Monday in the nation’s capital to protest the 38th anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand.

This year’s March for Life was notable for the prominence of its speakers, which included newly elected Senator Marco Rubio from Florida.

"On this day, we remember the tragic Roe v. Wade decision, whereby the Supreme Court determined that equal protection and equal rights do not apply to the unborn,” said Rubio. “In doing so, the court rejected the truth that all of our rights are derived from the self-evident, fundamental right to life."...Read it all

40,000-strong Paris March for Life an ‘unprecedented’ success

PARIS, France, January 24, 2011 ( - About 40,000 people joined the Paris March for Life on Sunday afternoon: an unprecedented success.

For its 7th edition the pro-life rally was for the first time honored with a papal endorsement. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s letter bearing Pope Benedict’s personal blessing and encouragements reached the organizers on the Friday preceding the March, a development that led to mainstream media coverage announcing the venue.

No less than four bishops joined the March’s 2011 edition: Mgr Dominique Lebrun, of Saint-Etienne, was back after having been the first-ever French bishop to join last year. Mgr. Guy Bagnard, of Bellay-Ars, participated in the pre-March press conference before walking along with the crowd through the wide boulevards from the Place de la République to the heart of the city, the Place de l’Opéra, which proved almost too small to host all the participants....More

--->French 'gay marriage' ban upheld by constitutional court...The French constitutional court has upheld a ban on gay marriage, which was challenged by a 'lesbian' couple with four children...

--->US Policymakers Look for Ways to Cut United Nations Funding...Members of Congress met this week to discuss cutting some US funding of the United Nations until it undertakes "sweeping" reform measures to prevent corruption and allow for voluntary funding. The US is the single largest donor to the UN, covering nearly a quarter of the organization's annual operating budget, which does not include the additional funds that the US provides for peacekeeping operations. US lawmakers are pressing for broad spending cuts as they seek to reduce the US budget deficit. ...More... [Ok, but what about cutting funding for wars that have dragged on for ten years, to say nothing of the cost to human lives on both sides?]

--->Selling off England's forest commons? Communities and environment groups have expressed dismay over government plans to sell 258,000 of English forests... [These forests belong to the English people, not to the highest bidder! And what will happen to these forests once privatized?]

--->I hope to God this analysis is wrong...

--->Rahm Emanuel back on the ballot...

---> World's Muslim Population Expected To Grow Twice As Fast As Non-Muslims In 20 Years: Report...

--->Priest calls for truth to be revealed in 2010 murder of bishop in Turkey...

--->Sarkozy says IMF should supervise global imbalances...

--->Catholic bishops condemn bus
bombing in Philippines... Catholic journalist murdered. He was involved in a campaign to protect the indigenous communities of the island and his show often featured missionaries, NGOs and environmental groups opposed to large mining projects authorized by the central and provincial governments of the Philippines.

--->Berlusconi Prostitution Probe Widens In Italy... Drug allegations...

--->Nihilism: Italian bishops' head urges priests to imitate Pope's example in a "nihilistic culture". "If the nihilistic culture tends to erase the interior life of people, priests must help the faithful to rediscover it,” Cardinal Bagnasco. “And in this mission they cannot be afraid of incomprehension or criticisms...The example to follow is that of Pope Benedict XVI, who teaches us"...More

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