Wednesday, May 19, 2010

News Updates, 5/19

Abortion by Remote Control
Planned Parenthood clinics across Iowa are fine tuning an advanced and novel way to abort babies - by remote control. According to reports, about 1,500 women have already used a videoconferencing system to obtain abortion drugs over the past two years. Planned Parenthood’s system now allows a doctor in Des Moines to meet with patients across the state through video conference. At the end of the teleconference the doctor presses a button on the computer to activate a drawer at the patient’s location that contains R-U 486...

Catholic Church Denies Female Priestette a Catholic Burial
A woman who challenged a Catholic ordination ban has died. The Catholic church will not allow her to be buried at a Catholic parish. Janine Denomme was "ordained" a priestette in April by a group called Roman Catholic Womenpriests. She had been battling cancer and yesterday she died in her Edgewater home. The Catholic church never recognized Denomme's delusional ordination. The Archdiocese of Chicago says Denomme automatically separated herself from the Church when she participated in "the simulation of the sacrament of Holy Orders." The diocese says she knowingly and willingly participated in the simulation and brought excommunication upon herself. And because of that Denomme is denied a Catholic funeral. The Archdiocese says Denomme would only be allowed a Church burial if she gave "some sign of repentance before death."

Portugal's president ratifies gay marriage law
Says he was setting aside personal convictions

Irish cardinal to stay on despite abuse concerns
Sean Brady says he's ashamed of events in his past

Pope-bishop relationship key in sex abuse defense
Is Benedict their boss? Are bishops Vatican employees?

German passion play hurt by crisis, scandal
Event staged since 1634 struggles to attract visitors

Virgin Mary statue destroyed at Mass. church
'All I can say is I'm considering it a hate crime'

Cardinal: There is no fourth secret of Fatima
'The third secret is the last part of the message'

Diocese owes former teachers more than $1 million severance pay and accumulated sick leave

Canadian pro-life priest receives death threat
Man arrested after shouting and swearing

Dutch sex shop to give away 'Pope condoms'
Wants to make 'point' about Church's opposition

Sister violated more than Catholic teaching in sanctioning abortion, ethicist says
A religious sister who was on a Catholic hospital panel that approved a direct abortion has excommunicated herself, the Diocese of Phoenix said on Tuesday. While one of the hospital’s doctors has defended the sister, a Catholic ethicist says direct abortion is a “crime” against the unborn child who is killed....

Catholic schools have 'right' to protect best interests of children, asserts author
As controversy swirls around the Archdiocese of Boston's decision to undermine a pastor who denied enrollment in a Catholic elementary school to a lesbian couple's child, Dale O'Leary, a noted Catholic author and international lecturer, is defending the Catholic Church's right to protect what she calls “the best interests of all the children.”...

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