Sunday, April 18, 2010

Weekly News (Third Week of April)

1. On 83rd Birthday, Pope Prays for Church's Sanctity

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 16, 2010 ( Benedict XVI turned 83 today, spending his birthday with normal activities punctuated by numerous congratulatory messages from around the world. [Read More]

2. Celebrity Endorsers Mirror Bet’s Traits – CBCP Official

MANILA, April 13, 2010—Thinking on how to know the character traits of the presidentiables and other candidates? Look at their celebrity endorsers. [Read More]

3. Obama Extends Health Care Rights to Gay Partners

WASHINGTON – In a move hailed as a step toward fairness for same-sex couples, President Barack Obama is ordering that nearly all hospitals allow patients to say who has visitation rights and who can help make medical decisions, including gay and lesbian partners. [Read More]

4. Planned Parenthood Guide Tells HIV-Infected Youth to Enjoy Sex, Denounces Laws on Disclosure of HIV/AIDS to Sexual Partners

( – In a guide for young people published by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the organization says it opposes laws that make it a crime for people not to tell sexual partners they have HIV. The IPPF's “Healthy, Happy and Hot” guide also tells young people who have the virus that they have a right to “fun, happy and sexually fulfilling lives.” [Read More]

5. ‘Young and Poly’? Gay Task Force Promotes ‘Polyamory’ (Multiple Partners) to Youth [Read More]

6. USCCB Survey Shows Parents Concerned About Youth Access to Unwholesome Media

Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2010 / 04:17 am (CNA).- A survey of parents sponsored by the U.S. bishops find they are deeply concerned about content in media and want help from the media industry and government to control children’s access to it. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) study, “Parents’ Hopes & Concerns About the Impact of Media on their Children,” was commissioned in response to a notice of inquiry by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). [Read More]

7. Pedophilia Is Not Linked to Celibacy, But Homosexuality, Says Cardinal Bertone

Santiago, Chile, Apr 13, 2010 / 01:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a lengthy press conference in Chile, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, was asked about the possible abolition of clerical celibacy following the revelations of pedophilia among some priests. The cardinal answered by explaining that research shows these two issues to be unrelated, however studies prove that there is a connection between pedophilia and homosexuality. [Read More]

8. News Briefs II on Catholic Sexual Abuse Controversy: Radcliffe, De Souza, Coulter and More [Read More]

9. Italy’s Highest Court Rejects Same-Sex “Marriage” Bid

ROME, April 14, 2010 ( – Italy’s highest court ruled today against a bid to institute “gay marriage” in the two northern cities of Venice and Trento. Local news services report that the judges ruled that it is up to lawmakers, not the courts, to define marriage. Arguments in favour of changing the law, the Constitutional court ruled, were either “unfounded” or “inadmissible.” [Read More]

10. ACP: Schools Should Not Affirm Students' Perceived Sexual Orientation

Gainesville, Fla., Apr 10, 2010 / 08:02 am (CNA).- In a recent letter sent to school superintendents throughout the country, the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) cautioned that it is “not a school’s role to 'affirm' a student’s perceived personal sexual orientation.” The ACP also said that “rigorous studies” show that children and adolescents who initially experience gender confusion or same sex attraction no longer do so by the age of 25. [Read More]

11. Re-Elect Pope Benedict

The pundits tell us that lots of people think that Pope Benedict should resign over the Church’s handling of clerical sex-abuse allegations. [Read More]

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