Sunday, March 18, 2012

Weekly News (Third Week of March 2012)

1. St. Joseph, Father of the New Evangelization

Benedict XVI Entrusts to His Patron All the Pastors of the Universal Church

ROME, MARCH 15, 2012 ( March is the month of St. Joseph, whose feast the Church will celebrate Monday. Currently the holy patron of Vatican II is now seen as the “Father of the New Evangelization” and “the holy patron of the third millennium,” according to an initiative launched by the bishop of the French diocese of Frejus-Toulon, Bishop Dominique Rey [Read More]

2. Bishops Say Mandate Fight Is About Government Defining Religion

Washington D.C., Mar 14, 2012 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops are emphasizing that their opposition to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate is not about birth control or health care, but about the government’s attempt to impose its narrow definition of religion on the country. [Read More]

3. Study Showed Birth Control Usage Increased Abortion Rates

In recent weeks, a number of media outlets have been touting studies which purportedly show that greater access to contraception lowers both abortion rates and the rate of unintended pregnancies. In fairness, some of these studies are a step up from the research that the Guttmacher Institute typically publishes. Some have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and analyze actual data. Unfortunately, the evidence they provide is far from conclusive. [Read More]

4. Raquel Welch: The ‘Era of Porn’ Has ‘Annihilated’ Men

March 13, 2012 ( - As one of America’s most revered sex symbols, she might not be the first celebrity to jump to mind as a crusader against pornography. But Raquel Welch, who rose to icon status as the beauty in the leather bikini from the 1966 movie One Million Years BC, told Men’s Health Magazine in an interview posted online March 8 that today’s sex-saturated culture had sapped the meaning out of sex, and damaged countless men through the pornography industry, which she called “an exploitation of the poor male’s libidos.” [Read More]

5. Gay ‘Marriage’ Not a Right, Prohibiting Gay Adoption Not 'Discrimination’: European Court

March 16, 2012 ( - The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the prohibition of adoption to non-married couples is not discriminatory, because it applies to both heterosexual and homosexual couples equally. [Read More]

6. Study: Young People Not So 'Green' After All

CHICAGO (AP) — They have a reputation for being environmentally minded do-gooders. But an academic analysis of surveys spanning more than 40 years has found that today's young Americans are less interested in the environment and in conserving resources — and often less civic-minded overall — than their elders were when they were young. [Read More]

7. Vatican Official Condemns UN Report Urging Laws Protecting Homosexuals From ‘Discrimination’

March 15, 2012 ( - The Vatican’s principal representative before the United Nations, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, is objecting to demands to outlaw “discrimination” against homosexuals in a report commissioned by the United Nations Human Rights Council, on “Discriminatory Laws and Practices and Acts of Violence against Individuals based on their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity”. [Read More]

8. A Lenten Meditation On Suffering Rejection

All of us experience rejection, and it can begin quite early in life. We can be terribly cruel to one another, leaving deep wounds with the things we say and do to others. Rejection, real or imagined, can come from any quarter – family, friends, workplace, and perhaps most of all, ourselves. [Read More]

9. R.H.Bill - 5 points

Suggested simplified module, based on 5 points, which you can deliver to your neighborhood, barangay hall, group of friends, even youngsters [Read More]

10. The Seven Deadly Sins on Film: Lust

Steve McQueen’s recent film, Shame generated a media storm with its bleak portrayal of sex addiction. Gemma Simmonds uses the film as a lens through which we can think seriously about and better understand the sin of lust, in the third installment of our Lenten series on the Seven Deadly Sins on Film. [Read More]

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