Vatican: UN Oversteps Its
Boundaries in Report Conclusions
-- In a statement released by the Vatican, Fr. Federico Lombardi criticized the U.N. child protection committee for its tone and “lack of desire” to recognize the Holy See’s efforts in protecting children.


UN Versus Holy See on
Human Sexuality, Gender Theory -- More than an indictment of the Church’s handling of child sex abuse, the report of the U.N. child rights committee on the Holy See seems meant to pressure the Church to change its teaching on human sexuality.


Stunning Adult Stem Cell
Developments Evoke Hope, Caution
WASHINGTON DC, February 7, 2014-- Remarkable advancements in stem cell biology are enabling scientists to reprogram mature cells into a variety of different tissues – but experts say these methods should be used carefully to avoid ethical questions and inadvertent cloning.


The Grammys, an Occasion of Sin?
As Mockery of Marriage Continues
Celebrate World Marriage Day, Feb. 9
SAN FRANCISCO, January 28, 2014 -- Sadly, everywhere we turn, allies of the gay rights movement are making profane and irreverent spectacles of so-called marriages between same-sex couples. They are happening at inappropriate venues, which have been previously associated with family entertainment or awards for achievements in the arts and entertainment. Two recent examples include a wedding on a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade and a group wedding during the Grammy Awards. What should the appropriate Christian response be to such stunts?


High school

Sex, Schools and Social Suicide
BOSTON, January 23, 2014 -- Over the last three decades, social scientists, educational researchers, and pundits have probed for the reason why educationally the US is on the fringe of being a Third World country. In particular, why does the academic achievement of American students begin to fall off during junior high and plummet during the high school years?


Kansas Judge:
Sperm Donor Owes Child Support
, KS, January 22, 2014 — A man who provided sperm to a lesbian couple in response to an online ad is the father of a child born to one of the women and must pay child support, a Kansas judge ruled Wednesday.


Pleasure is Part of the Moral life
Priest's New Book Details -- “Reasonable Pleasures,” the latest book from scholar Father James Schall, examines the “valuable but subordinate role” pleasure plays and how it can contribute to a life that is both fulfilled and good.

Joachim and AnnNew Urgency to Celebrate
World Marriage Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO, January 20, 2014 -- The 2nd Sunday in February, is designated World Marriage Day by World Wide Marriage Encounter. It coincides with National Marriage Week (February 7-14). See the Marriage Recognition Kit for parishes provided by CCGI.


Walk for Life, WC banner: Abortion Hurts Women

SF Supervisor Issues Resolution
Opposes Walk for Life WC Banners
10th Walk Scheduled for January 25
SAN FRANCISCO, January 17, 2014 -- Our friends at the Walk for Life, West Coast pulled off a wonderful publicity coup by taking advantage of a City policy to let organizations and causes buy banners to be placed on lamp posts along San Francisco main thoroughfare, Market Street. It has drawn a strong reaction from city officials and pro-abortion groups disputing the claim that "Abortion Hurts Women." Some have called it hate speech, to which Walk for Life WC co-organizer, Eva Muntean, responded, "Our opponents seek to censor our message 'Abortion Hurts Women,' not because it is false but because it is true"


Bishops Lament Federal 'Disregard'
for State Marriage Laws
-- As the U.S. bishops lamented federal agencies’ decisions to ignore state marriage laws, Attorney General Eric Holder has said the federal government will recognize the “gay marriages” briefly contracted in Utah.


-- A new survey shows an increase in likely U.S. voters who see marriage as a religious institution, with a majority now holding this view.


Pope FrancisVatican Spokesman:
Media Manipulated
Pope's Family Comments
VATICAN, January 7, 2014 -- The Vatican's spokesman says some coverage of Pope Francis’ comment about a child of a same-sex couple is “forced” and a “manipulation” of his primary concern about evangelizing in new cultural environments.


An undated photo provided by the McMath family and Omari Sealey shows Jahi McMath.

Remember the Humanity
of Jahi McMath

PHILADELPHIA, PA, January 7, 2014 -- As in the case of Terri Schiavo, people with severe brain injuries are treated like second class citizens, often being denied the treatment, care, and love that their humanity demands. Here is a perspective from Bobby Schindler, brother of Terry Schiavo and Mark Mostert a member of the board of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.


Catholic Bioethicist Advises Caution
In Jahi McMath Case
-- The “tragic” case of teenage girl Jahi McMath – now at the center of a legal controversy over brain death – shows the need to determine the facts before making ethical conclusions, says a bioethicist.

CA Secretary of State Told to
Count Voter Signatures
SAN FRANCISCO, January 2, 2013 -- Privacy for All Students reported that a Sacramento Superior Court judge, in a strongly worded tentative ruling, directed the California Secretary of State to count petitions submitted in two northern California counties for a referendum effort to nullify AB 1266, California's co-ed bathroom law. The signature gathering campaign to reverse the law had to go to court, because the Secretary of State had refused to count signatures from Tulare and Mono counties.




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