Articles from February, 1991

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‘Lights. . . camera . . . distortion’

Burning Times One of the better known branches of the National Film Board (NFB) is its feminist film making branch, Studio D.    • This time taxpayers' dol­lars have gone into the mak­ing of Burning Times, a documentary on the purported evolution of witchcraft. Originally, the film explains, witches were the wise women in villages across Europe. They were the inheritors of an ancient cult of an earth goddess who is said to respect women's power. The precursors of witches were the healers, the counsellors, ... (Continue reading)

Satanism: making it a thing of the past

People tell me how hard it is to raise a child today. I tell them it's even harder to bury a child." There is a certain cold­ness and distance in Steve Taylor's voice as he speaks. Although it has been almost four years since his son's death, the pain is still there. It always hurts when you bury your child. Past "We could have sat licking our wounds," says Steve, "but we didn't." Instead he and his wife, Linda, founded PAST (People Against ... (Continue reading)

Fetal-cell transfer disappointing

The British Medical Journal reports that "More patients have probably been harmed than helped so far" by the treatment of Parkinson's disease that in­volves the transplanting of cells, including cells taken from aborted fetuses. In an article dated August 11, 1990, Adrian Williams, Professor of Clinical Neurol­ogy at the University of Bir­mingham thinks the treatment is still experimental. Technical problems When cells from aborted fetuses (babies) are used, there are technical as well as ethical problems. The cells have to be tested for ... (Continue reading)

Web of science tightening around life

The following is an extract from the oral comments made by Wendy McNeeley, president of Campaign Life Coalition/ British Columbia, to the Royal Commission on Reproduc­tive Technology. "Before I had considered what I wanted to say today, I was saddened by the number of people who all told me that this commission was an utter waste of time. Waste of time "It is a waste of time, they said, because the emotional tug in the commissioners will be so compassionate to the suffering ... (Continue reading)

Reproductive Commission in B.C.

The Royal Commission on Reproductive Technology heard briefs from many individuals during its four days of hearings in Vancouver. The questions and comments of the commission members sometimes re­vealed their biases, but they acted professionally, said Ted Gerk, member of the Board of Directors of B.C. Pro-Life Society. Tainted The whole proceedings were tainted by the brief sub­mitted by Dr. Steven Genus from California, who advo­cated fetal testing for deter­mination of sex, so that the pregnant woman (and/or her partner) could choose to ... (Continue reading)

Covenant House building cancelled

Covenant House in Toronto has abandoned attempts to build a youth hostel on part of a former school yard of St. Michael's Choir School in downtown Toronto. Des Burge, communi­cations officer with the Archdiocesan Center said that at the moment the Canadian financial climate does not allow for much successful fund-raising. Toronto City Hall did not like the original plans and had delayed approving it. Covenant House sources were not avail­able for interview. An architectural drawing shows it as a cold, fortress-like building which ... (Continue reading)

Study belies stereotype of pro-life

Dr. Craig Seaton has always had a strong interest in the relationship between belief, especially religious belief, and behaviour. When he read an article in Christian Info (a Lower B.C. Mainland newspaper) featuring interviews with several of the people arrested for blockading the Vancouver abortuary, he was intrigued. What makes these people tick? What kind of person engages in civil disobedience? Why would they put themselves at great risk to make a public statement about abortion?' Seaton's mind The idea for a study began ... (Continue reading)

Norway threatens Lutheran pastor

Rev. Ludwig Nessa, 41, a Norwegian Lutheran Pastor, is to appear before a court for opposing abortion. In Norway the Lutheran Church is the official church with the king as head of both church and state. As a civil servant therefore, Rev. Nessa has defied his employer, the State, which has legalized abortion. As a pastor, he has defied his bishop who approves of abortion. The bishop asked the state to sue Pastor Nessa and discipline him. The trial is set for February ... (Continue reading)

Corporate brainwashing and the New Age

They're all doing it! Shell, Du Pont, Dow Chemical, General Motors, IBM, Sears, Owens Corning Fiberglas and Pacific Bell to name a few. Having trimmed operating costs to the bone, these and many other fortune 500 companies are 'getting religion' in a renewed effort to increase profitability.BoardroomsPrayer meetings have not sprung up in boardrooms across the nation. Yet the religious jargon is there: "vision," "new paradigm," "faith," "transformation." Recognize that this corporate revival is not, as the hymnals read, a ... (Continue reading)

Guess who came for dinner?

During the past year or so I had heard about Bishop Austin Vaughan, the Auxiliary Bishop of New York, and his dramatic stand in defence of the unborn babies of America. He had taken part in rescues, been arrested, then tried and imprisoned. I had admired him from a distance but I didn't expect to meet him, hear him speak, celebrate Mass with him and chat with him over breakfast. But then these privileges came my way and all within less than two ... (Continue reading)

‘Choice Speak’ losing favour

In our September 1990 issue, The Interim briefly reported on a change for the better in the U.S. media's abortion -reporting language. In the following article, Dr. Donald DeMarco expands on the U.S. media's shift toward greater objectivity. Between the Lines, a bi­weekly publication out of Los Angeles reports that the Los Angeles Times ' has banned the use of the term 'pro-choice' in its coverage of the abortion issue. According to the newsletter, which covers the politics of the media, ... (Continue reading)

“News of Great Joy”

This is a true story that happened on Christmas Eve, 1990. This story will warm me during whatever Christmas Eves God has planned for the rest of my life. This story will also explain why I never intend to remove a silver cross and chain, put around my neck by a Moslem this holiday season. Deported Just a few days before Christmas I received a call from a contact at Canadian Immigration telling me about an Afghan who was about to be deported ... (Continue reading)

Bungling abortionists can be sued

"The new abortion law is a minefield for abortionists," claims Bev Daw, executive director of the Canadian Rights Coalition (CRC). "Doctors are not going to get away by hiding behind their lab coats," Mrs. Daw told The Interim Wherever we find evidence of a bungled abortion and somebody who feels angry about it, we're going to urge them to sue." Sloppy Mrs. Daw heads an organization concerned about the plight of women who are suffering from the after-effects of abortion. "Abortionists are notoriously sloppy," ... (Continue reading)

‘He’d do it again too!’-Fr. Alphonse de Valk, 25 years a Priest

Rev. Alphonse de Valk, 58, historian, author and editor of The Interim, celebrated his twenty-fifth anniversary as a priest on December 11, 1990. A few months ago, Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) President Jim Hughes told him that CLC wanted to celebrate the anniversary and honour him. He replied, "There is no need for a celebration be­cause in our Basilian Order silver anniversaries are com­mon and usually marked only by a quiet gathering of family and friends." And that's what happened. On December 10, ... (Continue reading)

Bishops differ on feeding comatose patients

The Interim has tried to keep abreast of the growing strength of the ‘Dying with Dignity’ movement (See, for example, the articles “Doctors hear euthanasia warning” and “Dying with Dignity recommends that right to kill,” in our June 1989 issue). For November 1989 till March 1990, The Interim published four lengthy articles by Charles Eckman on the threat of active euthanasia and the predicaments of health personnel in difficult cases. From these articles it became clear that the question of food and ... (Continue reading)

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