Articles from 1996

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Bits and Pieces

Canada More than 30 pro-lifers picket a fundraiser for Kitchener’s Catholic Family Counselling Service which featured former U.S. president Bill Clinton, a notorious pro-abortion politician and philanderer ... Glen Pearson, the Liberal candidate in the London North Centre by-election, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is muzzling the Tory candidate in the riding, Diane Haskett, a former mayor who refused to proclaim a ... (Continue reading)

Preparing the family for Christmas

Fr. Ted Colleton God so loved the world that He sent His only Son that we may have life through Him. That is from the first letter of St. John the Apostle. I have been asked to speak about Christmas and its real meaning. Unfortunately Christmas comes to us well wrapped up in the things of the world. The Santa Claus Parade, the parties, the gifts, the music, the eating and the drinking. None of these is wrong in itself ... (Continue reading)

Brave front in wake of Clinton re-election

By: Mike Mastromatteo Interim Staff Opinion is mixed in the pro-life community over the November 5 election of Bill Clinton to his second term as U.S President. Despite less than overwhelming support for Republican challenger Bob Dole, U.S. pro-life organizations preferred the Senate House leader’s plodding patriotism to the shifting values of the Democratic incumbent. “Where is the outrage?” was the theme around which Dole attempted to derail Clinton’s substance-devoid campaign. Dole’s defeat owes as much to the U.S. electorate’s failure to ... (Continue reading)

Finding some room for theory of evolution

By: M.M De Robertis and J.G Laframboise Mainstream Protestantism and Catholicism do not reject, a priori, the hypothesis that we, Homo sapiens, evolved over millions of years from simpler life-forms. This may come as a surprise to many practicing Christians, but this is the clearly articulated position of these two faith communities and has most recently been confirmed in a statement by Pope John Paul II in late October. This is not to say that Christians must accept any or ... (Continue reading)

Bubble zone case, round three

British Columbia’s pro-life community will appeal a provincial Supreme Court decision upholding the province’s “bubble zone” legislation. Despite growing disenchantment with the legal system, pro-life supporters plan to continue to press for their rights to peaceful public witnessing against abortion. The bubble zone law was ruled unconstitutional by B.C Provincial Court Judge E.J Cronin in January. The decision was immediately appealed by the New Democratic government of B.C and Cronin decision was overturned October 8. “This is a fight for our basic ... (Continue reading)

Liberals moving closer to assisted-suicide law

The federal Liberals may be moving closer to assisted-suicide legislation following the party’s national convention in late October. Convention delegates endorsed a motion calling for the repeal of Section 241(b) of the Criminal Code which would allow doctors to help terminally ill patients end their lives. The initiative was sponsored by the Young Liberals of Canada. While Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and Justice Minister Allan Rock have downplayed the proposal, pro-life supporters are concerned the Liberals may make assisted-suicide a major issue ... (Continue reading)

Master builder who crafted a full life

Interim staff Toronto’s pro-life community lost one of its most dedicated supporters with the October 3 death of Thomas McMorrow of Scarborough. Mr. McMorrow, 83, died of cancer after a long illness. Born November 4, 1912 in Dublin, Ireland, Mr. McMorrow came to Canada in 1931 and shortly thereafter began a small grocery store business in the Highland Creek area of Scarborough. The store expanded over the years and it became a popular spot for young people growing up in the neighbourhood. Mr. ... (Continue reading)

Orphans bear brunt of population control

Interim staff The Chinese government is allowing young children to die in its state-run orphanages as a ruthless form of population control, says an authority on Asian demographics and family life. Steven Mosher, Director of Asian Affairs for Human Life International (HLI), made the accusation in late September during a media conference in Toronto. Mosher has studied the effects of China’s population control practices since 1979. Mosher said abuses in state-run orphanages are the result of the Chinese government’s official one-child per ... (Continue reading)

Linda Gibbons awaits further sentencing

Interim staff Pro-life prisoner of conscience Linda Gibbons was found guilty of obstructing a peace officer and breaking probation at her latest court appearance October 2. In keeping with previous court appearance to express her personal solidarity with the innocent, unborn children killed each day at Toronto abortion clinics. Her latest arrest occurred August 26, just three days after being released from her previous incarceration. Linda lives out her religious conviction by refusing to abide by terms of a temporary injunction ... (Continue reading)

Pastor uses arts to spread pro-life word

The name Robert Munoz first cropped up in local pro-life circles as the man who would bail activist Bill Whatcott out of jail following one of the latter’s frequent arrests. The Munoz name came up again with word of a play based on the life of activist/political prisoner Linda Gibbons. Later it was learned this same Munoz is pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in mid-town Toronto. Pastor, playwright and supporter of leading pro-life activists – a story ... (Continue reading)

Ruling may bring prison term for suicide doctor

Detroit – After a string of legal victories, suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian may still face contempt of court charges. An October 15 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a five-year-old court order preventing Kevorkian from assisting suicides. Michigan prosecutors plan to use the ruling to go ahead with plans to put Kevorkian behind bars. Kevorkian has repeatedly ignored injunctions and has admitted participating in at least 41 assisted suicides since 1991. The twist in the latest development is that Kevorkian could ... (Continue reading)

New director named to PFL

Priests for Life (PFL), an organization working to promote the respect for life message among priests and deacons, has a new head man in Canada. Father James Whalen, pastor of St. Margaret Mary parish in Cumberland, near Ottawa, was appointed national director in September. A priest of Ottawa archdiocese since 1972, Father Whalen comes to Priests for Life with an impressive background in pro-life work. For the past five years, he has served as researcher and analyst ... (Continue reading)

Book a timely remedy to anti-life mentality

Pope John Paul II’s 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae (“The Gospel of Life”) proclaims in our day the Catholic Church’s teaching on the sacredness of all human life. The letter is a work of great beauty and power; but to ensure that it will not become a “dead letter,” the pope has called upon all Catholics – particularly those with special responsibilities in the Church – to “ensure that the doctrine which is one again being set ... (Continue reading)

Assignment explores ‘coming out’ experience

Interim staff Second-year sociology students as Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario are being assigned to write a “coming out” letter as their first fall-term assignment. “Coming out” is a term used by homosexuals to declare publicly their sexual orientation. The second-year Sociology of Women course at Wilfrid Laurier University requires undergraduates to prepare a letter in which “you put yourself in the place of a lesbian or gay person.” For any gay or bisexual students in the program, the assignment is ... (Continue reading)

UN curriculum favors shifting value system

A few months ago Ontario’s schools took on full implication of the Ministry of Education’s Common Curriculum. A document packed with politically correct values to be imposed on children such as “no discrimination based on sexual orientation.” As if it wasn’t bad enough to inflict big-brother-type indoctrination in Ontario, the UN is now proposing “a global strategy to improve schooling systems.” The 45th session of the International Conference on Education (ICE) adopted a declaration which encourages all ... (Continue reading)

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