Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Archbishop Hickey: The Pope has said nothing to change the official policy on the use of condoms in the matter of HIV.

When commenting on the news flurry that followed certain comments by Pope Benedict XVI in his latest book, Archbishop Hickey said....

“The Church’s business is to call people to conversion, not to minimise the immorality of certain acts. Only a change of behaviour to self-control, chastity, or fidelity to one married partner, will ensure that HIV is not transmitted. This is what the Church has to offer in the fight against AIDS. This is what the Pope has advocated and it is what the promoters of condoms should also be doing. Instead, they seem intent on doing everything possible to encourage sexual freedom and are very reluctant to promote the obvious human solution of self-control” he said.

He went on to say that...

"The reasons why condoms might make AIDS transmission worse are:
- They give a false sense of security to those engaged in sexual acts because condoms have a high failure rate.
- Continued use over even a short time will guarantee the transmission of HIV or any other sexually transmitted disease.
- Condoms do not encourage a change of behaviour, and only a change of behaviour in terms of self-control, chastity or fidelity to one married partner will ensure that HIV is not transmitted."

Read more at The Record

Monday, November 29, 2010

Peter FitzSimons of the Sydney Morning Herald gets a dressing down over remarks about the pope.

Peter FitzSimons yesterday in the Sydney Morning Herald launched an attack on the Catholic Church and the Pope, suggesting people who follow the Pope’s and thus the Church’s teaching on moral issues are ‘brainwashed from birth’.

The first mistake FitzSimons makes is assuming that there is a consensus that condoms are the solution to the AIDS crisis. There is no such consensus among scientists and community leaders, and to place criticism upon a group and a person for an issue which has not been concluded is unfair and wrong.

Read more at The Catholic League of Australia

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Adult Stell Cell Technology Leaves Embryonic Treatments For Dead

Doctors associated with the German umbilical cord blood bank Vita 34 say that they have cured a child’s leukemia completely using an infusion of adult stem cells from umbilical cord blood.

After continuous monitoring of the child for five years now, with no sign of leukemia cells in her blood, doctors say that they have confirmed that the treatment worked.

The new treatment is the latest in a long string of hundreds of successes in the science of stem cell treatments that use mature cells rather than embryonic stem cells. Embryonic stem cell treatments, which destroy a human life, have never been proven effective in any medical treatment to date. Treatments with mature stem cells do not cause harm to the donor of the cells.

Stem cell pioneer Dr. Colin McGuckin recently told LifeSiteNews that, despite amazing success with umbilical cord blood treatments, it remains difficult to obtain funding for research because of the “cult of celebrity” in science, which rewards controversial research over research that is truly effective in saving lives.

“People aren’t talking about cord blood because it’s not controversial,” McGuckin told LSN. “Consequently, it does not make headlines and therefore researchers who want to use the cells from cord blood do not receive funding.”


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Parnell's Euthanasia Bill Put To Death in SA Parliament

MP Mark Parnell's controversial voluntary euthanasia bill has thankfully been defeated in the South Australia's state parliament. It sought to amend the Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Act to allow a person to request to end their life.

Family First MLC Dennis Hood said the bill was "dangerous" and he was relieved it was defeated.

"Parliament has spoken loud and clear. Voluntary euthanasia for SA has been soundly defeated and should be moved off the agenda," he said.

Influential Port Pirie Catholic bishop Gregory O'Kelly was among the many vocal opponents of the bill, blaming the recent rise of minor political parties for "pushing death.

"It is a sadness that the first moves around our nation under our new political arrangement seem to be a promotion of death and abuse of marriage," he said in September.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Protect Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty in Australia

The Canberra Declaration is a call to our national leaders to protect life, defend marriage, support family, secure our religious freedom and safe guard our children. The values listed in the Canberra Declaration are under threat! They are being attacked and undermined on many fronts, by dedicated and devoted enemies.

Read more about it and sign the petition Canberra Declaration

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Childbirth is safer than Abortion

Abortion harms women by exposing them to a wide range of serious risks, both immediate and long-term. Abortion is not safer than childbirth.

Recent analyses of large medical databases that link to death certificates (“record linkage studies”) show that pregnancy-associated deaths are between two and four times higher for women who abort than for women who deliver.

Maternal mortality is lower in nations with pro-life laws restricting abortions. Countries with permissive abortion law have higher maternal death rates. Ireland, which has constitutional protection for the unborn, has the lowest maternal mortality rate in Europe.

In early 2010, a study in Chile shows that bans on abortion do not increase maternal deaths. Their research found that maternal mortality peaked in Chile in 1961, at a time when abortion was legal. Abortions caused 34 percent of maternal deaths that year. In contrast, in 2007, after Chile banned abortion, maternal mortality rates had been lowered 97.9 percent.

Greater access to abortion does not result in lower maternal mortality.

Read more

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

News media omits facts in an attempt to implicate Pope Benedict XVI in covering up child abuse

A former judge for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has shot back at New York Times and Associated Press articles that have attempted to implicate Pope Benedict XVI in a “cover-up” of clerical abuse by Fr. Murphy, and others.

Fr. Thomas Brundage slammed the news organizations for making "a huge leap of logic and information" in connecting the pontiff to the case involving Fr. Murphy, and for failing to do the basic courtesy of contacting him or checking the accuracy of quotations erroneously attributed to him.

"As I have found that the reporting on this issue has been inaccurate and poor in terms of the facts, I am also writing out of a sense of duty to the truth"

"He (the Pope) has been most reactive and proactive of any international church official in history with regard to the scourge of clergy sexual abuse of minors. Instead of blaming him for inaction on these matters, he has truly been a strong and effective leader on these issues."

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sister Mary Agnes Facebook Rosary Passes One Million Views

The co-founder of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing Love, created a Facebook Rosary application which now has had over a million views.

Sister Mary also has more than 1000 online followers across 5 different social networks.

“It all started with my twitter account. I would do a couple tweets every day after my morning meditation, just about the Scriptures and the Mass of the day... Now I find people following me that aren't necessarily Catholic, just because they like Scripture.”