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