‘I’m overjoyed’: Catholic priest wins legal challenge to blanket ban on public worship

March 30th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Canon Tom White, who is challenging Scotland’s ban on public worship. / Credit: Photo courtesy of ADF International. CNA Staff, Mar 24, 2021 / 02:00 pm MT (CNA).- Scotland’s supreme civil court ruled on Wednesday that the Scottish government’s blanket ban on public worship is unlawful. Judge Lord Braidoverturnedthe ban on March 24 in response to a challenge by 27 faith leaders, alongside Glasgow Catholic priest Canon Tom White. He had heard their challenge on …Read More

People With Down Syndrome Still Face Deadly Discrimination | Opinion

March 30th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

ELYSSA KOREN , DIRECTOR OF UNITED NATIONS ADVOCACY, ADF INTERNATIONAL ON 3/22/21 AT 7:00 AM EDT Persons with disabilities face enormous and tragic discrimination that infringes upon their most basic right to life. The coronavirus pandemic has brought to light these many added threats. Evidence that persons with Down Syndrome are significantly more at risk for death from COVID-19 has generated intense controversy regarding societal obligations to protect the most vulnerable. This year, World Down …Read More

EU bishops back Polish abortion ban

March 18th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

The Brussels-based commission representing the European Union’s Catholic bishops, Comece, has defended a ban on abortions in Poland, citing human rights principles, and rejected a resolution condemning the move from the European Parliament. “Neither EU legislation nor the European Convention on Human Rights provides for a right to abortion – this matter is left up to the legal systems of member-states”, Comece said in a letter to David Maria Sassoli, Italian president of the Parliament …Read More

Equality Act Would Cancel Religious Freedom

March 18th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

KEY TAKEAWAYS It’s vital to understand just how unconstitutional the Equality Act is. The Equality Act has said that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act “shall not provide … a basis for challenging the application of” any Equality Act provision. This would be the first time that Congress not only provided inadequate protection for religious freedom, but deliberately and publicly repudiated it altogether. To say that the Equality Act, which the U.S. Senate will soon take up after …Read More

ANALYSIS Ten-year study shows legalized abortion does not improve maternal mortality

March 18th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Restrictions on abortion do not lead to an increase in women dying due to a lack of “safe” abortions, according to a new study highlighted by the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG). In a recent tweet, AAPLOG cited a study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal BMJ Open, which examined maternal mortality in 32 Mexican states over a 10-year period, between 2002 and 2011. The study began by acknowledging the pro-abortion argument that “the …Read More

As Ireland considers assisted suicide, study finds 72% who ‘wish to die’ change their minds

March 9th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

By Nancy Flanders |  March 8, 2021 , 11:43am Scientists at The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) have found that older people in Ireland who express a desire to die are suffering from depression and loneliness. The study involved 8,000 older individuals living in a community setting. Interestingly, the wish to die was found to be temporary among the vast majority. These findings are important, as Ireland is soon to consider the Dying with Dignity …Read More

How Belgium’s euthanasia law has been consistently abused

March 5th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

BY DR ANGELO BOTTONE 2ND MARCH 2021 Pro-euthanasia advocates in Ireland, as elsewhere, insist that properly drawn legislation permitting assisted suicide and euthanasia will ensure that such a law will never be abused.  Numerous safeguards, they assure us, can be put in place. A new academic study from Belgium very much indicates the opposite is the case. The three authors, who are based at the University of Ghent, are not against euthanasia in principle but …Read More

THE EQUALITY ACT’S ASSAULT ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

March 2nd, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

 by Kenneth Craycraft 2 . 26 . 21 Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR5, the so-called “Equality Act,” to amend various provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If it passes the Senate and is signed into law by the president, the bill will cause incalculable damage to our society—with a particular assault on women and religious believers. The bill is expressly designed to impose a controversial sexual-ideological scheme on the American public, …Read More

Bishops voice opposition to Equality Act as Congress prepares to vote

February 26th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

Washington DC, Capitol Building© Abadesign / Shutterstock John Burger – published on 02/24/21 Religious leaders caution “imposition of novel and divisive viewpoints regarding ‘gender.’” The Equality Act, which would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to explicitly prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, is set to be voted on in the House of Representatives this week. On Wednesday, the Catholic bishops of the United States issued a stern warning of the dangers …Read More

Catholics press for further changes to Scotland’s controversial hate crime bill

February 26th, 2021 by Vox Cervi 1

The flag of Scotland. Credit: Lynx Aqua/Shutterstock. CNA Staff, Feb 22, 2021 / 12:00 pm MT (CNA).- Catholics are pressing for further changes to Scotland’s controversial hate crime bill amid a last-minute consultation. The Scottish Parliament’s justice committee gave the public just four days to respond to the consultation, which ended at 10 a.m. local time on Monday. Scotland’s Catholic Parliamentary Office issued an urgent appeal on Friday to Catholics to share their views on the …Read More