Catholic Businessman Makes Searchable Senate Health Reform Bill Available On-Line

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

A former business professor from the Franciscan University of Steubenville has decided to help legislators and the general public better understand what is contained in the Senate’s health care reform legislation by making the entire document available as a searchable on-line document.

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White House Muscling Pro-Life Senators

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

Top officials at the White House are pressuring pro-life Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) with threats to close a military base in his state for refusing to go along with pro-abortion healthcare legislation, and have charged Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) with the task of drafting up a compromise that will get Nelson on board.

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German Fathers Jailed for Opting Children Out of Graphic Sex Ed

by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

Government officials in the German state of Salzkotten have begun to sentence fathers to one week in jail for opting their children out of graphic sex ed classes, prompting an international civil rights group to file a civil lawsuit on behalf of parents.

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Vatican Releases Pope’s World Day of Peace Message

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

Pope Benedict XVI’s message for the 43rd World Day of Peace, to be celebrated January 1, 2010, encourages lifestyles marked by “sobriety and solidarity,” warns about eco-fanaticism opening up a “new pantheism tinged with neopaganism” and calls for an acknowledgement of the “indivisible relationship between God, human beings and the whole of creation.”

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Actor Blames Church for Cancellation of Sequels to The Golden Compass

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

The Catholic Church is being blamed for a decision by New Line Cinema to cancel plans to film the final two installments in the controversial His Dark Materials trilogy in spite of the success of the first film, The Golden Compass.

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