Biotech Company Using Aborted Fetal Cell Lines in Testing

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

Children of God for Life (COG) is calling for a public boycott of major food companies such as Pepsico, Kraft Foods, Solae, and Nestle who are partnering with Senomyx, a biotech company that produces artificial flavor enhancers using aborted fetal cell lines to test their products.

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March Gracelines

March 30, 2008 

“In three different ways, woman can fulfill the mission of motherliness: in marriage, in the practice of a profession that values human development, and under the veil as the spouse of Christ.”
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
For Reflection:
Which way has God selected for me to fulfill my mission of motherliness? How am I cooperating with His grace? 

Why Ionizing and Alkalizing Water Machines are Utterly Worthless

HR writes: “I live near the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville and I am concerned about a number of Catholics in the area promoting something called ‘Kangen Water.’  My husband and I watched the promo video on it and we discerned that it may be not only a scam but connected to New Age or occult beliefs and practices.  There are Catholics around here trying to sell the machines for around $5,000 dollars and the makers claim that it cures just about every illness under the sun.  Some have claimed healings but I think its the placebo affect at work.  Please address this on your blog or your show and help clear the air on this product.”

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Pro-Life Victory in the Philippines!

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

Months of prayer vigils, education initiatives and organized rallies by pro-life forces in the Philippines paid off when a controversial “reproductive health” (RH) bill failed to pass by the end of the legislative session in the House of Representatives.

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EU to Ban All Cars from European Cities by 2050

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

In an effort to cut climate change emissions, the European Commission has unveiled a draconian new plan that is aimed at enforcing “a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers” by 2050 that includes banning all cars and trucks from cities and restricting air travel.

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Planned Parenthood Report Shows Drop in Care to Low Income Women

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

In spite of its aggressive campaign to convince lawmakers who want to defund them that they provide health services to low income women, a new report on Planned Parenthood facilities in the U.S. has found that they have actually cut back these services in the past year.

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Dr. Daniel Amen Offers Mixed Bag of Tantric Sex, Eye Movement Therapy and Brain Scans

AT writes: “There is something that is bothering me and I hope you have an answer for me. I went to your blog and was surprised by the number of TV personalities that believe in these new age practices.  The name Dr. Daniel Amen jumped out at me. About 5 years ago I went to a Christian counselor who is a follower of Dr. Daniel Amen.  She suggested a therapy to me called EMDR (eye movement desensitization restoration). I did have one EMDR session.  Is this therapy connected to Dr. Amen? If so, is it considered a New Age practice? 

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Does Facebook Contribute to Depression in Teens?

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

Researchers at the American Academy of Pediatrics have issued a new set of guidelines in which they refer to “Facebook depression” which may affect troubled teens who become too obsessive about the site.

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Pope Reaches Out to Young French Non-Believers

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Staff Journalist

The first session of the Vatican’s new initiative to encourage dialogue with non-believers took place on Friday at the Sorbonne in France and included a video-taped message from the Pope to youth in which he encouraged them to put God back into the public debate in order to seek more justice and solidarity in a cold utilitarian world.

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