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Vatican Issues Sweeping New Instruction on Bioethical Issues

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer

The Vatican chose the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Protectress of the Unborn, to issue a brilliant and sweeping Instruction on various methods of reproductive technology, from in vitro fertilization to adoption of frozen embryos. Dignitas Personae (Dignity of a Person) was issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) with the express approval of Pope Benedict XVI.

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Obama May Force Massachusetts Health Care “Mistake” To Go National

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Anyone wondering what universal health care might look like under President-elect Barack Obama won’t have to look very far. If Obama and Senator Ted Kennedy have their way, Massachusett’s disastrous health care plan may soon be imposed upon the rest of the nation.

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Bush Enacts New Rules Protecting Conscience Rights

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer With only a month left in office, the Bush administration has issued new rules designed to reinforce existing protections for doctors and other health care workers who refuse to participate in medical practices that violate their religious or moral convictions.

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Vatican Official Warns U.N. About Creating “New" Rights

by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Speaking on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec. 10, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, warned about creating “new” human rights based on self-serving ideologies rather than on nature and the common good.

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