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By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer After a prominent statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was desecrated at Georgetown University (GU), students offended by the action embarked on a 24-hour prayer vigil beginning yesterday in reparation for the outrage and in support of the university’s Catholic identity.
Fairness Doctrine Battle Not Over Yet
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Even though Congress voted unanimously in favor of an amendment banning the return of the Fairness Doctrine, the bill’s author says a stealth version of the controversial doctrine may already be in the works.
New Study Links Sexually Explicit Lyrics with Teen Sex
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have found that teenagers who listen to popular music with degrading sexual lyrics are more likely to engage in sexual activity.
Jeanne Jugan among 10 Blesseds to Be Canonized This Year
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Pope Benedict XVI has announced plans to canonize Blessed Jeanne Jugan, founder of the Little Sisters of the Poor, on Oct. 11, 2009. She is among nine other new saints who will be canonized by the end of this year.
Vatican Condemns Plans to Inseminate Woman with Sperm from Comatose Man
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer Vatican officials are denouncing the plans of a controversial Italian doctor to artificially inseminate a woman with the sperm of her comatose husband who slipped into unconsciousness just as the couple was planning to conceive.
Renegade Priest Defies Vatican
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer An Australian priest accused of gross liturgical abuses, presiding over invalid baptisms and allowing a Buddhist statue to be erected in the parish church, is refusing to leave the premises even after the Archbishop of Brisbane issued a decree removing him from the parish.
Stimulus Bill’s “Little Brother” Being Rushed through Congress This Week
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer The House Majority is forcing debate today on the $410 billion Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 (H.R.1105). This massive spending bill is filled with pork, such as $7 million for the recovery of the Hawaiian sea turtle population, $545 million to overseas abortion providers and nearly one-half million for hybrid buses in Guam.
Holy See Says Economic Crisis Will Compromise Human Rights
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer The Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations is warning about the dramatic social consequences of the global recession which could cause a rise in power of governments with a "dubious commitment to democracy" and push an additional 53 million people below the threshold of living on less than $2 a day.
U.S. Soldier Calls Obama an “Imposter”
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer A U.S. soldier in Iraq has issued a statement calling President Barack Obama an “imposter” and saying he is unable to recognize him as his Commander-in-Chief because of Obama’s failure to produce a valid birth certificate.
Adult Stem Cells Cure Grad Student
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer A Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) graduate student appears to have been cured of multiple sclerosis after participating in a scientific trial that used his own stem cells to regenerate his immune system and reverse the symptoms. Both the student and his mother attribute the success of the procedure to God.
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