Ecuador judge won’t register British lesbian as ‘father’ of child

Quito, Ecuador, May 22, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Temporarily ending a heated debate over the legal recognition of a British lesbian couple as “father and mother” of a baby girl, a judge in Ecuador ruled on May 22 that only the biological mother can be affirmed as a legal parent. The baby girl, Satya Amani, was born in Ecuador to Nicola Susan Rothon by artificial insemination. Rothon lives in Quito –Ecuador’s capital – with Helen Louis Bicknell. Both are British citizens who legalized their union a … [Read more...]

Group launches tour to end abortion in Canada

Denver, Colo., May 22, 2012 / 12:59 pm (CNA).- A Canadian pro-life group is retracing the steps that abortion activists took in the country during the 1970s, but with the goal of repealing local abortion laws. “We want to take the language for choice and then expose it,” Stephanie Gray, executive director of the Canadian Center for Bio-ethical Reform, told CNA May 16. The group, which is dedicated to “making abortion unthinkable” by engaging the public in discussions about the reality of abortio … [Read more...]

Brazilian lawmakers consider anencephaly abortion ban

Brasilia, Brazil, May 22, 2012 / 12:15 pm (CNA).- Lawmakers in Brazil have put three bills up for debate in an attempt to overturn a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court on April 12 that legalized abortion in cases of anencephaly. The Supreme Court voted 8-2 last month to legalize abortion in cases of unborn babies with the condition, which causes the brain to develop only partially or be completely absent. Over 80 percent of Brazilians have said they do not support abortion in such cases and t … [Read more...]

Abortion doctor says women who undergo procedure live with guilt

Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 21, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- German Pablo Cardoso, a well-known abortion doctor in Argentina, said that every woman who undergoes an abortion is burdened with “sorrow” and guilt. In an interview with MDZ Radio, the 54-year-old Cardoso, who markets himself online as “Doctor Abortion,” called the procedure “a burden, a sorrow in the soul, and there is no woman who does not live with guilt.” Cardoso was detained by Argentinean authorities in June 2011 for performing illeg … [Read more...]

Young order invigorates Colo. parish

Denver, Colo., May 19, 2012 / 01:10 pm (CNA).- St. Mary’s Parish in Littleton, Colo. played a key role last weekend in an international event—the 25th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a religious order established a quarter-century ago by five young men in a small Spanish town. “This is an example of the fruits of the new evangelization—a young, new movement in the Church which has sprung out of the call of Blessed John Paul II,” said Bisho … [Read more...]

Vatican laicizes Canadian bishop convicted for child pornography

Ottawa, Canada, May 17, 2012 / 12:32 pm (CNA).- The Vatican has dismissed from the clerical state a Canadian bishop who pleaded guilty to the possession of child pornography.“Raymond Lahey has accepted the Decree of Dismissal, which also requires him to pray the Liturgy of the Hours in reparation for the harm and the scandal he has caused, and for the sanctification of clergy,” the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops said May 16.Bishop Raymond Lahey of Antigonish, Nova Scotia was arrested in … [Read more...]

Lima archdiocese issues clarification on priest stripped of faculties

Lima, Peru, May 17, 2012 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Lima issued a statement clarifying the decision by Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani to strip local priest Father Gaston Garatea of his ministerial faculties. On May 16, the archdiocese condemned what it called a “campaign of misinformation and discredit” launched against the cardinal by some in the media, stating that the priest is still able to exercise priestly ministry outside the cardinal's jurisdiction. Father Garatea – a m … [Read more...]