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Abortion after 20 weeks gestation likely to be more frequent Comments 0

Thursday, September 19th, 2019
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In a submission to a Select Committee, Family First national director Bob McCoskrie stated proposed changes to abortion legislation would make late-term abortions more accessible and therefore more would occur. “Currently it’s only available for exceptional circumstances, danger to the life and health of the mother, or the child,” said McCoskrie “But in this bill Read more

Retired Catholic priest found not guilty of sexual assault Comments 0

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

A Wisconsin jury on Friday acquitted a retired Catholic priest on charges alleging that he had sexually assaulted an altar boy over several years, starting in 2006. The Jefferson County jury found William Nolan, 66, not guilty of five counts of sexual assault following a weeklong trial. The 26-year-old accuser, who lives in California, alleged Read more

Euthanasia referendum question uses euphemisms Comments 0

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

The question for the possible euthanasia referendum should avoid euphemisms and ask directly whether Kiwis support assisted suicide, National MP Maggie Barry says. Barry, one of the fiercest critics of David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill, said the proposed question released on Wednesday was “misleading and too narrow”. Barry said the question was over-reliant Read more

More than 2,000 aborted remains discovered at doctor’s home Comments 0

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

An investigation has been launched by police after more than 2,000 remains of aborted children were found at the former home of late-term abortionist Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer in Will County, Illinois. Klopfer passed away on September 3. Nine days later, an attorney representing his family contacted the Will County coroner’s office, reporting that “medically Read more

Calls for Catholic schools to be abolished to tackle Glasgow sectarianism Comments 0

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

A former top cop has claimed Catholic schools should be abolished to help tackle sectarianism on the streets of Glasgow. Tom Wood a former Deputy Chief Constable, has questioned whether religious segregation in schools remains acceptable, and urged authorities to address root causes of the divide. Last week the council decided to ban six Loyalist Read more

Ruth Dyson accepts apology from Maggie Barry Comments 0

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Assistant speaker Ruth Dyson has accepted Maggie Barrie’s apology for shouting at her. Barrie said it was a “highly emotionally charged situation” and she acknowledged she was “over-zealous in expressing my disappointment with the way things were progressing”. Continue reading

Pope heads to Asia seeking dialogue, peace and ecological solidarity Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

For experts and locals alike, it seems Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to Thailand and Japan will not only highlight the Vatican’s strong ties with interreligious communities in each country, but it could also help the pope advance his ecological and peace-making agenda. Speaking to Crux, Adul Smanyaphirak, a Muslim living in Bangkok, said that for Read more

Christian Social Services: Causes of Kiwi families poverty Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

But as a major new study raises concerns about a $630 million funding shortfall for social service providers, families face an increasingly complex landscape when it comes to fighting poverty. Trevor McGlinchey, the executive director at the NZ Council of Christian Social Services, said the typical Kiwi family seeking help was now often more at Read more

Patriarch Bartholomew: The gift of the relics is a crucial step Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

In an exclusive interview, Patriarch Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople speaks of his surprise at Pope Francis’ unexpected gift, and says how the key to evangelization is through service.’ He also mentions the fires in the Amazon, and explains the spiritual and theological reasons why we need to be committed to the environment. Read Read more

NZ resident healer faces murder charges in Fiji Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Huge crowds are gathered at the Nadi Magistrates Court in Fiji today after news broke a man had been charged in relation to the deaths of a family in the Nausori Highlands last month Police have charged a man who holds Permanent Residency status in New Zealand with five counts of murder and one of Read more