The University of Notre Dame has refused to give official recognition to a student group arguing that children are better off being raised by a heterosexual married couple instead of a same-sex couple.
Notre Dame's Club Coordination Council recently refused to recognize the Students for Child Oriented Policy, prompting some to claim viewpoint discrimination at the Catholic academic institution.
A group of Italian women who are in love affairs with Roman Catholic Church priests have asked Pope Francis to make the celibacy mandate for clergy optional.
Twenty six women recently wrote to the Pontiff, their letter being published on the website of the Catholic publication the Vatican Insider. "With humility, we place at your feet our suffering so that something can change, not just for us but for the good of the whole Church," reads the letter in part.
The women also stated that the celibacy mandate for priests caused "devastating suffering" within the Church and that married priests would serve "with greater passion." more >>
Twenty abortion clinics in Texas have closed after an abortionist who practiced out of a Dallas facility, the most recent closure, was unable to obtain admitting privileges at area hospitals.
The Northpark Medical Group abortion clinic that is affiliated with two other clinics owned by Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen, who has allegedly killed babies born alive during routine late-term abortions, has closed its doors.
According to Kyleen Wright, president of Texans for Life Coalition, when she and other pro-life advocates first started petitioning lawmakers to craft a bill requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at area hospitals, they had no idea that so many would be considered a liability, and thus unable to obtain privileges. more >>
TYSONS CORNER, Va. — A diverse gathering of groups and individuals has come to the Washington, D.C.-area to launch an effort to combat pornography.
The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation held its first summit at the Tyson's Corner Marriot not far from the nation's capital. The multi-day event that began Friday morning and will conclude Saturday brings together researchers, scholars, and activists dedicated to combating pornography.
Dr. Sharon Cooper, a developmental and forensic pediatrician, discussed in her presentation the effects of early pornographic exposure among children and its relation to sexual abuse. more >>
A Baptist seminary president accused of sexually harassing two female students and one female employee said that following an investigation by the school's accreditors, the Association of Theological Schools is asking that the John Leland Center for Theological Studies administration rebuild its lost trust.
"We've still got a ways to go. We've got to rebuild the trust between faculty, president, students, staff and trustees. They want us to continue to talk to each other. It needs to be an on-going process, not just a one-time discussion," President Mark J. Olson told The Christian Post.
Earlier this year, the three women who were frustrated with the manner in which the Leland administration handled their case, asked the school's accreditors to do its own investigation. more >>
Democratic Gov. of Missouri Jay Nixon said Thursday that he has not decided whether he's going to sign a bill that would require a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion could be induced in his state.
Lawmakers passed House Bill 1307 by a vote of 111-39 late Wednesday to extend the current 24-hour waiting period to 72 hours.
Democratic Rep. Linda Black added an amendment to the bill that also requires women to watch a video that informs them about all of the alternatives to abortion that are available, such as help from crisis pregnancy centers and maternity homes. more >>