US ends funding for United Nations Population Fund

China's forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations were aided by program

The United States has ended funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), saying the agency's support for Chinese population control programs violates an amendment banning funds for partners of coercive abortion or sterilization programs. “This determination was made based on the fact that China's family planning policies still involve the use of coercive abortion … [Read more...]

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Walk for Life Speaker calls out Hillary Clinton

Women’s Rights Without Frontiers president: China's forced abortion policy not a thing of the past

A California Catholic Daily Exclusive: At the October 19 presidential debate, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton said “I’ve been to countries where governments… forced women to have abortions, like they used to do in China.” Clinton was apparently unaware that China’s policy of forced abortion is far from being a thing of the past. Ms. Reggie Littlejohn, President of … [Read more...]

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Are Vatican, China close to agreement on bishop selection?

Proposed compromise could draw fierce protests from Chinese Catholics

The following comes from an October 30 Wall Street Journal article by Francis X. Rocca And Chun Han Wong: VATICAN CITY—Negotiators for the Vatican and Beijing reached a compromise on who selects Catholic bishops in China, said people familiar with the matter, potentially marking a major step toward ending six decades of estrangement. If Pope Francis and Chinese leaders … [Read more...]

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When it comes to abortion, California is like China

Our efforts to foster a culture of life have to include what Pope Francis has proposed as a culture of encounter

The following comes from Bishop Jaime Soto's November Reflection on the Diocese of Sacramento's website: It was recently announced with much fanfare that China was officially doing away with its "one-child" policy. Many news reports have recounted the moral and social havoc this ill-conceived government mandate has wracked upon China. Many on this side of the Pacific may … [Read more...]

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China abandons one-child policy

Limit on families is raised to two children, ending a 35-year-old policy that lead to myriad social and economic ills

The following comes from an October 29 Wall Street Journal article by Laurie Burkitt: China will abandon its one-child policy, perhaps the most notorious of the Communist Party’s intrusions into Chinese lives, amid a looming demographic crunch that threatens the long-term health of the world’s second-largest economy. All Chinese couples will be allowed to have two … [Read more...]

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The new age of martyrdom

In the 21st century, Christians are the most persecuted religious body on the plane

The following comes from a July 21 Orange County Catholic article by Patrick Mott: The image remains indelible: 21 men in bright orange jumpsuits kneeling on a lonely Mediterranean beach before a line of black-clad and masked Islamic State militants. Seconds later, the militants would draw their long knives and ritually behead each of the men—all of them Egyptian Christians. … [Read more...]

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Chinese alter genetics of human embryo

Scientific community: "we feel some urgency"

The following comes from an April 24 Science magazine article by Jocelyn Kaiser and Dennis Normile: The announcement that a Chinese team had altered the genetics of a human embryo for the first time has ignited a firestorm of controversy around the world and renewed recent calls for a moratorium on any attempt to establish a pregnancy with such an engineered embryo. But … [Read more...]

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