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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Intelligent Design reduces and belittles God’s power and might, according to the director of the Vatican Observatory.

Science is and should be seen as “completely neutral" on the issue of the theistic or atheistic implications of scientific results, said Fr. George V. Coyne, S.J., director of the Vatican Observatory, while noting that “science and religion are totally separate pursuits."

Courts, 'pro-death' lobby thwarted care for Terry Schiavo

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{mosimage}HAMILTON, Ont. - Bobby Schindler, brother to Terri Schiavo, said his family had no idea how powerful and aggressive the pro-euthanasia movement is in the United States until they were faced with its full force in the legal battle over his sister's life.

"The underlying issue is money," the 41-year-old Schindler told The Catholic Register April 21 at the annual conference of Ontario Alliance for Life.

Why are questions feared?

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I was very concerned to read Dorothy Cummings’ critique on Heather Eaton’s book, Introducing Ecofeminist Theologies, published in your Dec. 11 issue. Not only did Cummings gravely err in her assessment of this important book about ecofeminism but she disparages a fine writer and a crucial new focus in theology.

A truly dignified way to die

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When Marlene West faced her family to tell them about her plans regarding her death she got a surprise — tears and grasping for words that just wouldn’t come.

Climate change a good place to show preferential option for the poor

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A team of health and climate scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the World Health Organization has recently compiled compelling data that confirms countries in Africa and coastal countries along the Pacific and Indian Ocean are the most vulnerable to the lethal effects of global climate change.

Turning our water into chemical soup

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Where do all the pharmaceutical drugs, cosmetics and toiletry chemicals go after we've ingested them, fed them to our livestock or rinsed them off our bodies?

EU euthanasia report flawed

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TORONTO - All the favourite arguments for euthanasia are on display in the latest attempt in Europe to jettison bans on allowing doctors to legally put someone to death, says one of North America's top bioethicists. And they can all be countered by solid reasoning.

Bioethics centre lends voice against Bill C-407

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The Canadian Catholic Bioethics Centre (CCBI) has added its voice to the growing chorus of those opposed to federal Bill C-407, which would make euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide legal in Canada.

Earth issues 101

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September is upon us and with it the important responsibility of getting our young brood back to school to learn their ABCs. But what about our own responsibility for continued learning?

Eco-friendly Harry Potter

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{mosimage}Slytherin-type publishers beware. Harry Potter's back and this time with an eco-friendly spell that has muggles by the millions buying only ancient forest-friendly versions of J.K. Rowling's latest book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Scholastic, the world's largest Potter publisher with its 11 million print-run of the Harry Potter book (a record in the publishing industry), has earned its Slytherin reputation (Slytherin having a sinister connotation in Harry Potter's world) and become the target of a coalition of environmental groups for not openly committing to printing with 100-per-cent ancient forest-friendly paper.

God still in the evolution process

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An Austrian cardinal's attempt to clarify the church's position with regard to evolution presents no challenges or surprises, Catholic educators say.

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna published an opinion piece in the July 7 edition of the New York Times to balance the view that the church has acquiesced to evolutionary theory. Schonborn, who co-edited the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is also a member of the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education.