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Adoptions in Australia fall to 30 year low: Adoptions in Australia have fallen to a record low, with contraception, abortion and social acceptance of single parents among the reasons cited for a dramatic 30-year decline. SMH
Link: http://www.smh.com.au/news/0202/05/national/national17.html

Church-State relations under review in Russia: Religious leaders in Russia hope to hold discussions with state institutions in order to improve the financial situation of religious confessions. Zenit
Link: http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=16089

Austrian women ready for ordination: A number of Catholic women who have completed a three-year training course for the priesthood in Austria have begun preparations for their ordination. The women were interviewed by Austrian state television (ORF) for a weekly prime-time news feature shown on 28 January. The local Bishop was also interviewed. The Tablet
Link: http://www.thetablet.co.uk/cgi-bin/citw.cgi?

CNS is reporting this week "divorce comments draw vociferous outcry": The news service is saying that the Pope's comments have sparked an unusually vociferous public outcry, even drawing accusations in Italy that he was no different from Afghanistan's former Islamic Taliban leaders. The controversy apparently caught Vatican and Italian church officials by surprise. In interviews they emphasized that the Pope was not adding anything to church teaching and that his words were more a "call to conscience" about the importance of marriage's permanence than specific instructions on how lawyers should go about their work. CNS
Link: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/20020201.htm

Catholic Supreme Court justice rejects church view on death penalty: A US Supreme Court justice who is Catholic expressed disagreement on Jan 25 with the church's view that the death penalty should be imposed less often. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was part of a panel of government officials who spoke at the end of a daylong conference on "A Call for Reckoning: Religion and the Death Penalty." It was organized by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life at the University of Chicago Divinity School. CNS
Link: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/20020129.htm

Olympians get pregnant & abort to improve performance: In the Feb.4 issue of Report magazine, "Brave New World", columnist Celeste McGovern writes of a gruesome method of blood doping used by some female athletes to boost athletic performance. Since enhancing drugs and even regular blood doping can be identified by regulators, the pregnancy-abortion scheme, while officially banned, is virtually impossible to stop. EWTN/Lifesite
Link: http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.php?number=23382

Mary Robinson: Human rights values 'eroded' since Sep 11: There was a worrying perception of an erosion of human rights values in the wake of the September 11th attacks on the United States, the UN Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs Mary Robinson, told reporters at the World Economic Forum in New York on Saturday. Irish Times
Link: http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/world/2002/0204/1243081215HMROBBO.html


05-Feb-02