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WASHINGTON (CNS) --A federal judge ruled Aug. 23that the Obama administration’sguidelines for funding embryonicstem-cell research violatefederal law and stopped suchfunding while a lawsuit against itcontinues.Chief Judge Royce C.Lamberth of U.S. District Courtfor the District of Columbia saidin his 15-page ruling granting atemporary injunction that Drs.James L. Sherley and TheresaDeisher, both adult stem-cellresearchers, had standing tochallenge the guidelines becausethey faced the possibility of losing funding from the NationalInstitutes of Health when NIHfunding for embryonic stem-cellresearch was expanded.The lawsuit had originally
been led on behalf of the two
doctors; Nightlight ChristianAdoptions, an adoption andcounseling agency that facilitatesinternational, domestic andembryo adoptions; embryosthemselves; two couples; and theChristian Medical Association.Lamberth ruled in 2009 thatnone of the plaintiffs had legalstanding, but an appeals courtoverruled him only in the case of the two doctors.The Aug. 23 ruling saidthe researchers’ attorneys hadshown that the Dickey-Wickeramendment, approved annuallysince 1996 “without substantivealteration,” demonstrates that “theunambiguous intent of Congressis to prohibit the expenditureof federal funds on ‘researchin which a human embryos orembryos are destroyed.’”“By allowing federal fundingof ESC research, the guidelinesare in violation of the Dickey-Wicker amendment,” Lamberthwrote.He also ruled that “theguidelines threaten the verylivelihood of plaintiffs Sherleyand Deisher” because their“injury of increased competition... is actual and imminent.”Supporters of the Obamaadministration’s guidelines forfunding embryonic stem-cellresearch have argued that noembryos will be created anddestroyed for the research sinceonly already existing embryoscreated for in vitro fertilizationand later discarded would beused.Steven H. Aden, seniorlegal counsel for the AllianceDefense Fund, co-counsel inthe lawsuit, said the decision “issimply enforcing an existing lawpassed by Congress that preventsAmericans from paying anotherpenny for needless research onhuman embryos.”“Experimentation onembryonic stem cells isn’t evennecessary because adult stem-cellresearch has been enormouslysuccessful,” he added. “Ineconomic times like we are innow, it doesn’t make sense forthe federal government to useprecious taxpayer dollars for thisillegal and unethical purpose.”The Catholic Churchstrongly supports adult stem-cellresearch but opposes any researchthat involves the destruction of human embryos.
Judge halts federal funding of embryonic stem cell research
(CNS) -- Just 73 years after his death,Brother Andre Bessette will become the
rst Canadian-born man elevated to saint
-hood.The news of the Holy Cross brother’sOct. 17 canonization, one of six announcedby Pope Benedict XVI Feb. 19, was metwith elation by the members of the churchin Montreal.Born Alfred Bessette, Brother Andrewas the founder of St. Joseph’s Oratory inMontreal, the largest shrine dedicated toSt. Joseph in the world. The shrine sits atopMount Royal overlooking the northern half of the city.Two days after Pope Benedict’s an-nouncement the oratory had no lack of pil-
grims ling past Brother Andre’s tomb.
One young woman, who would not re-veal her name, stopped and prayed at thevarious stations depicting St. Joseph’s lifethat lead to Brother Andre’s crypt.“I come often because I’m a believerand it’s renewing,” she said.Like many people who stopped at
Pope beatifes Cardinal Newman, canonizes Brother Andre
Brother Andre Bessette To be canonized Oct. 17 Cardinal John Henry Newman Beatifed Sept. 19
(CNS) Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a
beatication Mass Sept. 19 in Great Britain
to beatify the 19th-century intellectual andtheologian Cardinal John Henry Newman.Born in 1801 in England and raisedan Anglican, Newman is an example of humility and perseverance in the face of challenge.As an Anglican priest and Oxfordprofessor, John Newman was drawn toCatholicism even as he sought to resolve
conicts within the Anglican tradition.
Eventually, his Oxford Movement --which he founded to bring the AnglicanChurch back to its Catholic roots -- ledhim to become a Catholic in 1845. He wasordained a Catholic priest two years later.But in anti-Catholic England, the ideaof such a well-known theologian becominga Catholic was beyond a scandal.For the next 20 years, his life wasmarked by obscurity, disappointment andturmoil. A few ill-chosen words againstan anti-Catholic zealot led to a libel suit,which then-Father Newman lost and
CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN,
one o the great intellectual minds o the Catholic Church in the 19th century, was beatifed by Pope Benedict XVI in Britain Sept. 19. CardinalNewman was an Anglican cleric who ounded the Oxord Movement to bring the Anglican Church back to its Catholic roots. He became Catholic at the age o 44 ater a succession o clashes with Anglican bishops and was made a cardinal by Pope Leo XIII. He died in Birming- ham in 1890. (CNS photo rom Crosiers)
BROTHER ANDRE BESSETTE,
the frst Ca- nadian-born man elevated to sainthood, will be canonized Oct. 17 in Montreal by Pope Bene- dict XVI. As a member o the Congregation o Holy Cross in Canada, Brother Andre will also be the frst member o the community to be declared a saint throughout the world and the community. He ounded St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, the largest shrine in the world dedi- cated to St. Joseph, where more than 2 million people visit each year.
See CARDINAL NEWMAN, pg. 6See BROTHER ANDRE, pg. 6