Wednesday 17 August 2011

Today's must-read pro-life news-stories, Wed 17 Aug

Abortions absolved
Top stories:

UK population grows at twice EU average due to migrant baby boom
The UK's population is growing at twice the average of European Union (EU) countries, according to the EU. The higher growth-rate is attributed partly to higher birth rates among immigrants. [Mail, 17 August] Every EU country still has a birth-rate below replacement level.

World Youth Day priests granted power to lift abortion excommunications
All Catholic priests hearing confessions at this week's World Youth Day in Madrid have been granted the power to absolve penitents of the sin of abortion. In Catholic canon law procuring an abortion results in automatic excommunication and special permission is required for absolution. The permission has been granted by the cardinal archbishop of Madrid. [, 16 August]

Increased cohabitation rates mean more instability for children

“(T)he rise of cohabiting households with children is the largest unrecognized threat to the quality and stability of children’s lives in today’s families,” according to a new report by a US group. The Institute for American Values’ Center for Marriage and Families says that there is an increasing divide in US society between wealthy, stable families based on marriage and poorer, unstable households where the parents are cohabitees. The institute also found that divorce rates had fallen to 1960s-levels. [CNA, 17 August]

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