Several Jewish Holocaust survivors and their descendants are taking action to prevent Pope Benedict from signing a decree declaring that Pope Pius XII is a Saint. They argue that if the Vatican proceeds with this action, it will seriously jeopardize the relationship between Catholics and Jews.
Voters in California approved their Ballot Proposition 8 by 52 percent to 48 percent, which amended the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman. It inserts the following brief 14-word sentence into the California Constitution: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
The Supreme Court of the State of Connecticut ruled 4-3 on October 10 that same sex marriage must be allowed in that state. The case was initiated by eight homosexual couples in Connecticut over four years ago, and was spearheaded by attorneys from Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD).
Religious leaders in California representing many different denominations have issued calls to their congregations to fast and pray, asking God's blessing on their efforts to help passage of Proposition 8.
The Baylor Religion Survey, which was released by researchers with the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, on September 11, revealed that a majority of American still hold some pretty traditional beliefs — including a belief in guardian angels.
California's Proposition 4 supports parental notification for abortion for minor girls. It will be on the ballot in November, setting up another battle of parents versus Planned Parenthood.
In 2000, California voters overwhelmingly adopted (by over 61 percent) Proposition 22 to establish that “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Homosexual activists immediately challenged the new law.
U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) touched off a media firestorm in 2003, when, in an interview with an AP reporter, he suggested that allowing same-sex marriage was a strategic descent down the slippery slope toward acceptance of other perversions, such as incest, pederasty, and bestiality.
On February 28 of this year, California’s 2nd Appellate Court in Los Angeles ruled that home schooling is illegal in California unless done by a certified teacher, and that parents do not have a constitutional right to home-school their children. Although the court was only supposed to rule on a single case, it overstepped its bounds by attempting to criminalize all home-schooling parents.
On May 15, in a 4-3 ruling, the California Supreme Court struck down two state laws limiting marriage to unions between a man and a woman, claiming that the state constitution protects a fundamental “right to marry” extending to same-sex couples.
On April 20, Pope Benedict XVI, the spiritual leader of the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics, concluded a six-day visit to the United States, home to 67.5 million of his flock. In between the pope’s April 15 arrival and his farewell ceremony, the pontiff took part in a whirlwind round of ceremonies.