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Seal of Confession Cannot Be Broken

A Louisiana Court of Appeals upheld the Catholic Church’s doctrine that prohibits Catholic priests from revealing any conversation that takes place in the confessional under penalty of excommunication. The ruling was in connection with a civil suit involving a woman who claimed that, when still a minor, she had confessed to Father Jeff Bayhi of the Diocese of Baton Rouge and told him of the sexual abuse. The woman’s family sued the diocese for not reporting the alleged abuse to the police. The state appeals court ruled that the alleged confession was legally confidential and that the priest was not a mandatory reporter.

Federal Judge Rules Against Obama’s Bathroom Policy

A federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas, ruled that President Obama’s new policy allowing transgendered students to use bathrooms and locker rooms according to their gender identity cannot be implemented. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor sided with the state of Texas and twelve other states, arguing that the Obama administration’s policy usurps local control and threatens students’ safety and privacy.

Target Spends $20 million on Bathrooms

After facing boycotts and negative publicity because of theirtransgender-friendly bathroom policy, Target Stores decided to spend $20 million to construct a third, single-toilet bathroom in all of their stores. Clearly affected by pressure from groups like the American Family Association, which spearheaded the boycott, the store realized a disappointing sales record for the recently completed second quarter. However, Target denied that the move to build a third bathroom was the result of the outcry from the public.

Charges Against David Daleiden Dismissed

David Daleiden, the pro-life activist who secretly videotaped Planned Parenthood personnel in Houston, Texas, trying to negotiate the sale of aborted baby body parts to him, was cleared of all misdemeanor charges. The charges involved Daleiden’s alleged use of fake ID papers to gain access to the abortion facility. Prosecutors, however, decided not to proceed with the charges. The videos obtained by Daleiden exposed twelve Planned Parenthood officials who tried to sell body parts of aborted babies to Daleiden.

Study Reveals that Twenty Veterans Commit Suicide Each Day

A Department of Veteran Affairs study has revealed that roughly twenty veterans kill themselves on a daily basis.In 2014, which is the latestdata available, 7,400 veterans took their own lives, accounting for eighteen percent of all suicides in the country.An organization called the National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide, whose mission it is to prevent military suicides, said that the biggest increase is among the Vietnam-era veterans (around 60 years old) and recent veterans 18 to 25 years of age.

Homosexuality Not In-born, Says New Study

Two scientists from Johns Hopkins University recently published the results of their study in The New Atlantis supporting the conclusion that “The belief that sexual orientation is an innate, biologically fixed human property—that people are “born that way”—is not supported by scientific evidence.” Lawrence Mayer, M.B, M.S., Ph.D., and Paul R. McHugh, M.D., also wrote that “This report is about science and medicine, nothing more and nothing less.” Mayeris a scholarin residence in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a professor of statistics and biostatistics at Arizona State University. McHugh is professor of Psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has been Psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital for twenty-five years.

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