Pro-life group will support pro-life Democrat Lipinski in 2020

Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2020 / 05:40 pm (CNA).- After a Democratic congressman said he would like to see more support from the pro-life movement in his re-election bid, one national pro-life group said its support has kept the lawmaker in Congress, and committed to supporting his 2020 bid for reelection.

On Thursday, Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), a Catholic, eight-term congressman, and a co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, told CNA that he has not received as much support from the pro-life movement as he had hoped in his re-election campaign.

“I’ve gotten some support from pro-life groups, but honestly, not as much as I’d like to see,” Lipinski, who is fighting off primary challenger Marie Newman for the second election cycle in a row, told CNA.

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Montana high court reverses sex abuse judgement against Jehovah’s Witnesses

Helena, Mont., Jan 10, 2020 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- The Montana Supreme Court has unanimously reversed a $35 million judgement against the Jehovah’s Witnesses, on the grounds that the lower court wrongly ruled that the elders involved in hearing allegations of abuse did not enjoy the religious confidentiality protections guaranteed by state law.

A Montana district court wrongly ruled that the Jehovah’s Witnesses were mandatory reporters under state law, said the 7-0 decision written by Supreme Court Justice Beth Baker and announced Jan. 8.

Under the law, the court said, “clergy are not required to report known or suspected child abuse if the knowledge results from a congregation member’s confidential communication or confession and if the person making the statement does not consent to disclosure.”

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German bishops’ news agency launches English edition

Bonn, Germany, Jan 10, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- A news agency owned by the Catholic Church in Germany has launched an English language service, which it says will provide objective news and information on the Catholic Church in Germany.

The new service, KNA International, will consist of translated versions of stories written by the German-language agency, KNA.

KNA is owned by medienhaus, a subsidiarity of the Verband der Diözesen Deutschlands, which is the corporate and operations arm of the German bishops’ conference. The agency says it is positioned to give objective information about the German Church to the English-speaking world.

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House excludes unborn from ‘vulnerable populations’ at risk from chemicals

Washington D.C., Jan 10, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- House Democrats rejected an amendment that would have added the unborn to a list of “potentially vulnerable populations” deserving of protection from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), in a bill that was ultimately passed with bipartisan support. 

The bill, H.R. 535 PFAS Action Act of 2019, requires the Environmental Protection Agency to designate PFAS as “hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980.” 

PFAS are found in a variety of common items, including Teflon pans, paints, and cleaning products, as well as in foam used in fire-fighting equipment. Firefighting foam is often the source of groundwater contamination, which then spreads to plants and animals. 

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