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the news you may have missed Beauty Is in the Eye of the Blogger attention,” she admitted. “But now my life has been trans- formed.” That may be, but it appears Nobili is still the The runner-up in the Miss USA beauty pageant says center of attention. The men now just happen to be high- her outspoken opposition to same-sex marriage cost her ranking Catholic clergy. the title. Miss California, Carrie Prejean, said she believes “a marriage should be between a man and a woman.” She had been asked for her views on the subject by one of the So That “Our Children May Live” judges, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, a 1996 graduate of Belen Jesuit Prep in Miami. “We live in a land where you The United Church of Christ (UCC), the religious de- can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage,” said nomination of President Barack Obama, has issued a state- Miss California in a televised section of the show. “I be- ment promoting the distribution of condoms inside its lieve that a marriage should be between a man and a houses of worship. The statement, which was delivered woman,” she continued. “No offense to anybody out there, during a presentation to the denomination’s Wider Church but that’s how I was raised.” The Ministries Board, also advocated making condoms available remarks drew a mixture of booing at “faith-based educational settings” — church schools and applause from the audience. and youth-group meetings. A UCC executive Hilton said he had been “floored” by explained that condom distribution is “a Prejean’s answer, which, he added, matter of life and death” and that con- “alienated millions of gay and lesbian doms should be made available to save Americans, their families and their the lives of young people. Calling it supporters.” He told ABC News (Apr. the denomination’s “moral respon- 21): “She lost it because of that ques- sibility” to make condoms available, tion. She was definitely the front- the UCC’s executive for health and runner before that.” The crown wellness advocacy said, “People of was won by Miss North Carolina. faith make condoms available because we have chosen life so that we and our children may live” (OneNews The Center of Attention Now.com, Mar. 31). An Italian lap-dancer-turned-nun was selected to perform in front of a group of Catholic cardinals and bish- Combating a New Form of “Child Abuse” ops at Rome’s Holy Cross in Jerusalem Basilica. Thirty- eight-year-old Anna Nobili, who gave up years of pole More than 100,000 Britons have recently purchased dancing in Milan after a 2002 visit to the shrine of St. “certificates of de-baptism” to renounce their Christian Francis in
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