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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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