Archive of March 8, 2007

Those who lack the light of faith end up desiring death, warns Spanish bishop

Mar 8, 2007 - 12:38 pm .- In comments on the case of Inmaculada Echevarria, who suffers from muscular dystrophy and has requested that her respirator be removed, Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla of Cartagena, President of the Spanish Bishops’ Subcommittee on the Family and Human life, said this week “those who lack the light of faith end up desiring death, and that is what is happening with the pro-euthanasia groups.”

Argentinean medical ethics group warns that court ruling will open the door to legal abortion

Mar 8, 2007 - 12:33 pm .- The Argentinean Society for Medical and Biological Ethics warned this week that a court ruling that grants prosecutorial immunity to women who seek medical assistance after procuring an abortion is “the first step towards the decriminalization of abortion.”

Morning-after pill “is not emergency contraceptive but rather emergency abortion”

Mar 8, 2007 - 12:32 pm .- The director of the Institute for Bioethics of the Catholic University of La Plata, Juan Carlos Caprile, said this week the morning after pill should not be called an “emergency contraceptive, but rather an emergency abortion,” since its many effects include the prevention of implantation of a fertilized ovum.

Bangladesh bishop says Catholics still living in fear

Mar 8, 2007 - 12:26 pm .- Bishop Bejoy Nicephorus D’Cruze of Khulna, South West Bangladesh, has told Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that the faithful in his diocese continue to seek protection from Islamic fundamentalists.

Mother sues Planned Parenthood for not killing her two year-old daughter

Mar 8, 2007 - 12:18 pm .- A Boston mother is seeking compensation from Planned Parenthood, by way of a medical malpractice suit, after the abortion organization failed to kill her now two year-old daughter.

Imam of Al-Azhar says he will meet with Pope Benedict

Mar 8, 2007 - 12:10 pm .- The imam of the Islamic university Al-Azhar in Cairo, the highest seat of Sunni learning, is expected to meet with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican March 22, AKI has reported.

Foundation plans new Catholic college to replace Ave Maria in '08

Mar 8, 2007 - 12:09 pm .- A new foundation is working to raise $10 million to open a new Catholic liberal arts college next year, after Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti announced that it will close and move to Florida this summer.

Wikipedia 'Catholic expert' resigns after being exposed as a fake

Mar 8, 2007 - 12:05 pm .- One of Wikipedia’s foremost contributors and editors resigned last week after it was learned that his supposed credentials as a professor of Religion with a PhD in Theology and a degree in Canon Law were fake, reported The Age.

Cardinal Zen says Church faces 'crucial moments' in China

Mar 8, 2007 - 12:02 pm .- Cardinal Joseph Zen, archbishop of Hong Kong, says the Vatican will face "crucial moments" with China as it seeks to establish diplomatic ties with the communist government.

Italian Bishops will continue to speak with “clearness and serenity,” Bagnasco says

Mar 8, 2007 - 12:00 pm .- Speaking this morning from the headquarters of the Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) in Rome, Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, the newly appointed CEI President said he will continue to lead the bishops of Italy in speaking clearly but peacefully about current moral issues.

Remarks on West Bank situation do not deny rights of Israel, German Cardinal responds

Mar 8, 2007 - 11:56 am .- Cardinal Karl Lehmann, Bishop of Mainz and President of the German Bishops Conference, responded today to criticism over comments a few German bishops made regarding the situation of Palestinians in Israel.  Lehmann said that while some of his brothers made harsh statements about the wall between Israeli and Palestinian territories, they do not deny Israel’s right to defend itself. "Hard expressions are not to be confused with a global judgment on the whole situation," Cardinal Lehmann said in response to criticisms of Avner Shalev, Director of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.  

All faithful called to materially support work of Church, Pope Benedict reminds

Mar 8, 2007 - 11:22 am .- This morning the Pope received members of the Rome-based charity organization, the Circle of St. Peter, for their traditional annual audience during which they present him with Peter's Pence, the proceeds of collections taken up in Roman churches over the last year.

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