Archive of March 13, 2007

Pope confirms “obligatory character” of celibacy in the Latin Tradition

Mar 13, 2007 - 09:12 pm .- In his Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist today, Pope Benedict XVI confirmed that priestly celibacy remains obligatory in the Latin tradition as a means of attempting to achieve, “complete configuration to Christ.” “While respecting the different practice and tradition of the Eastern Churches,” the Holy Father said, “there is a need to reaffirm the profound meaning of priestly celibacy, which is rightly considered a priceless treasure, and is also confirmed by the Eastern practice of choosing Bishops only from the ranks of the celibate. These Churches also greatly esteem the decision of many priests to embrace celibacy.”

Pope Benedict encourages divorced Catholics to live their Christian lives as fully as possible

Mar 13, 2007 - 06:49 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI today addressed the “painful situations” of those who have been married in the Church and have been divorced and remarried, an issue he called a “complex and troubling pastoral problem.”  The Holy Father recalled that although divorced and remarried Catholics cannot receive Holy Communion, they are still called “to live as fully as possible the Christian life.”

Salvadoran archbishop confirms Vatican sanction of Jesuit theologian

Mar 13, 2007 - 05:10 pm .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador confirmed this week that on Thursday the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith would issue a Canonical sanction against Jesuit liberation theologian Jon Sobrino.

Life and family are “non negotiable” values for politicians who desire Communion

Mar 13, 2007 - 12:00 pm .- In his document on the Eucharist, “Sacramentum Caritatis,” released Tuesday morning, Pope Benedict XVI recalled that the defense of life and the protection of the family are “non negotiable” values for Catholic politicians and legislators who wish to be receive Communion in the Church.

Catholic lawyers in Mexico join together in defense of life

Mar 13, 2007 - 10:23 am .- The College of Catholic Lawyers in Mexico City announced this week it would begin a series of efforts in defense of life as the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City prepares to approve an ordinance that would legalize abortion up to the 12th week of pregnancy

Argentinean archbishop warns of climate favorable to legalization of abortion

Mar 13, 2007 - 10:20 am .- In his weekly program, “Keys to a Better World,” Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata warned that a climate favorable to the legalization of abortion is being created in Argentina through the promotion of so-called “therapeutic abortions” and the “morning-after pill.”

Pro-Family organization says Catalonia government continues war against the family

Mar 13, 2007 - 10:17 am .- The Institute for Family Policy issued a statement this past weekend denouncing the government of the Spanish region of Catalonia for continuing “its policy of marginalization and discrimination against the family.”

Jesus was no socialist, guru, or hippie, but rather the Son of God, says Venezuelan bishop

Mar 13, 2007 - 10:09 am .- In an article published this week Bishop Mario Moronta of San Cristobal warned against misinterpreting the person of Jesus as “a Socialist,” a “guru,” or “hippie” and encouraged the faithful to constantly recall that Jesus is Lord, the Son of God.

Short film about a persecuted Greek Catholic priest in Romania released

Mar 13, 2007 - 09:53 am .- “Towards the Sun”, a short film produced by Catholic Radio and Television Network (CRTN) and sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need has been released, focusing on Tertulian Langa, a Greek-Catholic layman, who was imprisoned for 17 years in the Romanian Goulags (1948-1964) and who later became a priest.

Homosexual adoption decision denies religious rights, Scottish archbishop says

Mar 13, 2007 - 09:41 am .- Recent legislation that accords homosexual couples more rights, in particular the right to adoption, infringes on the rights of religious conscience and risks making Catholic beliefs unacceptable in public life, said Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow.

Boston Archdiocese prays St. Patrick novena with monstrance blessed by JPII

Mar 13, 2007 - 09:35 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston is preparing for the feast day of one of the most popular saints in North America — St. Patrick — with a novena and Eucharistic adoration.

UK’s Labour Party can’t be sure of Catholic vote, says bishop

Mar 13, 2007 - 09:31 am .- The Labour Party should not assume it will have the traditional working-class vote in Scotland in the upcoming election, in view of recent legislation that does not uphold Christian principles, said Bishop Joseph Devine of Motherwell.

Local Catholics provide relief, aid to majority Muslim population

Mar 13, 2007 - 09:24 am .- According to FIDES, local Catholic community members are on the front lines assisting the distressed earthquake survivors in the city of Padang, Indonesia. Most of the people receiving aid are Muslim.

Vatican releases “Sacramentum Caritatis” with press conference

Mar 13, 2007 - 08:56 am .- In the Holy See Press Office at 11.30 a.m. today, the presentation took place of the post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Sacramentum Caritatis," on the Eucharist, source and summit of the life and mission of the Church. Participating in the press conference were Cardinal Angelo Scola, patriarch of Venice, Italy and relater general of the 11th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, as well as Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops. The exhortation, which is dated February 22, Feast of the of the Chair of St. Peter, is the final document of the synodal assembly held in Rome from October 2nd to 23rd, 2005. It has been published in Latin, Italian, English, French, Spanish German, Portuguese and Polish.

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