May 18, 2007 - 06:27 pm .- In statements to Carlos Polo, director for Latin America of the Population Research Institute, Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, said he agrees that Communion should be denied to politicians who publicly support abortion. In an interview with Time magazine, Cardinal Maradiaga was asked, “Do you agree with the Pope’s statement that pro-choice Catholic politicians merit excommunication?” The cardinal responded by saying: “It is canon law that everyone who works for abortion is excommunicated. It’s not something the Pope invented. If you favor abortion, you are outside the communion of the Church. And it was necessary to say that.
May 18, 2007 - 03:23 pm .- The Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference, in a statement released today, are speaking out in opposition to the death penalty in light of the pending May 22 scheduled execution of Robert Charles Comer. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix, Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, and Bishop Donald E. Pelotte of Gallup, NM, state that life in prison without parole is a means to punish criminals and protect society without resorting to capital punishment. “State-sanctioned killing, whether by unnecessary use of the death penalty or by the intrinsically evil actions of abortion and euthanasia, violates human life and dignity,” the Bishops said.
May 18, 2007 - 12:40 pm .- The editors of a Catholic website claim their site was brought down by Muslim hackers residing in Turkey. The website — www.totustuus.it – was hacked May 10, but is again operational. Editors of the website, named after the motto of the late Pope John Paul II, believe it is a religiously motivated attack.
May 18, 2007 - 12:34 pm .- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Tarazona called on the faithful this week to vote in the May 27th elections and said the Christian must vote for measures that defend life and the family, respect religious freedom and the right to a just wage, and that are welcoming to immigrants.
May 18, 2007 - 12:30 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, announced at the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops' Council that the World Meeting of Families 2009 will be held in Mexico City.
May 18, 2007 - 12:27 pm .- During a press conference at the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council, the president of the Conference of Jesuit Provincials of Latin America, Father Ernesto Cavassa, SJ, expressed his hope that the theology of Father Jon Sobrino would in time be vindicated, and that therefore the notification of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith would be left historically outdated.
May 18, 2007 - 12:24 pm .- The president of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, said this week “the time has come to facilitate” access to the liturgy “according to the liturgical books promulgated by Blessed John XXIII in 1962.”
May 18, 2007 - 11:58 am .- The largest outdoor celebration of the Rosary in Southern California in nearly 50 years will take place at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, on Friday May 19, 2007. The event was announced by Holy Cross Family Ministries and its local sponsor Family Theater Productions of Hollywood, CA.
May 18, 2007 - 11:43 am .- Christians in Pakistan are seeking government protection after pro-Taliban militants sent letters to Christians, telling them convert to Islam or face violence, reported The Associated Press.
May 18, 2007 - 11:40 am .- Archbishop Henry Mansell said he is considering all options, including a court challenge, to change Connecticut’s new law that requires all hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims. The law has already been signed by Gov. Jodi Rell.
May 18, 2007 - 11:29 am .- The U.S. bishops have pledged to work with lawmakers to bring about federal immigration law that will “protect the basic human rights and dignity of persons and serve the national interest.” They are also calling on Catholics to pray for immigrants and those who are advocating for just immigration policy.
May 18, 2007 - 11:24 am .- This past Friday, a proposal was floated by the U.N. envoy and former Finnish president Martii Ahtisaari's to grant Kosovo independence through a “phased transition to autonomy.” From the standpoint of the Church, there is only one option that will lead to peace and stability.
May 18, 2007 - 11:16 am .- The College of St. Mary, in Omaha, Nebraska has decided to withdraw its invitation to Roberta Wilhelm, the scheduled speaker for Sunday's commencement out of concern that threatened protests might disrupt the ceremony.The college had invited Ms. Wilhelm, who is the executive director of Girls Inc. in Omaha, to give the address. The controversy was caused by Girls Inc.'s national advocacy positions, which include statements on contraception, abortion and sexual orientation that are contrary to Catholic beliefs.
May 18, 2007 - 11:13 am .- Today in the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo, shortly before his return to the Vatican this evening, the Pope received prelates of the Episcopal Conference of Mali. Benedict XVI called them to remain close to their flock, caring for the needs of priests, seminarians, and the laity.