Archive of September 12, 2007

Motu Proprio intended more for Chinese Catholics than for Lefebvrists, says Chilean bishop

Sep 12, 2007 - 04:35 pm .- Just days before Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio allowing for the universal celebration of the Mass according to the 1962 Missal takes effect, Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez Errazuriz said more than “putting an end to the schism of Archbishop Lefebvre and his followers,” one of the most important objectives of the initiative would be the promotion of unity among Chinese Catholics.In an article entitled, “Much more than Mass in Latin,” the bishop explained the “profound meaning” of this “transcendent” decision; the dynamic of “continuity and change;” the liturgical abuses that have “darkened the face of the Church;” the need for a serious revision on the part of those who propose “liturgical creationism;” and the attitudes to have and those to avoid.

New personal secretary for Pope Benedict XVI

Sep 12, 2007 - 11:30 am .- The ANSA news agency reports that Msgr. Alfred Xuereb has been named Pope Benedict XVI’s second personal secretary.

Argentinean Catholic lawyers: ruling in favor of abortion based on racists arguments

Sep 12, 2007 - 11:30 am .- The Corporation of Catholic Lawyers has denounced a ruling by a court in the city of Parana allowing a handicapped young woman to undergo an abortion, saying the ruling is based on “eugenic and racists doctrines” in the country’s Penal Code, and therefore called for the ruling to be revoked.

Last surviving witness says third Fatima secret is fully revealed

Sep 12, 2007 - 11:28 am .- The only surviving person to witness the opening of the third Fatima secret has denied claims that the Vatican is hiding details about a predicted apocalypse.

Church in Korea calls on government to protect human life from utilitarian research

Sep 12, 2007 - 11:22 am .- The Catholic Church in South Korea presented a “Declaration for the Defense of Life” during a recent march in opposition to the government’s position against the dignity of human life.

Bishop Blazquez to Spanish government: Church is not an obstacle but rather solution to country’s problems

Sep 12, 2007 - 11:22 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Bishop Ricardo Blazquez, told the government this week that in discussions between politicians and church officials, there must be “mutual independence and healthy collaboration,” and he noted that “independence is not the same as confrontation.”

Controversial Polish priest wields influence in federal election

Sep 12, 2007 - 11:00 am .- A Catholic priest, who runs several Catholic media outlets, is believed to wield enough influence among the people to greatly impact the upcoming federal elections.

English bishop issues statement regarding Archbishop Ncube

Sep 12, 2007 - 10:51 am .- Today Bishop Crispian Hollis of Portsmouth, England issued a statement regarding yesterday’s resignation of Archbishop Pius Ncube of the Archdiocese of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Archbishop Wuerl proposes Catholic schools being converted to charter schools to avert closure

Sep 12, 2007 - 10:44 am .- Archbishop Donald Wuerl has proposed converting eight of the District's 28 Catholic schools into secular charter schools in an effort to save them from closure. The archbishop said the archdiocese can no longer afford to keep them open.

"Underground" Chinese bishop dies while in detention

Sep 12, 2007 - 10:41 am .- A Chinese underground bishop, arrested 11 times by Chinese authorities during his episcopacy, died Sept. 9. He was imprisoned at the time.

Comic Kathy Griffin uses Emmy acceptance speech to blaspheme

Sep 12, 2007 - 09:37 am .- The Emmy’s are usually an opportunity for performers to thank all of those who helped them deliver their award-worthy performances. Many stars thank God for their abilities but comedian Kathy Griffin decided that she would prove that she has no fear of God by blaspheming Jesus in her acceptance speech. Griffin made her inflammatory comments on Saturday night as she took the stage of the Shrine Auditorium to collect her Emmy for the best reality program for her Bravo channel show "My Life on the D-List."

“Look to Christ” by "going towards Mary who shows us Jesus" says Benedict recalling Austria

Sep 12, 2007 - 09:00 am .- More than 12,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s square to hear Pope Benedict XVI deliver the Wednesday audience. The Holy Father recalled his recent pastoral visit to Austria to commemorate the 850th anniversary of the shrine of Mariazell, a visit, he said, "that was above all a pilgrimage on the theme of 'looking to Christ,' that is, of going towards Mary who shows us Jesus." The Pontiff said that he wanted “to pause and reflect on my pastoral visit, which I have had the joy of completing in these past days in Austria.”  The Holy Father noted his closeness with the country both because it borders his native Germany, and because of many points of contact he has had with it.

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