Archive of September 13, 2007

Ugandan seminary seeks to expand

Sep 13, 2007 - 11:29 am .- St. Paul's Seminary in Kinyamasika, Uganda, is in need of expansion to accommodate a boom in priestly vocations.

Archbishop chides media for tarnishing image of good priests

Sep 13, 2007 - 11:09 am .- In response to “overblown” media coverage of cases of sexual abuse by the clergy, Archbishop Victor Manuel Lopez Forero of Bucaramanga (Colombia) said this week such episodes are “the exception” and he chided the media for defaming the Church with the support of discredited individuals.

Abortion is never solution to recovering dignity of women, says Argentinean archdiocese

Sep 13, 2007 - 11:01 am .- The Family Ministry of the Archdiocese of Parana (Argentina) has issued a statement underscoring that “abortion is never the solution for affirming or recovering the dignity of women.” The statement was issued in response to the case of a 19 year-old handicapped girl who has been authorized by the courts to undergo an abortion because she conceived through rape.

Mexican bishop calls for swift justice in wake of fatal accident

Sep 13, 2007 - 10:58 am .- On Sunday, in the city of Coahuila, Mexico, 25 tons of ammonium nitrate that were being transported exploded, leaving 28 dead and 250 wounded. Bishop Raul Vera Lopez of Saltillo has responded by calling on the Mexican government to guarantee “the persons responsible for the deaths, mutilations, physical harm and property damage will be punished.”

Australian bishop urges Amnesty International to reverse new policy on abortion

Sep 13, 2007 - 10:55 am .- The president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Philip Wilson, says its not too late for Amnesty International to reverse its new policy promoting access to abortion.

Church in Philippines: Life sentence for ex-president Estrada is warning to other corrupt officials

Sep 13, 2007 - 10:55 am .- The archbishop of Manila, Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, and Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Philippines, said this week that the sentencing to life in prison of former president Joseph Estrada for corruption is a warning for other public officials.

FOCUS launches outreach to college athletes

Sep 13, 2007 - 10:54 am .- One of the fastest growing college movements in the Catholic Church is continuing its expansion through an outreach to athletes. 

Bush refuses to support forced abortions by UNFPA

Sep 13, 2007 - 10:11 am .- President Bush has withheld funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the sixth straight year because it continues to engage in programs of forced abortion and sterilization. Over the last six years the president has refrained from giving the UNFPA $200 million under the Kemp-Kasten Amendment.

New British law has potential to force bishops to ordain transsexuals

Sep 13, 2007 - 09:55 am .- The bishops of England and Wales are asking for an exemption from new equality laws that could force them to ordain transsexuals as priests or allow them to become nuns.The bishops said proposals to ban “indirect discrimination” against people who have had gender reassignment operations would take away their right to check baptismal and confirmation certificates which would show if candidates for the priesthood, religious life or marriage had a hidden past, reports the London Times.

Author of new Mother Teresa book responds to Time Magazine article

Sep 13, 2007 - 09:55 am .- In an interview with the Spanish daily “La Razon,” Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, author of the book “Come Be My Light” and postulator of Mother Teresa’s cause of canonization, said the revered nun “lived a trial of faith, not a crisis of faith,” and that she overcame it showing that the love “is in the will and not in feelings.”“Come Be My Light” is a collection of letters Mother Teresa written about various aspects of her life, some revealing that she suffered spiritual darkness for decades.  Father Kolodiejchuk expressed regret that Time Magazine twisted the meaning of the book, whose title comes from “the words Jesus spoke to Mother Teresa in 1947.  

Vatican receives new Slovak ambassador; Pope encourages protection of the family

Sep 13, 2007 - 09:31 am .- This morning in Castelgandolfo the Holy Father received the Letters of Credence of Jozef Dravecky, the new ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the Holy See. He encouraged the new diplomat to push for greater protection of the family in his country and the spread of the Christian culture that Slovakia is rooted in.

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