Archive of October 23, 2007

Chavez lashes out at Church in Venezuela for criticizing his reforms

Oct 23, 2007 - 03:41 pm .- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has reacted violently to a new document by the country’s bishops criticizing his proposed constitutional reforms, calling the bishops “morally unacceptable.”In a statement released last Friday, the bishops of Venezuela used that phrase to describe Chavez’s proposed reforms.  “They are the ones who are morally unacceptable for our people, for our Church, for us Catholics and Christians,” Chavez stated.  “These bishops are an embarrassment, and if anyone of them thinks he is the exception let him speak up,” he said during an interview on state-run television.

Chilean government fines pharmacies millions for not selling abortion pill

Oct 23, 2007 - 03:27 pm .- The Chilean government has imposed multi-million dollar fines on three pharmacy chains for not selling the abortion pill, the legitimacy of which the courts in the country are currently debating.

Venezuelan cardinal defends criticism of Chavez reforms

Oct 23, 2007 - 02:41 pm .- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino defended the bishops’ recent criticism of proposed constitutional reforms by President Hugo Chavez, saying the bishops’ opinions are consistent with their mission to “serve the people” and not an attempt to seek power.

Archdiocese of Mexico says case closed against Cardinal Rivera

Oct 23, 2007 - 11:37 am .- The Archdiocese of Mexico, in an editorial published by its official newspaper Desde la Fe, said this week the lawsuit against Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera accusing him of covering up sexual abuse by a Mexican priest is a now a closed case, after a court in Los Angeles dismissed the lawsuit.

Myanmar monk calls for freedom at interreligious meeting

Oct 23, 2007 - 11:15 am .- A Buddhist monk denounced the Myanmar military junta's violent suppression of protesters and called for prayers for freedom and peace at an interreligious gathering in Naples this past weekend.

Canadian Bishops deadlock on response to new AI pro-abortion policy

Oct 23, 2007 - 11:10 am .- The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops(CCCB) has concluded its annual Plenary Assembly without coming to a decision concerning the human rights organization Amnesty International's new policy supporting abortion.

Spanish University to give honorary doctorate to Cardinal Dziwisz, George Weigel

Oct 23, 2007 - 10:56 am .- A well known Catholic University in Spain will give a Honoris Causa Doctorate to Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow (Poland) and the US Catholic author George Weigel.

Catholic Charities Mobilizing Disaster Response

Oct 23, 2007 - 10:54 am .- From Florida to Southern California, local Catholic Charities agencies are mobilizing to help their communities deal with recent and ongoing disasters.

International silent pro-life protest to take place Tuesday

Oct 23, 2007 - 10:49 am .- Stand True Ministries is holding its Fourth Annual Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity on Tuesday October 23.  Tens of thousands of students from four thousand schools across the globe have registered to take part in the event.

World Youth Day organizers reach out to Australia’s Jewish leaders

Oct 23, 2007 - 10:47 am .- World Youth Day 2008 organizers have hosted an information evening for more 15 Australian Jewish leaders. Bishop Anthony Fisher said that he sees World Youth Day as “an opportunity like no other for the renewal of every aspect of faith life in Australia.”

Cardinal Hummes thanks catechists for heroism in proclaiming the Gospel

Oct 23, 2007 - 10:35 am .- In a letter to the catechists of the world dated October 18, the feast of St. Luke, the prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, thanked them for their heroic service to the cause of evangelization.“In this first year of my service to the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, at the Congregation for the Clergy, which is also entrusted with catechesis, I desire to send you my cordial and fraternal greetings,” the Brazilian cardinal said.  He assured catechists of his appreciation for their hard work, which “often requires heroic sacrifices” offered “with joy and perseverance.”

Vatican Press announces publication of 1962 Edition of the Roman Missal

Oct 23, 2007 - 10:14 am .- The Vatican Press, Libreria Editricie Vaticana, has announced that it will begin selling the Roman Missal of 1962. The publication is being viewed as a sign of support from the Vatican for those who wish to celebrate the Mass in Latin according to the 1962 rite...

Unexploded Ordnance: cruel weapons that must be eliminated, says Cardinal Martino

Oct 23, 2007 - 10:11 am .- Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has called for the elimination of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in countries that have been involved in armed conflicts. The scale of the problem is quite large with around 70 million mines in areas of some 70 countries.

Referendum, constitutional amendment or abandoning the public schools? Opponents of SB-777 ponder what to do next

Oct 23, 2007 - 10:07 am .- Many California parents are seeking some way to block implementation of the provisions of SB-777, recently signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. They say the new statute would impose a radical sexual agenda on California’s public schoolchildren.

On 40th anniversary of abortion, UK cardinals insist it is "always a choice between life and death"

Oct 23, 2007 - 09:11 am .- The presidents of the Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Scotland and England and Wales have issued a letter considering the forty years of legalized abortion in Britain. Their message emphasizes that "abortion is always a choice between life and death" and that political action must be taken to protect the unborn.Cardinal Keith O'Brien, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Scotland, and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, called for social change and gradual political action to effect achievable pro-life reforms.  "It is both licit and important for those in public life who oppose abortion on principle to work and vote for achievable incremental improvement to what is an unjust law," they wrote.

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