Archive of November 14, 2007

Let your actions be in accordance with the Word of God, exhorts the Pope

Nov 14, 2007 - 03:23 pm .- Continuing his catechesis initiated last week on St. Jerome in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI noted that "for Jerome, a fundamental criterion for interpreting Scripture was that it should harmonize with the Magisterium of the Church."In this regard, he noted that "we cannot interpret Scripture alone because we come across too many closed doors and fall into error. The Bible was written by the People of God and for the People of God. ... Only in this communion of the People of God can we enter 'with ourselves' into the heart of the truth that God Himself wishes to tell us."

Relics of St. Therese of Lisieux present at Pope’s General Audience

Nov 14, 2007 - 01:41 pm .- At this week’s General Audience with Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square, thousands of pilgrims were able to venerate the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux.

Argentinean bishops denounce scourge of drugs and propose anti-drug strategy

Nov 14, 2007 - 01:12 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Argentina issued a statement this week addressing the problem of drug use in the country, saying, “We have heard the pain of many families throughout the country whose children are trapped by the effects of drugs and its consequences of death and destruction.” In their document the bishops propose a strategy for dealing with the problem of drugs.

Chavez reforms would lead to Socialist monopoly on life in Venezuela, cardinal warns

Nov 14, 2007 - 01:02 pm .- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas denounced what he called the “serious problem” of President Hugo Chavez’s proposed constitutional reform, which would mean that “there would be no room for anything but Socialist ideas in the life of the country.

World Assembly of Parliamentarians for Life established

Nov 14, 2007 - 12:55 pm .- For the first time in history, more than a hundred parliamentarians and governors from 17 countries have joined together to work for the defense of life, with the creation in Chile of the World Assembly of Parliamentarians for Life.

U.S. Bishops move to help form consciences as 2008 election draws near

Nov 14, 2007 - 11:56 am .- A new document concerning the duties of Catholic voters has been overwhelmingly approved at the Baltimore meeting of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops this morning. Many of the bishops expressed their belief that this is document is a great improvement over teachings from past years.Titled "Forming Citizens for Faithful Citizenship," the document is an update to past conference statements of the same name.  Unlike previous years, this version underwent multiple revisions and was brought before the whole bishops' conference for approval. The bishops approved the document with 97.8 % in favor and only three votes against it.

Pontifical council addresses care for elderly

Nov 14, 2007 - 11:44 am .- At a press conference today, located in the Holy See Press Office, the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care addressed the theme of its annual conference: “Pastoral care in the cure of sick elderly people.”  The prelates discussed how the conference will address ways to care for the elderly spiritually, biomedically and socio-politically.

U.S. Bishops support "responsible transition" in Iraq

Nov 14, 2007 - 10:39 am .- The U.S. Catholic Bishops' Conference on Tuesday released a statement calling for a responsible transition of power in Iraq in preparation for a gradual American withdrawal.    "As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops gathers in Baltimore, our thoughts and prayers are with our military personnel in Iraq, their families, and all the suffering people of Iraq," the statement begins.

Colorado Court OKs pro-life ballot initiative to expand definition of personhood

Nov 14, 2007 - 10:30 am .- The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday released a decision approving a pro-life group's ballot initiative to restore legal personhood to human beings from the moment of conception.

National Right to Life endorses "best-positioned" Thompson for president

Nov 14, 2007 - 09:24 am .- The National Right to Life Committee has endorsed former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson as the candidate most likely to beat abortion-rights supporter Rudy Guliani, the Associated Press reports.

Cardinal George speaks about his presidency

Nov 14, 2007 - 08:38 am .- On Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore, Cardinal Francis George held a press conference on his upcoming tenure as president. The cardinal addressed a range of questions among which were how he sees his role as president, the sex abuse scandal and the withholding of Communion from politicians.

Illinois religious sister pleads "no contest" in 1960s sex abuse case

Nov 14, 2007 - 08:33 am .- A religious sister who taught in Chicago-area Roman Catholic schools for more than three decades pleaded no contest Monday to molesting two teenage boys at a Milwaukee elementary school in the 1960s, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Scottish bishop attacks inaction preserving anti-Catholic laws

Nov 14, 2007 - 08:25 am .- Bishop Joseph Devine of the Diocese of Motherwell harshly criticized British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for failing to pledge the reform of Britain's anti-Catholic laws, The Times reports.

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