Archive of November 15, 2007

Future cardinal asks Iraqi president to guarantee teaching of Christian religion in schools

Nov 15, 2007 - 03:35 pm .- The director of cultural affairs of the Patriarchate of Babylonia of the Chaldeans and the rector of Babel College, Auxiliary Bishop Jacques Ishaq, said this week Iraq’s President Talabani has promised Chaldean Patriarch Mar Emmanuel III Delly he will intervene to ensure that “Christian students will be able to take a test on the Christian religion at the end of the year,” which means that the faith will be allowed to be taught.In an interview with the Office for Migrant Ministry of the Archdiocese of Turin, Bishop Ishaq said, “The Iraqi educational system is based on an evaluation that is obtained by the sum total of the final grades in each subject.  In many schools, the only religious instruction is in the Islamic faith, and consequently, Christian students find it much more difficult to obtain grades similar to those of their Muslim counterparts.”

Cardinal O’Malley rebukes Democrats on abortion

Nov 15, 2007 - 03:27 pm .- The U.S. Bishops have issued their strongest condemnation yet of pro-abortion views with their “Faithful Citizenship” document issued yesterday. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston also has added his disapproval of pro-abortion candidates in comments to the Boston Globe saying that the support of Catholics for these politicians “borders on scandal”. Cardinal O'Malley voiced a sentiment that the bishops’ latest citizenship document includes, namely that, despite his differences with the Republican Party over immigration policy, capital punishment, economic issues, and the war in Iraq, he views abortion as the most important moral issue facing policymakers.

Catholic ethics institute sees monkey cloning announcement as a “double-edged sword”

Nov 15, 2007 - 03:08 pm .- Yesterday, Oregon-based scientist Shoukrat Mitalipov succeeded in cloning monkey embryos and deriving embryonic stem cells from them.  The Westchester Institute, a Catholic ethics think-tank that has engaged in the stem cell debate, reacted with concern to the announcement calling the breakthrough a “double-edged sword.”

CELAM leaders express solidarity with Venezuelan bishops attacked by Chavez

Nov 15, 2007 - 12:22 pm .- The leaders of the Bishops’ Conference of Latin America have sent a letter to the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela expressing their solidarity with the bishops of that country who have been the target of attacks by President Hugo Chavez for expressing their opinions about his “constitutional reform.”

Expert denounces “Argentinean Parliament of Religions” as conglomerate of sects

Nov 15, 2007 - 12:16 pm .- Spanish theologian and member of the Latin American Network of the Study of Sects, Luis Santamaria del Reio, said this week the self-proclaimed “Argentinean Parliament of Religions (PAR),” which bills itself is a platform for inter-religious dialogue, is in reality a conglomerate of sects...

Researchers find sexual abuse rates in the Catholic Church are the same as society’s

Nov 15, 2007 - 12:12 pm .- The sexual abuse scandal has hung like a pall over the Catholic Church for the last five years. During their conference, the U.S. Bishops learned from the John Jay College report on sexual abuse that the incidence of abuse in the Catholic Church is the same as its occurrence in the rest of society.

Archdiocese of Chicago "extraordinarily proud" of Cardinal George's election to presidency

Nov 15, 2007 - 11:56 am .- Church leaders in the Archdiocese of Chicago greeted with enthusiasm the election of Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., as president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Eritrea’s record on religious freedom one of the worst

Nov 15, 2007 - 11:54 am .- The expulsion of 14 Catholic missionaries from Eritrea two days ago is part of a plan of the Maoist dictatorship of President Isaias Afewerkito to destroy the Catholic Church in Eritrea, reports CISA. 

New study suggests charter schools threaten survival of inner-city Catholic schools

Nov 15, 2007 - 11:35 am .- New research indicates that the expansion of charter schools can have a negative impact on the presence of Catholic education in the inner city.

New attempt to reverse Nicaragua’s pro-life laws fails

Nov 15, 2007 - 11:33 am .- On Wednesday Nicaragua’s National Assembly rejected a proposal for the third time to legalize therapeutic abortion again in the country’s new Penal Code, which lawmakers finished discussing after a year of debate.

Orthodox recognize Pope first among equals, disagreements remain

Nov 15, 2007 - 11:11 am .- A joint commission of Orthodox and Catholic theologians has agreed that the Pope has primacy over all bishops, though disagreements about the extent of his authority still continue.  The Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue reached the agreement in a meeting in Ravenna, Italy last month, according to a document published Thursday.  

Pope Benedict's next encyclical arrives before Christmas, reports Italian press

Nov 15, 2007 - 09:41 am .- The Italian newspaper La Repubblica revealed today that Pope Benedict XVI has finalized his second encyclical on the subject of Christian hope, and that it should be published before Christmas, during Advent. Benedict’s first encyclical, “Deus Caritas est”, was signed on Christmas Day 2005 and by the following month had been published in eight languages. His second encyclical is tentatively titled "Spe Salvi” (Saved by Hope) and takes its inspiration from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, the newspaper reported. The potential title comes from the 24th verse of the eighth chapter of St. Paul's letter, which reads: "Because we have been saved by hope."  

Catholic Charities served 8 million in 2006, as numbers helped rises to one in 10 people living in poverty

Nov 15, 2007 - 08:19 am .- The holiday wish list of America’s poorest families is long, as those living below the federal poverty line increasingly sought help at Catholic Charities agencies, which served one of every 10 people living in poverty in 2006, according to a report by Catholic Charities agencies released today on Capitol Hill.

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