Archive of February 6, 2008

Denver archbishop critiques assumptions behind social services bill as "enormously offensive"

Feb 6, 2008 - 08:25 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver is speaking out even more forcefully against House Bill 1080. In a submission to the journal “First Things,” he critiques the legislation for unreasonably assuming that “religious organizations will compromise the public good if they remain true to their religious identity while serving the poor with public funds.”

Mexican bishop urges faithful to help end the cancer of violence

Feb 6, 2008 - 07:31 pm .- Bishop Eduardo Carmona Ortega of Puerto Escondido in southern Mexico has called on his people to make a “pledge of love for Mexico and therefore a pledge for peace, for justice and the law,” in order to “eradicate violence in Oaxaca”.

World does not understand those who proclaim the Gospel, says Cardinal Rivera

Feb 6, 2008 - 06:32 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, told three thousand young people gathered at the Seminary of Tlalpan that believers will always be misunderstood “because the Gospel is always uncomfortable.” 

Pro-lifers preparing for Lenten vigils outside abortion sites

Feb 6, 2008 - 06:12 pm .- “Pro-life advocates in 59 cities across 31 states are preparing to launch the next wave of a unique nationwide pro-life campaign, 40 Days for Life," said David Bereit, national campaign director for 40 Days for Life. "From February 6 until March 14, people across America will join together for 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, 40 days of constant, peaceful vigil outside abortion facilities and Planned Parenthood offices and 40 days of intensive pro-life community outreach."

Republican pro-abortion group endorses McCain

Feb 6, 2008 - 05:23 pm .- Despite his pro-life stand, Senator John McCain is now the favored candidate of the Republicans for Choice Action Committee following Rudy Giuliani’s exit from the presidential race, Cybercast News Service reports.

Cardinal Rode: religious are called to bear witness to man’s eternal destiny

Feb 6, 2008 - 04:36 pm .- The prefect for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Cardinal Franc Rode, said this week that religious brothers and sisters are called to “bear witness to man’s eternal destiny.”

Socialist party threatens to eliminate funding for Catholic Church if it wins election

Feb 6, 2008 - 03:22 pm .- The secretary of Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE), Jose Blanco, said this week the bishops’ voting guide encouraging Catholics not to vote for policies that go against Church teachings will not go unanswered after the general elections to be held on March 9.

True joy is only found in God, the Pope says as Lent begins

Feb 6, 2008 - 11:33 am .- Pope Benedict marked the beginning of the Lenten season today by speaking about Ash Wednesday and calling Catholics “to return to God… to discover authentic freedom and joy.”

President of Slovenia visits the Pope, discusses country’s situation

Feb 6, 2008 - 11:28 am .- Late this morning, Benedict XVI received Danilo Turk, the president of the Republic of Slovenia in an audience. The two leaders discussed the role of Slovenia in Europe and the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Slovenian government.

Pope appeals for end to violence in Chad

Feb 6, 2008 - 11:06 am .- As the African nation of Chad suffers under the scourge of violence, Pope Benedict XVI has launched a “heartfelt appeal for people to lay down their arms and follow the path of dialogue and reconciliation.”

Italian professors used Wikipedia to attack the Pope

Feb 6, 2008 - 10:16 am .- The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano is reporting that 67 professors from La Sapienza University in Rome who wrote a letter opposing a visit by Pope Benedict XVI based their opposition on a quote taken out of context from

British cardinal prays to end “crisis of governance” in Zimbabwe

Feb 6, 2008 - 08:16 am .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, recently called for prayer and solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe on a pastoral visit to the African country.

U.S. bishops launch Lenten website, downloadable “radio retreats”

Feb 6, 2008 - 05:25 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that it is offering Catholics a variety of resources for Lenten reflection and spiritual growth.

Judge upholds homosexual curriculum for Maryland schools

Feb 6, 2008 - 03:49 am .- A Maryland Circuit Court judge has ruled in favor of a public school curriculum promoting homosexuality, bisexuality, anal intercourse, and transvestitism to 8th and 10th grade students.  The curriculum also teaches how to use condoms during unnatural sex acts and instructs students that homosexuality is innate.

Stolen bronze angel statue recovered in alley

Feb 6, 2008 - 01:06 am .- The statue of an angel that was stolen from a Catholic cemetery in Detroit, Michigan has been found. 

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