Archive of February 18, 2008

Catholic college faces legal complaints after forbidding abortion health plan

Feb 18, 2008 - 10:07 pm .- A Catholic college that made its insurance carrier drop abortion, contraceptive, and sterilization coverage from its health plan faces the threat of a lawsuit because of complaints from faculty.

Bill Clinton’s reaction to pro-life protestors criticized

Feb 18, 2008 - 06:29 pm .- At a Sunday night campaign rally for his wife in Steubenville, Ohio, former President Bill Clinton was greeted by pro-life students protesting legalized abortion.  In response, he volleyed allegations that the pro-life position requires jailing women who have abortions.

Cardinal Ortega: John Paul II’s visit changes face of Church in Cuba

Feb 18, 2008 - 05:38 pm .- In a brief interview with the Associated Press, the Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, said John Paul II’s visit to the country changed both the Church and Cuban society.

Mexican religious celebrate 100 years of uninterrupted Eucharistic adoration in Rome

Feb 18, 2008 - 04:11 pm .- The sisters of the Cross of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, founded in Mexico in 1897, celebrated 100 years of uninterrupted Eucharistic adoration for the holiness of priests with a special Mass on February 14.  Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy, presided at the Mass which was held at the contemplative order’s house in Rome.

Church in Spain has right to address political issues, says bishop

Feb 18, 2008 - 03:31 pm .- In a letter to the faithful of his diocese, Bishop Jose Sanchez of Siguenza-Guadalajara said the Spanish bishops are not trying to meddle in politics, but they will not renounce their right to freely speak about political issues.

Media exaggerated coverage of abuse cases in the Church, says Cardinal Hummes

Feb 18, 2008 - 02:33 pm .- The prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, said pedophilia is one of the gravest problems of sexual misconduct, but he asserted that the media exaggerated the number of priests involved in such cases, which in reality involved less than 1% of the clergy.

Government responsible for attack on Nunciature in Venezuela, bishop asserts

Feb 18, 2008 - 01:57 pm .- The president of the Venezuelan Plenary Council, Bishop Ovidio Perez Morales, condemned the recent attacks on the Apostolic Nunciature in Caracas and said the government is responsible in part, as from President Hugo Chavez on down officials have fostered a hostile environment.  He also said the attacks reveal that the Nunciature is not being protected according to established norms.

Cardinal explains reasons for new standards for sainthood

Feb 18, 2008 - 11:51 am .- Today the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins presented the anticipated Instruction, “Sanctorum Mater” to increase the rigor of the sainthood process.

Jesus washing Peter’s feet “was always before me”, says the Pope

Feb 18, 2008 - 10:51 am .- On Sunday morning, Pope Benedict and the Roman Curia came to the end of their six day retreat that they took as a way of making Lent a time of true conversion. Following its conclusion, Benedict XVI thanked Cardinal Vanhoye S.J. for leading the retreat, saying, you “helped us to listen to the voice of the Lord, to relearn the meaning of His priesthood and of ours.”

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