Archive of March 31, 2008

California bishops back repeal of “reverse-bias” anti-discrimination law

Mar 31, 2008 - 09:41 pm .- The California Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops, is backing an effort that would remove sexual orientation from an anti-discrimination provision, the California Catholic Daily reports.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright delivers blessing at Chicago Catholic church

Mar 31, 2008 - 06:26 pm .- Senator Barack Obama’s controversial former spiritual adviser, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, made a surprise appearance at a Catholic church on the South Side of Chicago on Friday night.

Deal Hudson gets Rev. John Hagee’s real opinion of Catholicism

Mar 31, 2008 - 04:42 pm .- Reverend John Hagee has been in the news over the last month for his endorsement of presidential candidate John McCain and alleged anti-Catholic comments. In an effort to get to the bottom of the controversy, Catholic political analyst Deal Hudson has interviewed Rev. Hagee about claims that he is anti-Catholic.

Spanish bishop hopes abortion will be eliminated from law

Mar 31, 2008 - 04:23 pm .- Bishop Juan Jose Asenjo Pelegrina has called for abortion to be eliminated “from all of our laws” because “human life has a sacred value that we all must recognize, respect and promote because it is a gift from God.”

Christian hope does not involve resignation, bishop reminds Venezuelans

Mar 31, 2008 - 03:58 pm .- Bishop Mario Moronta Rodriguez of San Cristobal in Venezuela said last week, “Thanks to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, we have been born again” to a new hope that is not “the fatalistic resignation of someone who hopes someone or something will solve his problems” but rather “points towards fullness.”

Diocese of Orlando pioneers Festival of Faith

Mar 31, 2008 - 02:21 pm .- The Diocese of Orlando, Florida will host its first-ever Festival of Faith on May 8-10.  Venturing into the digital world, Orlando Bishop Thomas Wenski filmed a YouTube video urging Catholics to take part in the “vibrant and multi-cultural event designed to inspire, enlighten and energize all members of Christ’s faithful.”

One-armed soccer player gives Paraguayans a lesson in faith

Mar 31, 2008 - 01:08 pm .- Four months ago Julio Gonzalez surprised all of Paraguay when he returned to the soccer field after having one of his arms amputated.  Since returning, he says that he was able to overcome all of his obstacles because of his faith in God.

Vatican: Muslims now outnumber Catholics

Mar 31, 2008 - 11:27 am .- Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world's largest religion, L’Osservatore Romano reported on Sunday.

Encourage passion for evangelization, Pope tells Salesians

Mar 31, 2008 - 10:45 am .- This morning at the Vatican, the Holy Father received participants in the 26th General Chapter of the Salesians and called on them to continue to encourage passion for evangelization. Pope Benedict also emphasized the need to combat secularization by giving support and solid formation to families.

CNA introduces "Nothing Left Unsaid"

Mar 31, 2008 - 10:16 am .- Catholic News Agency is pleased to announce that it has added Hugh McNichol, as a featured daily columnist.  McNichol’s column, “Nothing Left Unsaid,” addresses a variety of current events that impact the American Catholic culture.  Here is how McNichol describes his column, and why he calls it, “Nothing Left Unsaid.”

Summorum Pontificum bringing back many separated bretheren, says Vatican cardinal

Mar 31, 2008 - 09:50 am .- In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, explained that Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio “Summorum Pontificum,” which liberalized the use of the Tridentine Mass, is not a return to the past and has brought many separated brethren back into full communion with the Church.

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