Archive of June 26, 2008

African-American coalition marches on RNC and DNC headquarters to protest Planned Parenthood

Jun 26, 2008 - 10:45 pm .- A coalition of African-American pastors and other pro-lifers marched on the headquarters of both major American political parties in Washington on Thursday to demand that the party committees and party candidates for office refuse the $10 million that Planned Parenthood has said it will spend to influence the 2008 elections.

Pope’s ancient ornaments and vestments underscore continuity in the liturgy

Jun 26, 2008 - 08:03 pm .- The Vatican’s Master of Papal Liturgical Ceremonies, Msgr. Guido Marini explained that the distinct ancient liturgical ornaments and vestments being used by Pope Benedict XVI underscore “the continuity of the current liturgical celebration with that which has characterized the life of the Church in the past.

Bishop Fellay rejects Vatican conditions for reconciling split

Jun 26, 2008 - 05:30 pm .- Bishop Bernard Fellay, the leader of the Society of St. Pius X, has rejected the terms offered by the Vatican for rejoining the Catholic Church. During a homily at one of his society’s seminaries on June 20, the schismatic bishop said that the five conditions for return were a message to “shut up.”

Andalusia euthanasia law unnecessary, expert warns

Jun 26, 2008 - 04:33 pm .- Joaquin Fernandez Crehuet, professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Malaga in Spain, warned this week that the euthanasia law promoted by the Andalusian government is unnecessary and that the Dutch experience showed that 20% of the patients who were euthanized died without express consent.

Church in Cuba questions government’s promotion of homosexuality on the island

Jun 26, 2008 - 03:13 pm .- The Archdiocese of Havana’s magazine, Palabra Nueva, has published an article questioning the Cuban government’s promotion of homosexuality through norms that allow the changing of one’s identity, sex-change operations and the eventual legalization of homosexual unions.

41,000 objections to Education for Citizenship registered in Spain

Jun 26, 2008 - 01:09 pm .- The organization Professionals for Ethics reported this week that at the conclusion of the 2007-08 school year, more than 41,000 objections to Education for Citizenship had been registered in Spain and that the opposition to the controversial course was “without precedence” in the country.

Cardinal Urosa warns Venezuelans not to use Mass for political aims

Jun 26, 2008 - 11:25 am .- Cardinal Jorge Urosa of Caracas, and his auxiliary bishops, have warned against using the Mass for political purposes and declared that the Mass at which a blessing was given to the President-elect of Paraguay, former bishop Fernando Lugo, was not authorized by the archdiocese.

Benedict XVI calls for openness to Church education in Gabon

Jun 26, 2008 - 10:51 am .- This morning in the Vatican, the Pope received the Letters of Credence of Firmin Mboutsou, the new ambassador of Gabon to the Holy See. During his address, the Holy Father called on the government of Gabon to become more open to the Church’s efforts to provide education.

Pope encourages the Church's efforts to promote marriage in Honduras

Jun 26, 2008 - 10:16 am .- Thursday morning saw Pope Benedict receive bishops from Honduras as they completed their “ad limina” visit. The Pontiff exhorted the prelates to continue their work to promote the truth about marriage in their country.

Conference to discuss promotion of human life and dignity in the ‘New Evangelization’

Jun 26, 2008 - 06:01 am .- Pro-life leaders will join physicians, ethicists and experts in family life and social justice issues for a July convocation in Camden, New Jersey to discuss new ways to promote human life and dignity.

Deal Hudson says Catholics don’t know the real Obama

Jun 26, 2008 - 04:22 am .- Deal W. Hudson, a Catholic political analyst, has criticized Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, for his stands on abortion and marriage. Hudson has also alleged that some Obama supporters are concealing aspects of the senator’s record which would negatively affect Catholics’ opinions of him.

International Catholic Organizations conference dissolves to join new NGO forum

Jun 26, 2008 - 03:47 am .- The Conference of the International Catholic Organizations, meeting at an extraordinary General Assembly on June 19, has voted to dissolve itself by a vote approved by more than two thirds of its members. Member organizations will become part of a new Forum for Catholic NGOs.

Vatican representative urges U.N. to take stronger action to help refugees

Jun 26, 2008 - 02:10 am .- Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations at Geneva, in a Tuesday speech to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, urged further action to protect refugees. The archbishop said close to 40 million people have presently been uprooted by violence and persecution.

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