Archive of July 8, 2008

Presbyterian vote to eliminate standards of chastity and fidelity faces critics

Jul 8, 2008 - 11:57 pm .- Reaction continues to the decisions of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), which took place between June 21 and June 28. The assembly nullified proscriptions against sexual behavior outside of marriage and called for a vote to delete the church’s constitutional standard requiring fidelity in marriage and chastity in singleness. ...

Madonna House returns founder’s Order of Canada decoration after abortionist is honored

Jul 8, 2008 - 09:05 pm .- Madonna House, an Ontario Catholic organization founded by Servant of God Catherine Doherty, has returned its founder’s Order of Canada medal after the decoration was granted to the abortionist Dr. Henry Morgentaler. The move adds to the controversy over the honoring of Morgentaler, who played a key role in striking down Canadian abortion laws in 1988.

Pro-life group labels Obama 'The Abortion President'

Jul 8, 2008 - 07:09 pm .- The Christian Defense Coalition (CDC) has launched a campaign called “Barack Obama: The Abortion President” highlighting what it says is Sen. Barack Obama’s position that taxpayers should fund abortions.

Immediate and effective action is needed in response to food crisis, Holy See says

Jul 8, 2008 - 05:30 pm .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations in New York, spoke on the current food crisis last week at a meeting of the 2008 Economic and Social Council. The archbishop said that the council must do more than talk about what caused the crisis, and instead take “immediate and effective” action to help those who are starving. 

Spanish government playing with dictionary on right to life issues, critiques expert

Jul 8, 2008 - 04:39 pm .- Leopoldo Vives, the director of the Subcommittee on the Family and Life for the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, said this week that country’s government “is playing with the dictionary” by talking about the right to abortion and death with dignity.

Pope reads the Bible on TV 'to reach hearts and minds of today,' Vatican official says

Jul 8, 2008 - 03:30 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, said this week that the marathon reading of the Bible in which Pope Benedict XVI will participate in October aims “to reach the hearts and minds of the men and women of today.”

Guatemalan cardinal concerned about EU measures to control immigration

Jul 8, 2008 - 12:42 pm .- The Archbishop of Guatemala, Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruño, said this week that the Catholic Church is concerned about the outbreak of racism in Europe towards Latin Americans. He also expressed doubts about the new European Union Immigration Directive.

Vatican says approval of Anglican women bishops presents ‘further obstacle’ to dialogue

Jul 8, 2008 - 10:19 am .- The Church of England voted on Monday evening to move ahead with the ordination of women as bishops. The outcome of the vote prompted the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity to say that the decision is a “break with apostolic tradition” and a “further obstacle” to any efforts at dialogue between the two churches.

Numbers for Australian Catholic Church released ahead of WYD

Jul 8, 2008 - 10:10 am .- Coinciding with Pope Benedict’s upcoming visit to Sydney, the Central Statistical Office of the Church has released statistics on the presence of the Catholic Church in Australia.

Officer sues LAPD alleging discrimination for off-duty Bible quotation

Jul 8, 2008 - 05:38 am .- A police sergeant who has served as an officer for nearly sixteen years has filed suit against the Los Angeles Police Department, alleging he was illegally demoted and repeatedly denied promotions for his off-duty remarks citing Scripture verses critical of homosexual acts.

Benedict XVI recalls his experience of the joy of God

Jul 8, 2008 - 04:10 am .- On Saturday morning at Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father received a group of pilgrims from Regensburg, Germany and spoke to them of how singing to God gave him an experience of God as joy.

South Carolina faces lawsuit for Christian license plates

Jul 8, 2008 - 02:01 am .- The state of South Carolina faces a federal lawsuit seeking to block its plans to issue license plates which feature a bright-yellow Christian cross on a multicolored stained glass window and the words “I Believe.”

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