Archive of September 4, 2008

California bill could require doctors to give patients options to refuse life-sustaining treatment

Sep 4, 2008 - 11:47 pm .- A pending bill in the California state legislature could force Catholic doctors and others opposed to assisted suicide to inform terminally ill patients of several facts, including that they have the “right of refusal or withdrawal from life-sustaining treatment.”

Joint Orthodox Jewish-Catholic statement voices ‘shared commitment’ to marriage

Sep 4, 2008 - 09:44 pm .- A joint statement on marriage has been issued by a group of Orthodox Jewish and Catholic leaders, affirming their faiths’ “shared commitment” to God’s design of marriage between one man and one woman. The statement reaffirms the duty of the state to safeguard the traditional place of marriage.

Congress in Lourdes to focus on doctrinal pillars of Marian apparitions

Sep 4, 2008 - 08:48 pm .- Vicenzo Battaglia, president of the International Pontifical Marian Academy, explained this week that the 23rd Congress the academy will host in Lourdes for the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary to St. Bernadette Soubirous will focus on the doctrinal foundations that explain these kinds of events.

Huckabee speaks about Palin power and John McCain’s faith

Sep 4, 2008 - 06:35 pm .- The political spotlight will be focused on Sen. John McCain later this evening as he delivers his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination, but Gov. Mike Huckabee took time this afternoon to talk with reporters about the role of faith in the McCain-Palin ticket.

After 100 years, two new churches in China give hope to Catholics

Sep 4, 2008 - 02:16 pm .- After 100 years without a new church, the Catholic Community of Lu Dong in the Diocese of Tong Zhou in China celebrated the consecration of two new churches where the faithful can now attend Mass and pray daily.

U.S. and Mexican bishops call for just immigration reform

Sep 4, 2008 - 11:58 am .- At the 2008 Conference on Immigration in Washington D.C., bishops from Mexico and the United States called for immigration reform that respects human rights and the dignity of those affected by violence against undocumented immigrants.

Catholic students in Australia strongly opposing Victorian abortion bill

Sep 4, 2008 - 11:00 am .- The Australian Catholic Students Association is condemning a bill in the state of Victoria that will decriminalize abortion up to 24 weeks of development and also force pro-life medical professionals to perform an abortion if the mother’s life is at risk. 

YouTube censors ‘racist donor’ Planned Parenthood videos

Sep 4, 2008 - 04:21 am .- The internet video sharing site YouTube has removed four well-viewed videos which criticize Planned Parenthood, including some featuring Planned Parenthood fundraisers agreeing to process a donation from a donor pretending to have racist motives. The move has prompted Live Action, the pro-life student organization which produced the videos, to charge YouTube with censorship.

Nigerian author-priest killed by armed robbers

Sep 4, 2008 - 02:08 am .- Father John Mark Ikpiki, a prominent Catholic priest, was killed by armed robbers in Nigeria on Monday in what was described as a shocking and dehumanizing crime.

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