Sep 9, 2008 - 11:05 pm .- In December of 2005 an op-ed piece by sociologist Dalton Conley appeared in the New York Times, stating that “most Americans... see a fetus as an individual under construction.” This widespread vision of the embryo and fetus as “under construction” is the key to understanding why good people may find pro-life arguments to be absurd or otherwise non-rational...
Sep 9, 2008 - 09:32 pm .- Archbishop Hugo Barrantes Urena of San Jose in Costa Rica has called on the country’s lawmakers to defend the institution of marriage and not go “against correct reason” by approving same-sex marriage.
Sep 9, 2008 - 04:56 pm .- Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joseph Biden drew fire on Tuesday for his remarks claiming that Republicans’ pledged support for parents raising children with developmental disabilities or birth defects should drive them to support stem cell research.
Sep 9, 2008 - 04:32 pm .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, publicly forgave those who attacked him last week for his homily in which he said human rights are not the property “of a small ideological group.”
Sep 9, 2008 - 04:05 pm .- During his homily at a Mass for the 30th anniversary of the death of Paul VI, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone recalled that the late pontiff “profoundly loved humanity and made this love concrete by his constant effort to help humanity encounter Christ in light of the truth and the value of life.”
Sep 9, 2008 - 12:02 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said this week in a clear reference to the country’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the law allowing abortion in the capital that, “even though it’s what many people want, the Church cannot be silent in the face of the crimes that are being legalized.”
Sep 9, 2008 - 10:24 am .- In a letter to Bishop Luciano Monari of Brescia marking the 30th anniversary of the death of Paul VI, Pope Benedict XVI said that as time passes, the contribution, heritage and magisterium of the late Pontiff, who guided the Church in an age marked by “challenges and problems,” are becoming increasingly more evident.
Sep 9, 2008 - 06:09 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI met with bishops from the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua who had completed their “ad limina” visit at the Vatican. He encouraged them to face their challenges by training members of the faithful to give witness and to assist in the management of the Church’s temporal affairs.
Sep 9, 2008 - 04:17 am .- The Pro-life Secretariat of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that it is offering print advertisements on stem cell research and abortion for the free use of dioceses and other pro-life groups.
Sep 9, 2008 - 02:24 am .- Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, has backed away from his remarks that deciding when life begins is “above my pay grade,” conceding in a television interview that the comments were “probably” too flip.
Sep 9, 2008 - 12:22 am .- The Archbishop Emeritus of Warsaw, Cardinal Jozef Glemp, said last week he hopes Our Lady of Trybunalski, the patroness of the Polish parliament, will be named patroness of the European Parliament as well.