Archive of October 24, 2008

Spanish expert debunks philanthropic claims of Women on Waves

Oct 24, 2008 - 09:03 pm .- Spanish expert David del Fresno y Torrecillas has presented to Catholic News Agency his analysis of the Dutch organization Women on Waves, which docked its “Ship of Death” in Valencia several days ago in order to pick up women and take them into international waters to administer abortions.

Bishop explains challenges facing Christians and tragedy of war in Sudan

Oct 24, 2008 - 06:58 pm .- Bishop Antonio Menegazzo of El Obeid, Sudan spoke out this week about the damage being done to the country by its civil war and about the challenges facing the Christian minority that lives amidst growing violence. He called on international organizations to help find solutions to the 20 year-old conflict.

Holy See to publish document on use of psychology in seminaries

Oct 24, 2008 - 05:01 pm .- On October 30 the Congregation for Catholic Education will issue a new document entitled, “Orientations For The Use Of Psychological Competencies In The Admission And Formation Of Candidates To The Priesthood.”

Archbishop Chaput’s pro-life remarks ‘not Republican or Democratic,’ pro-life Democrat says

Oct 24, 2008 - 03:44 pm .- Author and politics writer Mark Stricherz has defended Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput from accusations of partisanship stemming from the archbishop’s vigorous pro-life statements made during this election year. Noting that the archbishop’s critiques are not limited to Democratic politicians, Stricherz argued that advocacy for overturning the Supreme Court pro-abortion rights decision Roe v. Wade is likewise not limited to only one political party.

Report: Asia is continent with most violations of religious freedom

Oct 24, 2008 - 02:59 pm .- The international association Aid to the Church in Need presented its Report on Religious Freedom in the world this week, noting that in more than 60 countries there are various degrees of violations of religious liberty, especially in some Asian nations.

Italian cardinal calls Israeli interference in cause of Pius XII ‘tiresome’

Oct 24, 2008 - 01:00 pm .- Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, who signed the diplomatic relations agreement with Israel in the name of the Holy See, told reporters this week that in his personal opinion, certain attempts to “interfere” with the beatification cause of Pope Pius XII are “tiresome.”

Bishops close Synod with poetic message on the Word of God

Oct 24, 2008 - 10:31 am .- On Friday morning the Synod Fathers of the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, meeting in their Twenty-First General Congregation, voted on the Final Message of the Synod. Using poetic imagery, the message focused upon the Voice, the Face, the House of the Divine Word, and the Road of the Word.

Weigel launches another Newsweek salvo at Catholic Obama supporters

Oct 24, 2008 - 07:09 am .- The discussion over Catholic support for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama continued this past week as professors Nick Cafardi, Cathy Kaveny, and Doug Kmiec—all Obama backers—debated the topic with political commentator George Weigel in the pages of Newsweek. ...

‘Deadly day’ in Britain as House of Commons passes embryo bill

Oct 24, 2008 - 04:45 am .- In what one pro-life leader called a “deadly day in the history of Britain,” the House of Commons on Wednesday approved legislation allowing scientists to create animal-human hybrids for medical research. The bill also allows the creation of “savior siblings” genetically matched to sick siblings and eases access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) for lesbians and single women...

Parental notification ballot proposal leads in California

Oct 24, 2008 - 03:12 am .- Proposition 4, the California ballot proposal that requires a waiting period and parental notification before a girl under 18 may have an abortion, is leading among likely voters by 52 to 33 percent, a new survey reports.

Church in El Salvador calls on government to express reservations at youth summit

Oct 24, 2008 - 12:38 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador has called on the Salvadoran government to place conditions upon the document that will be voted on at the upcoming Latin American Summit of Heads of State and Government. The convention will focus on the rights of young people and may impose abortion and gender ideology on the countries of the continent.

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