Archive of October 29, 2008

Fundamentalist secularism threatens U.S., warns ambassador to the Holy See

Oct 29, 2008 - 10:47 pm .- The U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Mary Ann Glendon, warned in an article published by the L’Osservatore Romano that fundamentalist secularism that excludes faith from public life is threatening the United States and is an attack on so-called “positive secularity” and individual freedoms.

Catholic Mobile offers papal wisdom

Oct 29, 2008 - 10:03 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has been drawing record numbers to his public appearances with his ability to concisely and simply explain the depths of the Catholic faith. In order to make his words more widely available, Catholic Mobile has launched a service to deliver his words straight to your cell phone.

Archbishop cautions against anti-defamation laws in U.N. speech

Oct 29, 2008 - 07:22 pm .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, spoke at the U.N. on Wednesday about religious freedom, lamenting that the rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion continue to be violated. However, the archbishop cautioned against laws prohibiting the defamation of religions, which he said can be used to penalize religious minorities and to stifle legitimate dialogue.  

Against bishop's plea, city council passes anti-Prop. 8 resolution

Oct 29, 2008 - 07:09 pm .- Despite the opposition of the auxiliary bishop of San Diego and many pro-marriage demonstrators, the San Diego City Council on Monday voted to pass a resolution opposing Proposition 8. Meanwhile, the pro-marriage campaign has challenged the California school superintendent to debate how same-sex marriage would be taught in public schools.

Knights of Columbus in Mexico: 15 reasons to say 'No' to abortion

Oct 29, 2008 - 04:53 pm .- The Knights of Columbus in Mexico, in keeping with their long tradition of defending life and promoting Christian principles, have published a document containing fifteen important observations about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the unconstitutionality of the legalization of abortion.

Colombian bishop calls euthanasia law grave attack on life

Oct 29, 2008 - 12:51 pm .- Bishop Julio Cesar Vidal Ortiz of Monteria in Colombia said this week a proposal by Senator Armando Benedetti to legalize euthanasia is “a grave attack on life.”

Two well-loved Catholic priests murdered in Russia

Oct 29, 2008 - 12:33 pm .- Catholics in Russia learned today that two priests, Frs. Otto Messmer and Victor Betancourt, both Jesuits, were beaten to death at their apartment in Moscow.

The Cross teaches Christians to renounce pride and choose love, Benedict XVI says

Oct 29, 2008 - 10:50 am .- In the presence of thousands of people at St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI continued his weekly teachings on St. Paul, speaking about the central place of the Cross of Jesus Christ in Paul's preaching. The Cross should teach Christians to renounce their own "superiority" and choose love, the Pope underscored.

John XXIII’s openness to the Holy Spirit made Vatican II possible, Pope observes

Oct 29, 2008 - 10:25 am .- Yesterday afternoon Pope Benedict XVI spoke at a Mass in honor of the 50th anniversary of Blessed Pope John XXIII’s election as Pope. His openness to the Holy Spirit made possible the “truly special gift” of Vatican II to the Church, Benedict XVI said.

Inconsistent results found in polls on Calif. parental notification measure

Oct 29, 2008 - 07:31 am .- Two recently published poll results for California’s Proposition 4 vary significantly. Results range from showing a statistical tie to a massive lead for the measure, which requires a waiting period and parental notification before a girl under 18 may have an abortion.

Veteran journalist laments lack of ethics in election coverage

Oct 29, 2008 - 05:13 am .- Michael Malone, a 25-year veteran journalist and technology writer, has penned an essay for ABC News lamenting what he sees as the decline of journalistic ethics and the “sheer bias” in the media favoring Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.

Federal judge rules sixth grader can wear pro-life t-shirts to school

Oct 29, 2008 - 03:13 am .- A sixth grader will be allowed to wear his pro-life t-shirts to school following a Minnesota federal judge’s recent ruling. The decision came after a lawsuit alleging the student’s constitutional rights were violated by his school principal and teachers, who disciplined him for wearing the shirts.

Venezuelan cardinal calls for ‘fair and respectful’ regional elections

Oct 29, 2008 - 12:32 am .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, said this week the Church hopes that the regional elections set for November 23 will take place with fairness and respect for all the candidates.

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