Archive of November 6, 2008

Spanish bishop denounces secular and anti-Christian persecution of young people

Nov 6, 2008 - 10:55 pm .- In a recent pastoral letter, Bishop Jose Ignacio Munilla of Palencia in Spain denounced the growing secularization and atheistic secular ideology that is persecuting young people to the point of making them feel “neurotic and ashamed” of their Christian faith.

‘Frivolous and regrettable’ lawsuits filed against victorious Proposition 8

Nov 6, 2008 - 09:03 pm .- Opponents of California’s Proposition 8, which on Tuesday successfully restored the definition of marriage to be between one man and one woman, have filed suit asking the California Supreme Court to overturn the measure. Counsel for the Yes on 8 campaign responded, calling the lawsuits “frivolous and regrettable.”

Pro-life leaders urge hope and renewed outreach following election

Nov 6, 2008 - 06:41 pm .- Despite the defeat of pro-life state ballot initiatives and the victory of presidential and congressional candidates who favor legalized abortion, pro-life leaders are nonetheless hopeful about the future of the movement.

Bishops of Orissa to persecuted Christians: rekindle your hope

Nov 6, 2008 - 05:20 pm .- The six Catholic bishops of the region of Orissa in eastern India have issued a pastoral to the faithful being persecuted there, encouraging them to rekindle their hope, expressing their solidarity with the victims of anti-Christian violence and thanking international organizations for their support.

Defense of life and religious freedom in final declaration of Catholic-Muslim Forum

Nov 6, 2008 - 02:38 pm .- At the conclusion of the Catholic-Muslim Forum which took place at the Vatican, the participants issued a joint statement underscoring, among other themes, the importance of the defense of life as a gift from God to each person, religious freedom and the promotion of common moral values.

Young New Yorker leaves police force to become priest

Nov 6, 2008 - 01:34 pm .- At the age of 25, Nicolas Fernandez had all of the qualities needed to be a great policeman and his future in the force looked promising.  However, during his daily work he discovered he needed different weapons to help the “troubled souls” he encountered, so he decided to become a priest.

Pope emphasizes necessity of human dignity for Catholic-Muslim dialogue

Nov 6, 2008 - 11:37 am .- The inaugural Catholic-Muslim Forum reached its culmination today with Pope Benedict XVI emphasizing that “only by starting with the recognition of the centrality of the person and the dignity of each human being” will Catholics and Muslims find common ground for building a “more fraternal world.”

Doug Kmiec to give election ‘post-mortem’ at Calif. seminary

Nov 6, 2008 - 07:47 am .- St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California has invited Pepperdine University law professor and Obama backer Doug Kmiec to give an election “post-mortem” lecture.

Ordinance designed to advance gay 'rights' overturned by voters

Nov 6, 2008 - 05:11 am .- Voters in the town of Hamtramck, Michigan have overturned an ordinance which would have given legal protections to homosexual behavior, expression and attire. The regulations could also have forced businesses to permit men who perceive themselves as women to use women’s restrooms.

Conservatives see same-sex marriage victories as proof of Americans' values

Nov 6, 2008 - 03:01 am .- U.S. conservative leaders reacted to Tuesday’s election results by noting that although Americans elected Barack Obama as the next president, they also agreed with conservative values on same-sex marriage.

Archbishop Chaput eager to see Kmiec deliver a pro-life Obama

Nov 6, 2008 - 01:10 am .- In a genial but critical exchange reproduced on The Witherspoon Institute’s web site Public Discourse, law professor Doug Kmiec and Archbishop of Denver Charles Chaput have exchanged further remarks concerning Kmiec’s advocacy for President-elect Barack Obama. The archbishop told the professor he welcomes a civil dialogue but also called on Kmiec to convince Obama to change his position on life issues.  

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