Archive of November 11, 2008

Cardinal Mahony praises success of Prop. 8’s ‘unprecedented coalition’

Nov 11, 2008 - 11:50 pm .- Archbishop of Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony has issued a statement following the electoral victory of Proposition 8. Its passage, he said, resulted from an “unprecedented coalition” of people who understood the importance of “the bedrock of marriage” as it has been lived out through recorded history.

Catholic bishops cut all funding to ACORN

Nov 11, 2008 - 10:37 pm .- The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has not yet been able to determine if grants made to ACORN were used for fraudulent voter registration, but has cut off all funding to the community organizing group, Bishop Roger Morin announced on Tuesday.  

Cardinal Cipriani reiterates: it’s not enough just to be ‘good people’

Nov 11, 2008 - 09:10 pm .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, said this week “the family is a gift from God” and that contrary to the common saying, it’s not enough to be “good people,” “we should be saints.”

Argentinean archbishop says politicians need to dare to speak the truth

Nov 11, 2008 - 08:16 pm .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata has called on Argentineans not to be fooled into thinking that in order to get into politics one has engage in deceit, adding that “a healthy political life” demands “respect for the truth.”

U.S. bishops approve new blessing for unborn children

Nov 11, 2008 - 06:32 pm .- Children in the womb will now be able to receive a blessing from their parish priests following an overwhelming vote by the U.S. bishops in favor of the new blessing.

Excessive budget cuts show government’s lack of interest in the family, says paper

Nov 11, 2008 - 04:55 pm .- The Spanish weekly, “Alba,” reported this week that excessive budget cuts of more than $62 million from programs for families and childcare show the Spanish government’s lack of interest in the family.

Catholic bishops express solidarity with those caught in financial squeeze

Nov 11, 2008 - 03:48 pm .- Speaking for all of the U.S. Catholic bishops, Cardinal Francis George issued a statement today on the economic situation. In the message, the bishops expressed their solidarity with those hurting financially and the need to remember “we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.”

Pope to participate in World Meeting of Families in Mexico via satellite

Nov 11, 2008 - 01:52 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, announced this week that during the World Meeting of Families January 16-18 in Mexico, Pope Benedict XVI will address the gathering via satellite from the Vatican.

Vatican hosts conference on protecting children from diseases

Nov 11, 2008 - 12:06 pm .- Helping children in danger from disease and exploitation was the focus of a press conference held by Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan and other clergy at the Vatican’s press office this morning. The aim of the upcoming conference will be to examine what the Scriptures say about helping children and to seek ways to apply these teachings.

Vatican analyst delivers harsh criticism of Cardinal Martini's anti-Benedict XVI book

Nov 11, 2008 - 11:08 am .- Vatican analyst Sandro Magister of the Italian web magazine L’Espresso will publish an extensive critique on Wednesday of the controversial book by Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, the Archbishop Emeritus of Milan, entitled, “Nocturnal Conversations in Jerusalem. On the Risks of Faith.”

Obama transition team prepares to axe pro-life funding rules

Nov 11, 2008 - 05:02 am .- President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team is preparing the first actions of his presidency, planning to lift embryonic stem cell research funding restrictions and rules which prevent international organizations that receive U.S. aid from counseling women about the availability of abortion.

Two nuns kidnapped in Kenya amid tribal violence

Nov 11, 2008 - 02:42 am .- Conflict between the Murulle and Garre Somali clans near the Kenya-Somali border has killed at least twenty people and has forced hundreds to flee. In a crime suspected to be related to the conflict, two Italian Catholic nuns have also been kidnapped.

Victim of abortion: 'We cry without tears and we scream without a voice' at abortion clinics

Nov 11, 2008 - 12:51 am .- The author of the book, “I Aborted,” Esperanza Puente, said during a press conference last week that abortion clinics are inhumane, treat women as mere “customers,” and consider the babies they kill as mere “blobs of tissues” or “clusters of cells.”

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