Archive of November 13, 2008

Fr. Bourgeois will not renounce stand to avoid excommunication

Nov 13, 2008 - 11:01 pm .- Father Roy Bourgeois, a Maryknoll priest who participated in the attempted ordination of a woman to the priesthood, has been told by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to renounce his support for women’s ordination or be excommunicated. The priest has affirmed he will make no such renunciation.

Father Andrew Greeley suffers severe injuries in fall

Nov 13, 2008 - 07:40 pm .- Father Andrew Greeley, the best-selling novelist and newspaper columnist, is in “critical but stable” condition at a suburban Chicago hospital after a fall on Friday afternoon.

Case of British girl who refused heart transplant could be used to promote euthanasia

Nov 13, 2008 - 05:33 pm .- Dr. Luis Raez, expert in bioethics and professor at the Hematology and Oncology Clinic at the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has warned that the case of Hannah Jones, a 13 year-old British girl who decided not to undergo a heart transplant, sets a precedent that is “very dangerous and could be used legally to promote euthanasia.”

Indissoluble marriage between man and woman should not be weakened, says archbishop

Nov 13, 2008 - 04:46 pm .- Archbishop Jorge Ferreira da Costa Ortiga of Braga and president of the Portuguese Bishops’ Conference denounced this week “all inclinations and attitudes that threaten to undermine the reality of the family,” including so-called “marriage” between “persons of the same sex.”

Spanish academic scholar says Education for Citizenship an 'amalgam of aberrations'

Nov 13, 2008 - 02:36 pm .- Academic scholar and recipient of numerous awards, Juan Velarde Fuertes, this week applauded conscientious objection to the school course Education for Citizenship, calling it an “amalgam of aberrations” that breaks with the foundations of “Western Christian culture.”

Pope meets Brazil’s president, discusses need to bolster the family

Nov 13, 2008 - 01:40 pm .- The President of Brazil had the opportunity to meet with Pope Benedict XVI this morning at the Vatican, where the two heads of state discussed the need to continue promoting the role of the family in combating "violence and social decay."

Cardinal Ruini discusses book of Pope's homilies as a model for preaching

Nov 13, 2008 - 12:12 pm .- Cardinal Camillo Ruini has published a review of Pope Benedict XVI’s new book “Homilies: The Liturgical Year Narrated by Joseph Ratzinger, Pope.” Saying the homilies “contain a treasure, a form of sustenance, and even a medicine, which can do a great deal of good for those who wish to read them,” the cardinal endeavored to explain the distinctive theology of the Pope’s thought.

Religions are messengers of peace and reconciliation, asserts cardinal

Nov 13, 2008 - 11:45 am .- Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, stressed in his speech to the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York that “Religions, despite the weaknesses and contradictions of their members, carry a message of reconciliation and peace."

Separating Christianity from Europe's public life leads ‘down a blind alley,’ Pope cautions

Nov 13, 2008 - 10:36 am .- Upon receiving Letters of Credence from the new ambassador of San Marino, Pope Benedict stressed that if the country’s rich Christian heritage is separated from the its public life, citizens will be led “down a blind alley.”

Lawsuit filed in defense of Marine vet’s anti-Islam decals

Nov 13, 2008 - 06:56 am .- A Marine veteran whose anti-terrorist and anti-Islam vehicle decals hindered him in visiting the grave of his fallen son at Arlington National Cemetery has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the military order which rebuked his display of the decals.

Orissa bishops warn state leader of ‘master plan’ to wipe out Christianity

Nov 13, 2008 - 04:54 am .- Denouncing what they called a “master plan” to wipe out Christianity, the bishops of India’s troubled Orissa region have written a letter to state’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik concerning the persecution of Christians at the hands of Hindu extremists.

Man arrested in Florida attempting to steal consecrated Hosts

Nov 13, 2008 - 03:29 am .- A man was arrested in Florida on Saturday on charges of simple battery, theft, and disruption of a religious assembly after he attempted to steal consecrated Hosts from a Catholic Mass, injuring the priest and a parishioner who attempted to stop him.

Gay activists disrupt Sunday service at Michigan church

Nov 13, 2008 - 01:20 am .- A homosexual activist group on Sunday disrupted services at a Michigan Assemblies of God-affiliated church, throwing fliers, shouting slogans at churchgoers, and kissing each other.

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