Archive of February 3, 2009

University not simply a ‘degree factory,’ warns Cardinal Poupard

Feb 3, 2009 - 11:48 pm .- The president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Paul Poupard, said this week Catholic universities must make “the comprehensive formation of the person” a priority and that centers of higher learning must not become “mere degree factories.”

U.S. Catholic bishops condemn comments by SSPX bishop

Feb 3, 2009 - 08:29 pm .- Reactions against Bishop Richard Williamson’s remarks diminishing the Holocaust are coming from all corners of the globe. On Tuesday afternoon, Cardinal Francis George, the president of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference, added the bishops’ voices to the chorus of condemnation.  

New Catholic TV and radio directory launched online

Feb 3, 2009 - 08:26 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, announced this week the launching of a new internet directory of Catholic TV and radio stations throughout the world.  The new site, for now only available in Spanish, is at

Cardinal O’Malley: Bishop’s ‘terrible’ Holocaust comments show need for papal oversight

Feb 3, 2009 - 05:31 pm .- In a Friday article on his blog, Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley commented on the controversy surrounding Society of St. Pius X Bishop Richard Williamson’s “terrible” statements which minimized Jewish suffering in the Holocaust. He argued the bishop’s comments prove the need to increase papal influence over the SSPX and its bishops, whose excommunications were recently lifted.

Education demands discipline, freedom and ‘learning to suffer,’ says Cardinal Ruini

Feb 3, 2009 - 07:08 pm .- Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the former Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, said this week that the education of the younger generations demands parental involvement in teaching an authentic discipline that allows for true personal freedom and always points towards what is better.

Obama’s Mexico City Policy decision most unpopular yet

Feb 3, 2009 - 04:55 pm .- A new survey reports that President Barack Obama’s decision to overturn the Mexico City Policy is the most unpopular decision of his presidency so far. The Jan. 23 policy change means that the U.S. government can fund international groups which perform or promote abortions.

Vatican channel on YouTube receives 750,000 visits first week

Feb 3, 2009 - 02:03 pm .- The Italian news agency SIR reported this week that since its debut on January 23, the Vatican’s YouTube channel has received more than 750,000 visits.

Legionaries of Christ acknowledge founder’s ‘inappropriate’ behavior

Feb 3, 2009 - 01:29 pm .- Responding to unconfirmed revelations of misconduct by the Legionaries of Christ Founder Fr. Marcial Maciel, the U.S. spokesman for the Legionaries of Christ has acknowledged unspecified actions that “weren’t appropriate for a Catholic priest.” However, he insisted that Fr. Maciel “was and always will be the father of the Legion.”

Vatican expert analyzes internal causes of SSPX bishop ‘flap’

Feb 3, 2009 - 12:38 pm .- Sandro Magister, the Vatican expert of the Italian Magazine L'Espresso, will publish a story on Wednesday analyzing the internal circumstances that led to the Vatican's decision on lifting the excommunications of the four bishops from the Society of Saint Pius X, including the now infamous Bishop Richard Williamson.

Pope Benedict exhorts Catholics to rediscover fasting this Lent

Feb 3, 2009 - 11:49 am .- As Catholics around the world prepare to begin the Lenten season in just over three weeks, Pope Benedict XVI has published his Lenten Message for 2009. This year the Holy Father focuses his message on the meaning and value of fasting, emphasizing that it helps believers to prepare to do the will of God.

Holy Father asks consecrated religious to imitate the life of Paul

Feb 3, 2009 - 11:48 am .- Pope Benedict instructed members of religious congregations yesterday on the thirteenth Day of Consecrated Life, that the best way to respond to their vocation is to focus on the lifestyle and mission of St. Paul.

British grandparents lose custody of children to homosexual couple

Feb 3, 2009 - 06:36 am .- Two British grandparents aged 59 and 46 have been told that they are too old and unfit to care for their grandchildren, who are to be placed with an adoptive homosexual couple.

Traditional Anglican union with Catholics ‘unlikely,’ Vatican official argues

Feb 3, 2009 - 03:43 am .- Casting doubt on media reports, a Vatican official familiar with the possibility of hundreds of thousands of Traditional Anglicans potentially entering the Catholic Church, has described as the scenario as “unlikely.”

Sophia Institute Press names author-publisher Stratford Caldecott as editor

Feb 3, 2009 - 01:21 am .- Sophia Institute Press has announced the selection of Catholic author and publishing veteran Stratford Caldecott as Editor.

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