Archive of February 6, 2009

'Prayer March' to be held for religious kidnapped in Kenya three months ago

Feb 6, 2009 - 06:27 pm .- The Catholic weekly La Guida in the Italian town of Cuneo announced that the intention for the traditional “Prayer March” that will take place on Sunday, February 8, will be to pray for the nuns kidnapped three months ago in Kenya: Sister Caterina Giraudo and Sister Maria Teresa Olivero.

Parents say love of their children led to objecting to state-imposed school course

Feb 6, 2009 - 04:38 pm .- The organization Professionals for Ethics is making public the testimony of some parents who are objecting to the state-sponsored course Education for the Citizenry, saying love for their children and concern that they receive a proper moral formation are some the main reasons they are rejecting the controversial course promoted by the  Socialist government.

LOR recalls Archbishop Cipriano Calderon coined the term 'Pope’s catechesis'

Feb 6, 2009 - 01:46 pm .- On Thursday L’Osservatore Romano memorialized Archbishop Cipriano Calderon Polo, vice president emeritus of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, who died at the age of 81. During his years as director of the LOR’s Spanish edition, the archbishop coined the phrase, the Pope’s “catechesis,” in order to refer to the papal messages of the Wednesday General Audience.

President of Italian bishops’ conference pleads for life of Eluana

Feb 6, 2009 - 11:30 am .- The Archbishop of Genoa and president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, has issued a fervent plea that Eluana Englaro, the Italian woman who has been in a “persistent vegetative state” for 17 years, not be euthanized by her father, who intends to remove her feeding tubes today.

Italian government passes emergency decree to save Eluana Englaro

Feb 6, 2009 - 10:50 am .- Italy’s Council of Ministers, headed by Silvio Berlusconi, unanimously approved an emergency decree on Friday to stop the father of Eluana Englaro from killing her by removing hydration and food. However, this morning at the clinic La Quiete, where Eluana is staying, the process to end her life was initiated.

Canon law expert says Legionaries need transparency

Feb 6, 2009 - 07:35 am .- As the Legionaries of Christ wrestle with the news that their founder led a double life, a debate is taking place over the order’s future. Canon lawyer Ed Peters argues that the Legion could dissolve itself and reconstitute under a new charism. But Pete Vere, a canon lawyer who specializes in movements, argues that a reform of the order, not dissolution is the answer.

Oakland Diocese denies new administrator permitted same-sex ‘marriages’

Feb 6, 2009 - 06:21 am .- The Diocese of Oakland has responded to a Catholic newspaper’s report alleging that the new interim administrator for the Diocese once allowed homosexual “marriages” at his parish, calling the report one-sided and inaccurate.

Catholic-SSPX split not yet healed, George Weigel cautions

Feb 6, 2009 - 03:23 am .- Catholic commentator George Weigel has suggested that the Society of St. Pius X’s (SSPX) response to the lifting of the excommunications of its leaders may not bode well for the full reunion of the traditionalist breakaway group with Rome.

Legion of Christ director asks forgiveness for ‘all this suffering’

Feb 6, 2009 - 01:11 am .- Following new allegations of misconduct against Legionaries of Christ Founder Fr. Marcial Maciel, the General Director of the order, Fr. Alvaro Corcuera, has written a letter to all Regnum Christi members asking forgiveness for “all this suffering.”

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