Archive of February 13, 2009

Mother pressured by authorities for pulling her son out of Socialist school course

Feb 13, 2009 - 11:23 pm .- A mother from the Spanish city of Jaen has shared her experience of being pressured by the local public school to make her son take the controversial course Education for the Citizenry, despite her objections to the class.

Bishop uses first pastoral letter to praise ‘profound thinking’ of President Lincoln

Feb 13, 2009 - 10:03 pm .- The Bishop of Wilmington, Delaware has issued a pastoral letter noting the 200th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth, saying the president’s writings and speeches contain “some of the most profound thinking relating to religion” produced in American history.

Austin Ruse calls Legionaries to be faithful to their charism

Feb 13, 2009 - 07:48 pm .- The president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), Austin Ruse, has penned a letter calling on the Legionaries of Christ to remain faithful to their charism because, as he writes, despite their failings of their founder, it has brought souls into Heaven.

Robert George launches website to test pro-life argument for Obama

Feb 13, 2009 - 05:17 pm .- Some Catholics and Evangelicals in the pro-life community made a significant wager based on Barack Obama’s promise to reduce abortions during the last election, a bet that Princeton philosophy of law professor Robert George is convinced was “foolish.” In order to document the outcome of this gamble,  George and some of his colleagues have launched Moralaccountability.com.

Spanish bishops express solidarity with Pope in response to recent criticism

Feb 13, 2009 - 03:41 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Spain said on Thursday it had sent a letter of support to Pope Benedict XVI in which the bishops “express their sentiments of communion and affection in response to those who have cast doubt on his love for the Jewish people.”

Vatican watcher: Pope has chosen Archbishop Timothy Dolan for New York

Feb 13, 2009 - 02:30 pm .- The eagerly anticipated appointment of the new Archbishop of New York appears to be just around the corner. The well-connected Italian journalist Paolo Rodari, who writes for Il Reformista, is reporting that Archbishop Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee will soon be announced as the new head of the most important U.S. diocese.

Link between slain archbishop and paramilitary chief categorically dismissed

Feb 13, 2009 - 01:39 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez, has strongly and categorically dismissed any link between the slain Archbishop of Cali, Isaias Duarte Cancino, and the paramilitary chief Carlos Castano, despite claims to the contrary by another member of the rebel paramilitary.

Benedict XVI prays for guidance as Vatican marks 80 years

Feb 13, 2009 - 12:25 pm .- Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the Vatican City State, Pope Benedict attended a concert featuring both a choral and orchestra from Dublin, Ireland.  Afterwards, the Holy Father addressed the audience and prayed that God would continue to watch over the small state.

Papal foundation fighting drought in Africa celebrates 25 years

Feb 13, 2009 - 12:15 pm .- In 1980 Pope John Paul II visited the African region referred to as the Sahel, an area that relies on agriculture and is frequently besieged with drought. Driven by the desperation of the people there, the Pope created a foundation to help prevent desertification and drought which celebrates its 25th anniversary this week.

Bishop of Buffalo meets with families of Continental crash victims

Feb 13, 2009 - 11:33 am .- As people around the country mourn the loss of the 50 people who died in the crash of Continental Flight 3407, Bishop Edward Kmiec of Buffalo is meeting with family members of the victims and asking the diocese to join him in prayer for those suffering from the tragedy.

Arizona legislators move to protect unborn and civil rights of health care workers

Feb 13, 2009 - 06:21 am .- Following Republican Jan Brewer’s move from secretary of state to Governor of Arizona, the state’s legislature is attempting to pass a combination of abortion-related regulations which were defeated under her predecessor, Gov. Janet Napolitano. One supporter calls the bill the "most significant" legislation ever proposed in the state.

Boston College attracts praise and hostility for placing crucifixes in classrooms

Feb 13, 2009 - 04:00 am .- Crucifixes and icons were recently placed in all Boston College classrooms at the request of the Jesuit school’s president, Rev. William P. Leahy, SJ. The move has generated a variety of both enthusiastic and hostile responses.

Over 900 massacred in Congo since Christmas

Feb 13, 2009 - 01:53 am .- Troops of the guerilla Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have massacred over 900 people since Christmas in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The news reports from missionary media sources, which are not attracting attention in Europe and America, lament the inaction and “impotence” of the United Nations forces in the area.

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