Archive of February 25, 2009

Novena begins for Proposition 8 legal case

Feb 25, 2009 - 11:33 pm .- The San Francisco-based group Catholics for the Common Good has announced a novena of prayer and fasting for the seven California Supreme Court justices who are considering three lawsuits filed to overturn Proposition 8.

Cardinal Lozano: greater access to abortion in Spain builds ‘the common evil’

Feb 25, 2009 - 11:09 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, said this week a proposed reform of the abortion laws in Spain "attacks society itself" and goes "against the common good."

Baltimore archbishop calls for a review of the Legion of Christ

Feb 25, 2009 - 10:51 pm .- Archbishop of Baltimore, Edwin F. O’Brien has called on the Legion of Christ to give “full disclosure” of their founder’s activities and has expressed his concerns that the movement ‘fosters a culture of personality’ with the founder at the center.

Boy who received fetal stem cell treatment develops tumors

Feb 25, 2009 - 10:10 pm .- The scientific magazine PLoS Medicine" reported in its latest edition that an Israeli boy who suffers from a rare genetic disease has developed tumors in his brain and spine after being injected with fetal stem cells, thus raising more doubts among scientists about the usefulness of such therapies.

Lefebvrist bishop leaves Argentina

Feb 25, 2009 - 10:08 pm .- Lefebvrist Bishop Richard Williamson left Argentina on Tuesday, after the government gave him ten days to leave the country or face expulsion.

Pro-life amendments blocked from consideration on House floor

Feb 25, 2009 - 08:04 pm .- Today, Congressman Chris Smith was prevented from offering two pro-life amendments to the $410 billion Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus spending bill being considered on the House floor.  His proposed amendments would have restored both the Mexico City Policy and the Kemp-Kasten policy.

Government stops building of Hindu temple on foundation of church destroyed by extremists

Feb 25, 2009 - 07:21 pm .- The Catholic community in the Indian state of Orissa praised a decision by the state government to block the construction of a Hindu temple on the foundation of a Catholic church recently destroyed by Hindu extremists. The Catholic church was located in the city of Betticola.

Human rights not ‘interference’ in U.S.-China relations, critics say

Feb 25, 2009 - 06:04 pm .- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks that human rights concerns should not “interfere” with U.S.-China cooperation on economic, environmental and other issues drew criticism from several Congressmen and a former political prisoner who argued the comments ignore the regime’s practices of coerced abortion, religious persecution and forced labor.

Situation in Cuba is critical and demands changes, says prisoner of conscience

Feb 25, 2009 - 05:58 pm .- Prisoner of conscience Jose Ferrer Garcia warned this week that the current situation in Cuba is critical and that all Cubans need to participate in the National Dialogue to find solutions for the country.

Lent calls us to combat injustice with good, Pope writes

Feb 25, 2009 - 01:27 pm .- Catholics worldwide are beginning Lent today with Ash Wednesday liturgies. On the occasion of the Brazilian Church’s Lenten Fraternity Campaign, Pope Benedict has issued a message reminding them that Lent "calls us to an unfailing struggle to do good" by practicing justice.

Catholic Charities head defends appointment to Obama advisory council

Feb 25, 2009 - 06:10 am .- Fr. Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA has defended his acceptance of a position on President Barack Obama’s Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, saying there is some convergence between Church teaching and the Obama administration’s policies despite other “very clear disagreements” on issues such as abortion.

Pope Benedict to baptize California convert at Easter Vigil

Feb 25, 2009 - 03:18 am .- A convert to Catholicism who lives in California will be one of seven people baptized by Pope Benedict XVI during the Easter Vigil at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Teaching sexual morals keeps teens from being ‘open,’ U.K. sex ed leaflet says

Feb 25, 2009 - 01:28 am .- A new leaflet from the British government advises parents to be cautious about discussing moral values when they talk to their children about sex and also advises that teenagers should be encouraged to form their own views about sexual morals.

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