Archive of March 3, 2009

Chinese Catholics ‘terrified’ of losing freedoms, professor says

Mar 3, 2009 - 11:06 pm .- A University of Alabama professor who recently studied in China for several months reports that Catholics in the country are enjoying freedoms but are anxious about government monitoring and “terrified” their liberties may be swiftly taken away.

HLI president slams Catholics United support for Sebelius nomination

Mar 3, 2009 - 07:56 pm .- Joining other pro-life leaders, Fr. Thomas Euteneuer is speaking out against a group of Catholic scholars and leaders who are supporting President Obama’s choice of Kathleen Sebelius for HHS Secretary.

L’Osservatore Romano recalls Pius XII’s silent work for peace

Mar 3, 2009 - 06:14 pm .- In an article commemorating the 70th anniversary of the election of Pope Pius XII to the See of Peter, the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano recalled his great work during World War II, and his “repeated, untiring words of peace, silently working to save as many lives as humanly possible.”

Modified health code would legalize abortion in cases of rape in Mexico

Mar 3, 2009 - 04:41 pm .- The media in Mexico reported this week that the country’s Secretariat of Health has caved to pressure from anti-life feminist groups and has changed norms to require health care facilities throughout Mexico to administer “emergency contraception” and even provide abortion for women in cases of rape.

Jesus gives meaning to the life of priests, Cardinal Arinze preaches

Mar 3, 2009 - 03:27 pm .- “It is Jesus who gives meaning to the life of the priest. Without Him, the priesthood is not understood, it makes no sense,” Cardinal Francis Arinze said this week as he led the members of the Roman Curia and Pope Benedict in their annual spiritual exercises at the Vatican.

New Catholic website protests Gov. Sebelius’ Cabinet nomination

Mar 3, 2009 - 01:52 pm .- Catholic opponents of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination to become Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have launched a new website which decries her “extremist support for abortion” and solicits petition signatures protesting her nomination.

Malaysian authorities bow to Muslim pressure over ‘Allah’ in Catholic weekly

Mar 3, 2009 - 11:46 am .- Malaysia’s Ministry of the Interior has flip-flopped on granting permission to a Catholic newspaper to use the word "Allah" in reference to God in its publications. Although news reports indicated that the publication would be allowed to use "Allah," government officials are denying that permission was ever given.

New statistics on Angola and Cameroon published ahead of Pope’s trip

Mar 3, 2009 - 11:02 am .- In just two week’s time, Pope Benedict will be making his first trip as Pope to Africa. With preparations for the March 17-23 trip gearing up, the Church has published statistics on Catholic involvement in Angola and Cameroon.

Michigan Catholic Conference praises new stem cell method

Mar 3, 2009 - 06:14 am .- The Michigan Catholic Conference on Monday welcomed reports that stem cell researchers have discovered another method to advance science without intentionally destroying human embryos. Praising research that avoids “ethical and moral landmines,” the Conference called on state legislators to support legislation promoting it.

City funding for Mark Twain church prompts lawsuit threat

Mar 3, 2009 - 03:57 am .- Carson City, Nevada’s decision to fund sidewalks, landscaping and roof repairs for a church that Mark Twain helped build has prompted protests and the threat of a lawsuit from a group that advocates strict separation of church and state.

St. Pius X Society leader says Bishop Williamson should ‘stay quiet’

Mar 3, 2009 - 01:35 am .- Society of St. Pius X head Bishop Bernard Fellay has said Bishop Richard Williamson’s apology for his Holocaust remarks is an “important step” but added that Bishop Williamson should probably stay quiet and stay “in a corner somewhere” or face being kicked out of the Society.

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