Archive of March 5, 2009

‘Strong majority’ of California justices against overturning Prop. 8

Mar 5, 2009 - 09:20 pm .- The California Supreme Court on Thursday began hearing oral arguments on the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8, the successful ballot measure which restored the state’s definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. According to one supporter, a “strong majority” of justices are not inclined to overturn the proposition.

Expert says abortion was legalized in Colombia with invalid statistics

Mar 5, 2009 - 08:17 pm .- The head of the bioethics department for the University of La Sabana’s school of medicine, Pablo Arango Restrepo is claiming that advocates of abortion used exaggerated statistics and rare cases to make abortion legal in Colombia.

Archbishop Naumann says Gov. Sebelius nomination ‘particularly troubling’

Mar 5, 2009 - 07:10 pm .- Archbishop of Kansas City Joseph F. Naumann has responded to Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination to President Obama’s Cabinet, calling it “particularly troubling” that an “outspoken advocate of legal abortion” was chosen for the key position.

Bishop receives death threats for denouncing human trafficking rings

Mar 5, 2009 - 06:39 pm .- Bishop Jose Luis Azcona of Marajo, Brazil, has received death threats for denouncing the sexual exploitation of human trafficking rings in which “politicians, businessmen and police officers” are implicated.

Pro-life experts ask Obama not to push abortion in Latin America

Mar 5, 2009 - 05:34 pm .- The Latin American Post-Abortion Care Network has sent an open letter to President Barack Obama asking him to reverse his efforts to fund abortion in the region.

Calling Sebelius pro-life is ‘very, very dishonest,’ says Kansas City archbishop

Mar 5, 2009 - 03:22 pm .- In response to reports that Governor of Kansas Kathleen Sebelius is the reason the abortion rate in her state has decreased, Archbishop of Kansas City Joseph Naumann noted that due to her 30 year career supporting legalized abortion, the claims are “very, very dishonest.”

Mother of comatose woman: ‘My daughter is the most beautiful thing I could ever have’

Mar 5, 2009 - 01:22 pm .- The Paraguayan Catholic weekly “Cristo hoy” published the moving story of Carolina Ramirez who, like Eluana Englaro, has also been in coma for 17 years, after being injured in a car accident in 1991. Her mother says their faith sustains them and that her daughter “is the most beautiful thing I could have.”

Bishops call a 'Mexico stained with blood' to conversion

Mar 5, 2009 - 11:53 am .- The bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Chihuahua have exhorted “those who are involved in violence” to be reconciled with God and change their lives in order to stop Mexico and the state of Chihuahua from continuing to be “stained with blood.”

Itinerary for Pope’s visit to Roman Town Hall released

Mar 5, 2009 - 10:59 am .- Today the schedule for Pope Benedict’s brief March 9 visit to Rome’s Town Hall was made public by the Vatican. 

Small Alaskan parishes thrive during Lenten season despite priest shortage

Mar 5, 2009 - 10:20 am .- Two full days after Ash Wednesday, Catholics in remote Alaska villages were walking around with freshly drawn ashen crosses on their foreheads.  Receiving the traditional Ash Wednesday ashes on Friday might seem odd to most Catholics, however in the frontiers of Alaska, the simple presence of a priest on Sunday can be cause for celebration.  

Obama’s pro-life backers risk usurping bishops, critic says

Mar 5, 2009 - 06:41 am .- Though some have hoped that pro-life Catholic supporters of President Barack Obama would persuade the president to moderate his “extremist” abortion agenda, they have instead attacked other pro-life advocates and have possibly usurped the place of bishops by redefining Catholic “life and action,” one commentator warns.

Maryland March for Life to rally against Sebelius pick

Mar 5, 2009 - 03:44 am .- The 30th Annual Maryland March for Life will take place on Monday, March 9, organizers have announced, saying they want to rally support after pro-life defeats in the Maryland legislature and in the nomination of pro-abortion "rights" Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius...

Cardinal Mahony bans Bishop Williamson from L.A. archdiocese

Mar 5, 2009 - 01:20 am .- Archbishop of Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony has banned Society of St. Pius X Bishop Richard Williamson from entering any Catholic church, school or facility of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles until he retracts his remarks minimizing Jewish suffering in the Holocaust.

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