Archive of March 13, 2009

Cardinal Bertone points to culture as way of finding truth

Mar 13, 2009 - 10:59 pm .- During his remarks at the opening of the International University Forum of Campidoglio, whose theme is “Gospel: Culture and Cultures,” Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone underscored that the “Gospel reaches man at his specific point in history,” and that culture “represents the way for encountering the truth, so man can develop himself and the human family.”

Despite increasing foes, U.S. funding ban for human embryo killing endures

Mar 13, 2009 - 10:20 pm .- A longstanding amendment banning federal funding for research in which human embryos are destroyed, discarded, or "knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death" was part of an omnibus bill signed by President Barack Obama on Wednesday. However, some backers of embryo-destructive research are advocating the amendment’s repeal.

Austrian Cardinal urges patience and understanding following Fr. Wagner’s appointment

Mar 13, 2009 - 08:01 pm .- In wake of the fall-out from the controversial priest Gerhard Maria Wagner’s auxiliary bishop appointment and resignation, Vienna Archbishop Christoph Cardinal Schönborn has called for patience and understanding in a pastoral letter released earlier this week.

Bishop Lori thanks ‘patriotic’ Catholics for thwarting ‘legislative attack’

Mar 13, 2009 - 04:55 pm .- Declaring that the defense of religious liberty is "genuine patriotism," Bishop of Bridgeport William Lori has thanked the Catholics of Connecticut for helping derail a senate bill he called a "legislative attack." The bishop also rebuked the bill’s sponsoring senator and said he has no business interfering with the Catholic Church or any other church.

Georgia Senate passes bill to ban creation of embryos for research purposes

Mar 13, 2009 - 03:33 pm .- Thursday it was announced that the Georgia Senate has passed a bill to ban the creation of embryos for the purpose of research, human cloning or creating human-animal hybrids.

Pope’s letter is "an emotional and unprecedented document" for peace in the Church, says Vatican daily

Mar 13, 2009 - 01:01 pm .- "An emotional and unprecedented document that has come from the heart of Benedict XVI to contribute to peace in the Church. That is what the letter of the Pope is to the Catholic bishops regarding the lifting of the excommunication of the bishops consecrated in 1988." Thus began Thursday’s editorial in the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano.

Cardinal Lozano explains position on Eluana Englaro to Mexican media

Mar 13, 2009 - 11:11 am .- In response to repeated questions by reporters during his visit to Monterrey, Mexico, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, explained his position on the case of Eluana Englaro, the Italian woman who died after her family members requested her feeding tubes be removed.

Adoration should lead to greater union with Jesus, Pope teaches

Mar 13, 2009 - 09:39 am .- Eucharistic adoration was the focus of remarks made by Pope Benedict XVI today as he received participants in the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Adoration of Jesus in the Eucharist must lead us to union with "the living Lord and with His mystical Body," Benedict emphasized.

RNC head Michael Steele counters own abortion ‘rights’ remarks

Mar 13, 2009 - 06:23 am .- Michael Steele, a self-described Catholic who is the new chairman of the Republican National Committee, has distanced himself from comments he made stating that he believes women “absolutely” have the right to choose abortion.

'Absolutely horrifying’ proposal calls for using aborted babies as organ donors

Mar 13, 2009 - 04:04 am .- A leading embryonic stem cell expert in Britain has called for organs from aborted babies to be used in transplants to increase the supply of organs available for donation, drawing criticism from pro-life and Christian groups who called the proposal “absolutely horrifying."

Scottish government to withhold results of homosexual adoption study

Mar 13, 2009 - 01:49 am .- The Scottish Government is drawing criticism for saying that the results of an official investigation into the effects of homosexual adoption in Scotland will not be made public. The announcement comes soon after Cardinal Keith O’Brien urged the government to promote adoption rather than permit same-sex couples to foster children.

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