Archive of March 25, 2009

Bishops of Bilbao: Proposed abortion law changes a ‘step backwards in humanity and civilization’

Mar 25, 2009 - 10:39 pm .- Bishop Ricardo Blazquez of Bilbao and Auxiliary Bishop Carmelo Echenagusia both reacted to a proposed reform of Spain’s abortion law as “a step backwards in humanity and civilization.”  In addition, they said abortion is part of “the culture of death that degrades the society that practices and tolerates it.”

Catholics debate Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama

Mar 25, 2009 - 08:50 pm .- Debate over the University of Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama to be commencement speaker and to receive an honorary degree continues, with a prominent Jesuit priest arguing that the action is morally justifiable while a Catholic writer contends that the action shows indifference to the millions of unborn children killed under U.S. law.

Thousands of catechumens prepare to become Catholic in Hong Kong

Mar 25, 2009 - 08:27 pm .- A reported 2,778 adult catechumens from the Diocese of Hong Kong have been undergoing preparations to receive Baptism, Confirmation, and Communion this Easter.

Peruvian bishops urge faithful to defend life from moment of conception

Mar 25, 2009 - 05:11 pm .- In order to mark the Day of the Unborn Child, being celebrated today on the Feast of the Annunciation, the Committee on the Family of the Bishops’ Conference of Peru is urging the faithful to “defend and love life from the moment of conception.”  

Chilean bishop responds to media distortion of Pope’s words on abortion

Mar 25, 2009 - 03:45 pm .- The president of the National Committee on Bioethics for the Chilean bishops, Bishop Fernando Chomali, reiterated that the Church’s teaching in defense of human life from conception to natural death is “unchangeable.” His comments came in response to media reports claiming that there is room for change and that “certain exceptions” for aborting can be justifiable.  

Former D.C. mayor’s opposition to Church teaching sinks acceptance in Knights of Malta

Mar 25, 2009 - 02:25 pm .- Despite extreme positions on abortion and same-sex “marriage,” the Washington Post reports that Anthony Williams, a former mayor of Washington D.C., is being considered for membership in the Knights of Malta. However, Dr. Joseph Metz, an officer of the Order of Malta American Association, told CNA that anyone who does not agree with Church teachings will be denied admission.

Cuban authorities arrest pregnant dissident

Mar 25, 2009 - 12:26 pm .- The president of the Central Opposition Coalition in Cuba, Idania Yanes Contreras, was detained last weekend by Cuban agents despite the fact that she is seven months pregnant. At the time of her arrest she was attempting to learn the whereabouts of her husband, Alcides Rivera Rodriguez, who was arrested as he left his home to meet with dissidents in the town of Placetas.

Congregation for Eastern Churches announces traditional collection for Holy Land

Mar 25, 2009 - 09:50 am .- The prefect for the Congregation for Eastern Churches, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, has made public a message to the bishops of the world announcing the traditional collection for the Holy Land, which will take place on April 10, Good Friday.

Arizona Attorney General to investigate Planned Parenthood for statutory rape cover-up

Mar 25, 2009 - 06:20 am .- Following the release of undercover videos showing Arizona Planned Parenthood clinics disregarding laws that mandate the reporting of sexual abuse, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office has reportedly opened an investigation into local branches of the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Archbishop Burke to address National Catholic Prayer Breakfast

Mar 25, 2009 - 03:35 am .- Organizers of the annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast are announcing that Archbishop Emeritus of St. Louis Raymond Burke will deliver the keynote address at this year's breakfast, which will be held on Friday, May 8. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be guest speaker at the event.

Investigation reveals Obama-supported UNFPA not preventing one-child policy

Mar 25, 2009 - 12:55 am .- The United Nations Population Fund stands to receive $50 million in funding from President Obama’s Omnibus spending bill, but the Population Research Institute is reporting that a recently completed investigation in three Chinese counties shows that contrary to UNFPA claims, China’s one-child policy is actively being enforced.

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