Archive of April 3, 2009

Catholic Senators vote against 'Conscience Law’

Apr 3, 2009 - 09:13 pm .- Yesterday, a majority of Catholic Senators rejected a conscience protection law proposed by Senator Tom Colburn that would protect health care workers who object to abortions from participating in the procedure.

Iowa court’s redefinition of marriage will ‘grievously harm’ families, bishops say

Apr 3, 2009 - 05:31 pm .- On Friday morning the Iowa Supreme Court required same-sex "marriages" to be allowed in the state, claiming there was no "constitutionally adequate" justification not to do so. The unanimous decision overturned Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.

Atheist group sells certificates of debaptism

Apr 3, 2009 - 04:28 pm .- The National Secular Society in London, England, is offering a debaptism certificate that allows atheists to "liberate yourself from the Original Mumbo-Jumbo that liberated you from the Original Sin you never had!"

Holy Father expresses gratitude for annual Peter’s Pence donation

Apr 3, 2009 - 03:19 pm .- Today Pope Benedict received members of the Circle of St. Peter in an annual meeting in which they present him with "Peter's Pence," the proceeds of collections made each year in the parishes and institutes of the Diocese of Rome.  The Holy Father thanked them and spoke of the need for hope during the current economic crisis.

Gay 'marriage' supporters focusing on new states to overturn traditional marriage laws

Apr 3, 2009 - 02:20 pm .- On Wednesday, Love Makes a Family, a gay rights activist group, declared victory in the state of Connecticut and discussed plans to follow gay "marriage" advocate Tim Gill’s strategic plan by re-deploying their lobbying and financial resources to focus on overturning traditional marriage laws in other states and on the national level.

Vatican responds to Belgium’s ‘protest’ against Pope over condoms in Africa

Apr 3, 2009 - 01:42 pm .- In response to Belgium’s diplomatic protest against Pope Benedict’s comments that condoms could potentially "increase the problem" of AIDS being spread in Africa, Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See newsroom questioned whether the lawmakers had considered the Popes words and scientific research, or whether they received their information "through the non-objective, imbalanced filter of the echoes in the western media."

Holy Father reflects on the hope that John Paul II shared with the world

Apr 3, 2009 - 01:13 pm .- Yesterday at the Vatican Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI presided over a Mass in commemoration of the fourth anniversary of the death of John Paul II. During his homily, the Pontiff recalled the hope that his predecessor communicated to society.

Pope Benedict expresses ‘great sadness’ over death of Cardinal Umberto Betti

Apr 3, 2009 - 11:09 am .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter of condolence to Fr. Jose Rodriguez Carballo O.F.M., minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, after the death of Cardinal Umberto Betti O.F.M., former rector of the Pontifical Lateran University. Cardinal Betti died on April 1 at the age of 87.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols to become next Archbishop of Westminster

Apr 3, 2009 - 10:55 am .- Today Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham to become the 11th Archbishop of Westminster. The "prayerful" and "consultative" archbishop will take over an archdiocese that is considered the head of the Catholic Church in England.

Benedict XVI speaks of importance of ‘an emptying of self’ in letter to Buddhists

Apr 3, 2009 - 10:02 am .- Touching on the importance of  emptying ourselves in order to listen to God and to respect our brothers and sisters, the Holy Father addressed Buddhists in his annual message for the Buddhist Feast of Vesakh.

Pope approves heroic virtues for ten on path to canonization, including the Brazilian ‘Mother Teresa’

Apr 3, 2009 - 09:49 am .- In a meeting with Archbishop Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Holy Father approved miracles and heroic virtue for several Servants of God from all walks of life, on their path to sainthood.

Nurse shares lessons learned on suffering from Columbine

Apr 3, 2009 - 07:24 am .- The Columbine massacre of April 20, 1999, in unincorporated Jefferson County remains the worst mass shooting to have ever taken place at an American high school.

Catholics begin ‘ongoing dialogue’ after university’s porn screening canceled

Apr 3, 2009 - 06:14 am .- The University of Maryland at College Park has canceled a screening of a “hard-core” pornographic film after state lawmakers threatened to cut university funding. The campus’ Catholic chaplain, warning against assumptions that pornography is generally accepted, reports that Catholics have been very involved in the “ongoing dialogue” about the cancellation.

New CNA column helps readers understand the teachings of Vatican II

Apr 3, 2009 - 05:26 am .- Even though January 25, 2009 marked the 50th anniversary of the convocation of the Second Vatican Council, many Catholics remain unsure as to what the Council Fathers truly taught and intended.  Louie Verrecchio, CNA’s newest columnist plans to explore the teachings of the council to help Catholics comprehend their authentic application in the life of the Church today.

Kansas parishioners plan ahead for future priest or religious life vocation

Apr 3, 2009 - 05:15 am .- Holy Name Parish in Winfield, Kansas has never produced a vocation to the priesthood and hasn’t had a vocation to the religious life in recent years. But that isn’t stopping parishioners from praying and planning for one, or two, or more.

Constitutionality of Mt. Soledad veterans’ memorial cross to be defended in court

Apr 3, 2009 - 04:50 am .- Arguing that removing the memorial would cause “real, irreparable harm” to war heroes and their families, the Thomas More Law Center has filed a brief opposing a legal challenge to the constitutionality of California’s historic Mt. Soledad cross which honors veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

S. Philippines Christians fear abductions, mortar attacks by Muslim radicals

Apr 3, 2009 - 02:06 am .- Months after the abduction of three Red Cross workers at the hands of Muslim militants, Christians in the apostolic vicariate of Jolo in the southern Philippines are still living in fear because of the danger posed by mortar attacks, abductions and other violent acts, a local bishop says.

Virginia Gov. Kaine restricts funding for fetal and embryonic stem cell research

Apr 3, 2009 - 12:49 am .- Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, on Monday signed a bill banning the use of some state funds for in-state research on human embryonic stem cells and cells or tissue derived from induced abortions.

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