Archive of May 7, 2009

Charity official says papal visit to Holy Land an ‘important sign’ amid ‘immense’ problems

May 7, 2009 - 10:24 pm .- A charity official says that Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Holy Land is an "important sign" in the "nebulous" political situation of the Holy Land. Explaining the "immense" problems facing the Christian community there, she also reported on the continuing preparations for the papal visit.

Receiving Canterbury Medal, Archbishop Chaput warns of religious freedom loss

May 7, 2009 - 07:30 pm .- Upon receiving a medal from a group dedicated to religious freedom, Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said that God the Creator is the foundation to beliefs about the sanctity and “infinite value” of human life. He also warned that American religious liberty will be lost if it is not defended and if an increasing disdain for faith and religious believers is underestimated.

Bad examples do not invalidate the value of priestly celibacy, says bishop

May 7, 2009 - 04:13 pm .- Bishop Juan Ruben Martinez of Posadas in Argentina said celibacy cannot be reduced to a "mere imposition of the Church" and that "bad examples and even our own limitations do not invalidate the contribution of so many who, in the past and today, give their lives for others."

D.C. council votes to recognize same-sex ‘marriage,’ draws ‘adamant’ opposition from black community

May 7, 2009 - 04:07 pm .- The Washington, D.C. City Council’s decision to recognize same-sex "marriages" contracted elsewhere prompted accusations of bigotry against a black leader while causing "adamant" protests from the city’s African-American community. Councilman Marion Berry, the lone dissenter in the vote, said the controversial move could trigger a figurative "civil war."

Over sixty St. Louis Catholics plan to join Notre Dame protests

May 7, 2009 - 04:03 pm .- Dozens of St. Louis Catholics are planning to travel to South Bend, Indiana to take part in May 17 protests against the University of Notre Dame’s decision to host President Barack Obama as commencement speaker and to award him an honorary law degree.

Cardinal Rubiano reiterates Church’s willingness to mediate with FARC

May 7, 2009 - 04:01 pm .- The Archbishop of Bogota, Cardinal Pedro Rubiano, reiterated this week the Church’s willingness to mediate in negotiations with the rebel group FARC, but stressed that the group must accept mediation, not be forced into it.

Benedict XVI comes to the Holy Land to deepen its Christian presence, bishop says

May 7, 2009 - 02:01 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo of Jerusalem said during a recent interview that Pope Benedict XVI, who begins his historic visit to the Holy Land this Friday, is going to the region “to confirm his brethren in the faith, to deepen the roots of the Christian presence there, and to strengthen our relations with others.”

Students for Life asks Obama to ‘educate’ staff on pro-life movement

May 7, 2009 - 11:49 am .- Students for Life, a national pro-life student organization, sent President Obama a letter saying they were "alarmed" at the administration’s "ignorance" by including pro-lifers in the Department of Homeland Security’s Assessment of "Rightwing Extremism" report and requested that Obama "educate" his staff on the goals of the movement.

Benedict XVI explains how the love of Christ brings universality and solidarity to the Church

May 7, 2009 - 11:01 am .- This morning, Pope Benedict met with the 32 Swiss Guards who were sworn in as members of the corps yesterday. In his words to them, he how important it is to experience the love of Christ and how it unites Catholics from all corners of the world.

Bishop Quinn to lead Diocese of Winona

May 7, 2009 - 10:09 am .- Today Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Bishop Harrington from his post as Bishop of Winona. Harrington, who served the diocese as bishop for nearly 11 years, will be replaced by Winona’s co-adjutor bishop, Most Rev. John Quinn.

President of El Salvador meets with Holy Father, discusses social concerns

May 7, 2009 - 09:44 am .- This morning Pope Benedict met with Elias Antonio Saca Gonzalez, president of the Republic of El Salvador discussing the countries struggles and commitment to further development.

Site calls for nation wide Catholic ‘Tea Party’ during Obama commencement at Notre Dame

May 7, 2009 - 09:36 am .- A single-page website,, is inviting Catholics across the U.S. to lead “respectful” prayer meetings, preferably on the same day and at the same time in which President Barack Obama will be honored at the University of Notre Dame.

CNA launches Twitter channel ahead of papal visit

May 7, 2009 - 07:07 am .- CNA is launching a channel on the micro-blogging site Twitter to provide our readers with quick updates on Catholic news around the world. Make sure to check in as we begin our live coverage of the Pope's visit to the Holy Land on Friday.

Fr. Berg leaves Legion of Christ to join Archdiocese of New York

May 7, 2009 - 06:06 am .- Fr. Thomas Berg, Executive Director of the New York-based Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person, announced today that he will be leaving the Legion of Christ to join the Archdiocese of New York and will continue his ministry as the head of the institute.

Bishop Blair bans New Ways homosexual ministry workshop

May 7, 2009 - 04:51 am .- Bishop of Toledo, Ohio Leonard Blair has banned a workshop on homosexual ministry that was scheduled to start on May 1, saying its positions were "not at all in accord" with U.S. bishops’ guidelines and do not present the "full, authentic teaching" of the Catholic Church.

New contraceptive drug for men ignores Church teaching

May 7, 2009 - 03:06 am .- Chinese researchers have reportedly developed an injectable male contraceptive that has few side effects. However, an ethicist explained to CNA, if the drug is going to be used as a contraceptive, then its use would violate Catholic teaching because "contraception that interferes with conception is intrinsically evil."

Edinburgh official apologizes for ‘distress’ caused to grandparents who opposed homosexual adoption

May 7, 2009 - 12:14 am .- Edinburgh city council chiefs have admitted mistakes in the treatment of the grandparents of two children placed with a homosexual couple for adoption, apologizing for the "distress" social workers may have caused.

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