Archive of July 2, 2009

Women Against Abortion petition signed by more than 30,000 in Spain

Jul 2, 2009 - 10:47 pm .- The organization Women Against Abortion in Spain has collected more than 30,000 signatures against the government’s plan to liberalize abortion laws.

Catholic leaders protest D.C. funding for abortions, same-sex ‘marriage' decision

Jul 2, 2009 - 08:17 pm .- Pro-lifers and defenders of marriage reacted critically on Tuesday to an Obama administration proposal to use taxpayer funds for abortions in the District of Columbia and to a federal court's denial of a referendum involving same-sex “marriage.”

Douglas Kmiec nominated to become U.S. Ambassador to Malta

Jul 2, 2009 - 07:02 pm .- Today the White House announced that President Obama will nominate Douglas Kmiec, a Catholic and self-described pro-life law professor, as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malta.

Expect a 'robust conscience clause,' President Obama says

Jul 2, 2009 - 05:28 pm .- President Obama promised a “robust conscience clause” in a 41-minute meeting with some members of the Catholic press this morning. 

President Obama explains details of family church search

Jul 2, 2009 - 05:16 pm .- At a meeting today with press members in the White House's Roosevelt Room, President Obama revealed the difficulties that he and his family have undergone in choosing a place of worship. The president hopes to decide on a church in the "second half of the year."

Christians must work with those who win elections, says Mexican archbishop

Jul 2, 2009 - 02:36 pm .- Archbishop Jose Fernandez Arteaga wrote in an article this week that after the elections in Mexico this coming Sunday, Christians “have the duty to collaborate” with those who are elected. In doing so, they should defend non-negotiable values such as the defense of life and the family.

Statue of John Paul II unveiled at hospital where he recovered from assassination attempt

Jul 2, 2009 - 01:15 pm .- Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, Poland, who was Pope John Paul II’s personal secretary for more than 40 years, unveiled an impressive 15 foot statue of the late pontiff at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome.

Church in Honduras rejects accusations of aiding in ouster of president

Jul 2, 2009 - 10:27 am .- The executive secretary of Caritas Honduras, Father German Calix, said the Church in that country rejects accusations that it was complicit in the ouster of President Manuel Celaya. In contrast, Fr. Calix noted that the Church has been urging dialogue and that the deposed president respect the constitutional requirements for a referendum on constitutional reform.

Rogue priest asks clergy to push Knights from parishes, exploit insurance policies

Jul 2, 2009 - 06:43 am .- Citing the organization’s support for traditional marriage, a suspended Catholic priest who has turned to homosexual activism has called for Catholic pastors to block Knights of Columbus groups from their parishes and to borrow against the order’s insurance policies to fund homosexual groups.

Priest denies Vietnamese media’s charges of ‘counter-revolutionary’ activity

Jul 2, 2009 - 03:38 am .- A Vietnamese priest has denied media accusations that he has engaged in “counter-revolutionary” activities, including the possession on his laptop of documents and e-mails with “bad content” that allegedly would destroy national unity and the socio-economic policies of the government.

Catholic radio show to feature novel: Mariette in Ecstasy

Jul 2, 2009 - 02:54 am .- On Wednesday, Catholic Radio International (CRI) began its presentation on Ron Hansen’s highly praised novel, Mariette in Ecstasy, on its Cover-to-Cover show. The book is being read by CRI’s Joseph O’Brien.

Holy See ambassador nominee faces ‘difficult task’ in Rome, Weigel says

Jul 2, 2009 - 01:25 am .- Catholic commentator George Weigel has written an “open letter” to Dr. Miguel Diaz, President Obama’s nominated ambassador to the Holy See, advising him to focus on common agreement between the Vatican and the United States in his “difficult task.”

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