Archive of July 8, 2009

Ballot effort to restore marriage in Maine collects more than 55,000 signatures

Jul 8, 2009 - 11:26 pm .- The group Stand for Marriage Maine has announced it has collected more than the 55,087 signatures required to place on the 2009 ballot a People’s Veto of a state law implementing same-sex “marriage.”

Bishops deplore brutal attack outside Catholic church in Philippines

Jul 8, 2009 - 09:07 pm .- In a statement released Tuesday, the Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines expressed its strong condemnation of the attack by Muslim extremists in Cotabato City outside the cathedral, which left 5 people dead and 34 injured.

Colombian bishops call on Uribe to consider not running for re-election

Jul 8, 2009 - 08:11 pm .- During the 87th Plenary Assembly of the Bishops of Colombia, some prelates asked President Alvaro Uribe to consider not running for re-election and to take a break after two terms as the country’s leader.

Argentinean archbishop says postponing children's Baptism shows lack of love

Jul 8, 2009 - 07:43 pm .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata called on parents this week not to fall into the error and sin of denying their children the sacrament of Baptism, under the false argument that they should let them decide whether or not they want to be Christians when they get older.

Human Rights Commission ratifies defense of unborn in Puebla

Jul 8, 2009 - 07:22 pm .- The Human Rights Commission of the Mexican state of Puebla has rejected a petition to declare unconstitutional a reform of the constitution that protects the unborn, saying “the right to life is the essential foundation for the protection of all other human rights.”

Cardinal Rigali rips new NIH embryonic stem cell guidelines

Jul 8, 2009 - 05:59 pm .- Cardinal Justin Rigali, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-life Activities, has criticized the new National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines on human embryonic stem cell research, lamenting that they are “even broader” than their draft proposals.

Church in Colombia reiterates willingness to mediate in liberation of hostages

Jul 8, 2009 - 04:41 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Ruben Salazar, together with other Colombian bishops, has reiterated his willingness to mediate and collaborate in the liberation of hostages still being held by the FARC.

Red Sox player shares how faith sustained him in cancer battle

Jul 8, 2009 - 02:38 pm .- Mike Lowell, 3rd baseman for the Boston Red Sox, was featured on a CatholicTV talk show on Tuesday. A Golden Glove Winner, 4-time All-Star, and the 2007 World Series MVP, Lowell spoke about baseball, family and the faith that helped him survive his battle with cancer.

Pope Benedict reorganizes commission charged with reconciling SSPX

Jul 8, 2009 - 12:17 pm .- In a continued effort to work towards the “repair of all fractures and divisions within the Church,” Pope Benedict XVI undertook today the reorganization of the pontifical commission designed to deal with questions involving the Society of Saint Pius X. The change in organization places the “Ecclesia Dei” Commission under the authority of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Economy needs to recover ethics and the 'logic of giving,' Pope explains

Jul 8, 2009 - 11:24 am .- This morning in Rome, the Pope interrupted his series of teachings on the saints to explain the essential thoughts contained in his new social encyclical, published yesterday. In the face of the world's “vast and profound” problems, Benedict XVI stated that the world economy must recover ethical principles.

‘Absolutely vile’ advice column tells men how to pressure pregnant women to abort

Jul 8, 2009 - 07:17 am .- A men’s advice column advising men how to encourage their pregnant girlfriends to abort provides an unsettling glimpse into the realities of abortion. One pro-life leader characterized the column, which highlights some men’s personal desires to avoid the burdens of parenthood, as “a primer for coerced abortion.”

Catholic Foundation of Columbus to use original Wendy’s as new headquarters

Jul 8, 2009 - 04:28 am .- The original Wendy’s restaurant in Columbus, Ohio is changing hands more than 30 years after it first opened.The Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Columbus has purchased the building as its new headquarters.

Pro-life group defended against IRS delays and ‘prejudicial questioning’

Jul 8, 2009 - 02:03 am .- An Iowa pro-life group is being defended against “prejudicial questioning” by the IRS, which is accused of delaying a tax exemption for the non-profit religious organization. The tax collection agency has reportedly refused to grant the exemption until the group pledges to limit its picketing and protesting of Planned Parenthood.

Maltese newspaper editor comments on Kmiec’s proposed ambassadorship

Jul 8, 2009 - 12:14 am .- The editor of a Malta newspaper has commented on President Barack Obama’s choice of Prof. Doug Kmiec as ambassador to Malta, describing the appointment as “somewhat of a poisoned chalice” and noting the controversies concerning Kmiec and his campaign to elect Obama to the American presidency.

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